Here the web links that I have found useful in my journey;
Night Sky for the UK and Northern Europe.
Website Link: www.astronomical-calendar.org.uk
Astronomical Catalogues & Symbols (Wilikpedia)
This is a partial list of the various lists of astronomical objects, and a compilation of symbols commonly used in astronomy, particularly professional astronomy.
Website Link: List of Astronomical Catalogues / List of common astronomy symbols
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.
Website Link: APOD’s today
British Deaf Astronomical Association
Formed in 2001, the British Deaf Astronomical Association (BDAA) membership is open to all persons interested in practical astronomy – particularly from the deaf community.
Website Link: Facebook/British Deaf Astronomical Association
Public nature of the internet also makes this personal database available to anyone in the world who wishes to share in what they have seen in dark skies…
Website Link: The Observation Database by search (eg: M42 / NGC1499 / vdb23 / Sh2-276 / etc) / About Darker View.
To help you explore the far reaches of Universe.
Website Link: www.google.com/sky/
Real-time satellite, ISS and Space Shuttle orbital pass information, maps and star charts.
Website Link: www.heavens-above.com
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Transit
Calculator for finding when the giant gas planet, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS) is visible.
Website Link: GRS Transit Time Calculator
Milton Keynes Deaf Astronomical Society
Home of the Milton Keynes Deaf Astronomical Society (MKDAS), advancing the education of the deaf public in the subject of Astronomy.
Website Link: MKDAS’s event
Reduce light pollution & save energy
Website Link: www.need-less.org.uk
Recommended Books and Products for Skywatchers from New books, Star & Moon Atlases, Book for Beginners, Observing Guides, Planispheres, Telescopes Books, Books for Kids, Sky Ancient Lore, Astronomy & Space DVDs, Desktop Planetarium Software, Star Map Posters, Astronomy & Space Calendars, Telescopes & Binocular and Digital Astronomy Prints.
Website Link: www.skymaps.com/store
Observe the Sun in different modes.
Website Link: http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov
Forecasts of solar flares and auroral geomagnetic storms, plus daily animations of the Sun.
Website Link: www.spaceweather.com
Scientific Visualization Studio
They want you to learn about NASA program through visualization, and all the visualizations created by the SVS (currently totalling over 5,500) are accessible to you through this web site, and free to download!
Website Link: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html
Time and Date
Worldwide times for sunrise, sunset, eclipses of the Sun and Moon, moon phases
Website Link: http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/
Provides an online interactive system. Includes articles, gallery, forum, and FAQ.
- IAU Constellations / SkyMaps / Night Sky Atlas / WikiSky / Atlas of Universe / Sky View Cafe / Fourmilab / Electronic Sky
Objects by Catalog by DeepSkyPedia
(DeepSkyPedia is a wiki project formed to help amateur astronomers in planning their observing sessions.)
- Action Tools
- Astronomy Online List
- CCD Commander (Automated Imaging)
- Nebulosity 3
- Redshift 7 Premium
- Starry Night
- The Sky X
.FREE Software Download
- Asterisms by Demelza Ramakers
Small star pattern for telescopes and binoculars
Free Downloads: http://deepsky.waarnemen.com/asterisms/Asterisms_EN_VER4.2.pdf
- C2A Planetarium
C2A (Computer Aided Astronomy) is a Planetarium software that allows you to build detailed views of stellar fields.
Free Download: http://www.astrosurf.com/c2a/english/support.htm
DeepSkyStacker is a freeware for astrophotographers that simplifies all the pre-processing steps of deep sky pictures; Registering / Stacking / Simple post-stacking processes to quickly view the final result / Saving the resulting image to a TIFF or FITS file (16 or 32 bit).
Free Downlaod: http://deepskystacker.free.fr/english/download.htm
In addition to a representation of the positions of Jupiter’s satellites around the planet, the program represents the passing shadows of the satellites on the disk of Jupiter , and eclipses of the satellites in the shadow of Jupiter.
Free Download: www.astrosurf.com/rondi/jupiter/jupiter2_setup.exe
- RegiStax – free image processing software.
For alignment, stacking, processing of astronomy images.
Free Download: http://www.astronomie.be/registax/index.html
A free open source planetarium software for your computer, tablet or your smartphone!
Free Download: www.stellarium.org
- NASA’s Eyes Visualization
– Eyes on the Earth; Explore Earth’s Vital Signs and fly along with NASA satellites.
– Eyes on the Solar Systems; Explore our solar system and the spacecraft exploring it.
– Eyes on Exoplanets; Explore the planets around other stars in our galactic neighbourhood.
Free Download: http://eyes.nasa.gov/download.html?manual
Dark Sites Recognised
Some sites across Britain have been awarded dark-sky status;
- Brecon Becons National Park International Dark Sky Reserve
National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus, Brecon, Powys, Wales, LD3 8ER. (Map)
Website link: http://www.breconbeacons.org/stargazing
- Exmoor National Park International Dark Sky Reserve
Dulverton National Park Centre, 7-9 Fore Street, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9EX. (Map)
Website link: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/international-dark-sky-reserve
- Galloway Forest Park International Dark Sky Reserve
Galloway Astronomy Centre, A747 – three miles east of Monreith. (Map)
Website link: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/dark-skies
- Isle of Coll International Dark Sky Community
c/o The Coll Hotel Arinagour, Isle of Coll, PA78 6SZ. (Map)
Website link: http://www.darkskycoll.co.uk/
- Isle of Sark International Dark Sky Community
Sark Tourist Office, The Avenue, Sark Island, GY10 1SA. (Map)
Website link: http://www.darkskycoll.co.uk/
- Kielder Observatory
Black Fell, off Shilling Pat, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1EJ. (Map)
Website link: http://www.kielderobservatory.org/
- Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park International Dark Sky Reserve
Once Brewed Visitor Centre, Military Road, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AN. (Map)
Website link: http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/visiting/thingstodo/stargazing/wherecanigotoenjoydarkskies/darkskydiscoversites
Light Pollution Maps
- Light Pollution Overlay – opening with Google Earth.
UK’s Stargazing Camping
UK Astronomical Societies
ASA / Astro-Physics / Astro Tech / Celestron / Daystar / Lunt / Meade / Orion Optics / Planewave / RC / Sky-Watcher / Stellarvue / TEC / Televue / Vixen / William Optics
- CCD Cameras
Alnitak / Apogee / Atik / Finger Lakes / Meade / Orion / QSI / SBIG / Starlight Xpress
- Solar Filters
Baader / Coronado / Daystar / Lunt / Rainbow Symphony / Seymour / Thousand Oaks Optical
Astrodon / Robin Cassady / ExploraDome / Jim’s Mobile / Ken Dauzat / Andy Homeyer / Losmandy / Optical Supports / Orion / Parallax / Stark Labs / Technical Innovations / Telescope Adapters / Televue
UK Astronomy Buy & Sell
UK’s Largest Trading Place for New & Used Telescopes and Accessories (On-line since 2003)