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A collection of “White Papers” and General Information That Supports Our Hobby:

A Guide to Telescope Types

The Types & Use of Astronomical Eyepiece Filters

The Frugal Astronomer’s Vendor List


Constructing Your Own “Barn-door” Astro-Camera – DIY Project

A Guide to Central Illinois Planetarium Websites and Locations

                      A Beginner’s Guide to Night Landscape & Astrophotography



Links to Amateur Astronomy resources for
current events, software, education and vendor products:


University of  Arizona “Teach Astronomy”

Sun & Moon Rise/Set Times Calculator

Moon Phase Calendar For Northern Hemisphere

Your Guide To The Moon

Monthly Sky Maps

Space Weather – Current Sky Events

Universe Today – Nancy Atkinson Editor-In-Chief

Astronomy Cast – Dr. Pamela Gay & Fraser Cain Podcasts

Photographic Guide to the Constellations

DSLR Field-of-View Calculator

How Telescopes Work

Beginner Telescope Types

Telescope Eyepieces:  A Discussion For the Beginner

Astronomy Software

FREE-The Best Downloadable Planetarium Program for Your Computer – Stellarium

A Guide to Using Stellarium (PDF)

Satellite Flyby Local Time Calculator

What’s In the Heavens Above

International Space Station Technology Guide

Orion Telescopes & Binoculars Online Catalog

Video Clips About the Symbols of Physics & Astronomy

Free Online Star Charts

                      Health Effects of Light Pollution

                      NASA Solar System Exploration

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