Here are a selection of useful astronomical links that are recommended
by the Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society (we don't link swap).
If there is an astronomical web site or forum that you think should be
included, please use the Feedback
form, or Contact us. We link to sites
that we think will be of interest to our members or other amateur astronomers.
Please note that there are many more links, specific to particular content,
dotted around the website. Many of these are to be found in the Light
Pollution, Tonight's Observing
Under Light Polluted Skies and Software
Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society – www.bmas.org
We're not the only Stratford Astronomical Society. There's also
one in Connecticut.
Coventry and Warwickshire Astronomical Society – www.covastro.org.uk
Another astronomical society in the Warwickshire region.
Rugby and District Astronomical Society – www.rugbyastro.org.uk
Another astronomical society in the Warwickshire region.
The Federation of Astronomical Societies – www.fedastro.org.uk
The FAS is a UK wide organisation to which almost all groups including
the Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society belong. Their site contains
a very useful List
of Member Societies, grouped by region.
The Hanwell Community Observatory – www.hanwellobservatory.org.uk
The Hanwell Observatory is based near Banbury. Although a separate
organisation, many of their members are also members of the Stratford
upon Avon Astronomical Society. They are currently building a 75cm
Celestron – www.celestron.com
Manufacturer of telescopes.
Graystel Software – members.aol.com/graystel
Publishers of Graystel Star Atlas 3 and The Graystel Astrophotography
Meade – www.meade.com
Manufacturer of telescopes, in particular the popular LX-200 computer
controlled Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Skymap Software – www.skymap.com
Authors of Sky Map 7, a planetarium program. A freeware version
is available for download in which all but the brightest 30,000 stars
out of 15,000,000 have been removed from its database.
Russian TAL Telescopes – www.telescopes.ru
Makers of a range of cheap, but good quality telescopes.
Southern Stars Software – www.southernstars.com
Creators of Sky Chart 3, a planetarium and space simulation application.
Available for download is a freeware demonstration version in which
save and export functions have been disabled.
Web Cam Adaptor – webcaddy.com.au/astro/adapter.htm
Makers of adaptors for connecting webcams to telescopes.
The Faulkes Telescope Project - www.faulkes-telescope.com
An exciting new project that will allow students
in schools and colleges in the United Kingdom, Hawaii and Australia
to make astronomical observations with research class telescopes,
direct from the classroom via the Internet.
BBC Weather Centre – www.bbc.co.uk/weather
Up to the minute weather information.
The Collimation – perso.club-internet.fr/legault/collim.html
An excellent guide to Collimating telescopes.
Comets and Meteor Showers – comets.amsmeteors.org
A guide to Comet and Meteor spotting, with plenty of up to date
The Planets – www.cpac.freeserve.co.uk/docs/solar.htm
Java applet on Castle Point Astronomy Club's website, showing the
positions of the planets and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
Quickcam and Unconventional Imaging Astronomy
Group – www.qcuiag.co.uk
Meeting point for amateur astronomers using webcams as image detectors.
The organisation also has a Yahoo
The Salopian Web – www.r-clarke.org.uk
This site contains general astronomical content such as information
about all the constellations, advice for telescope buyers and a dictionary.
It also contains current information including that on currently visible
planets, upcoming meteor showers and sky maps.
Variable Stars Sky Survey – www.sky-survey.com
The Poor Meadow Dyke Sky Survey is an amateur project to search
for long period variable stars and other interesting objects. It uses
a homemade drift scanning camera to image objects down to 15th magnitude.
An online archive of data is available as are email alerts of interesting
objects for further investigation.
Magazines and TV Programs
Astronomy Magazine – www.astronomy.com
The website of Astronomy Magazine is home to news, Discussion
Forums and more.
Astronomy Now – www.astronomynow.com
The website of Britain's best selling astronomy magazine. Although
the magazine contents isn't available online, there is much to see
on the website, and its Spaceflight
Now sister site.
BBC Space – www.bbc.co.uk/science/space
Home to all BBC science programs about space, including The
Sky at Night, which has been broadcast since the 50's.
- Christopher Riley – www.chris-riley.com
Writer, broadcaster and film maker specialising in science and history
of science. Producer of the BBC's "Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets".
New Scientist – www.newscientist.com
Although New Scientist is a general science magazine, they often
run articles about astronomy. Much of the contents of the magazine
can be read for free online.
Scientific American – www.sciam.com
Scientific American is a general science magazine that often has
articles about astronomy. It can be read online for free.
Sky and Telescope – www.skyandtelescope.com
The worlds best selling astronomy magazine. Their website is home
to a huge resource of astronomical information.
AstroPlace – www.astroplace.com
Astronomy news and information. Includes a worldwide listing of
astronomical societies and observatories.
- Atmospheric Optics – www.sundog.clara.co.uk/atoptics/phenom.htm
Comprehensive explanation of atmospheric optical phenomena such as
halos, sun dogs and rainbows. Free software is available for download
to simulate rainbows and ice halos.
Aurora Watch – www.aurorawatch.york.ac.uk
Information about Aurorae, and the changes in the earths magnetic
field that can be used to predict them. Includes up to the date information
about the earths magnetic field, and instructions on making your own
Bad Astronomy – www.badastronomy.com
A fascinating site dedicated to debunking both popular misconceptions
of astronomy and astronomical conspiracy theories. A huge range of
topic are covered, including astrology, claims that the Apollo moon
landings were faked and errors in science fiction films.
The International Astronomical Union – www.iau.org
The IAU is an organisation promoting astronomy worldwide. It is
the only organisation with the authority to name astronomical objects
and opposes the various Star
Naming companies run by charlatans who falsely claim otherwise.
Marcus Chown – ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/MChown
Home page of astronomical broadcaster and author, Marcus Chown.
The National Schools Observatory – www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk
An exciting project to make professional grade telescopes that are
robotically controlled available to schools and colleges.
Students for the Exploration and Development
of Space – www.seds.org
An organisation advocating space exploration. Their website includes
and extensive astronomical resources. Of particular interest is their
Planets tour of the solar system.
Space – www.space.com
An online magazine devoted to Astronomy and Spaceflight.
The European Space Agency – www.esa.int
Although they receive far less publicity than NASA, the European
Space Agency is behind many famous space missions, including the Huygens
Titan lander accompanying the Cassini spacecraft to Saturn.
NASA – www.nasa.gov
NASA, the American space agency have got one of the largest sites
on the Internet, split into literally thousands of smaller, though
in many cases still huge sites. Some of the most interesting sites
from an astronomical point of view are those of the Galileo
mission to Jupiter, the Cassini
mission to Saturn, Mars
Exploration, the Hubble
Space Telescope and The
Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Space Daily – www.spacedaily.com
Online Magazine devoted to Space Flight and Technology.