Welcome: Please Join to Post Your Sketches or to Discuss Observations and Objects in Your Sketches
Place to post who you are and a greeting and to receive the welcome of the community
Jan 17 15 5:43 PM
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Sketching for All
Please post your Lunar Sketches here.
Jul 10 15 7:53 AM
Planets and Solar System Objects sketches go here
Jun 24 16 11:02 PM
Please post your Double Star and Multiple Star Sketches here.
Aug 14 15 8:59 PM
Please post your sketches of Comets here.
Jun 30 15 9:55 PM
Please post your sketches of Globular Clusters here.
Jun 24 16 11:12 PM
Please post your open cluster sketches here.
Jul 10 15 8:29 AM
Please post your sketches of galaxies and Galaxy Groups here.
Jun 24 16 11:24 PM
Please post your sketches of Planetary Nebula here.
Jan 30 17 8:27 PM
Please post your sketches of all nebula, supernova remnants etc. except no Planetary Nebula here. PN's have their own thread.
Aug 28 15 8:38 PM
Please post your Wide Field Sketches, ie sketches of the Milky Way or other naked eye sketches here.
Jul 2 15 4:02 PM
A place for beginners to ask questions, inquire about equipment and telescopes and to ask how to questions.
A forum where beginners may discuss their observations of lunar, solar system, solar, or deep sky objects or ask questions.
Discuss Challenging DSO Objects and your observations of them.
Aug 8 15 10:21 AM
A place to discuss deep sky observations and objects.
Apr 18 15 6:42 AM
A Place to discuss double star observing.
A place to discuss Variable Star and NOVA Outburst observing. Think AAVSO
A place to discuss solar system observing.
Discuss Lunar Observing
Discuss objects that are challenging to observe.
A place to discuss non classic Refractors in a broad and general sense.
Discuss Classic Refractors
Discuss using Meade (#390/#395, 102ACHR, etc) Celestrons (older Vixen-based units are 3+ or 4) Stellarvue (3+) Orion (90 mm and larger) Unitron (3+) Carton (not available in US) (3+) Astrotelescopes Explore Scientific achromats Megrez 80 Skywatcher/Synta/Photon/Konus/Bresser/etc
Discuss High Mid Ranger Refractors such as Most Vixens (includes Orion/Vixen and Celestron/Vixen models) Meade ED Series TeleVue Ranger/Pronto Pentax (difficult to find in US) Explore Scientific apochromats Borg Brandon (older 94 mm and 130 mm models are 4+) Orion 80 mm and 100 mm ED apos Better Stellarvue Models (SV 80, SV105, etc)
Discuss using and owning Astro-Physics,Takahashi,TMBack/William Yang Optics/APM,TeleVue
Discuss Mounts for visual and tracking for imaging for use with Refractors
Discuss your solar scopes that you use to view the nearest star.
Discussion of Dobsonian Telescopes, their accessories and their equipment.
A place to discuss SCT telescopes
Discuss alt/az.; equatorial and other mounts used for dobs and SCT's.
Discuss owning, using a strut or truss telescope by Dobstuff
Discuss owning and using a New Moon Telescope/Dob
Discuss anything related to owning and observing with an Obsession Dob.
Discuss owning and using a Star Structure Dob
Discuss owning and using/observing with a Teeter Telescope/Dob
Discussion of eyepieces and barlows.
Aug 13 15 10:05 PM
Discuss all other equipment used in the hobby that is not for visual or imaging use.
Discuss tools and other items used to help visual observers.
A place to discuss the re figuring, manufacturing and making of mirrors used in Dobsonian Telescopes
Discuss the equipment used to aid in taking images
Discuss Video equipment and its uses in aiding visual observations including captured video of 2 minutes or less.
A place to discuss computers and software for astronomy
A place to discuss Astronomical books, atlases and other such media.
Feb 24 15 7:45 PM
Discuss ATM and DIY projects.
A place to discuss imaging on a general level, including DSO, Solar System, Solar, Terrestial and Lunar imaging.
A place for beginners to discuss imaging.
A place for advance imagers to discuss.
Discuss Film, DSLR and digital camera imaging.
A forum to share your images. Remember the smaller size helps save bandwidth.
A place to discuss science (not religion) and scientific findings from non-Astronomy fields of science.
A place to discuss scientific findings of astronomy.
Place to discuss non astronomy related items. Discussions on politics and religion are not allowed and those posts will be deleted and a ban may result for those posting.
Use this forum to bring up other topics not listed in the other forums or perhaps a Q&A for any professional wishing to participate.
Professionals are welcome to come here and have a paper read, or ask or observations on a specific target from the amateur community or open a topic up and share their knowledge on that topic.
Professionals or others may share articles they are working on for review and reading; may post a topic and instruct and answer questions on their topic and interact with the amateur community.
Calls for observations (please clarify if visual, imaging or both are wanted) by Professionals
Astro Vendor Forums
A business making astronomical equipment that is well known (for example, a major optical company or telescope making company or a company selling equipment on a regular basis) may request a forum here for the discussion of their product. No actually purchasing can occur on site but a link to their website is allowed and they may promote and sell and explain and clarify the product to their hearts content. Must be family friendly but after that the business is responsible for moderating their forum (I will moderate for respect and language). PM me if interested and I will set up the forum for you.