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- latest astronomy news online:
- need to see what the cloud cover is like, even at night - for Australia, check infra-red images
- solar eclipses:
- 29th April 2014 annular eclipse - eastern Australia near sunset
- 23rd October 2014 partial eclipse - mainly northern America
- 21st August 2017 total eclipse USA:
The Night Sky for This Month
Night Sky Views for various horizon directions.
The Planets this month Looking West after Sunset Position of Jupiter's Satellites
Plan your dark sky viewing, or lunar viewing, using the Phases of the Moon chart for 2003.
The website www.skymaps.com provides a monthly high quality printed all-sky star map and further information.
Current planetary data All the information you could want for the planets.
Current Solar data Plenty of data regarding the sun including “Astronomical twilight”
Current Lunar data A page full on information on the moon including phase dates for the current cycle
Australian astronomy websites:
- Astronomical Society Victoria - dark sky viewing site at Heathcote 90min from Melbourne
- Astronomical Society of Melbourne - dark sky viewing site east of Pakenham
- Ice in Space - Australian & NZ amateur astronomy site and forum
- South-east Queensland Astrofest star parties
- Anglo-Australian Observatory ( AAO )
- The Anglo-Australian Observatory operates the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt Telescopes at Siding Spring, Australia, and a laboratory on the same campus as the ATNF in the Sydney Suburb of Epping.
- ATNF - Australia Telescope Compact Array ( ATCA, Narrabri )
- The Paul Wild Observatory, near Narrabri, is part of the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), and operated by the CSIRO; the Officer-in-Charge is Dr Graham Nelson. The Narrabri site contains the Australia Telescope Compact Array, which consists of five antennas located along a 3-km railtrack, and a 6th antenna 3 km further to the west.
- CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) is an organisation that supports and undertakes research in radio astronomy. It operates the Australia Telescope, the collective name for a set of radio telescopes in New South Wales. These telescopes are used, individually or together, to study objects in the Universe ranging from the remains of dead stars to entire galaxies.
- ATNF - Parkes Observatory ( ATNF Parkes )
- The CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility operates a group of radio telescopes collectively known as the Australia Telescope. The ATNF Parkes Observatory consists of a 64m telescope which is used as an independent instrument, and networked with other Australian and international radio telescopes for VLBI.
- Automated Patrol Telescope ( APT )
- The Automated Patrol Telescope (APT) is a wide-field CCD imaging telescope, which is operated by the University of New South Wales at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia.
- Grove Creek Observatory in NSW Australia, specializes in CCD imaging and research. Accomodation is available for visiting amateur astronomers.
- Mount Pleasant Radio Observatory ( Tasmania )
- The Australian National University runs the following telescopes: 2.3m at Siding Springs ; 74in at Mount Stromlo ; 50in at Mount Stromlo ; 40in at Siding Springs ; 24in at Siding Springs.
- Sydney University Molonglo Sky Survey ( SUMSS )
- SUMSS is a deep radio survey of the entire sky south of declination -30 degrees, made using the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope, operating at 843MHz and recording right-circular polarization.
SUMSS matches (approximately) the resolution and depth of the NRAO-VLA Sky Survey (NVSS). The principal data products are mosaics which cover a 4×4 degree square on the sky. The centres of the mosaics mirror the NVSS centres in the north. The resolution is 45“ x 45”/sin(dec), and the rms noise limit varies from 1.3 to 2mJy/beam (lower toward the south celestial pole).
The survey began in March 1997 and will take eight years to complete. SUMSS is suported by funding from the Australian Research Council.
The primary reference for a description of the survey is: Bock, D., Large, M. and Sadler, E.
general astronomy sites:
- Telescope HQ - detailed website all about telescopes with links
- This is the first remote controlled telescope by internet with live images and free photos with long exposure. Register for free with a personal password and enjoy the Italian Sky (-1 UT time).
astronomical image libraries:
- CCD Images of Messier Objects ( Messier Objects )
- Provides information on current (bright) comets including recent observations and ephemeridies. Images and light curves of current and past comets are also available.
- Deep-sky.Org includes deep-sky images, taken by well known astrophotographers from around the world. It features a large and complete graphical Messier object reference.
- Publicly released images from post-servicing observations by Hubble Space Telescope. The images in this directory are in GIF format which supports up to 256 colors (8-bits). They include 30 Doradus, 47 Tucanae, Comet 1993e, Eta Carinae, Mars, M31, M87, M100, NGC1068, NGC2440, NGC6624, NGC7252, Nova Cygni, Orion (incl. animation), QSO1220+204, the Saturn storm, SL-9, SN1987A (with rings), and SN1994I. The images have originally been made available by the Office of Public Outreach of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
astrophotography image galleries:
- photoastronomique.net - French astrophotography web gallery
- See the glory - uses RC telescope in USA
- Starryscapes - Loke Kun Tan - uses RC telescope
- David Dockery USA - uses Meade 10“ LX200 SCT and TeleVue 85mm f/5.6 with Canon 300D & webcam autoguiding
- Astro Endeavours - uses Meade 8” SCT & Canon Powershot G2 camera
- Clark Vision - uses Canon 1D Mark II (and 10D), 300mm & 500mm f/4 lens with 1.4x TC, ST4 autoguider, Losmandy G11 mount.