Updated 07/18/2009


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My Telescope – The LX200 – And Other Astro Toys

My LX200
The telescope I use most and the gadgets with which I feed it.
This is archived information from my earlier days and has been moved to Flickr.
Field Power Supply Box
A fun project I made to provide power for my telescope, computer, and other devices in the field.
This is archived information from my earlier days and has been moved to Flickr.


Tom's Astrophotos
Drop on by to see some of the astronomy-related photographs I have taken.
For ease of site maintenance (as in, so I'll actually post my pics), I now keep all my astrophotos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomwideman/.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
The Hubble Heritage Project
Some of the best photos from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Jason Ware's Galaxy Photography
Fantastic astrophotos by Jason Ware.

Events, Almanacs, and Timetables

This Week's Sky at a Glance
Sky & Telescope magazine's weekly list of day-by-day astronomical events and planet highlights.
Sun and Moon Data
The US Naval Observatory's Astronomical Applications Department provides information about sunrise, sunset, twilight, moon phase, etc.
JPL Solar System Dynamics
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides information related to all known bodies in orbit around the sun.

Clubs, Organizations and Star Parties

Texas Astronomical Society (TAS) of Dallas
TAS meets monthly at the Richland College Planetarium, and has a dark sky site near Atoka, OK.
Fort Worth Astronomical Society (FWAS)
FWAS meets monthly, and has a dark sky site near Paradise, TX.
The Astronomical League (AL)
The AL is the world's largest federation of amateur astronomers and offers fine observing programs.
International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)
The IDA promotes the preservation and protection of the nighttime environment and dark skies.
Texas Star Party (TSP)
One of the top star parties in the United States, featuring the skies above the Davis Mountains of West Texas.
Okie-Tex Star Party
A great party hosted by the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club.
Eldorado Star Party
A star party hosted by the folks from TSP, along with the Austin and San Antonio astronomy clubs.
The Meade Advanced Products Users Group, the best online resource for information about the LX200 and other Meade products (make sure to look at the Topical Archive, it has about every question ever asked about these things for the last many years). I maintain the archive of the data archived over the years here.

Comets & Meteors

Comet Observation Home Page
NASA's data about observable comets.
Comets & Meteor Showers
Gary W. Kronk's excellent page about comet and meteor shower observation.

Databases and Object Lists

My Object Databases — Planetarium for Palm
If you have a Palm Computing Platform PDA, you want this program! Here are some databases I use with mine.
List of Messier Goodies
A good jumping-off point to explorations of the Messier list.
SEDS Messier Database
A guide to the Messier objects, complete with history and images.
The Messier Objects
Images of the Messier objects from the Digitized Sky Survey.
NGC / IC Project Home Page
The classic New General Catalog and Index Catalog.
The STScI Digitized Sky Survey
Retrieve an image of any portion of the sky. From the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Stars and Constellations
A nice introduction to the stars and constellations.


The Nine Planets
A multimedia tour of the solar system.
A learning center for young astronomers. From NASA.


The magazine, and information about the hobby.
Sky and Telescope
Sky & Telescope magazine and the Sky Publishing catalog.
Lots of good information on how to start out in astronomy.


This is THE site for tracking ISS, Iridium flares, and other satellites and spacecraft. Lots of other cool stuff too.
NASA Human Space Flight
Mission information, pictures, orbital elements, and information on how to track and sight the Space Shuttle and ISS.
Data and images from the exploration of the solar system's largest planet, Jupiter.
The mission to Saturn and its large moon, Titan.
Track the paths of satellites on a world map of the Earth's surface.
A great program that shows satellite paths above your location.

Other Resources

Eric's Treasure Trove of Astronomy
An on-line dictionary and glossary of astronomy terms and concepts.
Planetarium Software
A compendium of information about various planetarium and sky simulation programs.
Astronomy Weather Links


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