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The Eye of the Flak (Das Auge der Flak)

Dec 07 2017 02:34 PM | Micah in Books & Software

It is a rare and wondrous thing when your hobby and passion leads you to a place where you find yourself driven to pursue discover ever deepening levels of historical and technical detail of a subject and it leads to newer discoveries. It's even more satisfying sometimes when you even uncover information once thought to be lost forever to the ravages of time and a world war. A new publication, "The Eye of the Flak" by Dr. Peter DeLaet and Francis Vermeire, is just that.

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The Ages of Astrophotography 1839-2015

May 06 2017 07:36 AM | RefractorPhill in Books & Software

The author, Stefan Hughes, is a historian/ astronomer with a passion for astrophotography and genealogy (family tree research). His interest for ancestral research and the lineage of families gave rise to his first book "Catchers of the Light - The Forgotten Lives of the Men and Women who First Photographed the Heavens" in which he focuses on the background of the first astro photographers and astronomers 19th and 20th centuries. The second book, "The Ages of Astrophotography" is a must-read sequel which fits well on every astronomer's book shelf!

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If you want to Master your craft, read Lessons from the Masters

Jan 07 2015 11:10 AM | AstroDad in Books & Software

Lessons from the Masters: Current Concepts in Astronomical Image Processing (Springer, 2013.) edited by Robert Gendler is an essential addition to library of every serious astrophotographer. Gendler, who edited this 387 page work is himself a Master of the art and science of astrophotography with a rich portfolio of astrophoto accolades and achievements, including 107 NASA APOD selections. Gendler is a physician by profession and therefore technically an "amateur" astronomer. However he routinely teams with the world's leading professional observatories to create masterful images from their exquisite data sets.

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Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep-Sky Objects

Apr 02 2010 10:01 AM | Feidb in Observing Books

I'm a hard-core observer and love nothing better than a good reference book with information that is relevant to my goals. Since my friend Roger and I started an Observer's Challenge with the

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Software: Meagastar

Apr 02 2010 10:17 AM | Feidb in Windows Software

I love this program. It not only has almost every object I could possibly see with my 16” scope, it has ways to select them and

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Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky

Mar 19 2010 06:10 AM | desertstars in Observing Books

My first thought when I picked the book up was that this was going to be some heavy reading. Literally. The book weighs over five pounds and measures 12 inches by 10 inches, weight and proportions combining to make the book somewhat awkward to holding while reading. This is not a book to

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IRAF/PYRAF Software

Jan 06 2010 11:21 AM | jcely7 in Special Intrest Software

IRAF, which stands for Image Reduction and Analysis Facility, is a collection of very powerful astrophysical software. It is widely used for image reduction and data analysis for

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Two Guides to Observing Deep Space Objects - Book Reviews

Jan 06 2010 06:52 AM | dwright in Observing Books

I've been using the two books in this review (along with other references) to track down open clusters and other prey suitable for binoculars and small refractor while figuring out what to get for a

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Cambridge Double Star Atlas

Jan 06 2010 07:08 AM | Feidb in Observing Books

The book is well organized, has listings for over 2000 double stars, and includes all the Struve numbers. Every double star listed is highlighted in green on the specialized

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The Moment of Creation: Big Bang Physics from Before the First Millisecond to the Present Univers...

Jan 06 2010 07:24 AM | Gmurray618 in General Interest Books

Ever wonder where it all came from? Professor Trefil has and he dose a Big, bang up job of explaining it. The book is divided into three parts

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The Night Sky Planisphere

Jan 06 2010 07:43 AM | lemonsensation in Star Charts

This large version is about 8 inches in diameter. The text is pretty small. As someone who is new to astronomy and my need to rely on a planisphere to orient myself, I would have

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Starry Night Special Edition v5.0.3 Software

Jan 06 2010 08:26 AM | Ed in Illinois in Windows Software

I've found this free software to actually be quite invaluable! It's extremely useful when you want to

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Astronomica - Book Review

Jan 06 2010 10:28 AM | bacesp in General Interest Books

My good friend Dave recently gave me a very large and heavy hardback Astronomy book titled Astronomica. This book is

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The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy...

Dec 30 2009 08:46 AM | ericparish in General Interest Books

Richard Christopher Carrington was an English amateur astronomer whose 1859 observations of the sun revealed the impact of

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Man, Atoms & Stars - A Nostalgic Book Review

Dec 28 2009 06:46 AM | Guest in General Interest Books

It was 1966 and I had just graduated from law school and passed the bar exam. As a diversion from months of immersion in law books, I set out to B. Dalton to find

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The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide - Book Review

Dec 28 2009 08:56 AM | Guest in Observing Books

I have had several false starts with the hobby, mostly due to a lack of knowledge on my part of what is proper gear and what are realistic expectations

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Half Hours with the Telescope - Book Review

Dec 29 2009 06:21 AM | Guest in General Interest Books

Proctor's book was originally published in 1868, but my edition, the thirteenth, dates back to 1902. As you might expect, the language is pretty flowery by

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Planetarium for Palm Smartphones

Dec 29 2009 07:02 AM | Guest in Handheld Software

Planetarium includes easy-to-navigate sky charts, complete with controls for direction, angle of view, display of constellation lines, object labels, horizon, meridians and parallels, zenith, and

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Stars and Planets - Explore Our Galaxy and Beyond - Book Review

Dec 29 2009 09:27 AM | jtex in Getting Started in Astronomy Books

While browsing Half-Price Books, we came across this one geared to youngsters or maybe even beyond. Here is a brief rundown on some of what this book has to offer

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The Next Step, The Messier Objects, Atlas of the Messier Objects - Book Reviews

Dec 23 2009 09:08 AM | PhilDurt in Observing Books

I know that in the Northern Hemisphere, Messier objects are wonderful sights to observe with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes. What is the ultimate book to help me get the most out of observing Messier objects?

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Citizen Sky Project 10 Star Training Tutorial - Getting Started in Variable Star Observing

Dec 22 2009 07:33 AM | Guest in Getting Started in Astronomy Books

If you are interested in learning more about variable stars, there is an excellent opportunity to get started through the Citizen Sky 10 Star Training Tutorial

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Iridium Flares - iPhone/iPod App

Dec 22 2009 08:35 AM | sgrey in Handheld Software

Setting up and using the app is very easy to do, but, because it pulls information from the very cool Heavens Above website (www.heavens-above.com), you do need to have a

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Backyard Astronomer's Guide, Third Edition - Book Review

Dec 22 2009 09:29 AM | Guest in Observing Books

As many a new astronomer might aspire, astrophotograhy is one of the reasons for jumping into the field of astronomy. The sheer magnitude

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Shooting The Sun - Book Review

Dec 22 2009 10:36 AM | havira in General Interest Books

The year is 1839 and the Somerville-Babbage Western Expedition is about to depart from Washington D.C. to points west to observe and photograph a total eclipse of the sun

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Sky and Telescope’s Pocket Sky Atlas - Book Review

Dec 22 2009 10:57 AM | havira in Observing Books

It shows stars to magnitude 7.6 which includes all stars visible in a modest finderscope. There are 80 charts on facing pages each pair covering

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