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Richard Bong State Recreation Area

One of the best locations in southeastern Wisconsin for observing. Open year round.


Heavens-Above.com

Provides information on the most interesting things in tonight's sky. Satellites, comets, Iridium flares, International Space Station, etc. You must create a free user account with your location.


Celestrak.com

A location to get highly technical information on comets, asteroids, and satellites.


AstronomyCast.com

Lots of up-to-date astronomy information on the most recent topics. ~200 downloadable podcasts


Racine Astronomical Society

Located just west of Racine, Wisconsin at the Modine-Benstead Observatory. Public nights are held several times per year.


Clear Sky Clock

A detailed sky forecast geared toward astronomy.


Astromart.com

A great site for the amateur astronomer. Reviews, Forums, Classifieds & Event Calendar. $12 fee per year.


CloudyNights.com

Another great site for the amateur astronomer. Reviews, Forums, Classifieds & Event Calendar. Free.



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Tutorials


Getting Started
  • Getting Started in Astronomy
  • Our thoughts


  • Buying Equipment
  • How to Buy (and Not Buy) a Telescope
  • So you want to buy a Telescope?


  • Setting up a telescope
  • Setting up an Alt/Az mounted telescope
  • Setting up a German equitorial mounted telescope
  • Setting up a wedge mounted telescope
  • Polar Alignment
  • Drift Alignment


  • Astrophotography
  • Webcam astrophotography
  • DSLR or CCD Camera. Which one?


  • Astronomical Glossary

    Glossary of Astrophotography and Digital Imaging Terms - by Jerry Lodriguss


    Software


    Planetarium
  • Cartes du Ciel / Skywatcher
  • Free - Fairly intuitive. Has a lot of features to control your mount, update objects, etc. Many languages available (Default is English)

  • Stellarium
  • Free - A little tough to get used to if you've used other progams.


    Image Stacking
  • Deep Sky Stacker
  • Free - Best for stacking deep sky images.

  • Registax
  • Free - Best for stacking video of planets.


    Camera Control
  • Astro Photography Tool
  • 12.70 EUR/$15 US - Best I've found for controlling your Canon EOS camera at the scope.



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