Astro At HomeSome students ask about telescopes, cameras, etc., that I might recommend for personal use. Of course, our course equipment is expensive, but there are alternatives. Visual astronomy is fun. Check out these websites.
- Buying a Telescope?
- My advice for people interested in buying a telescope for a beginner, or for visual observing --- buy an Dobsonian.
- Build a Dobsonian Telescope
- If you are handy with your hands, you can build one!
- QuickCam Astronomy
- This site describes an inexpensive CCD camera system.
- SkyMap's Evening Sky Map
- Nice PDF maps of the current evening sky, with calendar, moon and planets, and object descriptions.
- Telrad Messier Maps
- If you use a Telrad on your visual telescope (recommended!), you will find these maps useful.
- AstroConn Observing Targets
- For more advanced observers, a listing of objects to search out.
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