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Astronomy Terms - To Help You Study The Universe - by Scott Gray, October 2006
While some of the vocabulary and calculations of Astronomy seem daunting, you don't need to be a mathematician to appreciate the wonders of astronomy.
Find The Perfect Gift For Your Favorite Astronomy Nut - by Scott Gray, October 2006
If you have an astronomy nerd, nut, or enthusiast on your gift-giving list, you are in luck when it comes to shopping.
Astronomy Binoculars - The Skies The Limit - by Scott Gray, September 2006
Astronomy binoculars don't play by the same rules as other types of binoculars. Find out why.
Communications for your Astronomy Event - by John Huggins, December 2005
Star parties are a favorite event astronomy clubs organize for the enjoyment of general public. Of the many skills your volunteers need to help pull off such an event, communications between them is important. This article discusses what FCC two-way radio services are available to you along with some tips on which one will best serve your event.
Magnification (Power) and Using Eyepieces - by Telescopes.com, September 2005
Understanding how power, or magnification, is calculated when using a telescope will require the understanding of a relationship between two independent optical systems - the telescope itself and the eyepiece you are using. To understand this we must first understand the term Focal Length.
Observational Stellar Astronomy - by G. Sanjith, October 2004
Think that stellar astronomy cannot be done with a small telescope or a pair of binoculars? Think the study of stars is best left to professional astronomers? Think again.
Midnight and Noon - by John Huggins, October 2004
Just about everyone has seen parking signs, time schedules, newsletters, etc. handle the notion of 12 o'clock noon or midnight as 12AM or 12PM. Shame shame. Here are the details on why this is incorrect.
Blue Moon, What is it? - by Bruce McClure, July 2004
By popular acclaim, the second Full Moon of a calendar month is called a Blue Moon.
Signs & Constellations of the Zodiac - by Bruce McClure, January 2004
An explanation of the Zodiac now and 2,000 years ago.
"Back to the Astronomy Cafe" Book Review - by Astronomy Net, December 2003
Here is an affordable book containing answers to many questions concerning astronomy. This will become your most earmarked book.
Finding Himalia, the fifth brightest moon of Jupiter - by Rick Scott, October 2003
Himalia is the only moon other than Europa, Ganymeade, Callisto and IO visible with small telescopes. You will find the help you need to locate it in this article.
Lunar Libration - by Bruce McClure, January 2003
Libration is the slight rocking motion of the moon.
Harvest Moon - by Bruce McClure, January 2003
The Harvest Moon refers to the Full Moon that comes closest to the autumnal equinox, or the first day of autumn.
Summer Triangle - by Bruce McClure, January 2003
The summer triangle is a must see astronomy object.
Lurie-Houghton Telescope Design - by Rick Scott, December 2002
Lurie-Houghton Telescope Design with a Comparison to the Newtonian Telescope.
You Can't Make Stellar Images Brighter - by Rick Scott, September 2001
Ever wonder how a telescope helps you even though it makes the images dimmer? This article explains.
You Can Make Stellar Images Brighter - by Rick Scott, September 2001
A few months ago I wrote an article titled "You Canít Make Them Brighter". So why am I now writing that you can make them brighter? Read and see.
Human Powered Clock Drive - by Zac, August 2001
Think you need exotic materials and a machinist's know-how to get good astro photos? After you read this you won't. Described is a human powered clock drive built from readily available materials.
Telescope Mounts - by Jim Harris, January 2001
A guide to telescope mounts from the beginners viewpoint.
Your First Telescope - by Ed Ting, April 2000
Planning to purchase your first telescope? Great. Here are some tips.
Moon, Planets and Aurora, Oh My! - by John Huggins, April 2000
A rare planetary conjunction, a more rare Aurora (a red one), film in the camera, a good tripod and a kid to share it with. A tale of my lucky Astronomical night.
Meade ETX, a Telescope for the Masses. - by Larry Bohlayer, December 1999
The Meade ETX-90EC with the Autostar computer could be the only telescope an amateur needs... at the very least, it's a geat first instrument. Here's a first hand usage experience and recommendations on some "optional" accessories that the author deems essential.
New Millennium is When? - by Astronomy Net, November 1999
Many assumptions about when the new "Millennium" begins exist. Here is a look at when it really starts and why.
OSLO LT V5.4 Optical Software for Layout and Optimization - by Rick Scott, August 1999
For those who might be interested in ray tracing their telescope designs, this software may help.
Polar Align your Telescope, Here's How. - by Craig Hill, July 1999
Craig Hill presents one method of aligning your telescope to the pole of the earth.
Where on earth will the Sun rise earliest - by Stephen Daniels, April 1999
Ever wonder where the sun rises first on any given day?
The Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer - by John Huggins, October 1998
The Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer (NPOI) telescope offers optical astronomers a new way to analyze stars and their surrounding systems.
Polar Alignment using the Star Drift Method - by Blaine Korcel, October 1985
Here is good method to align your telescope to the pole using the star drift method. This is a classic method from the 1980s when electronics for telescopes was just a drive corrector. Each step is explained and a table of suitable stars is shown.
NOVAC Newsletter - Reflections on 1982 - by Richard Lawson, January 1983
Interesting thoughts during the beginning years of an Astronomy club in Northern Virginia.
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