Astra's Star Gate

The Observer's Page

Observing Comet Hale Bopp 1997, picture by Astra

The feature image of the observer's page was taken during observations of Comet Hale-Bopp. The dark shadow of a telescope with a camera mounted on it is highlighted in the vanishing twilight. The blue component of the comet's tail is cropped off the image.

What's Up?

What's Up in the Night Sky?  is a monthly almanac for Northern American astronomers

"What's Up in the Night Sky?" is Astra's monthly almanac! Find out what's up in the sky this month. Monthly features cover constellations or other astronomical topics of interest. The almanac was original written by the Star Geezer, Ron Leeseberg who retired in December 2011. Bookmark this page to find out what to look for this month by reading the latest issue. Works great on phones, too!

Find out more about this feature by clicking on the home page, "What's Up? home".

The Observer's Page offers advice to newbies, stargazers, amateur astronomers and astronomy clubs. Welcome to the new Observer's Page!

Assistance for Beginners

Almanacs and Observing Aids

Online Planetarium Programs and Free Downloads

Observing Constellations

Observing Solar System Objects

Upcoming total lunar eclipses, visible for N. America

Comets! (Astra's Page)

This is a short list of the many comet sources that are out on the www. The first goes to an article written a few years ago. Click on the title of this section to go to the main comet page at Astra's Star Gate

Observing Deep Sky Objects

Astra's Pages

What's Up?
This Month's Sky

Astra's Celestial Challenge

Guide to Commercial Astronomical Equipment - just links no endorsements

Dawn's Tips for Observing Jupiter

ATM - Astra's Telescope Making Page

Comets! - Read Astra's Comet Article

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