The Antiquarian Astronomer


Antiquarian Astronomer 9 cover

The Antiquarian Astronomer, Issue 9, Aug 15

The Society for the History of Astronomy was formed in June 2002 with three main objectives:

  • To provide a forum for those with an interest in the history of astronomy and related subjects;
  • To promote interest in the history of astronomy by academics, educators and amateur astronomers and local historians;
  • To encourage research into the history of astronomy, especially research by amateurs, and to facilitate its collation, interpretation, preservation, publication and dissemination.

To implement these aims, the Society organises regular meetings and publishes its bi-annual Bulletin,  plus its annual journal – The Antiquarian Astronomer.

Council established The Antiquarian Astronomer to provide a medium to publish research by members and others into any aspect of the history of astronomy and related subjects.  Council recognised that because most members were amateur astronomers and amateur historians, most of their research would be about local history, which though of lasting value, was unlikely to fall within the scope of professionally-published journals.

The Antiquarian Astronomer therefore provides a means by which the results of research can be shared with other individuals and organisations having interests similar to those of the Society, and be made available to posterity.

Papers need not be restricted to local history, but should contain: original research; new interpretation or insight of material already in the public domain; or a description that brings to a wider audience material of limited availability, or that is available only in disparate locations. Papers offered for publication in The Antiquarian Astronomer should not have been published previously.

An important principle established by Council is that papers published in The Antiquarian Astronomer, though mainly by amateurs, are to be of a standard that will be recognised as giving the research and the Society lasting credibility. To fulfil this principle, each paper is peer-reviewed by one or more Independent Reviewers, in addition to the usual scrutiny by the Editorial Team. Reviewers are selected for being knowledgeable about the subject of the paper, able to provide helpful feedback to the author and to the Editor and supportive of the aims of the Society.

The Antiquarian Astronomer also publishes Essay Reviews of books of significance in the history of astronomy. Short reviews of single books appear in the SHA Bulletin.

Papers should be prepared using the Guidelines to Authors available for download in pdf format via the link below, and sent in electronic form to Ian Ridpath, the Editor of The Antiquarian Astronomer, who can be contacted by email via this link.

If in doubt, please ask before starting work!



The Antiquarian Astronomer – Scope V5 May 2008

The Antiquarian Astronomer Guidance to Authors v7.3

The Antiquarian Astronomer Issue 1, 2004 – Contents page

The Antiquarian Astronomer Issue 2, December 2005 – Contents page

The Antiquarian Astronomer Issue 3, December 2006 – Contents page

The Antiquarian Astronomer Issue 4, January 2008 – Contents page

Sample paper  – from The Antiquarian Astronomer Issue 9: August 2015:

Mars: The history of a master illusionist:  William Sheehan

Copyright is reserved in all the above – no reproduction without permission.

Back issues of The Antiquarian Astronomer appear on the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) two years after publication. To access them, go to and type our official abbreviation, antas, into the box marked Journal Name/Code.

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