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Sky Maps

Calendar and observation calculator - very comprehensive site

Interesting site for those searching for satellites and other 'objects in the sky'.

A Sky mapping program from Switzerland. Go to their site and search for 'Homeplanet' - links for downloading + instructions will be found on the appropriate page.

Site dealing with all details of SkyMap - one of the most comprehensive mapping programs available. The program is availabe in various versions and numerous 'upgrades' are provided. Not free, but extremely powerful

Sky & Telescope observing Almanac
Direct link to the Sky & Telescope interactive sky map and viewing almanac. You can enter your own longitude and latitude coordinates, for a personalised site. Also shows any visible passes of the International Space Station.

Your Sky
Another site that provides you with personalised sky maps in various formats.

Other local Astronomical Societies
Aylesbury Astronomical Society

West of London Astronomical Society

Wycombe Astronomical Society


Astronomical Observatory
The Mill Hill Observatory
Our 'local' astronomical observatory - part of University College London (UCL) well worth a visit


Radio / podcast sites

Astronomy FM
A radio site dedicated to astronomy

Under British Skies
Direct link to astronomy podcast


Other local Societies

Rickmansworth Historical Society
Covers the history of Rickmansworth and surrounding area

Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society
A local society that caters for another 'interest'.

Rickmansworth & District Residents Association
An association set up to promote the general interests of the Residents of Rickmansworth


Other Astronomical Societies of interest
Manchester Astronomical Society
A site with lots of general astronomical information

Solent Amateur Astronomers Society
Another society site with lots of information - including a useful glossary and lots more


Other sites of interest

Although this site has a USA bias, it does have many interesting links to sites of astronomical interest.

Astronomy Now
The UK's leading magazine for amateur astronomers.

Ballater Skies Observatory
A private website with some interesting images

BBC Science & Nature - Space
Another site with much to interest the astronomer

BBC - Sky at Night
Direct Link to Sky at Night page

Bolton Group
A very interesting site dealing with the manufacture of some very interesting telescopes, including "binocular newtonians"! Well worth a look.

British Astronomical Association
Formed in 1890, the British Astronomical Association has an international reputation for the quality of its observational and scientific work. Membership is open to all persons interested in astronomy.

Chandra Sky Map and other images and info

Computer Simulations
Computer simulations of star formations from various start points

European Southern Observatory
A very comprehensive site covering the workings of the joint project. Well worth a look. In particular the images from the VLT are stunning - click here to go directly to this page.

Faulkes Project
The project for schools and educational purposes.

Federation of Astronomical Societies
Formed in 1974, the FAS was conceived as a sort of union of astronomical societies, groups, and individuals, liaising together, where practicable, for their mutual benefit.

Jodrell Bank
The Jodrell Bank internet observatory

Light Pollution
An interesting Italian site with numerous maps and details regarding world light pollution problems

A site with an enormous amount of information and photographs detailing the moon.

The home site for NASA - links to the space missions and numerous wonderful photographs.

NASA Astronomy picture of the day

New Scientist
The New Scientist - breaking news of astronomy discoveries

Night Sky Info
An interesting site maintained by Emil Neata, an amateur astronomer based in south west Romania. Includes a comprehensive links page with more 'astronomical sites'.

Planetary Society
The specialist society for those interested in the Planets.

Practical Astronomer
A magazine devoted to the more practical aspects of amateur astronomy

The Royal Society
Visit the events diary of the Royal Society. Many of the events will be of interest to members.

Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence - the SETI website

Martin Lewis's website
A very large site, packed with much astronomical information - very up-to-date.

A site with excellent pictures of spiral galaxies and links to the parent sites.

Sky & Telescope
Widely read US astronomy magazine.

Society for the History of Astronomy
For those interested in the history of our hobby.

Society for Popular Astronomy
The astronomical society for 'everyone'.
Up-to-date news articles and features
A site devoted to news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.

Supernova SN2006gy
News of supernova SN2006gy

Supernova SN2006gy
More news of the Supernova

Supernova SN2006gy
Images of the Supernova

Watford Weather
A site set to give you the local weather forecast for Watford



Ace Asronomical - A department of Ace Cameras, based in Bristol

Alexanders Observatories - Suppliers of roll-off observatories and pedestals

Atik Instruments - CCD cameras

Altair Astro - Stockists of William Optics & Kendrick dew Control Systems

B C & F Astro Engineering -UK manufacturers of a wide range of accessories

Beacon Hill Telescopes - Telescope and accessory manufacturers

David Hinds - Celestron agents

David Lukehurst - For Dobsonians, mirror sets etc.

Epsilon Telescopes - Custom made parts and accessories

Evergreen Optics - Discount Telescopes including Celestron, Meade and Konus **

Foresight Optical - Suppliers of a large range of optical items

Ian King Imaging - Stockists of William Optics items etc

GreenWitch - Stock a large range of instruments& accessories

MC2 Telescope Shop - Somerset based dealers in a wide range of goods

Mogg Adapters - Need an adapter for your astro camera?

Oldham Optical - Manufacturers of optical elements

Optical Vision Ltd - Importers of several makes of telescope

Orion Optics - UK manufacturers of a large range of high quality telescopes

Paton Hawksley Education Ltd - Star Analyser & Diffraction Gratings

Pulsar Optical - Stockists of a large range of equipment

SCS Astro - They stock Borg, Orion (US) & several other makes

Sherwoods - They stock several of the major ranges, including accessories

Stockport Binocular & Telescope Centre - A good range of instruments

Strathspey - Binocular dealers, based in Scotland

Sussex Astronomy Centre - South Coast stockist of several ranges

Telescopes Direct - (The Widescreen Centre) - a good range of telescopes

Telescope Planet - another dealer with a good range of instruments

Tring Astronomy Centre - Celstron, Skywatcher etc

True Technology - Filters, plus custom made filter wheels, flip-mirrors etc.


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