Societies and Professional Bodies
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Local clubs and societies
HERAS - Hull and East Riding
Astronomical Society; A society based in the East Riding, which schedules talks and more for the region and usually meets in Cottingham every month for a lecture.
Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society
York Astronomical Society: Founded in 1972
BLAS - Blackburn Leisure Astronomy Society; BLAS have their own observatory in Brough.
Dave Eagle's Virtual Astronomy Club (VAC). First and formost in virtual astronomy lectures.
Follow this link to find out more. The VAC usually hosts two online lectures a month.
Past VAC lectures are available and are listed at the bottom of the page under past meetings on the VAC home page.
Other clubs that provide virtual astronomy lectures include:
HERAS deliver a monthly lecture, currently via Zoom.
Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society (MSAS) provide a very informative weekly lecture as part of their regular weekly meeting programme.
National clubs and societies
The Society for Popular Astronomy - a Society dedicated to helping people start a lifelong interest in astronomy
BAA - British Astronomical Association; Formed in 1890,the British Astronomical Association has an international reputation for the quality of its observational and scientific work. Membership is open to all persons interested in astronomy.
FAS - Federation of
Astronomical Societies; An organisation which includes most UK astronony societies.
RAS - Royal Astronomical Society; The UK's leading professional body for astronomy & astrophysics, geophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial physics, and planetary sciences.
Campaign for Dark Skies A joint commission of the British Astronomical Association and the International Dark-Sky Association, with the aim of preserving the beauty of the night sky.
The Astronomy Centre; The Astronomy Centre was founded in 1982 with private financial investment. Its twofold purpose was to establish a centre of astronomical excellence and well as to
interest and inform the general public.
The Webb Society: An international society of amateur and professional astronomers
specialising in the observation of double stars and 'deep sky'
objects, founded in 1967. Membership is open to anyone who shares
the interests of the Society.
International clubs and societies
AAS; American Astronomical Society
SAC - Saguaro Astronomical Society Very active amateur group which amongst other things have an excellent catalogue of extended Deep Sky
SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Excellent resource on the internet for all astro information.
HAS - Hawaiian Astronomical Society; The Hawaiian Astronomical Society Storybook and Deepsky Atlas is a long term effort to provide a good online atlas of the heavens, combined with
photographs of significant objects, and their descriptions
IAU - The International Astronomical Union; The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all
its aspects through international cooperation. Its individual members are professional astronomers all over the World, at the Ph.D. level or beyond and active in professional research and
education in astronomy
Sky at Night;
Popular BBC publication available in most good newsagents or by
subscription. This magazine is accompanied by a CD
Popular Astronomy; The SPA quarterly magazine, excellent, and since
its English a lot of the information is more relevant than the
Telescope American magazine available in most good newsagents
or by subscription.
Astronomy; American magazine available in most good newsagents or by subscription.
Astronomy Now; English astronomy magazines available in most good
Astronomy Ireland - Including Magazine Astronomy.
Very useful resources
Astronomy Picture of the Day; One of the best sites on the internet, a new picture and related links each and every day.
Astro ads Thinking of buying or selling astronomical equipment?
CalSky; A upto date online
celestial calendar, very good!
IAAC - Internet
Amateur Astronomers Catalog The IAAC is a forum
for amateur astronomers at all levels to share their observations
of Deep-Sky objects.
Nine Planets - The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and
current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in
our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds
and movies, most provide references to additional related
Views Views of the Solar System presents a vivid
multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets,
moons, comets, asteroids, and more.
Mythica The Encyclopedia Mythica is an online
encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legends. It currently
contains over 6,100 entries on gods and goddesses, heroes,
legendary creatures and beings from all over the world. Useful
since many astronomical objects are associated with
Telescope Ever thought of taking pictures with a
professional quality scope. For a fee you can online with this
Above If you're interested in satellites or astronomy
this is an excellent site! Their aim is to provide you with all the
information you need to observe satellites such as the
International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular
events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites
as well as a wealth of other spaceflight and astronomical
DSS - Digital Sky
Survey The Digitized Sky Survey comprises a set
of all-sky photographic surveys in E, V, J, R, and N bands
conducted with the Palomar and UK Schmidt telescopes
Astronomy; Astronomiae Historia contains
currently more than 400 Web pages.
and their Stars So just what are these constellations you keep
hearing about? You may go outside some night and see all kinds of
stars, and maybe you have even spotted the Big Dipper (northern
hemisphere) or the Southern Cross (southern hemisphere), but what
about Leo the Lion or Pisces the Fish? What are they?
JPL Solar System
page.; NASA's current missions, links to all
ESA - European Space
Agency ESA current missions and programs. ESA is
the European equivalent of NASA.
list List of lots of astro packages.
FREE - Cartes du
Ciel About the best general astronomy
FREE - Virtual Moon
Atlas Excellent moon atlas program.
COSTS - StarStrider
Excellent solar system simulator.
Project Database of all NGC/IC objects with images of
League An excellent site if you are looking for
observing projects, ever wanted to do the Herschel 400, or a
JPL - Jet Propulsion
Laboratory; Comet Observation Home
BAA - British
Astronomical Association Comet Section, listing
currently visible comets.
skies Planetary Observers Observer's Home
Telescope, CCD, Eyepiece and accessory companies
Meade; US manufacturer of astronomical equipment. (Rival of Celestron).
Celestron US manufacturer of astronomical equipment. (Rival of
Ltd Celestron dealer in the UK and other astro equipment.
Telescope house Meade dealer in the UK and other astro equipment. (was Broadhurst,
Clarkson and Fuller aka Fullerscopes)
Telescopes.; UK manufacturer of good
Orion Optics UK
Telescope/Mirror maker.; UK manufacturer of
good practical scopes.
Xpress UK CCD manufacturer
SBIG US CCD manufacturer
Televue Premium eyepiece and
UK OLDHAM OPTICAL UK was established in 1985. Our main
product line is the manufacture of optical elements for the
professional and amateur astronomical market. We can supply a large
range of sizes in our standard product line of astronomical mirrors
and elliptical flats.
Optics; Our aim is to ensure our
customer’s are getting the best service and value for money.
We also ensure we are knowledgeable in the products we are selling.
We have a large showroom display of optics from leading brand
Bargains on microscopes, student microscopes and USB microscopes
with Free UK delivery.
NASA - National
Aeronautics and Space Administration; Main
Home Page 'Nuff said
Ames Research Center
NASA research centre.
Laboratory NASA research centre.
Search For Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. The mission of the SETI
Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature
and prevalence of life in the universe.
FAQ - Frequently
Questions in Astronomy sci.astro usenet group
Space FAQ's Index of
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