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Some of my favorite astronomy-related links (in no particular order)...
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Frontiers of Astronomy - A free lecture series at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Sponsored by the Department of Astronomy at Case Western Reserve University

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Frontiers of Astronomy   2016 - 2017 lecture series
A PDF of the color brochure is available here

A free lecture series at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Sponsored by the Department of Astronomy at Case Western Reserve University


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Note: parking in this deck now costs $8.00 for the evening

Oct 13, 2016 8:00pm Dr. Douglas P. Hamilton
(University of Maryland))
Pluto’s Lonely Ice Cap
Nov 10, 2016 8:00pm Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann
(Vanderbilt University)
A Space-Time Symphony Of Gravitational Waves
Dec 8, 2016 8:00pm Dr. Michael Skrutskie
(University of Virginia)
The Quest For Infinite Telescope Aperture:
Are We There Yet?
Mar 9, 2017 8:00pm Dr. Christopher Impey
(University of Arizona)
Our Future Off-Earth
Apr 13, 2017 8:00pm Dr. Daniela Calzetti
(University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
The Frontier From Space
 

Frontiers of Astronomy - lectures that occurred in the 2008 through 2015 seasons

Oct 16, 2008
8:00pm
Eric Herbst
(Ohio State University)
Chemistry Meets Astronomy: The Role of Molecules in Understanding Stellar and Planetary Formation
Nov 13, 2008
8:00pm
Alan Marscher
(Boston University)
Jets from Black Holes in Quasars
Dec 18, 2008
8:00pm
Sally Oey
(University of Michigan)
Powering the Universe with Massive Stars
Mar 12, 2009
8:00pm
Carlos Frenk
(University of Durham)
The Great Cosmic Gamble: Making Galaxies from Nothing
Apr 16, 2009
8:00pm
Mario Livio
(Space Telescope Science Institute)
Is God a Mathematician?
Oct 15, 2009
8:00pm
Neta Bahcall
(Princeton University)
The Dark Side of the Universe
Nov 12, 2009
8:00pm
Robin Ciardullo
(Penn State University)
Planetary Nebulae and the Galactic Merry-Go-Round
Dec 10, 2009
8:00pm
Julio Navarro
(University of Victoria)
A Cosmological Revolution -- Notes from the Field
Mar 18, 2010
8:00pm
Avi Loeb
(Harvard University)
The Past and Future of the Astrophysical Universe
Apr 15, 2010
8:00pm
Juna Kollmeier
(Carnegie Observatories)
The Great Escape: Hypervelocity Stars
Oct 14, 2010 - 8:00pm Dr. William D. Cochran, University of Texas at Austin Searching for Other Earths: Results from the Kepler Mission
Nov 18, 2010 - 8:00pm Dr. Charles Lada,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center
for Astrophysics
The Search for Stellar Origins from Antiquity to the 21st Century
Dec 9, 2010 - 8:00pm Dr. Stacy S. McGaugh,
University of Maryland
The Driving Role of Gravity in Cosmology
Mar 10, 2011 - 8:00pm Dr. Elizabeth J. (Betsy) Barton, University of California, Irvine The Search for the Most Distant Galaxies and the End of the Cosmic Dark Ages
Apr 14, 2011 - 8:00pm Dr. Nicholas B. Suntzeff,
Texas A&M University
The Creeping Murmur and the Growing Darkness in the Universe
Oct 20, 2011 8:00pm Sheila Kannappan, Assistant Professor, Astrophysics, University of North Carolina Cosmic Hide and Seek: Tracking Missing and Invisible Matter in the Universe
Nov 17, 2011 8:00pm David Weinberg, Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, The Ohio State University Sculpting the Universe
Dec 8, 2011 8:00pm Chris Mihos, Chair, Department of Astronomy, Case Western Reserve University The Violent Lives of Cluster Galaxies
Mar 8, 2012 8:00pm Marc Pinsonneault, Professor of Astronomy, The Ohio State University Listening to the Inner Lives of Stars
Apr 12, 2012 8:00pm Alan McConnachie, Research Associate, Astrophysics, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada The Archaeology of Galaxies: Unearthing Fossils of Formation
Oct 11, 2012 8:00pm David J. Thompson, Ph.D.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Exploring the Extreme Universe with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
Nov 15, 2012 8:00pm Joshua Pepper, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University
The Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery
Dec 13, 2012 8:00pm Geoffrey Landis, Ph.D.
NASA Glenn Research Center
Exploring Mars
Mar 7, 2013 8:00pm Rachel Kuzio de Naray, Ph.D.
Georgia State University
Astronomy: It's the Nightlife!
Apr 11, 2013 8:00pm Megan Donahue, Ph.D.
Michigan State University
The Dark Side of the Universe
Oct 17, 2013
8:00pm
Steven Hauck, Ph.D
Case Western Reserve University
Mercury and the MESSENGER Mission
Nov 14, 2013
8:00pm
Risa Wechsler, Ph.D
Stanford University
Building the Cosmos: How Simulations Shed Light on the Dark Universe
Dec 12, 2013
8:00pm
Steven Rodney, Ph.D
Johns Hopkins University
Chasing Supernovae in the Early Universe
Mar 6, 2014
8:00pm
M. Coleman Miller, Ph.D
Maryland University
The Mysteries of Black Holes
Apr 17, 2014
8:00pm
Caleb Scharf, Ph.D
Columbia University
The Copernicus Complex
Oct 16, 2014
8:00pm
Edo Berger
(Harvard University)
Gamma-Ray Bursts:
The Biggest Explosions since the Big Bang
Nov 13, 2014
8:00pm
Sarah Ballard
(University of Washington)
Directions to the Nearest Alien Earth-like Planet
Dec 11, 2014
8:00pm
Josh Frieman
(University of Chicago / FermiLab)
Probing the Dark Universe
Mar 5, 2015
8:00pm
Volker Bromm
(University of Texas, Austin)
Stars and Galaxies at the Dawn of Time
Apr 16, 2015
8:00pm
Alison Sills
(McMaster University)
Stellar Mergers and Interactions:
Yes, Virginia, Stars Do Collide
Oct 15, 2015 8:00pm Frank Summers
(Space Telescope Science Institute)
25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope
Nov 12, 2015 8:00pm Jennifer Johnson
(Ohio State University)
The History of the Milky Way Written in the Stars
Dec 10, 2015 8:00pm Edo Berger
(Harvard University)
The Biggest Explosions Since the Big Bang
Mar 3, 2016 8:00pm Kathryn Johnston
(Columbia University)
Galactic Cannibalism
Apr 14, 2016 8:00pm James Bullock
(University of California, Irvine)
Biography of the Milky Way
 


