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The present and future job markets for well-trained geologists and geophysicists appear good. This is especially true in the fields of environmental, groundwater and petroleum geology. The Department has modernized its curriculum with courses in Environmental Geology, Field Methods, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing to better prepare its graduates for today's job market. Those who seek an advanced degree in geology through graduate school will greatly enhance their opportunities for employment. Activate the Department's geoscience job links site' shown below to learn more about current jobs in geology.

The following are links to several job listings for geology, geo-environmental and GIS positions.

Burt Carter

Professor - Paleontology / Paleoecology
Ph.D. - West Virginia University;
A.B. - West Georgia College
Office: Science Bldg 203
Phone: 229-931-2325
noid@gsw.edu

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Svilen Kostovn

Associate Professor - Physics / Engineering Dual Degree Prog. 
Ph.D. - City Univ. New York;
M.S. - Univ. of Sofia, Bulgaria;
B.S. - Hunter College CUNY
Office: Science Bldg 114
Phone: 229-931-2321
Email: skostov@gsw.edu

 Svilen Kostov, Ph. D.

Sam Peavy

Professor - Geophysics / Environmental Geology
Ph.D. - Virginia Tech; 
M.S. - Memorial U. of Newfoundland; 
B.S. - McNeese State University
Office: Roney Bldg 206 
Phone: 229-931-2330 
Email: speavy@gsw.edu

Research Interests:

  • 2-, 3- and 4-D resistivity data collection, modeling, and interpretation.
  • 3-D gravity and magnetic modeling; density and susceptibility boundary evaluation using potential field attribute analysis;3-D inversion of gravity and magnetic data.
  • Investigation of the large-scale crustal structures by integrating reprocessed seismic reflection data, geologic, well, and potential fields information.
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Tom Weiland

Professor - Igneous Petrology /Structure / GIS
Ph.D./M.S. - Univ. of North Carolina
B.S. - East Carolina University
Office: Roney Bldg 212 
Phone: 229-931-2327
Email: tjw@gsw.edu

Course Materials
Useful Geologic Links
Geology and GIS Job Links
New Geology of Georgia Course Description

Debbie Standridge

Senior Admin. Secretary
Office: Science/Math Bldg 111 
Phone: 229-931-2353 
Email: das@gsw.edu  

Bud Cofer

Emeritus Professor - Mineralogy/Environmental Geology
Ph.D. - University of Illinois 
M.S./A.B. - Emory University
Email: hec@gsw.edu

 
Summer 2004 - Clayton Lake, Capulin...

In 2004, the Geology Club headed west to New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. We visited dinosaur fossils at Clayton Lake and around Moab, hiked Great Sand Dunes National Monument, investigated volcanoes at Capulin and the San Juan Mountains, and studied sedimentary and weathering processes around Canyonlands, Arches and Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

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Summer 2002 - Cascade Range & Coastal Washington/Oregon

The Geology Club took to the air during the summer of 2002 and flew to the Pacific northwest. Here, we studied coastal processes and Cascade Range volcanoes.

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Summer 2001 - Central Appalachian Mountains

In 2001, members of the Geology headed up the Appalachian Mountains into the central portion where we saw modern and preserved marine features along the coastline (Cape Hateras) and within the Paleozoic inland rocks (Maryland & Virginia).

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Fall 2001 - Seismic Experiment

Featuring Dr. William J. Domoracki of ESRI, University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and The Students and Faculty of the GSW Geology & Physics Department

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1. The "Official Field Vehicle" of the Environmental Geophysics Division at ESRI. We are in the process of unloading the seismic equipment. Nice logo!!
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2. A picture showing some of the equipment, Dr. William J. Domoracki and very interested GSW students The black box on the far right is the controller for the downhole geophone, which clamps itself in the borehole for maximum coupling. The middle box (with the yellow top) is a seismograph system. Since the geophone has three-components (one vertical and two horizontal), three of the available 12 channels were used for this procedure. On the left is a laptop computer which records the data.
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3. The first experiment was a Vertical Seismic Profile, or VSP. As the geophone is brought up from the bottom of the well one meter at a time, the geophone is clamped in the well and then the signal is given to the...
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4. ...Source, which in this case is Lori Norton. The steel spindle and plate were set 12 feet from the well and six hammer blows were needed to record the data at each level. It turns out that a hammer source like this is one of the best for shallow seismic surveying.
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5. Students and faculty watching the source at work.
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6. "Fresh" sources are needed at regular intervals. Fortunately, we had plenty on hand that day...

