This page is rather long so here is an index that will allow you to jump to each section
Have a look at our Friends page as well there are more links located there !
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Beginners Start Here !
http://www.popastro.com/ The Society for Popular Astronomy has some links to advice for beginners
http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/public/viewsky.html Advice on starting observing from Jodrell Bank Observatory
http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/public/viewbinos.html Advice on buying & using binoculars from Jodrell Bank Observatory
http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/public/viewtels.html Advice on buying & using telescopes from Jodrell Bank Observatory
http://www.dibonsmith.com/menu.htm Guide for what you can see with the naked eye & Binoculars
http://www.rtgui.com/ Planning Software - Real-Time Interactive Windows Software for Astronomical Observers - gives a list of objects to view and also controls your telescope if your GOTO telescope has a remote control option. New version out soon with more objects & better search facilities - (Added 21/2/2006)
Skylights - Astronomy News
Earth and Sky :- Lots of titles by Mail Order
Waterstone's :-Have a reasonable selection of books but few text books
Willman Bell (USA) :- Publishers of many specialist astronomy books
Cambridge University Press :- Publishers of Astronomy Books
Blackwell's Bookshops -:- London (Charing Cross Road & Oxford) Oxford has a very good selection
Astronomy on the Internet :- W H Freeman publishers of the classic textbook 'Universe'
Amazon.co.uk:-Only 1.5 million books to choose from !
Access to the ADC Archives :- Access to Astronomy Data & Catalogues only up to 2002
APS POSS I Catalogue and Database Access :- Minnesota Automated Plate Scanner - MAPS - scans of the National Geographic-Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS I)
Astrophysics Data System :- The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) maintains four bibliographic databases containing more than 4.2 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Physics and Geophysics, and preprints in Astronomy.
Astro Pre-prints - electronic copies of published papers & pre-prints
Catalogues available at CDS :- (CDS) collects and distributes astronomical data catalogues, related to observations of stars and galaxies, and other galactic and extragalactic objects. Catalogues about the solar system bodies and atomic data are also included
CDROM Astronomical Data Sets :- NSSDC CDROM DATA sets catalogues
Meteor Showers:- American Meteor Society news & information - professional & amateur observations -historical research
Data Services :- Astronomical Data from the US Navy. Will be moved soon
Minor Planet Centre - details of Minor Planets and Asteroids
Welcome to IMPReSS:- (IMage PeRimeters of Sky Surveys) is a graphical interface to astronomical databases that presents the user with plane of the sky outlines or silhouettes of images obtained by space-based telescopes.
NASA Skyview :- Virtual 'Telescope'
Physical Constants and Astronomical Data :- Includes a JAVA calculator
Simbad on the Web : Access to a wide range of astronomical data
Solar System Data :- Nine Planets Website
USNO-B1 and USNO-A2 catalogs :- Interactive search service on the PMM Image database and the NOMAD, USNO-B1 and USNO-A2 catalogs. This service extracts all the objects within a user specified radius or box around a single point in the sky. The database is some 80GBytes so don't try to download the whole sky !
VizieR Service:- Search through catalogues for information on a particular object or class of objects
NED Galactic Data :- NASA / IPAC Extragalactic Database details of extra galactic objects
Astronomical Society of the Pacific:- Based in America but has material of interest to everyone.
True Technology - Supply a wide range of astronomical imaging equipment - Aldermaston Berkshire
Binoculars.com Has some useful information on Binoculars and Telescopes. Good prices but is based in Canada so the free shipping does not apply. Could not find any UK shipping rates on the web site.
Note the products as with all goods from outside the EU will also be subject to excise duty, import duty and VAT. On top of that the Royal Mail will charge you £8.00 for sorting out the excise duty, import duty and VAT with HM Customs see the Royal Mail Page on Importing Goods. The duties and Taxes will be the same with other carriers but their handling charge may vary.
Broadhurst Clarkson & Fuller - Meade Telescope Distributors :- Now in Tonbridge Kent
BC&F Astro Engineering - manufacturers of a wide range of astronomical accessories and adaptors
COAA Homepage :- Astronomical Holidays in Portugal & Astro Software
David Hinds Ltd - Astronomical Equipment:- mostly Celestron Equipment
Field view Home Page :- Astronomy holidays in one of the darker parts of Norfolk - they also coat telescope mirrors and flats
Fibre Optic Spectrograph :- Fibre optic spectroscope made in the USA - stops the problem of a heavy spectrograph and camera on the back of the telescope
Herstmonceux Science Centre:- This was the RGO's home in the 1960's now a science centre but you can see and use some of the telescopes
I. R. Poyser :- Makers of brass refracting telescopes in the traditional style, suppliers of optical components and suppliers of Astronomy Kits for GCSE courses
Kay Optical :- Located in Morden Surrey the nearest Astronomy Shop to Croydon
Astronomia: - Surrey's only Astronomy Shop -
Modern Astronomy :- Sells CCD Cameras, Telescopes & Filters - WebShop but items can be collected from their office in Purley
Orion Optics :-Orion Optics Home Page
The Starlight Xpress CCD camera home page :- As used by the CAS
True Technology :- Binocular & Telescopes
Venturescope Telescopes (Emsworth) :- Venturescope Telescopes are in Emsworth Hampshire
Widescreen Centre :- Astronomical Suppliers - Dorset Street London W1 - they now have two web sites at:
Astronomy & Telescopes - TelescopesDirect
Distance Learning Courses
External Education Courses are on our Education Page use the link to jump there.
