Groups and Organizations
- Cloudy Nights Forums
Comprehensive Astronomy Discussions
- The Coconino Astronomical Society
Flagstaff & N. AZ Astronomy
- The Astronomical League
Great source for observing programs
- Scientific Frontline
Science news site with much astronomy related news and information. Images and sketches can be found in the member gallery.
- Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
The Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory has the largest telescope in Arizona for public viewing: 32 inches of aperture!
- Advanced Observing Program at Kitt Peak Visitor Center
The Advanced Observing Program at Kitt Peak Visitor Center is geared towards anyone with an interest in observing the night sky using a high quality telescope or imaging with a DSLR or participating in the CCD imaging program.
- Learn Astronomy HQ – Beginners Guide To Astronomy
Covers all aspects from starting out with binoculars, to setting up and choosing your first telescope. It then covers what to look for in the night sky, how to develop your hobby when the clouds roll in. By Jonathan Clarke.
- Home Science: Backyard Astronomy Basics
Intro to astronomy from home. Thank you to Ava and Brooke Gray for the recommendation.
- Stargazer Online — Personal Pages of Astronomers
Huge list of links to personal amateur astronomy websites compiled by Richard Bell.
- Astronomical Weblinks
Well-researched list of astronomy links with commentary on each site by S. Waldee.
- Observing Notes by Brian Skiff
Observing lists are divided by constellation. Brian notes: “The files include the raw notes that Chris Luginbuhl and I made for our book starting about 1970, plus many follow-up remarks from the literature.” Many of the later observations were published in the Webb Society Quarterly Journal and ‘Deep Sky’ magazine articles.
- Observing Notes by Tom Polakis
While it’s not actually a weblog, this collection of over 3800 observing notes spans all 88 constellations and covers 2,349 unique objects. Tom is an expert observer whose observations cover over 400 nights over the course of 30 years under the night sky.
- Space Jockey
Amateur astronomy weblog by Ewan Bryce of Stenhousemuir, Scotland. Contains photography and a growing number of sketches.
- Caffeinated Astronomy
Weblog by Florida amateur astronomer Aaron Slack.
- The Lowell Observatory Blog
Regularly updated blog highlighting events and activities at Lowell Observatory.
- Cosmic Voyage
Observation notes, sketches and pointers by Bill Ferris
- A Darker View
Astronomy weblog by Andrew Cooper from Waimea, Hawaii. Features observing notes, sketches, photography and more.
- Follow Orion – Space and Universe News, Commentary and Opinions
Growing site of syndicated space and astronomy weblogs.
- Notebook of a Comet Hunter Enjoyable astronomy weblog about Tim Harincar’s journeys through the night sky with additional info on the joys of comet hunting.
- Top of the Lawn
Weblog of amateur astronomy from Central Park by Peter Tagatac. Think observing in New York City would be a lost cause? Think again!
- Deep Sky Blog
Astronomy weblog by Rick Tiffini with focus on astrophotography, but many other interesting observations and links provided regularly.
- Daniel Coe’s Astronomy Log
Astronomy weblog by Daniel Coe, enthusiastic newcomer to the hobby of amateur astronomy. The site features observations, photography, equipment discussions, book reviews, news and more. The site looks like it should become rich in content very quickly.
- NYC Nova Hunter
More fine observing from NYC by Ben Cacace, discoverer of the Cheshire Cat asterism near M38 in Auriga. During astronomical dry spells, the site focuses on some very enjoyable bird observing.
- Personal Logbook
Observation reports and sketches by Denis Y
Spanish astronomy site by Juan LuÃs MartÃnez with a great observation section. Check the CatÃ³logo de Messier observations and the Cielo Profundo (Deep Sky) sections. Even if you don’t read Spanish, the sketches and data tables are excellent. This is what I would aspire for my observation pages to be–I’m not there yet 🙂
- Observing the Sky
Observation journal, sponsored by the NASA IDEA Project
- Backyard Astronomy
Observation journal by Math Heijen in the Netherlands
- Finnish Deep Sky Amateurs
Observation notes and sketches of many deep sky objects
Portuguese observation reports with photography. Many observations are translated into English.
Website by Clement Combier. The link will take you to his article section.
- Andy’s Shot Glass
Tutorials on astrophotography and getting the most from an Orion Skyview Pro mount.
Indexes and Observing info
- SEDS Messier Index
Repository of Messier object data and observation history
- VizieR Service
Searchable database of the deep sky
- SkyView Advanced Form
Searchable database of deep sky imagery
Night sky observing information
- The Pickering Seeing Scale
Animated graphics demonstrating the 1-10 Pickering Seeing Scale for atmospheric turbulence. By Damian Peach.
- Flagstaff Clear Sky Clock
Astronomical viewing forecast for Flagstaff, AZ
- Russell Croman Astrophotography
Astrophotography gallery by Texas amateur astronomer, Russell Croman.
- Chuck Domaracki’s Astro Page
Astrophotography by Chuck Domaracki. Chuck’s site includes information on constructing very inexpensive air or liquid cooling for the DSI and detailed instructions on converting a Big Max Rubbermaid shed into an affordable home observatory.
- Saratoga Skies — Jim Solomon’s Astropics
Astrophotography by Jim Solomon with detailed info about techniques and learning experiences encountered with each photo. Most photos have rollovers detailing objects visible in the image. Don’t miss this site!
- Deep Space Astrophotography
Astrophotography by Chris and Dawn Schur – Payson, AZ
- Robert Gendler’s Astrophotography
Large and stunning collection of galaxy, nebula, and star cluster astrophotography. Beautiful.
- FotografÃa AstronÃ³mica
Spanish astrophotography forum. Check the forums under “ASTROFOTOGRAFÃA” for some top-notch images in nearly every thread. This group holds to a high standard and pushes each other to produce high quality astrophotos. You don’t need to speak Spanish to enjoy the images!
- Dean’s Astrophotography
Beautiful, high resolution deep sky photographs by Dean Rowe. Check them all out–but whatever you do, don’t pass up the high-resolution image of M35/NGC 2158. Speechless…
- Astronomy Pictures
Incredible astrophotography by Matthew T. Russell
- Painting with Starlight
Astrophotography by Thomas V. Davis
- SkyImager.comAstrophotography by Frank Barnes. Click the “Gallery” link in the left frame to go to the images.
- Astrodon DG ImagingAstrophotography by Don Goldman. There are some intensely beautiful images in his gallery.
- Astro Photography by Ken Crawford
- Digital Images of the Sky
- Catching the Light
Beautiful astrophotography by Jerry Lodriguss
- Astro Meeting
Thematic astrophotography by Stefan Seip
- Astro-Physics Inc.
- Best of the Advanced Observing Program
Wide ranging collection of astrophotography from guests involved in Kitt Peak Observatory’s Advanced Observing Program
Lunar, Solar, Planetary, Cometary Information
- The Full Moon Atlas
A complete series of interactive maps to help identify features on the moon
- Comet Ephemerides
Celestial coordinates for comets that can be visually observed
- Latest SOHO Images
Current solar images from the Solar and Heliosheric Observatory
Updated June 26, 2018