Here are a number of links to interesting astronomy websites as well as some tools and programs used by astrophotographers.
Night Sky Network!
Get it all here… the clubs in your area, night sky planner, moon phase, and outreach resources
The Weather Channel
Check out the current weather conditions for the Phoenix area
Arizona State Parks – Star Parties & Astro Events
Astronomy events right here in our own Arizona state parks
NASA New Horizon Mission
This exciting mission launched in January 2006 and is enroute to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. It is the fastest spacecraft and arrived at Pluto in July 2015 where it flies by this mysterious, frozen world and its moon Charon. The mission has already discovered two new moons around Pluto and many more discoveries are in store.
International Dark Sky Association
The International Dark-Sky Association is the only non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night, working to protect wildlife, cut energy waste, and stop light pollution.
Astronomy: Computer Software games for kids
Moon rise, Moon Set and Moon Phases Calendar
Light Pollution Map
A color coded interactive map of light pollution around the world with Bortle scale and more.
A free and open source planetarium for your PC that has just about everything you could ever need to find a wide swath of deep space objects and so much more.
A free PC based polar alignment tool used for aligning your equatorial mounts with alignment scopes.
This website helps people to get into amateur astronomy. It describes easy targets for observations, explains telescope types and characteristics, and helps to make first steps in astrophotography.
Kalamazoo Astronomical Society: Introduction to Amateur Astronomy lecture series
Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/flwo
Lowell Observatory: https://lowell.edu/
The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory: http://www.lbto.org/
Kitt Peak National Observatory: https://visitkittpeak.org/
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory: https://skycenter.arizona.edu/
Butterfield RV Resort Observatory: https://www.rv-resort.com/
APT (Astro Photography Tool) An optional camera control program for astrophotography compatible with a large number of cameras.
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.
A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Equipment for Deep-Sky Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Call it what you will, electronically-assisted astronomy is becoming a popular pastime for several reasons.
ASCOM Controllers A open source software required by many other softwares to connect and control electronic scopes and mounts.
Deep Sky Stacker Free Astrophotography software with manual and tutorials
PHD2 (Push Here Dummy 2) A free and open source powerful telescope guiding program used with guiding scopes for astrophotography.
Backyard EOS/Nikon A paid and powerful tool for all you DSLR astrophotographers looking to control your DSLR with ease.
NINA Astrophotography Tool (Free) Nighttime Imaging ‘N’ Astronomy (NINA) is a free tool that provides astrophotographers the tools to choose targets, control image framing, focusing, centering and control equipment. The tool is open source and in active development to improve capabilities. See the NINA home page for full details.
Beginner/Overview Astro Photography Sites
Bernard Miller: https://youtube.com/channel/UCraqFbAueGEI9VRwB83DxZA
Forrest Tanaka (a bit old but great overview of equipment): https://youtube.com/user/ForrestTanaka
James Lamb: https://youtube.com/user/Aero19612
Patriot Astro: https://youtube.com/c/PatriotAstro
Peter Zelinka: https://youtube.com/c/PeterZelinka
Small Optics: https://youtube.com/channel/UCVi6UI5BvXm9lyZg5AG0X1g
The Digital Astronomer: https://youtube.com/channel/UC4zkqUHvi21rAB4F14Z3V6w
Using Images of Others: Hubble Playlists
Nico Carver’s 5 levels of Equipment: 5 Stages
Trevor Jones Perfect Starter Kit: Starter Kit
CUIV NO Tracker Method: No Tracker Method
Some additional links to even more…
Create your own Sun/Moon Rise/Set Calendar: https://www.sunrisesunset.com/USA/Arizona/
What Hubble was looking at during you birthday: https://www.nasa.gov/
Meteor Shower Info 2020/21: https://www.amsmeteors.org/
Arizona Science Center: https://www.azscience.org/%20
Astronomy Magazine: http://www.astronomy.com/
Sky & Telescope: https://www.skyandtelescope.com/
Cloudy Nights: https://www.cloudynights.com/
Telescopius (Astronomy Planning Made Easy): https://telescopius.com/
44 Closest Stars compared to the Sun: 44-closest-stars
Astrospheric view forecasting: https://www.astrospheric.com/
The Night Sky – Hooray for Mr. Messier Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B9n_5iH7So&authuser=0
Solar Power Education Link with information about Eclipses: https://solarpower.guide/
Astronomy Resources for Kids (AAA State Of Play) https://blog.aaastateofplay.com/2022/02/astronomy-resources-for-kids.html
Constellation Guide: https://www.constellation-guide.com/
The 88 Constellations and Their Brightest Stars