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7. While the survey was going on, this is what the GSW seismic station saw on the afternoon of September 25, 2001. This is a recording from short-period vertical instrument, which is located very close to the monitoring well. The starting time for the survey appears to be around 2:33 EDT (display time starts at 18:30 GMT; one minute per line). The extended breaks are times when the geophone was repositioned in the well.

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8. Karen and Lauren observing as Dr. Domoracki works with the geophone. Notice how close the GSW seismic station -- the short brick building -- is to all the action.
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9. Daniel is the final source for the VSP, as Lori works with the geophone at the well and also watches...
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10. ... a tree in the final stages of falling. It was a windy day, and the tree was creaking ominously as we worked. The tree did not fall while we were out there, but we watched it just the same!!!
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11. Here is the data from the vertical geophone that we collected during the VSP survey. Time is down and the depth decreases to the right. The "0.200" on the time scale actually represents 20 milliseconds. There is a strong first break which will enable the development of a velocity vs. depth curve for the well. Further processing may allow us to distinguish geologic layers near the well and perhaps below it.
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12. New survey, different source. Samantha Slater prepares to give the ground a good thump as Dr. Peavy looks on. The new survey is what is called a walkaway noise test. This survey is usually done before any major seismic work to determine the best source and geophone spacing to use, as well as any potential noise problems.
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13. Students and Dr. Tom Weiland observe the walkaway survey. Actually, this one is more of a "walk-toward "survey, as we are moving towards the geophones at the far end of the field.
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14. Towards the end of the survey, Karen Nowell becomes the source. All the students who participated did a fine job helping out on the survey. Many thanks to all of you!!
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15. Brian Veal helps Karen move the source to the next location.
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16. Here are the results of the walkaway test. Once again, time is downward and distance is across the top, with the far right being closest to the geophones. This noise test did reveal a few reflections from the Clayton Formation beneath the unconsolidated material above. It also revealed a potential problem with surface waves which will have to be addressed if more data are to be collected here and in nearby areas.
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17. After all the fun, you have to clean up. Lee receives instructions from Karen and Allison on just how to reel-in that seismic cable!!!
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18. Lee isn't too sure about the instruction, but he did enjoy a beautiful afternoon outside. Once again, many THANKS to the GSW geology students and faculty who participated in the surveys, and a SPECIAL THANKS to Dr. Bill Domoracki of ESRI and the University of South Carolina for providing us with a great experience.
 
Spring 2001 - Geophysics Field Trip

Gravity & Magnetic Survey near Thomaston, Georgia

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 1. The survey begins with some readings at the gravity base station in Thomaston. Carina is reading the gravimeter while Brian prepares to write down the results.This used to be the old train station, but is now a garden center.
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 2. Close-up of base station and instruments. Barometric altimeter on left, Worden gravimeter on right.
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3. Planning our route out of town and out to the field area.
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4. On our way to the field area, we spot some wildlife.
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5. Just outside of Woodbury, a car fire! Oops, we turned the wrong way.Back to the survey...
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6. Getting the magnetometer ready for use. Brian is almost set!
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7.Brian gets his magnetic readings as Carina attempts to read the gravimeter at the first station.
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8. Trouble! The gravimeter seems to be malfunctioning. While I try to help out, Brian finds more rocks to take home with him!
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9. At a later station. Brian, Carina and Dale are taking GPS and magnetic readings. Gravimeter is dead and Brian is still looking at rocks.
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10. Back at Station 1 to get final readings. An OK day in spite of equipment malfunctions. Time for lunch ...
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11 ... but no armadillo, please! Thanks to Carina O'Bara, Dale Godfrey and Brian Veal for a fun day in the field.
 
Summer 2000 - Capulin, San Juans...

In the summer of 2000, the Club sponsored a two week trip to New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. We visited Capulin National Monument, Great Sand Dunes, the San Juan volcanic field (pictured), Arches National Monument, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde cliff dwellings, and points in between. A few photos follow:

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Summer 1998 - Yellowstone, Grand Teton...

In the summer of 1998, the GSW Geology Club headed west to Yellowstone National Monument, Grand Teton, Craters of the Moon, and Devil's Tower.

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Summer 1997 - Southern & Central Appalachian Mountains

GSW's Geology Club headed up the road in 1997 into the southern and central Appalachian Mountains, where we visited classic sites illustrating stratigraphic and structural complexities.

