The New Astronomers’ Group is but one small dot that makes up the Astronomy community.
This links page suggests web-sites suitable for anyone new to Astronomy.
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On-line community links
Astronomical Society of Victoria
The ASV is a non-profit society for people interested in Astronomy, attracting and catering for people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, abilities and interests. First formed in 1922 the society has grown to over one thousand members. Its activities are coordinated by a council of elected Office Bearers, Section Directors, and ordinary Councillors.
The ASV has weekly meetings and activities (conducted via Zoom meetings during this pandemic). The Society's library is also located at the Melbourne Observatory and will re-open when the rules allow. For over 50 years the ASV has played a major role in the care of buildings and facilities at the Melbourne Observatory.
To join the New Astronomers Group you must join the ASV. Once you become a member you can join any of the Section meetings and activities of the ASV. There are many privileges to being an ASV member other than NAG.
Ice in Space is the largest on-line community in the Southern Hemisphere dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy in the southern hemisphere - including Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa and parts of Asia. The aim is to help stargazers from around the world discover, discuss and enjoy the beauty of our night sky.
Night Sky simulators
The Evening Sky Map (PDF) is a 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to Astronomy. Designed to print clearly on all printers, The Evening Sky Map is ready-to-use and will help you to:
Click the Southern edition link otherwise you will be confused. Grab a new copy each month
Stellarium is an open source desktop planetarium for Linux/Unix, Windows and macOS. It renders the skies in real time using OpenGL, which means the skies will look exactly like what you see with your eyes, binoculars, or a small telescope. Stellarium is very simple to use, which is one of its biggest advantages: it can easily be used by beginners. The Stellarium project was started by Fabien Chéreau during the summer of 2001.
Stellarium as a great tool for planning your next night sky excursion, something the New Astronomers’ Group calls a “Cloudy Night” task because you can’t go out and look at the real thing. Currently in version 20+ this has become a mature product that offers a lot of handy tools which you can discover by pressing F1 for help.
A popular North American-based non-commercial space and astronomy news website. The domain was registered on December 30, 1998, and the website went live in March 1999, founded by Canadian Fraser Cain.
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