Flintstone Stargazing

Astronomy Resources

Here are some resources I’ve found useful, interesting or worthwhile:

LXD75 Related

Meade LXD75 Site - The official manufacturer’s site for the LXD75.

LXD75 Manual – The official manual from Meade.

Mike Weasner’s LXD75 Site – A great resource for all things LXD75-related.

A PEC Tool for LXD75 handboxes

Hypertune Your LXD75 DVD - This DVD is actually made for the LXD55, but the instructions are useful for the LXD75 as well. The parts that are different can be found at the next link. This DVD is really easy to understand and follow.

Exploded view of the LXD75 mount - This site has a couple really, really useful images that show the parts of the LXD75 mount taken apart pretty much completely. If you get in trouble taking your mount apart and can’t remember which part goes next, these diagrams can really be a lifesaver.

How to align a polar scope – there are many sites that tell you how to align using a polar scope, but not very many sites that tell you how to align the polar scope itself. This one does that and does a good job. This site shows an even quicker way to make sure your scope is polar aligned (once the polar scope is aligned, of course).

How to collimate a Schmidt-Newtonian – This article does a great job of explaining this somewhat complex precedure.

How to clean a corrector plate and mirror – A great article about how to do this properly, without damaging anything.

Useful

Survey of Polar Alignment Methods – This is hugely useful for astrophotography.

How to Align a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) – Really helpful if you’ve never done it before.

How to Point a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) – Super helpful (with animated demonstration) for those unfamiliar with how to do this.

How to Collimate a Newtonian Reflector – A great resource pointed out to me by the company that sold me my laser collimator.

How to Get Even Better Collimation Using a Barlow and Laser Collimater - This site helps you get even better collimation and in particular explains how to do it with a collimator like the one I have..

Walker County Viewing Conditions, Chattanooga Viewing Conditions – courtesy of ClearDarkSky.com

Interactive Sky ChartUtility to figure out Jupiter’s moon locations - courtesy of Sky and Telescope Magazine

Astrophotography Techniques – this guy recommends equipment that costs more than my truck, but has a lot of great advice for digital astrophotography.

CalSky.com – a place to find transits of the sun/moon for ISS and other things. The site does more, but I like other sites better.

Planetary Imaging

Planetary Imaging and Image Processing – a wonderful resource for planetary imaging.

Planetary Imaging with a Monochrome Camera – a great overall discussion of planetary imaging techniques, focused on using a monochrome camera, but not exclusive to that.

Planetary Imaging using Eyepiece Projection – has a useful calculator for figuring out magnification

Interesting

Sky & Telescope – They refer to themselves as “The Essential Magazine for Astronomy”. I’m pretty much in agreement.

Astronomy Magazine – Another good one.

Worthwhile

Galaxy Zoo – A crowdsourcing effor to help astronomers classify galaxies. Sign up and help out.

Great Worldwide Star Count - An effort to map light polution that anyone can be a part of.

Software

RegiStax - A free image stacking program.

Iris Software – A free sky imaging program that I’m just starting to use.

Anticipitory

Total Solar Eclipse – this will be the best solar eclipse of my lifetime (at least up to that point). It goes across the entire U.S. and will be centered basically over my in-law’s house an hour north of here. Of course, it’ll be a while…

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