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Seismic Detectors and Computer Interface

Seismic Detector

Digital Display in Roney Building

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Older Paper Seismic Recorder

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Most Recent Seismic Event Recorded at GSW

USGS & Regional Seismic Information

  1. NEIC Earthquake Bulletin (maps of recent epicenters)
  2. Index Map of Today's Earthquakes in California
  3. Earthquakes along Mississippi River 1975-1995
  4. NEW!!! Information on Mt. St. Helens!!!

Seismic Events Recorded at GSW

  1. Philippines Region, March 3 2008, 6.9 Mw
  2. Kuril Islands, Japan Region - March 3, 2008, 6.5 Mw
  3. Andreanof-Islands, Aluetians - March 2, 2008, 5.8 Mw
  4. Tarapac, Chile - March 1, 2008, 5.7 Mw, 36 km deep
  5. Nevada - February 21, 2008, 6.0 Mw
  6. Svalbard Region - February 21, 2008, 6.2 Mw
  7. Gulf of California - March 13, 2007, 6.0 Mw, 42 km deep
  8. South of Cuba - February 4, 2007, 6.2 Mw
  9. Molucca Sea - January 21, 2007, 7.5 Mw, 38 km deep
  10. Kuril Islands - January 13, 2007, 8.1 Mw
  11. Kuril Islands - November 15, 2006, 8.3 Mw
  12. Hawaii - October 15, 2006, 6.6 Mw, 38 km deep
  13. Gulf of Mexico - September 10, 2006, 5.8 Mw
  14. Salta, Argentina - August 25, 2006, 6.6 Mw, 156 km depth
  15. Kamchatka, Russia - August 24, 2006, 6.5 Mw, 43 km depth
  16. Scotia Sea - August 20, 2006, 7.0 Mw
  17. Oaxaca, Mexico - August 19, 2006, 5.6 Mw
  18. Virgin Islands - August 14, 2006, 5.5 Mb
  19. Michoacan, Mexico - August 11, 2006, 6.1 & 5.2 Mw
  20. Vanuatu, South Pacific - August 7, 2006, 6.8 Mw, 151 km depth
  21. Gulf of California - July 30, 2006, 5.9 Mw
  22. North Atlantic Ocean - July 29, 2006, 5.8 Mw
  23. South of Java, Indonesia, July 17, 2006, 7.7 Mw
  24. Andreanof Islands, Alaska - July 7, 2006, 6.6 Mw, 51 km depth
  25. Tonga - May 3, 2006, 7.9 Mw, 55 km deep
  26. Koryakia, Russia - April 20, 2006, 7.6 Mw
  27. Jalisco, Mexico - April 4, 2006, 5.9 Mw
  28. Seram, Indonesia - March 14, 2006, 6.7 Mw
  29. Mozambique - February 22, 2006, 7.5 Mw
  30. Gulf of Mexico - February 10, 2006, 5.2 Mb
  31. Gulf of California - January 4, 2006, 6.6 Mw
  32. Offshore Fiji - January 2, 2006, 7.2 Mw, 582 km deep
  33. Lake Tanganyika, Africa - December 5, 2005, 6.8 Mw
  34. Offshore Honshu Japan - November 14, 2005, 6.9 Mw
  35. Northern Pakistan - October 8, 2005, 7.6 Mw
  36. Offshore Honduras - September 23, 2005, 5.9 Mw
  37. Panama - September 18, 2005, 5.6 Mw
  38. Panama - September 18, 2005, 5.5 Mw
  39. Southern California - September 2, 2005, 4.5 & 5.1 Mw
  40. Panama - August 27, 2005, 6.0 Mw
  41. Western North Carolina - August 25, 2005, 3.7 Mb
  42. Offshore Honshu Japan - August 16, 2004, 7.2 Mw
  43. Nicaragua - August 3 2005, 6.3 Mw
  44. Western Montana - July 26 2005, 5.5 Mw
  45. Nicobar Islands, Indonesia - July 24 2005, 7.3 Mw
  46. Offshore Northern California - June 15 2005, 7.1 Mw
  47. Northern Sumatra - March 28, 2005, 8.6 Mw
  48. Gulf of California - February 22, 2005, 5.5 Magnitude
  49. Central Iran - February 22, 2005, 6.3 Mw
  50. Sulawesi, Indonesia - February 19, 2005, 6.5 Mw
  51. Offshore Ecuador - February 17, 2005, 5.5 Mw
  52. Kepulauan Island, Indonesia - February 15, 2005, 6.4 Mw
  53. Leeward Islands - February 14, 2005, 5.9 Mw
  54. Arkansas - February 10, 2005, Magnitude 4.1
  55. Vanuatu - February 8, 2005, Magnitude 6.7 Mw, (Depth 206.4 km)

