Sky Insight's Amateur Astronomy
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Starry Night Pro Plus Sweeptstates
Sky Insight give away a copy of Starry Night Pro Plus v5. The winning name drawn was that of Henry Fink. Henry was excited to hear he won and is eager to try out Starry Night Pro Plus on the new laptop he bought.
AstroPhoto Insight Newsletter
Sky Insight announces the availability of the next issue of AstroPhoto Insight, a free quarterly newsletter for astrophotography.
AstroPhoto Insight is a new resource for information on astrophotography by experts and talented imagers.
In the June 2006 issue you'll find:
Current and previous issues are available online here.
- Stretch Before Imaging - The Histogram by Adam Block
- Amateur astronomy: not all image sensor pixels are created equal by Keith Wetzel
- Stacking Images with Drizzle by Craig Stark
- Smoooothing Your Interstellar Background by Noel Carboni
- Drama in the Sahara: Total Solar Eclipse 2006 by Steve Russell
- Creating Stereoscopic Astro Images by Steve Bell
- and more
GOT STARS? Show your astronomy spirit!
The Sky Insight Store is now open. During our Grand Opening sale, everying is marked 10% off. Hurry to take advantage of these savings:
The results of the 2005 Astronomy Survey are now available. Check it out to see which telescope type, model,
and manufacturer is most popular, which imaging camera brand is most used and what and how people observe the night sky.
See the 2005 Astronomy Survey Results here
Sky Insight Awarded Griffith Observatory's Star Award
Sky Insight site has been selected to receive the Griffith
Observatory Star Award for excellence in promoting astronomy to the public through the World Wide Web.
Astronomy FAQ and Articles
Our articles section contains astronomy FAQs (frequently asked questions) on many topics from buying a
telescope to astrophotography with the new Meade DSI and Orion StarShoot CCD cameras. You'll also find
articles on meteor showers, recent discoveries, observations, software, equipment modification and more
Check out the articles here.
Interactive Astronomy Dealer/Vendor Map now online
Sky Insight announces the release of the Sky Insight Dealer/Vendor Location Map, an interactive map that
allows you to locate astronomy dealers and vendors around the world. The interactive map, powered by
Google Maps, includes over 170 dealers in seven countries.
Check out the new interactive map here.
The Million Dollar Astronomy Page
You can add your astronomy website to our Astronomy Website grid. Why is it called the Million Dollar Astronomy Page? Because it was inspired by the Million Dollar Homepage but
without trying to make a million dollars. See the FAQs on the
Million Dollar Astronomy Page for more info.
Orion StarShoot Color Imagers
Orion Telescopes and Binoculars will be shipping their new StarShoot Deep-Space Color Imager and StarShoot Solar System Color Imager
in Nov 2005. You can get an
overview of these new imagers here. If you have a StarShoot, you can post your images at the new StarShoot Image Gallery
New Astronomy Club forming in McHenry County Illinois
If you live in, or around, the McHenry County Illinois area (e.g. Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills,
Harvard, Huntley, etc) we invite you to participate in the formation of a new astronomy club. Since much of McHenry County
has decent dark skies, lets get together to enjoy some clear nights.
Click here for more information on the new astronomy club.
Lunar Atlas Project
The purpose of the Lunar Atlas group is to produce a new high-resolution atlas of the Moon.
With the inexpensive technology now available to amateurs--webcams and Registax--you don't
have to be a "prominent imager" to be able to contribute meaningfully to this project!
Click here for more info on the Lunar Atlas Project.
Astronomy Survey and AstroAtlas GiveAway
The Sky Insight general astronomy survey on observing/imaging equipment and habits has concluded.
The survey results will be used to identify future content and tools on Sky Insight to aid the amateur astronomer community.
A summary of the survey results will be posted on Sky Insight later this year.
We thank everyone that participated in the survey. Dave Sandage and John Shawver had their names drawn from the entries and each will receive a copy of the Herald-Bobroff AstroAtlas,
which was donated by Lymax's Earth, Sky and Astronomy.
Aurora Photos May 2005 -
I was lucky enough to witness, once again, an amazing event here in Northern Illinois: the Northern Lights.
Check out my photos here and my
observation report here. A couple of photos where posted on the WGN9 Weather Center Blog for May 15, 2005,
Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet and FoxNews Chicago.
Astronomy Search Tool -
Sky Insight's Astronomy Search Tool provides you with the ability to search for astronomy related information from
numerous sources including nearly a million messages from Yahoo!®Groups, various newsgroups such as sci.astro.amateur,
and the Meade Advanced Products Users Group or MAPUG. The Search Tool brings all these resources together
for more accurate searching with multiple filters and search options. The Search Tool was developed
to aid the amateur astronomy community.
You can see it in action by clicking on the Search Tool button. For more information on Search Tool
Astronomy Observing List Cross Reference tables -
Sky Insight is adding observing lists to a master database so that cross reference lookups can be easily executed.
This list also includes links to the Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) images and SIMBAD database SIMBAD which provides astronomical
database provides basic data, cross-identifications and bibliography for astronomical objects outside
our solar system. Our
databases includes observing lists such as of the Royal Astonomical Society of Canada (RASC) Finest NGC, Saguaro Astronomy Club (SAC) Deep Sky Database Version 7.2,
Herschel 400, Messier Catalog, Caldwell Catalog and Collinder Catalog. This database will continually be updated with new lists.
DeepSkyLog Observing Logs -
DeepSkyLog lets you keep track of your astronomy observations. DeepskyLog can log
astronomy observations of multiple observers,
sharing observations between them. DeepskyLog allows you to add different telescopes and locations. Try it out here.
For more information on DeepSkyLog click here.
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