IAU Commission 46 Education In Astronomy - Newsletters & details of IAU projects
AstroEd: Astronomy Education Resources :- A wide range of resources for all ages and abilities
Hubble Academy -- Top Level Page :- Hubble Space Telescope Outreach Page
Armagh Planetarium Homepage :- A variety of resources including items for sale
Cosmos in a Computer Map :- A map based approach to organising Astronomical Knowledge (Can be a bit out of date - last revised 1995 and knowledge has expanded since then)
Open University:- Astronomy Group :- The World's premier distance learning centre also a major research centre
PROJECT CLEA HOME PAGE :- Download software astronomy exercises they are designed for class use but you can use them yourself as well includes the Virtual Educational Observatory
Edexcel Foundation - Home Page:- They organize the GCSE Astronomy Exams
Link to the Edexcel GCSE Astronomy Paper Specification Page
Lifelong Learning at Oxford University :- Astronomy & Cosmology Days, Weekends & Evenings
QCUIAG QuickCam (WebCam) and Unconventional Imaging Astronomy Group
C.O.A.A. Homepage :- Have some software for stacking CCTV camera images y
Registax software for stacking planetary images
Deep Sky Stacker - registers and stacks images
Astronomy Picture of the Day :- A new picture every day with commentary
Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive :- Archive of APOD pictures
APOD Text Search :- Search the APOD archive - many good links to additional information
Big Bear Solar Observatory WWW Page :- Look here for Sunspots & lots more on our nearest star
SOHO - The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory :- See the Sun from a different angle
Solar Images :- Another view of the Sun
The NOAA POES satellite web site provides some good images of auroral activity from space
The Society for the History of Astronomy - research and recording the History of Astronomy - mostly in the UK
Display the spectral lines of selected elements on your computer . An alternative page is available here. A good way to view what the spectral lines of elements are - you can also download the files so that you can run it locally. JPEG images of the spectrum as well ! The spectrum of Carbon is shown below.
This link will take you to a page with a lot more information on emission lines and spectroscopy.
History of Astronomical Spectroscopy Look here for some of the History - Don't forget William Huggins did a lot of the work 'just up the road' at Tulse Hill.
Bows, Halos, Dogs, Glories & other Atmospheric phenomena
FAS web page :- Federation of Astronomical Societies details & links to most UK Astronomical Societies
SAGAS Home Page :- Links to Astronomical Societies in the South of England
The Starpages:- Almost all the Astronomy Links you could ever want !
Astronomical information on the Internet :- Aimed at professionals but is also a good resource if you want details on a star or object
Astronomy Now On-Line :- The UK Astronomy Magazine
CCD University :- Help on using CCD cameras
Webb Society The Webb Society is an international society of amateur and professional astronomers specializing in the observation of double stars and 'deep sky’ objects, founded in 1967.
The Astronomer (The TA) an organisation to support committed observers, they will help check your new Comet or Nova sightings !
SCT Collimation - illustration of how to collimate your Schmitt Cassegrain Telescope - It shows a Meade telescope but we can't all be perfect ! - (Does that explain why the images of the final 'perfect' collimation have a break in the bottom showing a problem with the optics ?)
Epsilon Telescope Accessories – look here for camera mounts & other specialised hardware to help your astronomy. They also offer a ‘made to measure’ machining service for that part you always wanted but could not find.
The Society of Popular Astronomy provide a detailed SkyDiary
There is a SkyDiary maintained by The Jodrell Bank Observatory
Sky & Telescope Magazine have a lot of events linked from their home page - beware some such as solar eclipses & occultation's may only be visible from North America and the Meteor Showers may occur in daylight !
This site - Your Sky is a web based planetarium programme that allows you to see what is visible from your location.
This is the US Navy view of the night sky for this week with a USA bias
Finally you can always use an astronomical yearbook or an astronomical almanac or planetarium programme and work it out for yourself.