Useful external links

Useful Links
Astronomy Glossary - The

The Night Sky

Ask an Astrophysicist - NASA Scientists answer space related questions
British Astronomical Association's Campaign for Dark (starry, natural) Skies
Dark Sky Discovery Sites
Globe at Night - simple dark sky survey
Heavens-Above - Night sky, ISS passes & Iridium Flares 
Messier Objects - finder guides to 110 Messier & 109 Caldwell objects
Monthly night sky webcast - excellent monthly skynotes but you will need broadband!
Patrick Moore's Winter Marathon - Test your observing skills during the winter months. 25 for naked eye/binos; 25 for 'scopes.
Night Sky Info - weekly information about the night sky, astronomy articles and observations.
Occultations - occultations by the moon.
100,000 Stars - See where we are in the Galaxy! - Control the 
Bradford Robotic collection of Telescopes and other instruments on Mount Teide, Tenerife.

The Planets and their Satellites
The Planets and their Satellites
Mars images
'Solar System Scope' - interactive model of the solar system
Jupiter's Galilean Moons - Sky & Telescope magazines interactive utility
Evolution of the Moon - From 4.5 billion years ago to today

NASA App - for Android, iPhone & iPad
ISS construction animation
Eyes on the Solar System - amazing graphics of all current missions (worth accepting the download to access)
New Horizons - mission to Pluto
Cassini - unlocking Saturn's Secrets
GRAIL - Mapping Lunar Gravity
Other current missions

Star catalogues

Comets for this month

Orbits/Gravitation Simulations
Bob Jenkins' web site - lots of simulations
Cosmic View - The Universe in 40 Jumps
Scale of the Universe - Wow!
Map of the Universe (log scale) + explanation (go to pg17)
Antikythera Device

Free Astronomy Software
Stellarium - Interactive planeterium to download
IRIS - image processing software
REGISTAX - alignment, stacking and processing of images
The Planets
Sunspot latitude and longitude calculator
SAO DS9 - astronomical imaging and data visualization
Analysis Tools and Spreadsheet Resources
Planetarium program HNSKY for Windows
Virtual Moon Atlas - tour the moon! - Create and fly around your own universe and solar system!

Smartphone Apps:
Google Sky Maps - Navigate around the night sky.
Cosmic Zoom (Android) - Fly through the universe and zoom in right down to elementary particles!!
ISS Detector - Receive alerts and viewing info about the International Space Station and Iridium Flares.

Equipment Reviews
Lots of equipment reviews - telescopes, eyepieces, binoculars, web-cams, etc
Lots more equipment reviews - telescopes, mounts, eyepieces, binoculars, web-cams, etc

How to.......
Guide to CCD Imaging
Astronomy Beginners Guide -

Astronomical Holidays
COAA - in the Algarve region of southern Portugal
Sasteria astronomy & art
- in the south of Crete

Astronomical Societies
Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS)
Coventry and Warwickshire Astronomical Society

Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society
Heart of England Astronomical Society
Birmingham Astronomical Society
Birmingham Think Tank Listing

News & Magazines
The Astronomer

Sky & Telescope - some excellent resources here
Astronomy Now - some good info here - online research news
Universe Today - Space & astronomy news + 'youtube' webcasts

Other Useful Astro Sites
Social Astronomy, a Free Networking site -
Faulkes Telescopes

Jodrell Bank Observatory
ESO Virtual Tours
Keeping an eye on what the sun is doing
Aurora Watch UK

11 thousand Astro sites listed
Astronomy dictionary Zoom
The International Dark Sky Association
Artificial Satellites
The British Astronomical Association
Society for Popular Astronomy
The Webb Society
Comet and Meteor information
Minor Planets
Variable Stars
Atmospheric Phenomena
Picture of the Day

Broadhurst Clarkson & Fuller
Dark Sky Lighting - anti light pollution fittings
David Hinds - also see their (free to advertise) classified ads section for second hand equipment.
Evergreen Optics - telescopes and accessories for beginners and advanced astronomers.
Orion Optics

Roll-off Observatories
 - telescopes and accessories (Studley, Warks)