Astronomy-Related Mailing Lists

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E-mail is the most basic tool of the Internet. For many, sending personal or professional correspondence over the wire has become a necessity. But e-mail is not limited to sending letters just to individuals. Among the various auxiliary services available by e-mail are mailing lists. Some mailing lists are one-way and provide news and announcements; others serve as discussion groups where you can reply to messages and have your response spread to everyone else on the list.

Sky & Telescope provides several mailing lists of our own. These long-running services have origins in our telephone recorded message, Skyline (617-497-4168).

Our Sky Weekly e-newsletter highlights the latest discoveries from the world's ground- and space-based observatories. Our Astro Alerts call attention to noteworthy celestial events such as meteor showers, comets, and close groupings of the Moon and planets. Sign up for both using this subscription form.

The aim of our Astro Alert e-mail news service is to notify small-telescope users about significant happenings in the sky — those that involve especially rare events or require immediate follow-up observations worldwide. For details about the individual lists you can join, and a Web-based subscription form, visit the AstroAlert page.

What follows are dozens of e-mail lists you can subscribe to that offer a variety of services and discussion topics. If you'd like to recommend an addition to this list, or if you discover a problem with any current entry, please let us know by sending e-mail to info@SkyandTelescope.com.

AAVSO — Discussion of matters related to variable star observing.
See their mailing list page for information on how to sign up.

Apogee CCD — Share opinions, problems, and solutions using Apogee CCD cameras.
See their Web page for information.

Astro AZ — Astronomy and observing in Arizona.
To subscribe:
E-mail az-observing-request@saguaroastro.org, put "subscribe" in body of subject line.
To unsubscribe:
E-mail az-observing-request@saguaroastro.org, put "unsubscribe" in body of subject line.

AstroCCD — Amateur Digital Astronomy (in Italian).

To subscribe:

    E-mail

astroccd-subscribe@egroups.com.
To unsubscribe:

    E-mail

astroccd-unsubscribe@egroups.com.
ASTRO_ESPANA — Astronomy and astrocomputing (Spanish).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

listserv@listserv.rediris.es

      , put "subscribe ASTRO_ESPANA firstname lastname" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "signoff ASTRO_ESPANA firstname lastname" in body of message.

Astroitalia — Amateur Astronomy (in Italian, moderated).

      See

Web page

    for information.

Astrolist — General astronomy (in Danish).

      See

Web page

    for information.

AstroMart — Classified ads for amateurs.

      See

Web page

    for information.


Astronomer — Discussion group intended for amateur astronomers from all age groups.

      See

Web page

    for information.

ASTRONOMI — Amateur astronomy (Turkish).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

listproc@metu.edu.tr

      , put "subscribe astronomi firstname lastname" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe astronomi" in body of message.

Astronomia — Amateur astronomy (Spanish).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

servidor@correo.dis.ulpgc.es

      , put "subscribe astronomia" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe astronomia" in body of message.

Astronomy & Space — General astronomy news

To subscribe:

      E-mail

astronews@geocities.com

    , put "join" in the subject line of message.

ASTRO-PORT — Observing, CCDs, & general amateur astronomy, in Portuguese (some English).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

astro@nautilus.fis.uc.pt

      , put "subscribe" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe" in body of message.

Astrophotography — Discussion of film-based astronomical imaging

To subscribe:

      E-mail

majordomo@seds.org

      , put "subscribe astro-photo" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe astro-photo" in body of message.

ASTROCS — Discussion of Slovak and Czech astronomers
(Slovak and Czech languages preferably).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

listserv@astro.sk

      , put "subscribe ASTROCS firstname lastname" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe ASTROCS" in body of message.

Astronomical Data Center Electronic News — Published four times a year to keep the astronomical community informed about established, new, and planned data services at NASA's Astronomical Data Center.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

majordomo@adc.gsfc.nasa.gov

    , put "subscribe adc-subscribers" in body of message.

Astronomy Club Officers — Share ideas, resourses, and experiences in managing an amateur astronomy club.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

astro-officers-subscribe@eGroups.com

      .

To unsubscribe:

      E-mail

astro-officers-unsubscribe@eGroups.com

    .

Astronomer — Discussion group for all manner of astronomical software.

      See

Web page

    for information.

ATM — Amateur telescope making.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

majordomo@shore.net

      , put "subscribe atm" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe atm" in body of message.


AUDE — Electronic Detectors Users Association; French-language discussion of general astronomy, mainly CCD observing.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Big Dob — Building and using large-aperature telescopes.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

listserver@ucsd.edu

      , put "subscribe YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS bigdob-l"

 

      in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS bigdob-l" in body of message.

Big Glass Pushers — Group dedicated to making large amateur telescope mirrors.

