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Useful Web Links

Here are various websites that we find useful and information, and we hope you do to.

SIGMA Members Websites and Flickr Galleries
Bill Leslie's website SIGMA President Bill Leslie's website. Bill does a lot of lunar imaging. He also does solar observing and imaging using various dedicated Solar Telescopes. (Never look at the sun through binoculars or normal telescopes.)
Alan Tough's Astro Photography Long time SIGMA member Alan is a keen astro-photographer, with images of the Aurora, constellations, galaxies and comets.

Local Accommodation
Lossiemouth House B&B Many SIGMA guests and speakers have enjoyed a warm and friendly welcome at this first class establishment. Perfect for a weekend's observing in our dark northern skies.

Other Astronomy Clubs/Societies
Highlands Astronomical Society Our sister Club in Inverness and was set up in 1993. Many HAS members have given us some wonderful talks over the years.
Association of Falkirk Astronomers The Association, based in Laurieston, Falkirk, was founded early in 1999 by a small group of local amateur astronomers.
Aberdeen Astronomical Society AAS was formed in 1969

Hubble Space Telescope
About the Hubble Space Telescope Website of the Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Image Gallery Hubble Image Gallery
Hubble Top 100 images Top 100 Hubble Images

Astronomical "Image(s) of the Day"
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Each day a different image of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation.
Earth Science A new Earth Science picture to amaze you each day.

Space Weather eg. Aurora, Clouds
Aurora Watch UK AuroraWatch UK is a free service from Lancaster University’s Department of Physics. Sign up to this site to receive email alerts when the aurora might be visible from the UK. They also have an Aurora Alert App.
British Astronomical Association Since1890, the British Astronomical Association has been supporting amateur astronomers. With various sections covering a range of topics - solar, lunar, planets, comets etc.
BAA Aurora and Noctilucent Cloud Section Through this section of the BAA you can submit your observations of the Aurora and Noctilucent Clouds. Observers reports are placed in the archives of Aberdeen University and may be used in newsletters, reports and technical papers published in the BAA Journal.
NLC Observers' Homepage Noctilucent Clouds (NLC) are an unusual and intriguing phenomenon of the Earth’s upper-atmosphere. You can also submit your observations to this site.
Space Weather This site covers a range of astromical events - from Aurora alerts, susnspots, solar flares, Noctilucent Clouds, meteors etc.
Space Weather Prediction Center from NOAA This site covers a range of astromical events such as Aurora and solar activity etc.

International Space Station Visibility Times
NASA ISS Link The NASA ISS link for sightings from Elgin - you can set your own location.
Heavens Above An ideal site for ISS, satellites and Iridium Flare visibility times - you can set your own location.
Position of the ISS Track the position of the ISS
High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV) Live video views of Earth from the ISS.

Astronomical Events
Meteor Showers A yearly guide to meteor showers
Stardate Online A great site for stargazing tips for each month, as well as a moon phase calendar.
Eclipses Information on upcoming eclipses.
NASA's Eclipse Home Page Information on lunar and solar eclipses, as well as planetary transits and other sky events.

Other Useful Sites
BBC Space The Space section of the BBC website, with links to Sky at Night and Stargazing Live etc.
Met Office Weather Forecast Find out your local weather for up to three days in advance, plus satellite pictures and rainfall radar.
Light Pollution Debate SIGMA's written evidence in the light pollution debate.
Strathspey Binoculars A well respected local binocular retailer.
NASA's New Horizons NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto
Atmospheric Optics Brush up on your sun halos, heiligenshein, coronas, rainbows and much more.
Green Flashes Learn about this phenomena that is seen at sunrise and sunset.