General Astronomy Sites
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Bay Area Astronomy Clubs & Organizations

General Astronomy Sites
Rob Kantelberg's web site has a wealth of information about astrophotography. You can learn here how to focus better, do calibration frames, and so on. The site also has some good tutorials on how to use the popular PixInsight program.
Teach Astronomy is an astronomy learning tool, intended either as a supplement for classroom instruction or for informal learners wanting to know more about the subject. This site has a very comprehensive set of learning tools, including text book courses, images, news articles, and video lectures.
This site has information about the bodies of the solar system (planets, dwarf planets, moons, comets, etc.), and how the solar system formed.
Orbital predictions for many satellites, including the International Space Station, the Iridium Satellites (which can be exceedingly bright -- a definite wow factor) and the space shuttle (if and when it's up). Plug in your latitude and longitude, and it will tell you where and what time to go out and look for the satellites.
This site lets you see what the Earth and Moon look like at any given time and place.
The NASA photojournal site -- lots of pictures of the planets taken from the various spacecraft sent out over the years (Voyager, Pioneer, Galileo, etc.).
This is a direct link to Sky & Telescope's web page listing astronomy clubs throughout the U.S.

Hubble Space Telescope Public Pictures.
The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System. This site has a lot of info and images of the planets.
This is the web site of Axel Mellinger, a former Bay Area resident and TVS member. He's an amateur astronomer who takes excellent astrophotos. His composite Milky Way photo and his all-sky panoramic photo are an amazing achievement and can be purchased as posters from Sky Publishing (
Phil Harrington's web site. Covers some of the info in Phil's very helpful books.
The International Dark Sky Association. Learn what you can do to help curb the widespread light pollution problem we have in our cities.
Phil Plait's web site devoted to clearing up popular misconceptions in astronomy and science. Quite amusing and informative.

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Bay Area Stores

Orion Telescope & Binocular Center
10555 S. De Anza Blvd. at McClellan, Cupertino 408-255-8770

Scope City
350 Bay St., San Francisco 415-421-8800

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Bay Area Astronomy Clubs & Organizations

Tri-Valley Stargazers (TVS): That's us!

TVS Yahoo users group. That's us too!

Eastbay Astronomical Society (EAS): Meets at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. Home to the Telescope Makers' Workshop, where anyone can come build their own telescope.

Chabot Space and Science Center (CSSC): In the Oakland Hills. Free telescope observing on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting) using their 8" Alvan Clark refractor (1883), 20" John Brasher/Warner & Swasey refractor (1915), and their new 36" classic cassegrain reflector (2003).

The Astronomy Connection (TAC): An internet based group of amateurs, based primarily in the south bay.

Fremont Peak Observatory Association (FPOA): FPOA runs the telescope on top of Fremont Peak near San Juan Bautista.

The Mount Diablo Astronomical Society (MDAS): During the summer they have public star parties on Mt. Diablo. They meet in north Concord.

The San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA): SJAA holds auctions and swap meets twice a year.

The Astronomical Association of Northern California (AANC): This organization encompasses a lot of the clubs in the Bay Area.

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