Leeds Astronomical Society LAS Meetings Observing Membership




Here are a few website links that may be of interest. Click on the Title section to expand/hide the selection.

Don't forget LAS also have their own email group.io: Astro Leeds and YouTube channel!



StellariumFree software planetarium
Crash Course AstronomyPhil Plait's byte-sized introduction to Astronomy in 48 fun videos.
Choosing a telescopeExcellent beginners guide from the Society for Popular Astronomy
Clear OutsideDetailed weather information for the astronomer
The Sky LiveObserving guide
Star Gazers LoungeUK based astronomy forum
StellariumFree software planetarium
Deep Sky StackerFree image stacking program
PIPPFree Planetary Imagine Pre-Processor software
RegistaxFree Planetary image processing application
AutostakkertFree Planetary image processing application
GIMPFree image editing application
SirilFree astronomy image stacking / processing tool
PixinsightSuperb astro-processing software, with 45-day free trial version
APPAstro-processing software, with 30-day free trial
StartoolsAstro-processing software, with unlimited free trial but with 'save' file disabled.
Astro Photography ToolSuperb software for DLSR capture and GoTo Mount control
PHD2Excellent guiding tool
AladinSky Atlas
Space EngineUniverse Simulator
CosmographiaSolar system simulator
Kerbal Space ProgramBuild & fly your own Space Missions
Rother Valley OpticsThe most local retailer/mail-order
First Light OpticsMail-order
Harrison TelescopesMail-order
Tring Astronomy CentreMail-order
AstroBuySell.co.ukThe place to go to buy / sell used Astro-gear
SPA The Society for Popular Astronomy brings astronomy to everyone. Whether you are young or old, a beginner or an experienced sky watcher, you'll get a great deal from the SPA. Formed in 1953 as the Junior Astronomical Society, the SPA is Britain's brightest astronomy society.
BAA The British Astronomical Association is a national organisation, founded in 1890, which encourages amateur astronomy through meetings, sectional groups and its publications. Visit the BAA Information Page where you will find full details of the Objectives, the Observing Sections and Section Directors, the Officers of the Association, Publications, Meetings, Instruments, Library and Educational Policy.
Astronomy ClubsA list of UK Astronomy Clubs and other useful information
Association for Astronomy EducationThe AAE promotes public education in Astronomy and supports the teaching of Astronomy to students at all levels of education.
European Southern Observatory An intergovernmental, European organisation for astronomical research. It has eight member countries. ESO operates astronomical observatories in Chile and has its headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany
FAS Formed in 1974, the FAS was conceived as a sort of union of astronomical societies, groups, and individuals, liasing together, where practicable, for their mutual benefit. A list of federation aims was drawn up which included such items as the compilation of lists of people prepared to give talks, the encouragement of the teaching of astronomy in educational establishments, the giving of advice on problems commonly encountered by astronomical societies, and so on.
Hawaiian Astronomical Society Founded in 1949, the Hawaiian Astronomical Society is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting astronomy in Hawaii. HAS is affiliated with the Western Amateur Astronomers. Membership is open to all.
Royal Observatory at Edinburgh The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh comprises the UK Astronomy Technology Centre of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and the Institute for Astronomy of The University of Edinburgh
Moon Trek Detailed interactive NASA 3D Moon map.
Space Weather News and information on the Sun-Earth environment.
History of Astronomy History of Astronomy was created in January 1995 on behalf of the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft. Since March 1998 this site is also maintained on behalf of Commission 41 (History of Astronomy) of the International Astronomical Union.
Mark Wade's Encyclopaedia of Space flight The Encyclopedia Astronautica is a proven and reliable reference source endorsed by the Encyclopedia Britannica, library associations, NASA, Internet guides, the New York and London Times, and leading space writers and historians.
Stars and Constellations Information and pictures concerning the constellations and their stars.
UC Santa Barbara Astrophysics Astrophysics Web site at the Physics department of UCSB.
The Salopian Web On this site you will find plenty of information for budding astronomers: A guide to the current months night sky, astronomical events, lunar phases and a description of the visibility of the major planets, detailed star charts; eclipse details, a glossary and satellite data plus a huge list of links and software down loads. Amateur Radio, Computing and Space enthusiasts are equally well catered for.
The Worldwide TelescopeExplore the night sky using a web based client
StarLust Very accessible guide to observing Venus, Mars and Saturn, plus some good videos.
Go Stargazing All about star gazing - when where, how. Good information for beginners.
Star Gazers Lounge UK based Astronomy forum
Astronomy Now For more than 10 years, Astronomy Now magazine has provided a monthly source of information for amateur and professional astronomers alike. It is the UK's best-selling astronomy magazine.
