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Trying to get the word out!

Some of you may already know that I have been trying for a long time to share my filter research and video astronomy experiences with as many people as I can.  I believe that the information that I've assembled is useful to everyone, and I want to share it with whomever I can.  I've tried numerous times unsuccessfully to get my material printed by the main astronomy magazines, but the response is often that my articles do not fit with the current theme of the magazine.  I finally lucked into Astronomy Technology Today magazine back in 2011.  The focus of this magazine is exactly what I have been looking for:  a technical magazine about astronomy hardware and how to use it.

As my articles are published in ATT magazine, and if fate allows others, I will be posting copies here for all to read.  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!


Jim T.


Astronomy Magazine

I had tried a number of times to get an article published in Astronomy Magazine, but they have very particular needs with regards to topics and writing style.  At last in Jan. 2017 I had my first article picked up by the magazine (published Nov. 2017)...very exciting!

November 2017

"Get Started in Video Astronomy"

Original Manuscript

February 2018

"Around the Sky With a Small Scope" by Glenn Chaple

My image of waxing crescent Moon used in Glenn's article. Original image here.






Astronomy Technology Today

I had no idea this magazine even existed until I asked on the amateur astronomy Yahoo Groups that I frequent for ideas on how to share my filter research with more people.  The staff at ATT are very friendly and helpful, and the theme of their magazine is right up my alley.  I've included my draft manuscripts below as the figures are more legible than in the ATT PDF's.

Volume 5 - Issue 5, September/October 2011

"Astronomical Filters - Part 1 - Introduction"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)

Volume 5 - Issue 6, November/December 2011

"Astronomical Filters - Part 2 - Planetary (Colour) Filters"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)

Volume 6 - Issue 1, January/February 2012

"Astronomical Filters - Part 3 - Deep-Sky (Band-Pass) Filters"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)

Volume 6 - Issue 3, May/June 2012

"Astronomical Filters - Part 4 - Special Filters"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)

Volume 6 - Issue 5, September/October 2012

"Astronomical Filters - Part 5 - Do LP Filters Work?"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)

Volume 6 - Issue 6, November/December 2012

"Astronomical Filters - Part 6 - Filters & Video Astronomy"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)

Volume 7 - Issue 1, January/February 2013

"Is Video Astronomy the Future of Observing?"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)


Volume 7 - Issue 3, May/June 2013

"A Reflection on Optical Coatings"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)


Volume 12 - Issue 1, January 2018

"Imaging the Great American Eclipse in Calcium-K"

Pre-print Draft (more legible)

Volume 14 - Issue 11, December 2020

"Multi-Narrowband Astronomical Filter Testing"

Original Test Report

Volume 15 - Issue 1, January 2021

"Optolong L-eXtreme Filter Comparison"

Original Test Report

Volume 15 - Issue 2, February 2021

"Narrowband Filters & Fast Optics" Rev. 1

Pre-print Draft

Addendum - Data for Other Telescopes 

Volume 15 - Issue 4, April 2021

"Radian Triad & Triad Ultra Performance vs. F-ratio"

Pre-print Draft

Volume 15 - Issue 10, December 2021

"Measuring Backyard Light Pollution"

Pre-print Draft

Volume 16 - Issue 6, August 2022

"Multi-Narrowband Filter Shootout"

Pre-print Draft

Volume 17 - Issue 4, May 2023

"Testing The Ultra-Narrow-Band Filters"

Pre-print Draft

Volume 17 - Issue 5, June 2023

"Understanding Filter Induced Halos"

Original Test Report

Volume 17 - Issue 9, October 2023

"Comparing Ha Filters - From Wide to Narrow"

Original Test Report

Volume 17 - Issue 10, December 2023

"Battle of the Quads!"

Pre-print Draft





Other Articles & Published Material

This material is either articles have been unsuccessful getting accepted by a magazine, have not yet been submitted by me to any magazines for review, or other media like images that have made it into magazines.

not yet submitted

"Astronomical Filters - Part 7 - How To Choose An LP Filter"

April 5th, 2012

Pre-print Draft (more legible)

SkyNews Magazine, May/June 2017 issue

"A Walk Along the Terminator" by Gary Seronik

My image of waxing crescent Moon used prominently in Gary's article. Original image here.

"An Introduction to Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA)" article published on AstronomyConnect website, June 1, 2018.  Thanks to Brian Ventrudo for his work to make this article happen!

Sky & Telescope Magazine, May 2021 issue - Image Gallery

My image of waning crescent Moon.  Same image was voted Image of the Month by SkyNews.  Original image here.

not yet published

"Choosing a Solar Imaging Camera"

June 2023

Pre-print Draft

not yet submitted

"Multi-Narrowband Filters & Monochrome Cameras"

October 2023

Pre-print Draft



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