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A.S.T.R.A is a member of:

The Astronomical League
The Astronomical League


The Night Sky Network
The Night Sky Network

Websites Suggested by Members:

Save the Planetarium
Help to continue the operation of the the Ocean County College planetarium
Americas premier Astronomy Expo
(held at Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY)
stellarium Stellarium is a free open source astronomy program for your computer. It lets you see what is visible in the sky from any location at any time using your eyes, binoculars or any telescope.
The Hubble Site The Hubble Site allows you to explore astronomy topics plus see a video presentation on what to see in tonight's sky (constellations, planets, deep sky objects and special events).
Novins Planetarium The Robert J. Novins Planetarium is located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. It has been recently renovated and remains one of the largest and most active planetariums in New Jersey. New technology provides the Planetarium staff with exciting new ways to bring you the wonders of the universe and you'll find a variety of programs for all ages.
strophotography A beginners guide to photographing the night sky presented in 5 chapters.
Slooh Observe 40,000+ objects in the night sky from a network of connected telescopes.
Zooniverse Zooniverse is home to the Internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects.
SkyMaps A stargazing and human evolution blog by amateur astronomer/paleoanthropologist Ryan Knipz.
SkyMaps Free Astronomy Sky Maps for each month.
Int'l Dark Sky Asso. The mission of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.
Solar Eclipse A source of information about past and future Solar Eclipses. There also are photos and videos of past Solar Eclipses.
Astronomical camera Information on Astrophotography history, methods, resources, images and equipment selection.
David Greenes David Paul Green's website with free astronomy software for amateur astronomers, astronomy book reviews, and astronomy related website reviews.
Heavens Above Heavens Above website offers information needed for you to observe satellites (such as the International Space Station or flares from Iridium satellites).
NASA Lots of information about space. Also the links to get "Watch NASA TV" and "NASA TV Schedule" under the "Featured NASA Sites" on the lower right side of the page. This gives live coverage during NASA space missions plus interviews and briefings or education programs at other times.
Orion Orion Telescopes, Binoculars & Telescope products. Request a free catalog that has educational information about telescopes and binoculars. Signup for their monthly e-mail newsleter "Sky Times" for stargazing enthusiasts. Use their "Product Selection Wizard" to answers some question or see the telescopes you may be considering.
Sky Spot Sky Spot - Source of books of "Finder Charts" for Telrad Users.
Starry Nights Starry Nights Astrophotography: a Website by Steve Walters of his photos (many uncommon objects), equipment, and articles on Astrophotography.
The Woman Astronomer The Woman Astronomer: A website to promote astronomy as a hobby and science to women and girls interested in astronomy and to be a resource to the astronomy community.

Skyhound: A source of free Observing Guides, Comets and other interesting objects to observe each month, a Deep Sky Archives and Astronomy Software for sale.

Astronomy Today A great value at only $15 annually for a subscription. Astronomy Technology Today is the world's leading astronomy equipment journal offering equipment reviews, new product and industry news announcements, how-to projects, observing tips, and much more.
Freeware Freeware planetarium downloads for win 95/98/ME/XP/Vista.
Picture of the Day Astronomy Picture of the Day: Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Astropix Astropix: This is a web site of deep-sky astronomical photographs, tips and techniques for digital astrophotography and image processing using Photoshop.
Virtual Colo The Virtual Colony:This site is an online observing list generator for amateur astronomers who love to pursue deep sky objects. This online version of the SAC database allows amateur astronomers to compile detailed and customized observing lists.
HAS The Hawaiian Astronomical Society (founded in 1949)
Jupiter moons This Java applet shows the current positions of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto).
Messier A website with an index of Messier Objects.
Messier Marathon The Messier Marathon is an attempt to find as many Messier objects as possible in one night. This opportunity occurs once every year, around the mid to end of March. This website lists the best opportunities for upcoming years until 2050.
NGC/IC The NGC/IC Project is an attempt to correctly identify all of the original NGC and IC objects, starting with the original discoverer's notes and working forward in time to encompass the work of contemporary astronomers, both professional and amateur.
Non Messier Objects A website listing some non-Messier objects, most of which are listed in Dreyer's NGC or IC catalogs.
Constellations A collection of photos to help you to identify the northern constellations.
Celstron All Celestron products.
Saturn The current positions of the moons of Saturn.
Sky Charts Cartes du Ciel Sky Charts: A free program to draw sky charts. For use with Windows, Linux, Mac OS X.
All Sky Map An All Sky computer Star Map.
Sky & Telescope Sky and Telescope online magazine.
Spaceflight Now Online Space News.
Space Weather News and information about the Earth - Sun environment.
Nine Planets The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system.
DSS The Digitized Sky Survey copyright © 1994, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.
Atlas of the Universe The Atlas of the Universe web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like.
Comet A listing of Comets visible now and in the future (Northern + Southern Hemisphere).
Your Sky Your Sky: a catalog listing objects in the sky and how to locate them.
Dictionary A Dictionary of Astronomy terms.
Make a comet How to make a Comet in the Classroom.
The Planetary Society The Planetary Society, the world's largest space-interest group, is dedicated to inspiring the public with the adventure and mystery of space exploration.
Astronomy Links A website with links to other astronomy sites and to online college level training courses. Note: courses and education links not endoresed by ASTRA... for information only.

Telescope Repair & Enhancement Websites

Canon 300D Canon Digital Rebel (300D) modification to enhance IR sensitivity.
DigiKey Online Store for cables, power suplies, connectors etc.
MAPUG The resource website for the Meade LX200 (GPS & Classic), LX90, LX50, LXD55, RCX400, Starfinder, ETX telescopes, DSI and LPI cameras and imaging software.
Meade ETX Meade ETX Telescope "TECHNICAL TIPS".
Majestic Majestic Optical Coatings offers standard reflective and antireflective coatings as well as computer designed custom thin film coatings.
NOAA Enter the location and date of interest to compute the magnetic declination.
Polar Align Precise portable Polar Alignment of Meade ETX and LX telescopes.
Registax6 RegiStax 6: Free astronomy image processing software.

Member Suggested Online Astronomy Stores ...

astronomics A family-owned business that has been supplying amateur astronomers, schools, universities, businesses, and government agencies with the right optical equipment and the right advice since 1979.
Astro Accessories for astronomical telescopes, instruments and other astronomy products.
SkiesUnlimited Skies Unlimited was founded in 2004 with the object of making the telescope buying experience both easier and more enjoyable.
Astromart Astronomy news articles, classified ads, auctions, reviews, forums and event calendar.
B&H Telescopes, binoculars, cameras, audio/video and photography equipment and accessories.
Edmind Scientifics Edmund Scientifics; large selection of science related items (Astronomy, Physics, Geology, etc.)
High Point Telescopes, Binoculars, Microscopes and accessories.
Meridian A line of telescope parts and eyepeices for the novice astronomer who wants to build their own telescope.
OPT Oceanside Photo and Telescope: Telescopes, cameras, microscopes, optics and accessories.
telescope_com Telescopes, binoculars, accessories, astrophotography.
Scopecity Optics for Astronomy, Sport, Science and Education.
ScopeStuff Telescope accessories and hardware.
WoodlandHills Telescopes, binoculars, microscopes, cameras, accessories.
Meade Meade is a world leader in the design and manufacture of telescopes and accessories for amateur astronomers.

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