BBC Sky at Night Magazine The magazine based on the long-running TV show.
Sky & Telescope Long running US based astronomy magazine.
The Astronomer Magazine A magazine for the advanced amateur. Their aim is to publish all observations of astronomical interest as soon as possible after they are made.
New Scientist News, jobs and more from the leading weekly science magazine
The Hub Post Top astronomy NASA photos of all time
The Hub Post The most expensive and amazing telescopes in history
CERN CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the world's largest particle physics centre. Founded in 1954, the laboratory was one of Europe's first joint ventures, and has become a shining example of international collaboration. From the original 12 signatories of the CERN convention, membership has grown to the present 20 Member States.
Federation of American Scientists FAS was founded as the Federation of Atomic Scientists in 1945 by members of the Manhattan Project who produced the first atomic bomb, to address the implications and dangers of the nuclear age. FAS is the oldest organization dedicated to ending the worldwide arms race, achieving complete nuclear disarmament, and avoiding the use of nuclear weapons, and much of its work has been in nuclear arms control and disarmament.
NASANational Aeronautics & Space Administration
NASA In depth info on all of NASA's missions past & present.
International Space Station The planets 9th manned space station, in use since 2000!
NASA & other Solar system missions Missions, images and other resources.
SOHO The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) project is being carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative effort between the two agencies in the framework of the Solar Terrestrial Science Program (STSP) comprising SOHO and CLUSTER, and the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program (ISTP), with Geotail (ISAS-Japan), Wind, and Polar.
LASCO The Large Angle and Spectrometric COronagraph (LASCO) instrument is one of 11 instruments included on the joint NASA/ESA SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft.
SETI Institute The SETI Institute is the world leader in the scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Light Pollution Map Interactive map of light pollution using data from the VIIRS satellite.
Light Pollution - The Disapearing Darkness Excellent Public Broadcast documentary on light pollution.
The City Dark US Public Broadcast documentary on light pollution.
French Light Pollution law 2018 Details of the most progressive & sensible light pollution legislation to date.
APPG - Dark Skies All Party Parliamentary Group on Dark Skies aiming to promote dark skies in the UK.
Light Pollution Is a Driver of Insect Declines Literary review of scientific research papers on the effects of light pollution on the decline in insects.
Insect Apocalypse Public Broadcast documentary on the rapid decline in insect numbers, including the effect of light pollution.
Artificial Light In The Environment A good report from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2009).
Shedding Light CPRE report from 2014 on light pollution and local authority lighting. The report includes nine recommendations to help local authorities reduce light pollution and protect existing dark areas while saving energy.
Night Blight CPRE's report on mapping England's light pollution from 2015..
National Geographic 'Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price' web article.
Austrian Guidelines for Outdoor Lighting A 74-page guide (in English) intended to support the planning of environmentally friendly outdoor lighting. It provides comprehensive information on the effects of artificial light in outdoor spaces and makes suggestions for efficient lighting that is also friendly to people and the environment.
Dark Skies Matter Umbrella campaign group for Dark Skies - sign up to show your support.
Commission for Dark Skies The Commission for Dark Skies (CfDS) was set up by concerned members of the BAA in 1989 to counter the ever-growing tide of sky glow which has tainted the night sky over Britain since the 1950's, mostly as a result of poorly aimed street lights and floodlights emitting light above the horizontal into the sky, but nowadays increasingly because of vastly over-powered, poorly mounted household security lights.
Dark Site Discovery Site with suggested locations to view the night sky.
International Dark Skies Association IDA's goals are to be effective in stopping the adverse environmental impact on dark skies by building awareness of the problem of light pollution and of the solutions, and to educate everyone about the value and effectiveness of quality night time lighting.
Loss of the Night Network Sadly defunct EU network, but still a good resource for information on light pollution.
Campaign to Protect Rural England UK rural charity which campaigns on dark sky issues, and holds an annual Star count in Febuary.
Buglife A review on the effects of artificial light on invertibrates
ALAN database Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) Research Literature Database, with links to over 2,000 scientific research papers on the efffect of light pollution
Del Mar An overview of light pollution produced by a sympathetic lighting distributor
Mark Maim one's Home page Hundreds of links including latest news items - well worth a look
Be An Astronomy Right From Your Window Beginning astronomy - useful tips and links