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Recommended Astronomy Links
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These are some recommended astronomy related websites. If you have, or know of, a good website which should be included in this list, then please send an email to

Please note that CPAC is not responsible for the content of any external web sites.

Say No to Light Pollution

Campaign for Dark Skies
Better lighting will keep the skies dark whilst lighting up the streets.

Say no to light pollution

Dark Skies Awareness

Dark Sky

Need Less campaign site

UK Parliament Science and Technology committee report into light pollution.

International Year of Astronomy 2009

CPAC Members' Personal Websites

Dave Smith's Website
Club Member, Dave Smith, hosts his own website. An interesting assortment of astronomy pictures and pictures of birds!

Matt Sztanko's Website
Club Member, Matt Sztanko, hosts his own astronomy blog. An interesting assortment of blogs and articles on astronomy!

Peter Carson's Website
Club Member, Peter Carson, hosts his own website displaying his own astro photos.

Around Essex

Loughton Astronomical Society
Meets Every Thursday in the Scout Hall, Theydon Bois, Essex.

Southend Planetarium
Just next to Southend Victoria Railway Station, is the Southend Museum. In here, you can visit the Southend Planetarium and receive a realistic tour of the skies.

North Essex Astronomical Society
Another Essex Astronomy Club, covering the North of Essex.

National and International Organisations

The Federation of Astronomical Societies
The Castle Point Astronomy Club and the other two Essex Clubs mentioned above are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies. If you do not live in Essex, you will find a good Astronomy Club near you.

The Society of Popular Astronomy
A friendly national society which is open to anyone to join.

The European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

NASA's Homepage
No Astronomical list will be complete without this entry.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Information on Cassini, Galileo, Voyager 1 & 2, Mars Global Surveyor and future missions to the solar-system.

The Planetary Society

The world's largest space-interest group, is dedicated to inspiring the public with the adventure and mystery of space exploration.

Astronomical Utilities (Calculations and Predictions)

Heavens Above
When and Where to see the International Space Station (ISS). This website plots the path and transit times of the ISS above your location.

Comet Chasing Sky Hound

Comets currently or soon to be visible in the night sky.

National Optical Astronomy Observatory Image Gallery


Weather Underground Forecast for Southend-on-Sea

Astro Imaging Links

Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Elements

APT - Advanced Photography Tool

SharpCap - Webcam software

FastStone Image viewer

Registax 6

Avistack 2

Deep Sky Stacker

Microsoft ICE

Star trails software

PHD guiding

Pix Insight

Astro Art 5

Morgan Computers for Webcams and adapters

Making Every Photon Count - Beginners guide to Deep Sky Astro-photography by Steve Richards also links to First Light Optics - a reliable astro dealer.

Bahtinov Focusing Mask Generator


There are lots of these available on the web. Some are audio Podcasts, some are video ones known as Vodcasts You can play them on your computer or your portable media player. The best ones I have found are:

365 Days of Astronomy

Astronomy Cast
This Podcast is ideal for beginners and is very accessible, if a bit American in its presentation. The web site also has full transcripts of each show, show notes, pictures and other supporting material and links.

The Jodcast
This is produced twice a month by Jodrell Bank. It is not just about radio astronomy, but covers all aspects of the subject. The interviews are sometimes quite long and in depth, but are usually very good. It also has some quirky humour and quizzes as well as a guide to the night's sky for that month.

The Sky at Night Magazine Podcasts and Vodcasts

A bit of a trailer for the magazine this one, but interesting nevertheless.

Other Interesting Websites

So You Wanna Buy a Telescope... Advice for Beginners

Astronomy Picture of the Day
A high-resolution astronomy picture from Nasa updated daily. Why not make it your default start-up page?

Finding things in the night sky

Hermit Eclipse
Solar and Lunar Eclipse Information.

Hubble Space Telescope
Latest pictures and more information.

Moon Illusion
Why does the Moon look bigger when it is near the horizon?

A very interesting site that you can subscribe to for e-mail updates or RSS feeds of astronomy news

NASA's Eclipse Site

Space Weather
Information on Aurora, meteors, solar activity and other solar system events and news. You can also subscribe so that news of interesting events are e-mailed to you.
Similar to Spaceweather. You can also subscribe to this one.

Aurora Watch UK
Similar to Spaceweather. You can also subscribe to this one.
Views of the northern sky from Shetland. Good for watching aurora when they appear in the sky there. Use Cliff cams 1 and 3

Stargazers Lounge - On line astronomy forum

Cloudy Nights

Lots of things to read on cloudy nights!

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