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Best of Beginners - threads and links
      #4057578 - 09/18/10 09:13 PM

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The Best FREE Astronomy Software

The Frugal Astronomer

Scope Buddies

How and when did you get interested in astronomy? (the original Cloudy Nights "Wandering Thread")

Favorite Viewing Sites (link to thread in the General Observing Forum)

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Re: Best of Beginners - threads and links new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #4057591 - 09/18/10 09:24 PM

Beginners tips to buying used gear

To Intelliscope or Not to Intelliscope - an excellent, in depth discussion on Dobs.


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Re: Best of Beginners - threads and links new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #4057597 - 09/18/10 09:27 PM

Reference threads and links:

Largest true-color photograph of the night sky

Wondering why the views through your scope are "mushy", and everything looks like it's under running water? Check out the latest Jet Stream Analysis from the California Regional Weather Server.

Want to add your local CSC to your signature? Here's how.

Lists of common contractions, abbreviations, and acronyms

Posting images

Determining your limiting magnitude

Safely observe the sun

Jay Reynolds Freeman's Glossary for Telescope Buyers and Users

Terms and Definitions from Solarviews.com

How to pick a telescope from Astronomics

Celestron's Knowledgebase

Limiting Magnitude by Telescope Aperture

Amateur Telescope Making from Stellafane.org

The Bortle Scale from Sky and Telescope

Guide to Eyepieces

Ian's sketches of what various objects look like through 5" and 8" SCTs

Cleaning Optics from The Arkansas Sky Observatory

Damian Peach's Guide to Astronomical Seeing

Telrad finder charts for The Messier List

JPL/NASA Space Calendar

Massive list of links to amateur astro sites

Orion's DeepMap 600

Visible lunar features from Inconstant Moon

Tonight's Sky. A simply amazing site/program that allows you to customize an observing list for your specific location and time. If you're wondering what to look at tonight, or any night, give this site a try.

Great collection of articles and how to's, from Andy's Shot Glass.

HNsky - Excellent free planetarium program.

Cartes du Ciel - Free sky charts program

Stellarium - One of the best planetarium programs - and it's free!

Virtual Moon Atlas

Polar align your scope in the Southern Hemisphere

Another site with Southern hemisphere polar alignment info

Heavens Above - Easy to use for beginners; has basic charts, satellite and minor planet location info.

Info for owners of SCTs

The Evening Sky Map - download a free 2-page monthly guide to the night sky.

Telescope/EP Field of View Calculator

Custom Sunrise/Sunset Calculator

Good discussion about how to estimate degrees. Make sure to take a look at Measuring the Night Sky from the Fort Worth Astronomical Society.

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      #4057604 - 09/18/10 09:32 PM

Old "Best of" thread, to be retained as a reference until links have been verified & copied.

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