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Discussion of CN Articles, Reviews, and Reports

A place to discuss the articles posted on Cloudy Nights

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Celestial Events

Welcome to Celestial Events, a bulletin board for announcements about currently or soon to be observable astronomical events. Need a finder chart for that bright comet? Want to know when the next meteor shower will peak? Looking for suggestions on what to observe? Visit regularly for answers to all your questions about what's happening now in the celestial show.If folks want to discuss these events, the staff of Cloudy Nights invites you to start or join a thread in the appropriate observing forum. Celestial Events is for announcements only.

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Beginners Forum (No astrophotography here - please read the forum description)

A place for new astronomers to ask visual observing or basic equipment questions and report their findings.
- Advanced or specialized topics should be discussed in their dedicated forums.
- Beginning astrophotographers should read, and then post, in the Beginning & Intermediate Imaging Forum.

Forum moderators: Jond105, spereira, Starman27
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General Observing and Astronomy

General Observing and Amateur Astronomy topics and questions that do not fit into our other forums. This includes unaided eye observing (satellites, weather, auroras etc) and non equipment topics (LASIK, observing sites, dressing for the cold/hot etc)

Forum moderators: csa/montana, Jond105, spereira, Uwe Pilz
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Outreach

The official forum for the Astronomy Outreach Network. Post questions about Outreach, suggestions or even just publicize your Outreach events. If it has to do with promoting our great hobby, it goes here!

Forum moderators: Cotts, Jeff Struve, Starman27
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Light Pollution

While CN does not typically allow politics, this is one forum in which the discussion of legislation dealing with this matter is permitted. This is a problem that will eventually affect all of us to one degree or another.

Forum moderators: csa/montana, MJB87
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ATM, Optics and DIY Forum

Amateur Telescope Making (ATM) and any do it yourself related activities. Ask questions, discuss and post pictures of telescope related projects, optics, telescopes, observing chairs, etc.

Forum moderators: GShaffer, Sean Cunneen, Starman81
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Binoculars

"Best Of Binocular" Library, How to Choose, Equipment Minireviews, Observation Reports, Testing Aspects, Aberrations and Deficiencies, Books, Binocular Mounts, Observing Lists, Exit Pupil vs Eye Pupil, Binocular Vision and more

Forum moderators: Erik Bakker, Jawaid I. Abbasi, Uwe Pilz
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Binoviewers

Binoviewer discussion forum

Forum moderators: Jawaid I. Abbasi, junomike, nmoushon
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Cats & Casses

A forum for discussing Cassegrain (Classic Cassegrain, Ritchey-Chrétien, Dall–Kirkham, etc) and Catadioptric telescopes (Schmidt and Maksutov Cassegrains, ACF, Edge HD, etc).

Forum moderators: gustavo_sanchez, Jaimo!, Starman27
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Classic Telescopes

Telescopes from an era gone by. The place to discuss older telescopes. Antiques, flea market finds, and scopes from grandpa's attic. From the 1780's to the mid-1990's - refractors, reflectors, and early SCT's. Discussing all aspects of restoring, collecting, and observing with older scopes. Discussion of 25-year-old scopes still in production is OK but please don't post newer examples of those, except for actual side-by-side comparisons to demonstrate detail changes.

Forum moderators: CharlieB, MJB87, rgsalinger, Sean Cunneen
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Equipment

A forum for any general equipment discussion, accessories and a great starting point if you are not sure where to post that burning question about equipment.

Forum moderators: Jeff Struve, rgsalinger, Stelios
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Eyepieces

A place to discuss our favorite eyepieces and eyepiece accessories, barlows, filters, etc.

Forum moderators: Cotts, FirstSight, Jaimo!
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Mounts

A Forum to discuss all types of mounts and mount accessories - including computerized, manual, GEM, fork mount, parallactic, alt-az, DSCs, PushTo and GoTo systems.

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Observatories

A forum for discussing the ins and outs of current observatories as well as sharing designs, and ideas. Manufacturers and Vendors are invited to attend.

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Reflectors

A forum for discussing Newtonian type reflecting telescopes (including Schmidt and Maksutov designs as well as Herschelian, Off-Axis, etc).

Forum moderators: flyingcougar, GShaffer, spereira
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Refractors

A forum for discussing refractor telescopes.

Forum moderators: FirstSight, junomike, rgsalinger, Uwe Pilz
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Beginning and Intermediate Imaging

This forum is mainly intended for beginners getting started imaging DSOs as well as intermediate imagers looking to improve their technique. Please read the forum rules before you post!

Forum moderators: johnsoda, nmoushon, spereira, Stelios
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Film Astrophotography

Discussions about astrophotography using film.

