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For Beginners

Introduction to Basic Stargazing Part I by Mike Usher

Introduction to Basic Stargazing Part II by Mike Usher

Introduction to Basic Stargazing Part III by Mike Usher

Buying Your First Telescope by Mike Usher

The Night Sky
This web site creates images of any part of the night sky, allowing easy location of any object. Detailed chart images show all stars visible to the naked eye, the constellations, Messier objects, and names of the brightest stars. This printable chart is currently set for Collier County Florida, but may be altered to any other spot.

Astronomy Tutorials
From basic astronomy to cosmology.

Backyard Astronomy
A great page containing all sorts of links for beginners.

Astronomical League
The Astronomical League is composed of over two hundred and forty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with our Members-at-Large, Patrons, and Supporting members form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world.

The Sky - Astronomy Calendar
This is a simple but very useful site that gives clear information on notable sky events, including details on the most important meteor showers.

Ask the Space Scientist
Conducted by Dr. Sten Odenwald (Astronomer), This resource covers FAQs that have to do with the Sun, the Earth and their various interactions. You may visit The Astronomy Cafe for answers to over 3000 questions about the following additional subjects: The Solar System, Planet-X, Stars, Galaxies, Black Holes, Big Bang Cosmology, Origin of the Universe, General and Special Relativity, Space Travel, Space Physics, Careers in Astronomy, Telescopes and many other topics, too!

The Nine (Oops! 8) Planets
This website by Bill Arnett, a software engineer, is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons, and other objects in our solar system. Each page has Bill Arnett's and NASA's images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

PBS Astronomy Videos
"Hunting the Edge of Space" and others.