To subscribe:

      E-mail Dan Bakken at

dan@runway.net

    for information

Boletim Supernovas — General astronomy news (in Portuguese).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

Supernovas-subscribe@listbot.com

      .

To unsubscribe:

      E-mail

Supernovas-unsubscribe@listbot.com

    .

CCD — Discussion of homemade CCD cameras.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

listserv@listserv.wwa.com

      , put "subscribe" in the message subject line.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe" in the subject line.

CCD-astrometry-photometry — Discussions on CCD astrometry and photometry.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Celestron User Group — Discussion of Celestron telescopes and accessories.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

celestronuser-request@lists.best.com

      , put "subscribe" in the body of the message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe" in the body of the message.

Coelum Weekly News Bulletin — Astronomy and space news, celestial events (in Italian).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

davide@coelum.com

      , put "subscribe" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe" in body of message.

Comets — For observers and anyone else interested in comets. This includes visual, photographic, and CCD observing, as well as astrometric, orbital, photometric, hunting or historical aspects.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Dark-Sky — Discussion of light-pollution issues.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Digital Astro — digital camera astrophotography.

      See

Web page

    for information

Digital Planets — Discussion of the techniques of imaging the planets, Moon, and Sun with cooled CCD cameras.

      See

Web page

    for information

Dynascope — E-mail discussion of the Criterion Dynascope Group, a nonprofit affiliation of enthusiasts devoted to remembering, restoring, and recommissioning these classic Newtonian telescopes.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

dynascope-subscribe@egroups.com

    .

Eclipse — Facilitating responsible communication among eclipse enthusiasts worldwide.

      See

Web page

    for information.

80f5 — For owners and users of 80-mm f/5 rich-field refractors.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

80f5-subscribe@onelist.com

      .

To unsubscribe:

      E-mail

80f5-unsubscribe@onelist.com

    .


Fremont Peak — Discussion and announcements related to astronomy activities at Fremont Peak State Park in San Juan Bautista, California.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

fpoa-request@whiteoaks.com

      , put "subscribe" in the body of the message

 

      For single message version (no digest), put "subsingle" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe" in the body of the message.

Galileo Mailing List — Status reports for the Galileo spacecraft.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

majordomo@sender.jpl.nasa.gov

      , put "subscribe galileo YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe galileo YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS" in body of message.

HiSIS Users — English-language discussion of HiSIS CCD cameras and MiPS-family software.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

hisis-users-subscribe@egroups.com

    .

Hubble Space Telescope — Press releases and information from the Space Telescope Science Institute.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

listserv@stsci.edu

      , put "subscribe pio YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS" in the body of the message

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe pio YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS" in the body of the message.

IAU Circulars — Astronomical telegrams.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

iausubs@cfa.harvard.edu

      request

 

      subscription information. Or visit

Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams

    for information. Cost: $9.00 per month.

IMO News — Discussion and reports in meteor astronomy.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

imo-news-request@imo.net

    and include your e-mail address.

Indiana Council on Outdoor Lighting Education (ICOLE) — Discussion of outdoor lighting reform issues.

      See

Web page

    for information.

International Supernovae Network — Supernova news.

To subscribe:

      Fill out form at

Web page

    .

Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog (netastrocatalog) — Deep-sky observations shared by subscribers, observing discussions.

      See

Web page

    for information.

KSC News — NASA/Kennedy Space Center news releases.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

domo@news.ksc.nasa.gov

      , put "subscribe ksc-press-release" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe ksc-press-release" in body of message.

Launch Alert — Notification of Vandenberg AFB missile launches and Southern California astronomy and space news.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Lowell Electronic Astronomy Resource Newsletter (LEARN) — Lowell Observatory programs, online resources, news items, activities for students, and more.

      See

Web page

    for information.


Magnetometry — Discussion and distribution of observations of geomagnetic phenomena.

      See

Web page

    for information.

MakScopes — Maksutov telescope discussion group.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Meade 4504 Telescopes — Share information, tips, and resources for using Meade 4504 (4.5" reflector) telescopes.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Meade Advanced Product User Group — Discussion of Meade LX200 telescopes and Pictor CCD cameras.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

mapug-request@shore.net

      , put "subscribe" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe" in body of message.

Meade LX90 Telescope User Group (IMLTUG) — for owners and prospective owners of the Meade LX-90
telescope.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Mercury — Discuss articles in Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Mercury magazine.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

mercury-request@lists.best.com

      , put "subscribe" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe" in body of message.

METEOPTIC — Atmospheric phenomena, halos, noctilucent clouds, etc.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

listserv@listserv.funet.fi

      , put "subscribe meteoptic YOUR NAME" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe meteoptic" in body of message.