 
Groups working to preserve the Night Sky:
1 IDA (International Dark-Sky Association)
2 Your Online Guide To Light Pollution  Thanks to Mary J. for providing this link!

 
Miscellaneous Astronomical Sites of interest:
1 Dark Sky Observing Sites in Ohio  Thanks to Dave Burger for providing this link!
2 Build a Scale Model Solar System - Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."
3 Are we there yet? - set the speed of your rocket ship and see how long your trip will take (this is fun!)
4 Deepsky Object Internet search engine - best one I've found!  All kinds of searches possible.  Lots of fun!
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Simple Guide to Backyard Astronomy using Binoculars or a Small Telescope
This site has a 3.39 MB download that is simply wonderful!  Carol Beigel is the author of this marvelous, and helpful, work

6 Cleaning Optics - recommended techniques, tools and make-at-home cleaning solutions

 
Amateur Sites (including astro-photography):
1 Anthony Ayiomamitis' page
2 Bill Prewitt's page
3 Bruce Taylor's images (fellow Fishcreek attendee)
4 Dave Miller's page
5 David Knisely discusses filters
6 David Knisely discusses filters - part 2 - Highly recommended reading
7 John Crilly's "Urban Observatory" page
8 Lenny Marek's page
9 Nicolas Outters' page
10 Peter Clausen's page
11 Sheldon Faworski's page

 
Professional Sites (including astro-photography):
1 APOD (Astro Photo of the Day)
2 Astrophotography by Robert Gendler
3 Rod Mollise' Astroland
4 Rod Mollise' Astro-blog (always an entertaining and thought-provoking read)

 
Interested in buying a telescope?  Read these first!
1 Telescope Buyer's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Part 1
2 Telescope Buyer's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Part 2

 
After you get that dream telescope, would you like an observatory to put it in?
1 Backyard Observatories (Scott Horstman)

