Let me be the first to welcome you to SkyTonight.com. This site, brought to you by the people behind Sky & Telescope and Night Sky magazines, is the new online home for both titles as well as our annual publications SkyWatch and Beautiful Universe. But SkyTonight.com isn't just a Web site. It's a place where members of the astronomical community can come together to share their love of the night sky with each other and with the broader public.

Whether the subject is a newfound comet, the advent of an image-processing technique for improving your digital pictures, an in-depth review of that new automated telescope that just hit the market, or news about the latest spacecraft rolling across the Martian surface, you'll read about it on SkyTonight.com.

In addition to your favorite features from SkyandTelescope.com, here you'll find countless articles about amateur astronomy as well as a host of new ways to interact with your fellow hobbyists. Our Telescope Buyer's Guide lists the specifications of hundreds of instruments available on the market today. We'll be posting MP3 podcasts to take you on a tour of the heavens every month. Our new photo gallery allows you to share your latest astrophotos with the community at large. Our new JavaScript utilities include an enhanced astronomical almanac that gives detailed information on celestial events. The editors of Sky & Telescope and Night Sky will be sharing their thoughts and opinions in our open-forum blog section.

There's also a new Hobby Q&A section, expanded equipment coverage, RSS feeds, polls, trivia questions, photos of the week, and observing tips — and we have much more planned in the coming months. Whether you're a newbie who just entered the market in search of your first scope or a seasoned veteran with decades of astronomical experience, SkyTonight.com has content geared to your level of interest and expertise.

SkyTonight.com is your one stop on the Web to keep up with everything that's happening in astronomy — both up there and down here. And it's not just our Web site, it's yours. So come back often, and let us know how we're doing. We look forward to hearing from you.

Clear skies,

David Tytell
Web Producer


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