There are a lot of ways to keep up with what's new in astronomy. A few astronomically-experienced readers recommended we check out a publication called Astronomy Technology Today.
We took a look at a few back issues and the magazine s definitely perfect for those who are into the gear. It covers a wide range of astronomically related topics. The focus of the articles is technical, but both novice and advanced readers will get something out of them. There is a "DIY themes" to the articles. They not only show what others have made, but how to build them yourself.
The thing we really liked about Astronomy Technology Today is their heavy emphasis on the GEAR. If you love reading about the latest telescopes, a new digital imager, or how to get the most out of your setup, then this is the magazine for you. This magazine is one of those which we will save. The back issues are as much fun to read as the latest copy. While some of the articles may be beyond our understanding now, as we get more knowledgeable, we are sure we would want to go back and take another look. Subscriber ($15/year) will have access to all of the back issues online.
We like astronomy because it is the one of the last purely scientific pursuits for which there is minimal financial upside or government restrictions. Try setting up a genetics or chemistry lab at home and see how long it would be before Homeland Security or the DEA come knocking at your doors. Don't even get us started about the number of permits required for a building a home version of a high energy particle accelerator. People get together for star parties because they love seeing what is out there. Looking through a telescope at 3AM will probably not lead to finding a cure for cancer or help one predict the next hot stock, but it will expand ones appreciation of the vastness and beauty of the universe...all from ones own backyard. And that is a worthy endeavor at any price. [Permalink] - Astronomy Technology Today