Meteorite — Announcements and discussion about meteorites.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Meteorite Sale — Wants/sales/trades of meteorites or other objects.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Meteor Observers — Discussion on meteor observing.

      See

Web page

    for information.

MeteorShowers — a low-volume mail list announcing upcoming meteor showers and special astronomical events with an emphasis on observations that can be done with the unaided eyes, binoculars, or small telescopes.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Minor Planet List — Discussion about comets and asteroids.

      See

Web page

    for information.

NASA News — NASA press releases and other information.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

domo@hq.nasa.gov

    , put "subscribe press-release" in body of message.

New England Light Pollution Advisory Group (NELPAG) — Discussion of outdoor night-lighting issues that affect astronomers.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

nelpag-request@harvee.billerica.ma.us

      , say that you want to be, put on the list.

To unsubscribe:

    say that you want to be removed from the list.

North East Georgia Astronomers — List for quick communication among astronomy enthusiasts who would like to arrange dark-sky observing sessions.

      See

Web page

    for information.


Palm Astro — Astronomy related hardware and software for the Palm and Pocket PC computers.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Planetary Nebula — Observation and science of planetary nebulae.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Questar User — Discussion of Questar brand telescopes.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

majordomo@shore.net

    , put "subscribe alt-telescopes-questar" in body of message.

RASCList — Discussion among members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

listserver@rasc.ca

    "subscribe rasclist Your Name (Your Centre)".

RETE — Old scientific instruments.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

majordomo@maillist.ox.ac.uk

      , put "subscribe rete" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

      E-mail

majordomo@jess.oucs.ox.ac.uk

    , put "unsubscribe rete YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS"in body of message.

SBIG User — Discussion of SBIG CCD cameras.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

sbiguser-request@lists.best.com

      , put "subscribe" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe" in body of message.

Sct-user — Users of Schmidt-Cassegrain and Makustov-Cassegrains telescopes.

      See

Web page

    for information.

SeeSat — Visual observing of satellites.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Shallow Sky — Lunar and planetary observation.

      See

Web page

    for information.

SkyWatch: The Astronomical Alarm Clock — Sends its subscribers a daily e-mail on astronomical events such as satellite passes and meteor showers that can be observed from their location.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Solar Eclipse — Discussions of solar eclipses.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

SEML-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe:

      E-mail

SEML-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

Solar Terrestrial Dispatch — Solar and geophysical activity alerts and summaries.

      Free for first 30 days. See

Web page

    for information.

SolNet — Solar data requests from professional observatories and information of ongoing solar events.

      See ALPO Solar Section

Web page

    for information.

Space Environment Center — Several lists for geomagnetic alerts and summaries.

      See

Web page

    for descriptions and instructions.

Space Shuttle Status Reports — Launch status of upcoming Space Shuttle missions.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

domo@news.ksc.nasa.gov

      , put "subscribe shuttle-status" in body of message

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe shuttle-status" in body of message.


Star News - Astronomy & Space News — Astronomy and space news from an Australian perspective.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

lists@starclass.com.au

      , put "subscribe starnews YOURNAME" in the message body.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe starnews YOURNAME" in the message body.

Star Talk - Amateur Astronomers' Discussion Forum — General astronomy discussion for Australians. Overseas participation is welcome.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

lists@starclass.com.au

      , put "subscribe startalk YOURNAME" in the message body.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe startalk YOURNAME" in the message body.

Sundial — Discussion about sundials.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

majordomo@rrz.uni-koeln.de

      , put "subscribe sundial" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "unsubscribe sundial" in body of message.

TASS — Reports from The Amateur Sky Survey.

      See

Web page

    for information.

Telescopes — Discussion of astronomical equipment, including telescopes, binoculars, eyepieces, books and star atlases, software, and more.

To subscribe:

      E-mail

telescopes-subscribe@eGroups.com

      .

To unsubscribe:

      E-mail

telescopes-unsubscribe@eGroups.com

    .

Ulysses Comet Watch — Discussion of comet observing techniques. Amateurs and professionals both welcome.

      See

Web page

    for information.

URANIA BRASIL — Astronomy and Astronautics: Education, Observation and History of Science (Portuguese).

To subscribe:

      E-mail

urania.br-subscribe@listbot.com

    .

VIDEOASTRO — Video astrophotography discussion group.

      See

Web page

    for information.

VSNET — Variable stars, novae, and supernovae.

      See

Web page

    for information about the various individual lists.

VVS — Amateur astronomy (in Dutch for Flanders, Belgium).

To subscribe:

      E-mail to:

listserv@listserv.cc.kuleuven.ac.be

      , put "subscribe VVS FIRSTNAME LASTNAME" in body of message.

To unsubscribe:

    put "signoff VVS" in body of message.

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