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The Astronomer

This is the home page of The Astronomer group, TA for short. We produce a magazine for the advanced amateur and our aim is to publish all observations of astronomical interest as soon as possible after they are made. The magazine has been published monthly since 1964 and subscribers are found all over the world. Back issues of magazines dating back to 1977 are available and early volumes of the magazine are gradually being made available on the NASA ADS Historical Literature page. We also provide a very comprehensive electronic circulars service to keep our members up to date. All of this is available for a modest subscription.

Submitting images: When submitting images to TA please send them as an e-mail attachment and please try to use the following filename format: object_yyyymmdd_hhmm_observer.jpg where object is the name of the object, yyyymmdd, hhmm is the date and time of the exposure (the hhmm field is optional) and observer is a unique observer code (say your initials). It is also a good idea to include details of the telescope, scale, orientation, camera, filter etc as annotation on the image.

Sample copies

PDF sample copies of recent issue of the magazine are available by clicking on the images above.

Forthcoming events

The Astronomer 50th anniversary meeting, 2014 May 10.
On Saturday, 2014 May 10 we are holding the 50th anniversary all-day meeting of The Astronomer in St Mary's Church Hall Complex, Basingstoke. This will be a joint gathering with Basingstoke Astronomy Society who are also celebrating their 10th anniversary. Provisional speakers and talk titles are:
Alan Lorrain: Planetary Nebulae Mimics
Paul Abel: 'Uranus: An Aquamarine Mystery'
Peter York: 'Ramblings of a Casual Astronomer'
Robin Catchpole: 'The Universe Unveiled'
Mark Kidger: 'Herschel's violent ice'
John Stapleton: 'Amateur Astronomy - Why do we do it?'
A booking form is available here.

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