Astrophotography for the Amateur
How to Use a Computerized Telescope   Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes   Digital SLR Astrophotography

Links to Other Amateur Astronomy Sites

Clear Sky Chart for Athens, Georgia

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This page is not about astronomy as science; it is about how to use telescopes and astrophotographic equipment. For general information about astronomy, please see Wikipedia, Astronomy Magazine, Sky and Telescope Magazine, and Spaceweather.

Here are a few links of general or local interest:

  • Especially for North Georgia
  • Where to buy telescopes and other equipment
    • Orion Telescopes and Binoculars (mainly their own brand of telescopes and accessories, which are good; very good place to start if you're a beginner; very informative catalogue)
    • Astronomics (leading full-line dealer selling all brands, recommended for the more experienced observer; has informative literature for beginners too)
    • Oceanside Photo and Telescope (photographically oriented, especially digital SLRs for astronomy; located near San Diego; highly recommended)
    • Company Seven (near Washington, D.C.; specializes in quality and good service; tests telescopes before shipment). This is a major supplier of tested optical equipment to academia and government. They also sell telescopes and accessories to amateurs, with pre-testing and good user support. Much of what's there is not on the web site. Highly recommended when you need more than the usual level of reliability and expertise.

    • Large-volume discount camera dealers:
      • Adorama (low prices, wide selection; New York discount dealer with staff knowledgeable about astronomy)
      • B&H Photo (low prices, wide selection of everything photographic; mail order and New York store)
      • Samy's Camera (the B&H of the west, in Los Angeles)
      • KEH Camera Brokers (reliable used cameras; nationally prominent dealer in Atlanta, mail-order only)
      • Note: B&H, Adorama, Samy's, and KEH usually have the lowest North American prices on photographic equipment. Other reliable dealers' prices will be similar.
        Vendors who advertise much lower prices are often unreliable. Be especially wary of "bait and switch" tactics ("you don't really want that, it's no good, here's something better made by a different company"). When in doubt, check Google Groups to find discussions of particular vendors, but remember that bad experiences are much more likely to be reported than good ones; consider carefully whether each complaint is reasonable.

  • Technical notes





  • Last revised January 28, 2015. This page is not revised often.