This page updated 29 April 2012
Welcome to the Amateur Astronomer's Notebook! This site is the result my 38+ year interest in astronomy. Within this site you will find information on a wide variety of topics that may be of interest to both casual star watchers as well as experienced amateurs. Below is a list of topics available for your inspection. I hope you find this site interesting and useful especially if your nights out include Florida Holidays with family and friends!! This page is also available in Romanian language.
Information For Observers
- Naked Eye Observing Many people
believe that a telescope is required to participate in amateur astronomy.
However, that's not true. A lot of very interesting observing can be
done without any optical aid at all -- particularly if you have dark
skies (article written by my friend Peter Chapin).
- Keeping warm at the telescope Here is some advice on ways to stay warm
while enjoying the clear winter skies.
- Joe Roberts' observation log Check out some of my personal observations (mostly from my early years) to see comments about some of the objects I've seen.
Pollution Topics Light pollution is a serious threat to astronomy in most
areas of the US. Learn what Light Pollution is, how to recognize it, and how to help reduce it.
- Questions and Answers Here are a number of answers to questions regarding many topics in astronomy.
- Useful Data for Amateur Astronomers Below are several articles you may find useful.
- How far is that Star? An attempt to put the vast distances of astronomy into "human" terms...
- How to do Greek Letters in HTML A list of the Greek alphabet characters and the code to generate them in HTML documents.
- Calibrate Your Monitor A chart that allows you to see if your monitor is cailbrated for the best possible viewing of images on this site.
- Magnitude Comparison Tables Tables containing data which will help you to determine how much brighter (or fainter) stars will appear in various size amateur telescopes.
- CCD Imaging:
- Amateur Radio Astronomy. This document attempts to describe how an amateur with modest equipment can get involved with radio astronomy (article written by Peter Chapin).
- Building of a Backyard Observatory. After 30+ years of waiting my childhood dream of a backyard observatory has been realized! See a detailed chronicle of the construction...
That's how the Amateur Astronomer's Notebook looks today. Thanks for stopping in. If you'd like to drop us a note, please e-mail me!
A clear night, a great scope and dark skies... Let's Observe!
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