University Lowbrow Astronomers

Reflections of the University Lowbrow Astronomers.

Reflections of the University Lowbrow Astronomers is the monthly newsletter of the University Lowbrow Astronomers (the Lowbrows are an amateur astronomy club based in Ann Arbor, Michigan). Each issue contains eight pages full of late breaking astronomical news, information, reports, and club business. Most issues include several articles written by club members. Club business typically includes the topic of the current month club meeting as well as a list of upcoming astronomy open houses and events.

The following is a list of Reflections articles that are on-line. Many articles published in Reflections are not available on-line. The most recent issues of Reflections are not available.

If you are interested in reading all of the articles (included the most recent articles), you must join the club. We are a diverse group of around 90 amateur astronomers, ranging from amateur telescope makers to professional rocket scientists (really!). Some of us just like to read, while others like to get out and observe or photograph the heavens. The bottom line is that we all have a more than casual interest in astronomy, and you do not have to be a student or alumnus of the University of Michigan to join! Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, we hope that you will find us to be friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. The University Lowbrow Astronomers Club Page contains information on how to join the club.

If you are already a member of the club and wish to view full articles: go to the Members Only Area.

Otherwise you can view the material below. Some is in PDF format (this is true of most material written in 2011 and after). You will need a PDF reader to read PDF files. You may already have a PDF reader installed on your computer; if not, you can obtain one from

Complete Issues

If you are not a club member, the following sample newsletter(s) are available (they are abridged versions of the printed newsletters).

September 2001. January 2009.
NewJanuary, 2011. NewFebruary, 2011. NewMarch, 2011. NewApril, 2011. NewMay, 2011. NewJune, 2011.
NewJuly, 2011. NewAugust, 2011. NewSeptember, 2011. NewOctober, 2011. NewNovember, 2011. NewDecember, 2011.
NewJanuary, 2012. NewFebruary, 2012. NewMarch, 2012. NewApril, 2012. NewMay, 2012. NewJune, 2012.
NewJuly, 2012. NewAugust, 2012. NewSeptember, 2012. NewOctober, 2012. NewNovember, 2012. NewDecember, 2012.

Astronomy and Physics Information



See also the University Lowbrow Astronomers Book List.

Computers & Mathematics in Astronomy


(See also Astrophotography above).


See also the History of the University of Michigan Observatories.

Light Pollution

See also the University Lowbrow Astronomer’s Light Pollution Page.

Observing (Deep Sky)

See also the University Lowbrow Astronomers Observer’s Guides.

Observing (Solar System)

See also the University Lowbrow Astronomers Observer’s Guides.

Personal Reflections

Radio Astronomy


Star Parties and Expeditions

Telescope Design and Optics


See “Equipment” above.

Other Resources....


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