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Societies
Weather
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Documentation

Pierre's top ten links
Aurora map forecast
    Don't be surprised tonight.  An essential site to log on before your observing session.  It gives levels of alert in both hemispheres.
Global weather charts
    Who's luckier than YOU tonight? Choice of charts in Watervapor and Infrared.  Download your local map from one of the thumbnails and pray for grey tonight (clear skies)
Big Bear Observatory
    Find out how the Sun looks today.  
Bureau des longitudes
    OK, it's a french site but you'll find loads of data on comets and other stuff.  Contains orbital elements to plug in your desktop planetarium.  Language not a problem.
Digitized Sky Survey
    To check out those suspicious images you acquired before the cloud rolled in.  The DSS images will confirm whether you've got something unusual in the bag.
International Meteor Organisation
    Observing meteors, results from past showers and links.
SOHO
    Observe the Sun in different modes.  See what stars, comets are the backdrop today.  LASCO images are large but fantastic (go for blue).
Jupiter and sunspots
    An interesting theory linking the orbital period of Jupiter with the sunspot rhythm.

Near Space
Spaceguard UK
   Part of the international programme to protect the Earth from collisions
Heavens Above
   Satellite predictions and more
Space Weather
   The Sun-Earth environment, Meteors & news
Inconstant Moon
   Loads of lunar info
Moonstick
   A lunar slide rule ?
Nasa's Visible Earth site
   For a change - a look at the Earth from Space.

Telescopes
The Spitzer Space Telescope
   Spitzer is the final element in NASA's Great Observatories Program.  Formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility
The Liverpool Telescope
   A 2.0 metre fully robotic telescope at the Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma, Spain
Hubble Space Telescope
   Needs no introduction...
Subaru Telescope in Hawaii
   Subaru is an 8.2 meter optical-infrared telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
Dan Bakken's "Hercules".
   A telescope so big, that if you fell off it you might break your leg !
Bruce Sayre's Large Newtonian Binocular Telescope page
   Bruce now concentrates the web site on his 22-inch (!) Binocular
Precision optical components
   Interesting conical cross-section mirrors
Bradford -Robotic -Telescope
Faulkes Telescope Project
   A research class telescope for Schools & Colleges

Observatories
The Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge
   The IoA is a department of the University of Cambridge and is engaged in teaching and research in the fields of theoretical and observational Astronomy.
The Night Sky Live
   Check out the sky at some of the world's premier obsevatories
Anglo-Australian Observatory
   
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
   
US National Optical Astronomy Observatory
   The national center for ground-based nighttime astronomy in the United States
South African Astronomical Observatory
   
Jodrell Bank Observatory
   

Phenomena
The Astronomical Calendar
   Keeping up to date with what's happening in the night sky
NASA's Eclipse pages
   Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC Emeritus
AuroraWatch UK
   
Finnish Amateur Astronomy
   Atmospheric Optics
Comet Information and the International Comet Quarterly (ICQ)
   

Societies
The British Astronomical Association
   
The Royal Astronomical Society
   Advancing Astronomy and Geophysics
Society for Popular Astronomy
   Britains BRIGHTEST Astronomical Society
The Webb Deep-Sky Society
   An international society of amateur and professional astronomers specialising in the observation of double stars and 'deep sky' objects.
International Dark-Sky Association
   
UK Campaign for Dark skies
   
www.fedastro.org.uk
   The Federation Of Astronomical Societies
The Society For The History Of Astronomy
   
The Astronomer Magazine
   
Northamptonshire Society
   The Astronomy section of the Northamptonshire Natural History Society
The American Association of Amateur Astronomers
   

Weather
   A couple of links showing cloud animations suggested by Simon Edwins
Sat24 Infrared satellite animation, 15 min intervals
Metcheck (pre-targeted for Milton Keynes)
   Recommended by ChrisN - "It's pretty accurate and a quick way to get a 'go' / 'no go' for the nights observing session..."

Commercial Links
Harrison Telescopes Ltd
   We have been selling a wide variety of astronomy goods since 2009 and pride ourselves on providing advice and lifetime technical support on all the goods we sell
Effects of light pollution on human health, and some basic energy efficient lighting solutions.
   From www.lampclick.com
The comprehensive Astronomy Beginner's guide
   A free PDF to download - scroll to the end of the page
The hidden costs of light pollution
   A video on the hidden costs of light pollution, but surprisingly, from an insurance company
Stockport Binocular & Telescope Centre
   Telescopes and Binoculars from one of the UK'S premier specialists
Astronomy Posters at Barewalls
   Astronomy Posters and many more categories too.
Picstop
   A range of scopes, including those suitable for beginners and those who are more experienced, as well as accessories, memory cards and digital photography accessories
AstroClassifieds
   AstroClassifieds is a classifieds site for people in the UK to list their used astronomy equipment for sale.
The Astronomy Centre
   Astronomical Instruments and Accessories. 5% discount to paid-up members of MKAS (contact chairman@mkas.org.uk for qualifying conditions)
AstroMediaShop.
   Cardboard kits of scientific instruments, models, gadgets, and optical components for experiments, education, and astronomy.
UK Telescopes including Konus, Pentaflex, Kson, Celestron and Meade.
   Astronomical telescope and binocular website, official suppliers of Konus, Meade, Celestron and Sky Watcher.
Astronomy photos & Images
   Foto Search Image Library offers over 5 million images in its extensive online archive in many, many categories including Astronomy.
More stock photos & Images
   Sister site to the above Foto Search Image Library.
Go Graph Stock Photography
   Go Graph Stock Photography - search from more than 5 million images including over 13,000 astronomy related images!
Icon Wall Stickers
   Includes a range of space and planet wall decals suitable for children's bedrooms along with a wide range of other subjects.
Light Pollution and its Ecological Effects
   'Good information and resources on how light pollution effects us and other animals' (Thanks to Hayley Ross)
UK Astronomy Buy & Sell.
   The UK's Trading Place for Used Telescopes and Accessories
Green Witch in Arizona
   Green Witch of Cambridge have a facility in Arizona...
Astroparts Home Page
   Bespoke Astronomical engineering here in Milton Keynes
Astronomy & Art-workshops in Crete
   Starting in July 2008. A range of other things to do as well as Astronomy

General
Google Sky
   Available as a download previously, now its a website, so easy access.
Astrophotography by Jerry Lodriguss
   
Astrophotography for the Amateur
   
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan
   
CCD Amateur Astronomy
   
CelesTrak WWW
   
Dublin Night Sky Observer - Skynotes
   
Nasa IMAGE Science Center
   Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration
Solar System Live
   
The LINEAR Project Home Page
   
Auriga Astronomy
   Home of the Auriga Dome, The East Midlands No1 Mobile Planetarium
The legendary Mel Bartel's site
   A large range of subjects on matters Astronomical and otherwise
Great Circles Studio sundial generator
   Is back again :-)
BBC's Sky at Night
   Another legend
Your Sky
   If it's cloudy, see what should be there...
Astronomy Picture Of the day
   

Software
Astro-PC
   Carte du Ciel and some others
The Home of StarCalc.
   "StarCalc is the fastest professional astronomy planetarium & star mapping program for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP ." - It's also Free!

Local Links
All about MK

Various documents

Mike Leggett's Talks (PDF Document)
Mark Hurn's Talks

The Society is a long-time participant in National Science week. Here is the latest certificate.

Science and Technology Committee - Inquiry into Light Pollution and Astronomy
Our response : Response.doc (64k MS Word)  and the Report



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