Notable Seismic Events Recorded at GSW Since 1998

  1. Nicaragua -- October 9, 2004, 7.1 Mw (Depth 61.1 km)
  2. South Coast of Honshu, Japan - September 5, 2004, 7.0 and 7.4 Mw
  3. Hokkaido, Japan - September 25, 2003, 8.1 Mw
  4. Central Chile - June 20, 2003, 6.8 Mw
  5. Amazonas, Brazil - June 20, 2003, Magnitude 7.0 Mw (Depth 553 km)
  6. Mindanao, Philippines - May 26, 2003, Magnitude 6.8 Mw (Depth 560 km)
  7. Halmahera, Indonesia - May 26, 2003, Magnitude 6.7 Mw
  8. Honshu, Japan - May 26, 2003, Magnitude 7.0 Mw
  9. near Fort Payne, Alabama - April 29, 2003, Magnitude 4.9
  10. near Athens, Georgia - March 18, 2003, Magnitude 3.5
  11. Rat Islands, Alaska - March 17, 2003, Magnitude 7.0 Mw
  12. Colima, Mexico - January 22, 2003, Magnitude 7.8 Mw
  13. Kuril Islands - November 17, 2002, Magnitude 7.3 Mw (Depth 507 km)
  14. Central Alaska - November 3, 2002, Magnitude 7.9 Mw
  15. Central Alaska - October 23, 2002, Magnitude 6.7 Mw
  16. Western Brazil - October 12, 2002, Magnitude 6.4 (Depth 536 km)
  17. Oaxaca, Mexico - October 11, 2002, Magnitude 5.2
  18. Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia - October 10, 2002, Magnitude 7.4 Mw
  19. Gulf of California - October 3, 2002, Magnitude 6.4 Mw
  20. Papua New Guinea - September 8, 2002, Magnitude 7.5 (7.3 Mw)
  21. China - June 28, 2002, Magnitude 7.3 (depth 564 km)
  22. Offshore Sumatra - June 27, 2002, Magnitude 6.6
  23. Guatemala - June 25, 2002, Magnitude 5.0 (depth 70 km)
  24. Western Iran - June 22, 2002, Magnitude 6.3
  25. SW Indiana - June 18, 2002, Magnitude 5.0
  26. Chile - June 18, 2002, Magnitude 6.6 (depth 53 km)
  27. Upstate New York - April 20, 2002, Magnitude 5.1
  28. Near Guerrero, Mexico - April 18, 2002, Magnitude 5.0 mb
  29. Northern Chile - April 18, 2002, Magnitude 6.7 Mw
  30. Near Guerrero, Mexico - April 18, 2002, Magnitude 6.3 Mw
  31. Chiapas, Mexico - April 13, 2002, Magnitude 4.9
  32. Hindu-Kush Region, Afhanistan - April 12, 2002, Magnitude 5.9 Ms
  33. Vanuatu Islands, South Pacific - April 11, 2002, Magnitude 6.2 Ms
  34. Puerto Rico - April 11, 2002, Magnitude 4.6 mb (depth 56 km)
  35. Chile-Bolivia Border Region - March 28, 2002, Magnitude 6.3 (depth 122 km)
  36. Gulf of California - March 27, 2002, Magnitude 4.7
  37. Ryukyu Islands, Japan - March 26, 2002, Magnitude 6.4
  38. Aleutian Islands, Alaska - March 14, 2002, Magnitude 5.9 Mw
  39. Panama - March 14, 2002, Magnitude 4.1
  40. El Salvador - March 7, 2002, Magnitude 4.8
  41. Mindanao, Phillipines - March 3, 2002, Magnitude 7.5
  42. Hindu-Kush Region, Afghanistan - March 3, 2002, Magnitude 7.3 (depth 195 km)
  43. Near Baja California, Mexico - February 22, 2002, Magnitude 5.2
  44. Chiapas, Mexico - February 14, 2002, Magnitude 5.8
  45. Veracruz, Mexico - January 30, 2002, Magnitude 5.5 (depth 105 km)
  46. Vanuatu Islands, South Pacific - January 2, 2002, Magnitude 7.3, 6.4 Mw
  47. Off East Coast of U.S.A. - January 12, 2002, Magnitude 5.7
  48. Chiapas, Mexico - January 16, 2002, Magnitude 6.4
  49. Costa Rica - January 28, 2002, Magnitude 5.2
  50. South of Australia - December 12, 2001, magnitude 7.0
  51. Alabama - December 8, 2001, magnitude 3.9
  52. China - November 14, 2001, magnitude 6.2 mb, 8.1 Ms
  53. Mexico - November 13, 2001, magnitudes 5.7 & 4.9
  54. Banda Sea, South Pacific - October 19, 2001, magnitude 7.5
  55. Virgin Islands - October 16, 2001, magnitude 5.7 MS
  56. South of the Marianas Islands - October 12, 2001, magnitude 7.0
  57. Seattle, Washington - February 28, 2001, magnitude 6.8 Ms
  58. El Salvador - February 13, 2001, magnitude 6.6 Mw
  59. Western India - January 26, 2001, magnitude 7.9 MS
  60. El Salvador - January 13, 2001, magnitude 7.6 MS
  61. Putnam County, Georgia (near Milledgeville)- January 18, 2000, magnitude 3.5 MS
  62. Istanbul, Turkey - November 12, 1999, magnitude 7.1 MS
  63. Mojave Desert, California - October 16, 1999, magnitude 7.0 MS - Vertical Component
  64. Mojave Desert, California - October 16, 1999, magnitude 7.0 MS - North-South Component
  65. Mojave Desert, California - October 16, 1999, magnitude 7.0 MS - East-West Component
  66. Oaxaca, Mexico - September 30, 1999, magnitude 7.5 MS
  67. Taiwan - September 20, 1999, magnitude 7.6 MS
  68. Northern Turkey - August 17, 1999, magnitude 7.8 MS
  69. Coastal Ecuador - Aug. 8, 1998 magnitude 7.1.MS

