Twenty-five years ago the Internet as we now know it was in the process of being birthed by the National Science Foundation. Since then it’s been an information explosion. In last decades amateur astronomy also changed dramatically. Facility of using electronic mail, increased access to a huge information, and improvement of communication between people. On internet space forums (discussion groups for astronomers) at all hours of the day you can share images, receive an equipment advice, debate the dark energy etc. Many online astronomy conversations groups exist. What is better place to start?
1. Cloudynights. One of the biggest discussion group Cloudy Nights provide a forum for reviews of telescopes and accessories, for commentary articles on the many facets of the hobby that touch equipment. Also it encourage and sponsore events and contests to get kids and beginners interested in the hobby.
2. Bautforum. The Bad Astronomy and Universe Today Forum. Here you can find tons of discussions on the universe, space exploration, astronomy equipment and more.
3. Astromart. More than 90 forums. More than 350 000 posts. Forums cover topics from general astronomy to stargazing and hunting optics. Registration of new account costs $12.00.
4. Astronomy.com. The worlds best selling astronomy magazine hosts a message board on many astronomical topics.
5. Astronomy forum. A surprisingly low-tech-looking site that concentrates on content quality. There are even forums for regional astronomers: Canadian, Australian, UK, Chinese etc.
Do you have your favourite forum? Please leave a comment!