Forum moderators: CharlieB, Erik Bakker, Uwe Pilz
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DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing

This forum is for DSLR & Digital Camera Astro imaging. Those folks with regular digital cameras are welcome to post here. Discuss equipment, techniques, software; and of course, post your photos! Please read the forum guidelines inside the forum for more info.

Forum moderators: johnsoda, rgsalinger, Starman27
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CCD/CMOS Astro Camera Imaging & Processing

This forum is for more advanced discussion involving dedicated cameras for deep sky astrophotography, using CCD or CMOS sensors. A place to discuss techniques, software, and engage in friendly conversations.

Forum moderators: Dan Crowson, flyingcougar, johnsoda, Stelios
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Solar System Imaging & Processing

A forum to post images of the Sun, Moon, Planets and other objects winging through the Solar System. All Camera types are invited to post images and discuss techniques, software and engage in friendly competition. Please read the image posting guidelines before you post!

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Sketching

A forum for the discussion of sketching stellar objects, and displaying user drawings.

Forum moderators: frank5817, Jeff Struve, Uwe Pilz
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Solar System Observing

A friendly place to discuss planetary & solar system object observing.

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Lunar Observing

A forum dedicated to the observation and appreciation of our Moon. Join us in the Lunie Bin and learn about the only world other than the Earth to bear the imprint of human feet. Images and sketches are most welcome. (Please limit the size of image files to 500K.)

Forum moderators: frank5817, gustavo_sanchez, Starman81
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Deep Sky Observing

A dark place to discuss deep sky observing and observations

Forum moderators: CharlieB, Jond105, orlyandico
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Double Star Observing

Double Stars, Rayleigh Limit and Dawes Limit; a place for observers with split personalities.

Forum moderators: CharlieB, Jond105, Uwe Pilz
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Solar Observing and Imaging

Hot place to discuss solar observing and imaging topics

Forum moderators: GShaffer, Jaimo!, junomike
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How do you align Solar imag... - last post by Great Attractor

Observational Astrophysics

A place to record your methods and observations that relate to stellar dynamics and evolution, including variable and carbon stars. Spectroscopy, photometry and radio astronomy are particularly welcome.

Forum moderators: Cotts, rgsalinger, star drop
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Celestron NexStar

Discussion forum for Celestron computerized telescopes and mounts using NexStar technology (NexStar, NexStar GPS, CPC, etc).

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Questar Forum

A forum for discussing Questar and Quantum telescopes

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Meade Computerized Telescopes

A forum to discuss advanced Meade scopes. Among them the ETX, LX90, LX200, LX200 GPS, RCX, and the LX200 ACF series.

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Astronomy Shows & Conferences

A place to discuss, learn about and make plans for NEAF, Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo, imaging conferences and more.

Forum moderators: GShaffer, orlyandico, spereira
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Astro Art, Books, Websites & Other Media

A place to share your astronomy artwork (non-photographic) and *non* commercial astronomy websites and discuss astro related books, magazines, charts, movies and TV shows.

Forum moderators: junomike, spereira, The Ardent
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Astronomy Clubs and Star Parties

For discussion and announcements of astronomy club meetings, star parties and other events.

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Astronomy Software & Computers

This is the place to discuss all things associated with computers & gadgets, both hardware and software (including PDAs, smartphones, tablets, laptops, astronomy programs and apps, Celestron SkyScout and Meade MySky devices, etc.) -- as they relate to astronomy.

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EAA Observation and Equipment - Please read the forum rules and comply with them

Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) is the use of an analog or digital image capturing device in lieu of an eyepiece at the telescope. Here members can talk about the equipment used, share their observing experiences, and post sketches and images captured with EAA devices.

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Science! Astronomy & Space Exploration, and Others

Discuss all science topics, particularly the sciences relating to Astronomy and Space Exploration. This includes all the natural sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Geology, and Biology. They can include applied sciences such as engineering and construction as well. Wherever the scientific method is used, you can discuss it here. As always, no politics, pseudo-science, crack-pottery, or anti-science.

Forum moderators: FirstSight, GShaffer, LivingNDixie
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Space Rocks

This is the place to discuss meteorites and related subjects - including tektites, impact theories, and parent bodies. Got a question about collecting or caring for your meteorites? Ask it here.

Forum moderators: darklighteditor, Jeff Struve
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Cloudy Days & Microscopes

This forum is to discuss birding and other daytime or indoor terrestrial usage of optics, and related equipment; e.g. microscopes.

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Vendor and Group Announcements

A place for vendors and non-CN related organizations to post announcements.

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