Introduction To Amateur Astronomy

This guide addresses the basics that everyone needs to know in order to become an amateur astronomer. It deals with the use of eyes, binoculars, and telescopes to view the night sky. It should not be mistaken for a textbook in astronomy.

Membership And Benefits

Even long-time members do not knew everything they need to know about membership in this club. Many benefits are overlooked and this publication does what it can to clearly illustrate the benefits of membership.

Astronomy as a Hobby

Why is it that we don’t attract as many amateur astronomers as we would like? Our club has lots of great benefits, and it’s more the just lack of knowledge of benefits. Part of the problem today stems from the fact that many people don’t understand the meaning of a hobby and the benefits derived from it.

The Art of Sky Interpretation

Interpreting the sky requires more than just standing in front of a group of people and talking. If it were that easy, there would be many more speakers in our club! There is an art of sky interpretation, and this guide describes it. Even if one doesn't intend to give public talks, this guide provides a wealth of information about what can be seen in the sky with the unaided eye.

Coordinating Observing Sessions

While coordinating observing sessions might appear to be an easy task to those who attend them, there is considerable background work associated with both public and members-only sessions. Consider hosting an observing session and use this guide to assist.

Have a Successful Observing Session

This guide is a reproduction of an article by the same name that appeared in the September 2017 issue of AL’s Reflector magazine. This guide provides information about the seven p’s required for having a successful observing session: passion, preparation, programs, planning, perseverance, patience, and presentation.

Buying Binoculars & Telescopes

This guide provides the basic information required to make informed decisions about buying quality binoculars and telescopes. Avoid the disappointment that comes with purchasing the wrong set of binoculars or an inferior quality toy telescope.

Optimizing Deep Sky Observations

Deep sky observations present a special challenge to the observer. Deep sky objects are usually small and faint, but this guide will tell you how to get the best possible view using the equipment to which you have access.

Introduction to DSLR-based Astrophotography

This guide provides an introduction to the DSLR based astrophotography. This Guide (and the associated course if any) assumes that the student will own a DSLR camera and know how to use it.

Introduction to Spherical Astronomy

This guide provides an introduction to the basic knowledge of positional astronomy with which amateur astronomer should be familiar. It takes a descriptive and mathematical approach that will provide advanced knowledge to the amateur.

Recruiting & Retaining Astronomy Club Members

This guide provides guidance of how to recruit and retain members.