A few "professional" astronomical links:
- ZAMG - Current infrared
image, weather forecast for
of Austria and for Lower
Austria, cloud prognosis and the
INCA wind analysis (in German)
- ORF Wetter: Current weather
data for Lower
- SAT24: Visual and Infrared satellite
image sequences of the alpine region, often updated, good resolution.
- Wetterzentrale.de: Current Meteosat
- The high-res
image of Central Europe, provided by
DLR, updated approx. two times a
www.wetter.at - they
prognosis ranging about 2 days in advance.
numerical weather predicition - they provide local weather predictions
and also an astronomical seeing forecast!
- CRWS Jet Stream
Analysis - of interest for Europe is the North Atlantic
analysis and forecasts.
- Alpine weather
report by Alpenverein.
für Amateurastronomen by space-agents.de
featuring detailed forecast charts which include low-level clouds, cirrus clouds and the jet stream.
- European weather forecast charts, by Met-Office UK:
Current analysis 0/6/12/18 UT and
in advance. Another set of charts provided by HIRLAM:
- Numerical Weather Predication WRF (ARW) 4 km
- ECMWF and
forecasts for Europe, up to 6 days in advance.
- The weather pages of
Germany, whom I owe most of these links to.
Amateur Astronomy and Astrophotography Ressources:
- An astonishing amount of information can be found at CalSKY, an online astronomical
- GSOC Satellite
Predictions provided by
DLR in Germany - if you want to know
when and where which satellite will be crossing the sky above your
observing site, this is the place you look for. They have a large
database where even the location of every small village anywhere in the
world is included. They do even have exact sky charts for the
- JPL - the NASA Jet Propulsion
Laboratory at Pasadena/USA: Current space mission updates, lots of
pretty pictures etc.
- The IAU Minor
Planet Center: List and emphemerides of currently visible comets. Additional
information concering comets can be found at Cometography.com and at the A.L.P.O. Comet Section.
- Interactive sky atlases: wikisky.org and
- So, you want to buy a telescope or a piece of equipment? Or you
are just interested in good telescope reviews? Visit the
Telescope Reviews page by Ed
Ting, Cloudy Nights Telescope
- Some US and worldwide telescope & accessoires dealers:
Takahashi Telescopes Europe and
- Telescope dealers in Germany and Switzerland:
produces superb mounts and sells some unusual telescopes;
Phillip Keller who produces
Schmidt Cameras, Hypergraphs/Deltagraphs, Ritchey-Chretiens and other
Telescopes Markus Ludes, a telescope dealer with some very
interesting offers, including Russian telescopes;
Ransburg in Munich with some interesting low-price offers.
- Telescope dealers in Austria:
Astroshop.at (owned by Howdii),
Astro Systeme Austria (ASA) and
j.müller optik & fotografie
- Deep Sky Corner - descriptions
of all stellar constellations, their history, and objects therein.
astro!nfo in Germany.
- Periodic error
measurements of many mounts by Christophe Demeautis (in French)
- CCD Images of the Sharpless Catalog
- Color vs. Mono Camera
Match by Michael A. Siniscalchi
Astrograph Considerations by Dave Erickson
Amateur astronomy links:
- astronomieforum.at, an
active forum for amateur astronomy in Austria.
- astronomie.de is a
good place to start if you want to know something about amateur
astronomy in Germany. They also have an
Astro Market there.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Astronomie (WAA) - an active
club in Vienna, they always have the most recent astronomical news
- Sky&Telescope - the
most popular amateur astronomy magazine worldwide
- Astronomy - the second
great astronomy magazine in USA
- Sterne und Weltraum and interstellarum -
two great astronomy magazines in German
- A selection of Austrian astrophotographers:
Gerhard Bachmayer (NÖ),
Dieter Beer (NÖ),
Roman Feldhaas (NÖ),
Alexander Grasel (NÖ),
Daniel Gütl (St),
Dietmar Hager (OÖ),
Martin Helm (NÖ),
Rochus Hess (Sb),
Bernhard Hubl (OÖ),
Michael Karrer (St),
Bruno Kowatschik (B),
Werner Pribil (NÖ),
Werner Probst (K),
Wolfgang Promper (NÖ),
Gerald Rhemann (W),
Johannes Schedler (Panther Observatory) (St),
Jürgen Stöger (NÖ),
Herbert Walter (OÖ),
Manfred Wasshuber (NÖ),
- HST (Hubble Space Telescope) pictures - check them out at
Baltimore, USA. The most beautiful HST-pictures can be
found in The Hubble Heritage
- NASA's Planetary Photojournal
- spacecraft images of all solar system bodies. More information can be found at
The Nine Planets.
- AAO - Superb pictures
taken with the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope by David Malin at Siding
- The NOAO image
- Astronomy Picture of
the Day provided by NASA.
- Skyfactory - The Factory of Night-Sky
Wonders by Davide De Martin, who uses photographic plates taken at Palomar
Observatory for producing really stunning color images.
- Ok, now for some of the very best astroimagers & astro-imaging groups worldwide,
expect some really breathtaking astro-images and lots of info:
Rogelio Bernal Andreo (blog),
Thomas V. Davis,
Tony & Daphne Hallas,
Thierry Legault (high-res imaging),
J-P Metsavainio (blog),
Antonio F. Sánchez,
Star Shadows Remote Observatory,
Loke Kun Tan,
Some non-astronomical links
- Search engines:
- WWW lists sorted by subject:
WWW virtual library,
- E-mail address search:
Yahoo! People Search,
Internet Frequently Asked Questions.
- Research in Austria:
bmwfw (Science Ministry),
FWF (Science Foundation).
- Help for users of
Word Frequency Counter.
- Unit Converter
at FU Berlin, and Periodic System of
Elements at uniterra.de.
- amazon.de - books, music, DVD,
video, software etc.
- Currency Converter.
- Good Austrian PC suppliers:
See also geizhals.at and idealo.at - price
comparison for computer, electronics and photo stuff.
- ÖAMTC information on
road conditions in Autria
- Dictionaries and translation services:
Wikipedia (German Main Page),
an interactive atlas (MapQuest).
- Telephone directories: For
Germany; postal (zip) codes for
- Train connections from
DB (Germany; includes other countries) and
Air Berlin (NIKI in Austria)
- Online Learning:
mathe online (in German).
- Maps, address search etc.:
Austrian Map online,
Vienna City Map.
- Vienna events:
- Media Worldwide: Daily news from
- Media in Austria:
Austrian Press Agency,
Wolfgang "Howdii" Howurek &
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Walter Koprolin