Mysterious Stars Surround Andromeda's Black Hole - Credit: © 2002 R. Gendler, Photo by R. GendlerThe Andromeda Galaxy photographed with a 12.5-inch telescope by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler.

Mysterious Stars Surround Andromeda's Black Hole - Credit: © 2002 R. Gendler, Photo by R. GendlerThe Andromeda Galaxy photographed with a 12.5-inch telescope by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler.

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I'm an amateur astronomer tasked with giving an educational talk to fellow amateur astronomers about how to clean optical surfaces like the lenses of eyepieces and telescopes. I wanted to run a small experiment cleaning some uniform glass samples (that had been coated with dust and mineral deposits) with a variety of commercial and homemade cleaning solutions. But how to quantify the efficacy of the cleaning process? I decided I could run the glass samples before and after the cleaning pr...

I'm an amateur astronomer tasked with giving an educational talk to fellow amateur astronomers about how to clean optical surfaces like the lenses of eyepieces and telescopes. I wanted to run a small experiment cleaning some uniform glass samples (that had been coated with dust and mineral deposits) with a variety of commercial and homemade cleaning solutions. But how to quantify the efficacy of the cleaning process? I decided I could run the glass samples before and after the cleaning pr...

Informally known as the "Soap Bubble Nebula", this planetary nebula (officially known as PN G75.5+1.7) was discovered by amateur astronomer Dave Jurasevich on July 6th, 2008. It was noted and reported by Keith Quattrocchi and Mel Helm on July 17th, 2008. This image was obtained with the Kitt Peak Mayall 4-meter telescope on June 19th, 2009 in the H-alpha (orange) and [OIII] (blue) narrowband filters. In this image, north is to the left and east is down.

Informally known as the "Soap Bubble Nebula", this planetary nebula (officially known as PN G75.5+1.7) was discovered by amateur astronomer Dave Jurasevich on July 6th, 2008. It was noted and reported by Keith Quattrocchi and Mel Helm on July 17th, 2008. This image was obtained with the Kitt Peak Mayall 4-meter telescope on June 19th, 2009 in the H-alpha (orange) and [OIII] (blue) narrowband filters. In this image, north is to the left and east is down.

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NGC 3190 is a spiral galaxy with tightly wound arms and lying in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1784. In 2002 two supernovae were observed in the galaxy. A Brazilian amateur astronomer Paulo Cacella detected one supernova in the southeastern part in March 2002 (SN 2002bo), and then an Italian team, while studying the first one, detected a second supernova (SN 2002cv) on the other side two months later.

NGC 3190 is a spiral galaxy with tightly wound arms and lying in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1784. In 2002 two supernovae were observed in the galaxy. A Brazilian amateur astronomer Paulo Cacella detected one supernova in the southeastern part in March 2002 (SN 2002bo), and then an Italian team, while studying the first one, detected a second supernova (SN 2002cv) on the other side two months later.

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A Comet and a ClusterThis beautiful image shows the comet Lovejoy as it moves past the Pleiades Cluster. While the Pleiades Star Cluster has been studied for thousands of years, the comet Lovejoy was only discovered in August of 2014 by the amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Terry’s passion for astronomy lead him to discover the first comet from ground-based observation in over 40 years.Credit: AmazingSky.com/Terry Lovejoy

A Comet and a ClusterThis beautiful image shows the comet Lovejoy as it moves past the Pleiades Cluster. While the Pleiades Star Cluster has been studied for thousands of years, the comet Lovejoy was only discovered in August of 2014 by the amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Terry’s passion for astronomy lead him to discover the first comet from ground-based observation in over 40 years.Credit: AmazingSky.com/Terry Lovejoy

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Stargazing tips for amateur astronomers #science #space #astronomy

Stargazing tips for amateur astronomers #science #space #astronomy

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Group Of Galaxies Called "Stephan's Quintet" (Favored Object For Amateur Astronomers With Good Hobby Telescopes). The Quintet Is A Prototype Of A Class Of Objects Known As 'Compact Groups Of Galaxies' - NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

Group Of Galaxies Called "Stephan's Quintet" (Favored Object For Amateur Astronomers With Good Hobby Telescopes). The Quintet Is A Prototype Of A Class Of Objects Known As 'Compact Groups Of Galaxies' - NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

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Best Night Sky Photos of the Week: March 29, 2014 | Space.com

Best Night Sky Photos of the Week: March 29, 2014 | Space.com

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How to Get Started in Amateur Astronomy (Instructables is a great place to find other hobbies too)

How to Get Started in Amateur Astronomy (Instructables is a great place to find other hobbies too)

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Amateur Astronomer Chases Down Barnard's Star – You Can Too ...

Amateur Astronomer Chases Down Barnard's Star – You Can Too ...

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