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

here for a map to the parking lot of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Frontiers of Astronomy   2018 - 2019 lecture series

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

here for a map to the new parking deck of the Museum
Note: parking in this deck now costs $8.00 for the evening events

Oct 11, 2018 8:00pm Benoit Famaey
(CNRS/University of Strasbourg))
Galaxy Dynamics: a tale of light and darkness
Nov 15, 2018 8:00pm Rachel Bezanson
(University of Pittsburgh))
Galaxy Cannibals: The Evolution of Massive Galaxies Through Cosmic Time
Dec 13, 2018 8:00pm Kelsey Johnson
(University of Virginia)
How were the most ancient objects in the universe formed?
Mar 7, 2019 8:00pm Bill Janesh
(Case Western Reserve University)
Lions, Archers, and Bears: Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Group
Apr 11, 2019 8:00pm Stephen Zepf
(Michigan State Univ)
Black Holes and Globular Clusters

Frontiers of Astronomy - lectures that occurred in the 2008 through 2018 seasons

Oct 16, 2008
Eric Herbst
(Ohio State University)
Chemistry Meets Astronomy: The Role of Molecules in Understanding Stellar and Planetary Formation
Nov 13, 2008
Alan Marscher
(Boston University)
Jets from Black Holes in Quasars
Dec 18, 2008
Sally Oey
(University of Michigan)
Powering the Universe with Massive Stars
Mar 12, 2009
Carlos Frenk
(University of Durham)
The Great Cosmic Gamble: Making Galaxies from Nothing
Apr 16, 2009
Mario Livio
(Space Telescope Science Institute)
Is God a Mathematician?
Oct 15, 2009
Neta Bahcall
(Princeton University)
The Dark Side of the Universe
Nov 12, 2009
Robin Ciardullo
(Penn State University)
Planetary Nebulae and the Galactic Merry-Go-Round
Dec 10, 2009
Julio Navarro
(University of Victoria)
A Cosmological Revolution -- Notes from the Field
Mar 18, 2010
Avi Loeb
(Harvard University)
The Past and Future of the Astrophysical Universe
Apr 15, 2010
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
Steven Hauck, Ph.D
Case Western Reserve University
Mercury and the MESSENGER Mission
Nov 14, 2013
Risa Wechsler, Ph.D
Stanford University
Building the Cosmos: How Simulations Shed Light on the Dark Universe
Dec 12, 2013
Steven Rodney, Ph.D
Johns Hopkins University
Chasing Supernovae in the Early Universe
Mar 6, 2014
M. Coleman Miller, Ph.D
Maryland University
The Mysteries of Black Holes
Apr 17, 2014
Caleb Scharf, Ph.D
Columbia University
The Copernicus Complex
Oct 16, 2014
Edo Berger
(Harvard University)
Gamma-Ray Bursts:
The Biggest Explosions since the Big Bang
Nov 13, 2014
Sarah Ballard
(University of Washington)
Directions to the Nearest Alien Earth-like Planet
Dec 11, 2014
Josh Frieman
(University of Chicago / FermiLab)
Probing the Dark Universe
Mar 5, 2015
Volker Bromm
(University of Texas, Austin)
Stars and Galaxies at the Dawn of Time
Apr 16, 2015
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
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
Oct 12, 2017 8:00pm David Silva
(National Optical Astronomy Observatory)
Mapping the Universe:
New Vistas, New Lands
Nov 16, 2017 8:00pm Philip Hopkins
(California Institute of Technology)
The Universe on A Computer: The Formation of Galaxies, Stars, and Planets in a Violent Cosmos
Dec 14, 2017 8:00pm Mark Vogelsberger
Simulating the Universe
Mar 1, 2018 8:00pm Brett Denevi, (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory) The New Moon
Apr 12, 2018 8:00pm Dimitar Sasselov
(Harvard University)
Other Earths and Origins of Life

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!

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
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

1 Sky & Telescope
2 Astronomy
3 Astronomy Technology Today

Astronomy Clubs, Societies and Associations in Northeast Ohio:

ACA (Astronomy Club of Akron)

Map to ACA's Observatory

BRAS (Black River Astronomical Society)

Map to BRAS's Observing field

CVAS (Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society)

Map to CVAS's Indian Hill Observatory

CAA (Cuyahoga Astronomical Association)

Map to CAA's Letha House Observatory

CAS (Cleveland Astronomical Society)

Map to CAS's Meeting Location

MVAS (Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society)

Map to MVAS's Cortese Observatory

Observatory Park in Geauga County

Map to Observatory Park

RAS (Richland Astronomical Society)

Map to RAS's Hidden Hollow Observatory

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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