 
Equipment Reviews and discussion:
1 Cloudy Nights

 
Equipment Sites:
Gift ideas? - looking for a telescope for the beginning astronomer?  I recommend this, this or this
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0 COMPLETE LIST of astronomical vendors
1 ADM Accessories - Dovetails and Saddles (Losmandy 'D' and Vixen 'V'), Rings, etc.
2 Agena AstroProducts - unique astronomical accessories from Baader Planetarium & others
3 Alpine Astronomical - unique astronomical accessories from Baader Planetarium & others
4 Astronomics - astronomical equipment of all kinds
5 Astro-Physics - telescopes, mounts & observing accessories of all kinds
6 BatteriesPlus -  need a new deep-cycle or AGM battery?  Get it here!
7 Burgess Optical - observing accessories
8 Canon IS Binoculars (Image Stabilized)
9 Celestron - many & varied observing & photographic instruments
10 Clement Focusers - Don Clement's unique focuser solutions
11 Denkmeier Binoviewers - and accessories
12 DewBuster Heater Controllers - best heater controller on the market IMHO
13 Dew-Not Heaters - best heater strips on the market IMHO
14 DGM Optics/Omega Optical - Astro-filters, the NPB (Narrow Pass Band) is my favorite nebula filter!
15 EyepieceCaps.com - lose an eyepiece cap?  Replace it here!
16 High Point Scientific - astronomical equipment of all kinds
17 Losmandy Products - GEM's (German equatorial mounts) & accessories
18 Lumicon filters - which filter is best for your observing needs?
19 Meade Instruments - many & varied observing & photographic instruments
20 Meridian Telescopes (great source for 5mW Green Laser Pointers)
21 MoonLite Telescope Accessories - Ron Newman's fabulous focusers
22 Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT) - astronomical equipment of all kinds
23 Orion Telescopes & Binoculars - astronomical equipment of all kinds
24 PreciseParts - Custom Parts for Astronomy - Having problems finding a way to connect this to that?
25 Rigel Systems - Observing Accessories by Dr. Leon Palmer
26 ScopeStuff (Jim Henson) - all types of telescope accessories
27 Sky-Watcher USA - all types of telescopes, mounts & accessories
28 SmartAstronomy - all types of telescope accessories; most notably, Sterling Plössl eyepieces
29 Starlight Instruments - Feather Touch telescope focusers
30 TEC (Telescope Engineering Company) - Apochromatic refractors & accessories
31 Tele Vue - Eyepieces: Plossls, Radians, Panoptics, Naglers, Ethos & Delos; refractors & accessories
32 Time and Optics - Robert Hershberger - 6954 CR 77, Millersburg, OH  44654  866-308-0727
33 Universal Astronomics - Fine U.S. made ALT/AZ mounts
34 University Optics - various observing products
35 VSI (Van Slyke Instruments) - telescope focusers, rotators, turrets, etc
36 Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes - astronomical equipment of all kinds

 
Buy and Sell used (or new) equipment:
1 Astromart
2 CloudyNights Classifieds

 
Astronomy Software (to purchase):
1 Project Pluto - Guide9 desktop planetarium program (my favorite! and what I use)
2 ImagesPlus (Mike Unsold) - image processing software
3 Software Bisque - TheSky desktop planetarium program
4 Starry Night Software - desktop planetarium program

 
Astronomy Software (Free):
1 CdC (Cartes du Ciel) - desktop planetarium program
2 RTGUI - easy way to find out what's up to see on any night
3 Where is M13? - 3D graphics of where deep sky objects are with respect to the Milky Way
4 Virtual Moon Atlas - fantastic maps of the Moon
5 TiltingSun3 & TiltingSun-G - Shows current position & orientation of the Sun

   
Star Charts - print them yourself for free:
1 The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project
2 Taki's 8.5 Magnitude Star Atlas
3 Sky&Telescope's Free Interactive Sky Chart (this is really neat!)

 
Star Charts - commercially available that I recommend:
1 Sky&Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
2 SkyAtlas 2000
3 Orion DeepMap 600

 
Magazines:
1 Sky & Telescope
2 Astronomy
3 Astronomy Technology Today

 
Astronomy Clubs, Societies and Associations in Northeast Ohio:
1

ACA (Astronomy Club of Akron)

Map to ACA's Observatory
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BRAS (Black River Astronomical Society)

Map to BRAS's Observing field
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CVAS (Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society)

Map to CVAS's Indian Hill Observatory
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CAA (Cuyahoga Astronomical Association)

Map to CAA's Letha House Observatory
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CAS (Cleveland Astronomical Society)

Map to CAS's Meeting Location
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MVAS (Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society)

Map to MVAS's Cortese Observatory
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Observatory Park in Geauga County

Map to Observatory Park
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RAS (Richland Astronomical Society)

Map to RAS's Hidden Hollow Observatory
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WCAC (Wilderness Center Astronomy Club)

Map to WCAC's Observatory

 
Astronomy Clubs around the world:
1 Astronomy Clubs

 
Astronomy Associations:
1 AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers)
2 ALPO (Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers)
3 SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space)

 
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
1 Can we see Apollo hardware left on the Moon with our biggest telescopes?
2 Exactly what is a "Blue Moon?" and here's a different explanation
3 What is a "Super Moon?" and here's a different explanation
4 Why does the Moon look bigger when it's near the horizon?
5 How do you pronounce the constellation names?
6 What constellations are visible? (listed by season - includes pronunciation recordings)
7 What is the Messier Catalog?

 
Not really Astronomy related, but sites of interest:
1 Wild Birds Unlimited - Looking skyward during the day at our feathered friends?

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