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#1 BradFran

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:11 AM

After looking for other amateur astronomy communities online, I came up with a list and wanted to share in case anyone else found them interesting. Please add to the list if you know of other discussion forums worth checking out, as long as they are public and currently active.

 

A list of currently active public amateur astronomy related discussion forums:

 

 

English language:

Ice in Space - Australia / Southern hemisphere

www.iceinspace.com.au

 

Star Gazers Lounge - UK / Europe
stargazerslounge.com

 

Astronomy Shed - UK

www.astronomyshed.co.uk

 

Deep Sky Forum
www.deepskyforum.com

 

Astronomy Forum - International Astronomy Forum
www.astronomyforum.net

 

The Sky Searchers

theskysearchers.com

 

Astromart forums - USA

astromart.com/forums

 

 

German language:

Der Astrotreff - Germany / Europe
www.astrotreff.de
(Cloudy Nights for the German speaking world)

 

Der Treffpunkt für Astronomie - Germany / Europe
forum.astronomie.de

 

 

French language:

Webastro - La communité de l'astronomie - France
www.webastro.net/forums

 

 

Danish language:

Danmarks nyeste amatør astronomi forum - Denmark

www.astronet.dk

 

 

Thanks to: petert913, spereira, Lindhard and Steve Cox for suggestions!


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#2 petert913

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:20 AM

I've followed Astronomy Shed (UK) for a few years.  Great bunch of Brits over there.

 

https://www.astronomyshed.co.uk/


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:22 AM

Thanks Peter, I forgot about that one! Haven't been there in ages.



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:32 AM

These's a new one here:

 

https://theskysearchers.com/index.php

 

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 03:31 PM

Danish language

 

 

https://www.astronet.dk


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#6 BradFran

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 04:08 PM

Danish language

 

 

https://www.astronet.dk

Maybe the coolest moon phase clock on the internet! Wish I could read Danish.



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 08:00 PM

I hesitate to say it, but Astromart does have a forum.  Don't know how active it is anymore since my membership was pulled years ago by Herb without reason given.



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Posted 28 August 2019 - 04:08 AM

I hesitate to say it, but Astromart does have a forum.  Don't know how active it is anymore since my membership was pulled years ago by Herb without reason given.

In the deep past (more than ten years ago) I really enjoyed Astromart and it's forums. But it seemed almost inactive to me a few months ago, so I ignored it. Perhaps it should be included for completeness as there is some activity there. Maybe "active" should be defined as more than one post a week? They seem to meet that criteria in at least some forums. Their classifieds section, in contrast, seems just as active as ever!


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Posted 31 August 2019 - 04:56 PM

The Astromart forum is a pretty sketchy place.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:49 PM

Yahoo Groups has a number of astronomy forums (some more active than others). 



#11 BradFran

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 01:07 PM

Yahoo Groups has a number of astronomy forums (some more active than others). 

Which ones are active? I can't find any that have posts in the last month. Many seem to have no posts in the last six months. Yahoo groups were very active in the past... but seem to have faded away.

 

I really miss sci.astro.amateur on Usenet. It probably has some active posts, but I don't want to go near it anymore. Mostly due to spam, but also because I loved it so much in the early 90s; it breaks my heart what happened there (and to Usenet in general) towards the end of the 90s. At least we have Cloudy Nights!



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Posted 03 September 2019 - 01:21 PM

A lot of groups have moved to from Yahoo to groups.io after all the shenanigans from Yahoo.

 

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 02:23 PM

At groups.io there are currently 50 astronomy discussion groups.

 

Thanks obrazell. It seems I can longer edit the original post, so we will just have to add links as we go!


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 03:40 PM

Another English one (been around a while):

http://starstuff-forums.com


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Posted 09 September 2019 - 03:33 PM

Was (joined) Astroshed for a period. Didn't like the need to log on before being able to read more then the first opening post. I tend to read first then decide if any point in going further.

 

So I gave up. Also was never 100% sure who the people were, some I knew of from elsewhere but I, maybe unfairly or incorrectly, found some people appeared a bit too similar to each other.

 

Think I may be on Iceinspace but they do similar, you can read say 5 or 10 posts then you are prevented from more. Seems pointless and somewhat negative. I read before signing in, if I cannot read then I don't sign in. Is that just me?

 

Do find it "difficult" to drop into Australian conversations, just seem a little removed. Make it easy for people to see things however. CN and SGL make it easy.

 

Thanks for the list.



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Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:22 PM

Reddit has several active astronomy related sub-reddits:

 

reddit.com/r/Astronomy

reddit.com/r/askastronomy

reddit.com/r/astrophotography

reddit.com/r/spaceporn

reddit.com/r/telescopes


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