Helpful Links

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The Agerton Observatory is operated by GSW's Department of Geology & Physics and is located on  campus atop the Roney Building.  The observatory dome and walkway were completed in the Spring of 2003 with generous donations provided by Emeritus GSW Professor Millard Agerton.  The Agerton Observatory is an integral part of Solar System Astronomy (PHYS1221), Stellar Astronomy (PHYS1222) and Solar System Exploration (GEOL1221).  The observatory is open to the public for periodic open-house viewings of the planets, the moon and other astronomical objects.

NEXT OPEN HOUSE: Friday, February 13, 2015
7 - 9 PM

Location

The Agerton observatory is on the GSW campus. The Agerton Observatory is the small dome on top of the Roney building. Which is off Perimeter Rd, between the tennis courts and the Lake. There will be signs out for events, otherwise follow signs to Jackson Hall. Parking is in the parking lot between, the Roney and the Business buildings. From the parking lot, go up the stairs and to the right. Access to the observatory is via an outside stairwell between the Roney and Science buildings. There are two flights of stairs. An elevator can take you up one floor, but there is still one more flight of stairs.  The walkway to the observatory has a metal open lattice work floor. Stiletto heals will get stuck! The surface  has been roughened to provide grip. Walking on it with bare feet would be a bad idea as it is sharp enough to cut.

What to expect

The dome can hold about 10 people at a time: 4 at the telescope and 6 lower down. Inside the dome there is a set of steps up to the observing platform. Also there is a spot where most people will need to duck. To actually look through the telescope you'll need to use a step ladder. We have a tall one for children and other shorter folks. There are a couple of hand holds to steady yourself. Of course this will be in the semi-dark. Mostly we use a red-light inside the building.

The Telescope

The observatory houses a veteran Celestron 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. It has a diameter of 14" (35 cm) and a focal length 161" (395 cm). These telescopes are particularly good at high magnification views of planets and some deep sky objects. The telescope is mounted on a mount that tracks the stars as they move across the sky. 

The Moon

  • The best time to view the Moon is near 1st or 3rd quarter. You'll see craters, mountains, lava flows ...
  • Sky and Telescope Excellent site with news, observing highlights, sky maps, and information about astronomy. Can be customized to location
  • Space Flight Now best source for up to date information about space flight and astronomy news.
  • Space.com latest space news (has adds)
  • Astronomy picture of the day Fabulous site with a new astronomy related picture each day, and a searchable archive of images.
  • Sky Map. Good monthly maps of the sky with a guide and list of events 
  • Pictorial dictionary of astronomical terms. This one is good.

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