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Optimizing Your Backyard for Astronomy
By John Kulczycki 3/24/2013
Is your astro-haven really just beyond your back door? Why travel miles and hours to a dark site when you could just take a few steps to your backyard and be observing in minutes? (Editor's note: Though this article is listed in the "Beginners" category, there is good value here for advanced observers as well - Ed.)

The Unsung Hero
By Malcolm Bird 9/16/2012
or how to have your cake and eat it too

Barlowed Laser Collimation Made Easy
By Stephen Nolin 7/16/2011

Telrad Knob Modification
By Rex Cox 8/22/2010
Easy do-it-yourself modification

Telepod/Gibraltar Quick Release
By Thomas Holst 5/26/2010
Want a quicker, easier way to mount/dismount your TeleVue refractor on a Telepod/Gibraltar head? Read on.

Red LED Dome Light Bulb Conversion
By Thomas Holst 2/27/2010
Tired of losing your night vision every time you open your car door and the bright dome light goes on? Here's a solution.

Versatile 12 volt Red Reading/Writing/Chart Lamp
By Thomas Holst 1/24/2010
Make your own red LED chart lamp out of readily available components. An easy DIY project.

Make an Alt-Az Pipe Mount
By Ging-Li Wang 1/30/2009
A classic DIY project for shrinking budgets.

INTELLIGENT IMAGING
By Bill Prueter 8/29/2008
What instrument has sensitivity for millions of shades of intensity, colors and can negate temporary fluctuations in atmospheric disturbances?

No Tape Rigel Quickfinder Second Edition
By Matthew Cecere 2/5/2008

The NEWS@SKY (Space&Science)
By Konstantin Lysenko 11/29/2007
The NEWS@SKY (Space&Science) is a unique opportunity to browse hundreds of scientific and popular science Internet sites without a single mouse click!

Ed's Guide to SCT Collimation
By Ed Moreno 3/8/2007
Painless, and worth the effort....

Size really DOES matter.
By Ed Moreno 11/3/2006
Some advice to consider for your FIRST telescope purchase…

Total New Moon and Planet Imaging with a DOB!
By Jim Ruddy 4/21/2006
Even with no tracking, no EQ mount and an inexpensive P&S digital camera you can start to take basic images of the moon and planets.

Colorful Double Stars for the ST80
By Blair Slayton 9/11/2005
A small scope can see color

Focusing DSLRs - A Secret Technique
By Michael Covington 9/3/2005
Every digital SLR camera in the world has a built-in feature that will enable you to focus perfectly and get pinpoint star images.(Author, Michael A. Covington, is the author of Astrophotography for the Amateur and other books.)

How to Improve an Equipment Case
By Michael Covington 9/3/2005
Some of the carrying cases for my equipment used to have an annoying habit - they'd open up all the way... (Michael A. Covington is the author of Astrophotography for the Amateur and other books.)

How I Check the Weather Before Going Observing
By Michael Covington 9/3/2005
Your local weather forecast won't necessarily tell you whether the sky is good for observing... (Michael A. Covington is the author of Astrophotography for the Amateur and other books.

Measuring Astronomical Distances
By Joe DalSanto 2/23/2005
Have you ever wondered how we know the distances to astronomical objects? Here is a brief introduction to the fascinating field of astronomy.

Diagonals
By MARK PAJOR 2/15/2005
Which one, how to pick, does it matter

CI-700 Adjustable legs
By Jim Fusco 2/13/2005
Make your CI-700 tripod adjustable for under $25.00

Go-to or Not To Go-To, That is the question
By Ed Moreno 1/22/2005
The opinion of a long-time astronomer…

Messier’s Open Clusters in Urban Skies
By Blair Slayton 1/17/2005
Even an 80mm telescope can enjoy these

Orion's 120mm Telescope Setups
By Blair Slayton 12/27/2004
Do you like laying on the ground to look through your scope?

Nebulous Categories
By Norman Sperling 12/22/2004
A little History and a discussion of Deep Space Phenomena and Scientific Classification By Norm Sperling. Excerpted with permission from his book “What Your Astronomy Textbook Won’t Tell You” copyright (c) 2002

Holiday Astronomical targets for beginners
By Ed Moreno 12/16/2004
How to avoid new-telescope frustrations and disappointment

Manually Guided DSLR Astrophotography
By Ivan Ong 12/2/2004
Intersted in using your DSLR for astrophotography? Here are some useful hints to start you off.

Drift Testing to Determine Your Eyepiece's True Field of View
By Herbert Kraus 11/27/2004
To calculate an eyepiece's true field of view you need to know the diameter of its field stop, but most manufacturer's don't furnish that specification. Here's how to use the drift test method instead.

Making sense of scope reviews
By Mark Rieck 10/16/2004
Ever end up being more confused about a scope decision after you read all the articles than you were before you read them?

The 5 things it has taken me half my life to learn about viewing the sky
By Steve Coe 10/2/2004
Steve Coe is the Vice President of the Saguaro Astronomy Club in Phoenix, Arizona. He has written a book, Deep Sky Observing-The Astronomical Tourist....

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