Space - Educational
site by the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public
Outreach which promotes the science and majestic beauty of the
universe for use in the classroom.
Solar System Exploration Page - NASA's site for our solar system. (Low
bandwith page here)
Space Science Education Resource Directory - Site with NASA space science products for use
in classrooms, science museums, planetariums, and other settings.
Kids Site - Educational
and informational site for kids.
StarChild - A learning
center for young astronomers with information related to the
solar system and space exploration.
Human Space Flight Site
- Contains information of past and present manned space flights.
Space Science Mission Page
JPL Mission Page
- Contains information of past and present unmanned space missions.
to the Universe
- A user-friendly learning site covering the Earth and Space
- Society for those interested in the preservation and use of
antique telescopes, binoculars instruments, etc.
League - One of
the world's largest amateur astronomical organizations dedicated
to promoting Astronomy
Society of the Pacific -
Founded in 1889 in California, ASP has grown into the largest
general astronomy society in the world. ASP is a recognized
leader in the field of astronomy education.
Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) - An organization which encourages
amateur and professional astronomers to participate in the measurement
of variable star activity.
The Association of
Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) - An organization dedicated
to the study of the Sun, the Moon, major planets, minor planets,
meteors, and comets.
Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) - Collects timing data
on all types of occultations.
Meteor Network - Dedicated to coverage of sporadic and meteor
Telescope Magazine Online - Here you can find information
on occultations, Jupiter's moons and great red spot, and other
interesting astronomical events.
Astronomy Magazine Online
- Similar to Sky & Telescope, this site has news and weekly
QuickCam and Unconventional
Imaging Astronomy Group (QCUIGA) - Site with information
on using webcams and other electronic imaging devices for astronomical
Supernova - An up to date reference for observable supernovae.
This site provides the location and some images of current supernovae.
Comet Observation Home page
- Everything you need to observe comets.
Holes Encyclopedia - Based on the work of McDonald Observatory
and University of Texas at Austin; hosted via the StarDate.org web site and magazine.
Farmers' Almanac Home
page - Current celestial events, and lots of other information
Astrophysical Observatory - Information on various ongoing
research projects, as well as archives of old projects.
- JPL's Space Calendar covers space related activities and anniversaries.
Space Telescope Science Institute
- All about the Hubble Space Telescope.
Satellite Observer's Home page - Go here to find out when
and where to look for visible satellites.
Heavens-Above - Provides
all of the information you need to observe Earth orbiting satellites.
Astromart - An online
source for used equipment.
Company Seven - Located
in Laurel, Maryland, they carry better amateur and institutional
astronomical telescopes, nature watching and surveillance instruments,
ultra-telephoto lenses, binoculars, and accessories.
Hands on Optics -
Mail order with a store located in Damascus, MD. They offer the
complete lines of Celestron, Meade, GTO, LOMO, JMI, Antares,
Burgess, Siruis, Software Bisque, Thousand Oaks Optical, Daystar
Filters, APM, AstroSystems, Virgo Instruments, StarDust cases
and many more.
Hardin Optical -
An online source for telescope and accessories.
Meade Instruments Corporation
- Meade is a leading producer of Telescopes and accessories for
Telescopes and Binoculars - Huge selection of telescopes
Optics - Enormous selection of lenses, scientific instruments,
test charts and other optical products.
Pegasus Optics -
Maker of high quality primary mirrors.
Scope Reviews - Telescope
review web site
Best Binoculars - Binocular review web site
Starry Night Lights
- Ordinance compliant, night sky friendly outdoor lights.
Products User Group - For Meade owners: LX200, LX50, and
StarFinder telescopes and Pictor CCD cameras.
Your Telescope's Magnification
about Collimating a Newtonian telescope
on Newtonian Collimation
Align your Telescope, Here's How
Telescope Site for Beginners
ETX Site - Site for the Meade ETX telescopes. Also
contains some info on the Meade DS telescopes.
Buying Your First
Telescope - Good tips for the beginner.
Orion Telescope's Star Party Series - A series
of 14 videos by Orion Telescopes on various aspects of amateur
How to Buy a Telescope - A series of 14 videos
about buying a telescope, on eHow, by Jesse Sturgeon. New!
Attending the GMARS Messier Marathon Star Party
- A home video about attending a Messier Marathon at Goat Mountain.
Clubs & Societies
Picture of the Day - A different image every day, with an
explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Space Telescope Pictures - STScI's publicly available HST
Digitized Sky Survey
- This site "comprises a set of all-sky photographic surveys
in E, V, J, R, and N bands conducted with the Palomar and UK
Sloan Digital Sky Survey
- This site aims to "map in detail one-quarter of the entire
sky, determining the positions and absolute brightness of more
than 100 million celestial objects."
Welcome to the Planets
- Contains many of the best images obtained from NASA's planetary
Dark Sky Association (IDA) -
IDA's goals are to be effective in stopping the adverse environmental
impact on dark skies by building awareness of the problem of
light pollution and of the solutions, and to educate everyone
about the value and effectiveness of quality nighttime lighting.
Outdoor Lighting Taskforce (VOLT) - VOLT is the only organization specifically dedicated
to improving outdoor lighting right here in Virginia.
A Guide to Light Pollution
is a good source for light pollution information suggested by
Nancy Ward's students.
See also products in Telescopes
and Related Products.
Geostationary Satellite Server