About This Site

Welcome!

The Astronomy Nexus came about after I'd developed several astronomically oriented Web sites. Back in the early days of the Web, around 1995, I saw the usefulness of taking existing, popular documents, such as some FAQs I wrote for sci.astro.amateur some years ago, and using the Web's ability to connect related information to improve the documents.

Over several years, as my interests changed, I found myself making more sites, but all with common themes in astronomy. After six years, it was time to bring them all together. Astronomy itself is full of connections, and at its best the Web is a way to connect text, images, and ideas to each other. So, I adopted a phrase symbolizing connection, and created a place where all the information I've created or compiled could be viewed in one place.

Comments and Registration

Registration is no longer required for any access.

As a rule, comments are very much welcome, even if they aren't particularly on-topic, but there are a few things I will delete (and ban the user for): (1) spam, (2) anything that looks like spam (a link to your company or personal site as part of a larger on-topic post is normally fine, but if you want to openly advertise a service, please get your own web site), and (3) repeated comments that are substantially off point (like multiple "this is a test" type comments).

Nexus Information

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Unless indicated otherwise, information on the Nexus is licensed by a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. This basically means:

  1. you're free to use anything on this site for your own personal, educational, or even commerical use.
  2. you do need to give me credit for any material from this site that you redistribute or add to your own work.
  3. when you use anything from this site in something you distribute or publish, such as a Web site, newsletter, or whatever, you do need to distribute or publish the resulting content on the same terms as described above.

For more details, read the full license.

Note that this is no longer a Non-Commercial license from Creative Commons, so unless something on this site is described otherwise, you can use the information on this site for your own purposes with proper attribution.

Sections under different legal status

The s.a.a. Telescope Buying FAQ is © 1997-2006, Dennis Bishop (see that section for more details). It is not freely redistributable without contacting the copyright holder.

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