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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2008, 11:51:35 PM »
yeah that would be awesome, when I get back from the desert and get my scope Ill do the same. I have only seen the stars about 3 times since ive been here - so about once a month, but when I come into work (around midnight) I've never seen the moon so huge in the sky, If I held a .50 cent piece out at arms length in front of me, the moon is a little larger than it.. I'd love to see it through a scope here.

back in arizona the sky is amazing nothing BUT stars and the skies must be a magnitude of 7-8, everything is pitch black.. My grandmother's house is about 30 mins from Kitt Peak Observatory - one of the most largely used observatories in the world. Do post more pix! - astronomy would be a nice little sub-forum for us space-nerd dads haha

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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2008, 11:55:30 PM »
I'm in the same boat, back of a cul-de-sac end of the neighborhood and my neighbors have huge farms, beautiful skies.
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2008, 12:08:05 AM »
good stuff, what  is the magnitude of your skies? you should add a little thing in your sig like I have with your sky chart
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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2008, 12:34:05 AM »
dunno how to measure the magnitude but from what I've read I would say between 6 and 7.

P.S. thanks for the site, i found an observatory right down the road! literally 5 miles from my house.
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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2008, 12:39:22 AM »
yeah this little sky chart is awesome, man what I wouldnt give to be in AZ right now.. look at that its nearly pitch black!
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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2008, 09:43:41 AM »
You guys make me want to pull out my telescope from the closet. 





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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2008, 06:09:06 PM »
do it! its hard to find fellow astronomers or just people into the hobby.. its usually old folks or really nerdy guys.. Im 1/2 nerdy and not quite old yet haha but seriously do it.. I wanna get an astronomy sub-forum going..
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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2008, 09:29:17 AM »
Going to get it all together and try to set something up soon.   I have a good bit of computing power at home that I could put to use also.   My parents' neighbor recently cut down trees around his house and has plans of building a small observatory in his backyard, he's already poured the foundation for it.





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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2008, 10:44:17 AM »
I used to love astronomy when I was a kid.  I still do a little but I took astronomy class in middle school and had a horrible teacher that kind of turned me off from it.  There is an observatory about 45 minutes away that I have been to a few times.  It is very, very cool to look through that telescope and see detail on Jupiter's moons.

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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2008, 03:36:12 AM »
seriously folks, lets get our own little 'astronomy geek' sub forum on here or something, and we can post our findings etc.. when I get back to the states I can hook you all up with some really nice powerful software to help you track objects etc..
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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2008, 07:52:10 PM »
so any new pics taken or astronomical discoveries?
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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2009, 11:47:26 PM »
Here's a shot taken on Mars of Earth (top) and Jupiter (bottom) in the same (elongated) frame

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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2009, 12:19:51 AM »
That's really cool.  I can't believe you can even see the Earth's moon, and it's also cool to see three of Jupiter's moons.  Really nice shot.

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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #28 on: October 16, 2009, 06:56:12 PM »
That is a really cool shot!     When did you go on that vacation and take that shot?    :)

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Re: * Astronomy *
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2009, 10:57:15 AM »
I set up the scope last night for the first time in about 6 years.   Got a good look at Jupiter and all four moons lined up on one side.  Tried out a new CCD camera, but the images were too blurry to post.  Packed it in for the night and read the manual for the camera a bit.  Woke up early this morning and got out there again.   Got about an hour in before sunrise and caught sight of Mars, Venus, Saturn, Mercury and the Great Orion Nebula.  Tried the camera out a bit more, this time on Saturn.  Images were a bit better, but I thought the software was stacking them up to save later.  It wasn't, so I lost the lot.  Not a big deal but I would have liked to mess with them today.   Oh well, I guess there's always next time.


 

 



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