amateur astronomy

Stunning Amateur Timelapse of Jupiter ‘Re-enacts’ Voyager Flyby

by Nancy Atkinson June 17, 2014

Back in the 1970’s when NASA launched the two Voyager spacecraft to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, I remember being mesmerized by a movie created from Voyager 1 images of the movement of the clouds in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Voyager 1 began taking pictures of Jupiter as it approached the planet in January 1979 and completed […]

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Amazing Manual Trailing of Sirius and More Astrophotos from Pakistan

by Nancy Atkinson June 12, 2014

Ever notice how the brilliant star Sirius appears to change colors right before your eyes? Astrophotographer Roshaan Bukhari from Pakistan wanted to see for himself how this twinkling star changes in color due to the effects of our atmosphere as its light gets refracted and he did a little experiment with his telescope and camera. […]

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Adventures in (Radio) Amateur Astronomy

by David Dickinson March 28, 2014

 Is there truly anything new under the Sun? Well, when it comes to amateur astronomy, many observers are branching out beyond the optical. And while it’s true that you can’t carry out infrared or X-ray astronomy from your backyard — or at least, not until amateurs begin launching their own space telescopes — you can […]

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An Amazing Capture of Jupiter and its Moons

by David Dickinson January 15, 2014

It’s always a thrill to watch the action at Jupiter, as its moons pass in front of and behind the gas giant planet. We wrote recently about this month’s opposition of Jove on January 5th, marking the start of the Jupiter evening viewing season for 2014.  David Dickinson on Google+

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 328: Telescope Making, Part 2: Serious Gear

by Fraser Cain December 30, 2013

Some astronomers are control freaks. It’s not enough to buy a telescope, they want to craft every part of the experience with their own hands. If you’re ready, and willing to get your hands dirty (and covered in glass dust), you can join thousands of amateur telescope makers and build your own telescope from scratch. […]

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