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Subject: Introduction to sci.astro
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 sci.astro is a newsgroup for the discussion of astronomical topics.
This post documents the topics generally accepted as appropriate for
sci.astro as well as guidelines for posting in this group.  New
readers (as well as more experienced ones!) are encouraged to review
this material with the hope that it will maximize their use and
enjoyment of sci.astro.

This post is an extract of the material found in the sci.astro FAQ.
The FAQ is posted on a regular basis to the newsgroup sci.astro.  It
is also available via anonymous ftp in the directory and it is on the World 
Wide Web at.
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Answers contributed by Philippe Brieu , Walter
I. Nissen, Jr. CDP , Steven Willner
, with editing by Joseph Lazio
 
****** What are the astro newsgroups about?
There are six groups in the sci.astro hierarchy:
sci.astro               Astronomy discussions and information.
sci.astro.amateur       Amateur astronomy equipment, techniques, info, etc.
sci.astro.fits          Issues related to the Flexible Image Transport System.
sci.astro.hubble        Processing Hubble Space Telescope data. (Moderated)
sci.astro.planetarium   Discussion of planetariums.
sci.astro.research      Forum in astronomy/astrophysics research. (Moderated)

By default, everything that is related to astronomy/astrophysics and
is NOT covered by one of the other sci.astro.* groups is acceptable
for posting in sci.astro.  If something belongs in one of those
groups, then it does NOT belong in sci.astro and should NOT be
(cross)posted there.  In particular, this includes all amateur
observations, hardware, software, and trade (see sci.astro.amateur).