Author's Guidelines

Second: Use automatic fill-flash to eliminate the harsh contrast that is so hard to print. Without a flash, the best portraits of people are taken in full shade or when overcast-eliminating the harsh shadows that make all faces disappear when under the shade of a hat.
SG2Third: Watch that background. Please- no photos of your newest telescope with two garbage cans filling the background.  
Fourth: Shoot plenty, but don't take and send 24 shots of the same picture. Move around; move up and down, in and out; vary the backgrounds; vary the exposure, shoot horizontals and verticals.Take closeups! If a person is in the shot-put him behind the scope so he doesn't block the view.

Drawings: Charts, graphs, drawings, and other sketches must be submitted ready to publish. We prefer them in an electronic format that can be read by Photoshop, (PDF, JPEG, TIFFs are the preferred format) or laser printed so we can scan them into the computer. We do not have an expert CAD draftsman on staff who can turn your rough work into finished showpieces.

Writer's Tips: You do not have to be a professional writer to be able to write an article for AA. As a matter of fact you don't have to be a writer at all. You just have to have something interesting to say. Amateur Astronomy is looking for interesting articles about amateur astronomers, observing, and telescopes. The best advice we can give is to read the articles in Amateur Astronomy that are published by other writers, and take a lesson from them on the way they cover a subject. Don't try to emulate someone else but be yourself. Write like you are talking to a group of friends. YOU ARE!

Write like you talk! Imagine that 30 of you have pulled your lounge chairs up into a circle in the dark at a star party, while waiting for some clouds to pass. You all take turns telling stories about your experiences that have taken place since you were last together. These stories are good. No one stops to look up big words in his dictionary or thesaurus, they just excitedly tell of some of the experiences that have happened to them as they have lived the life of amateur astronomers. This is real! This is what makes us interested in astronomy and what keeps us coming back year after year. When stories like these are told in the magazines, they are far more interesting to read.

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