1. Post #601
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    got it too, sunday should be nice for me though
    http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/spa...tronomy/339543

    Gotta drink the buzz sunday night
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  2. Post #602
    Why, is there some night sky event going on somewhere I'm not aware of?
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  3. Post #603
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    Why, is there some starry event going on somewhere I'm not aware of?
    he bought a telescope that can't peek through clouds
    what a scrub

    [SUB]they are going to ban me, Beam me up[/SUB]
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  4. Post #604
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    I love how the first week I get my scope there is just clouds.
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  5. Post #605
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    I love how the first week I get my scope there is just clouds.
    Patience, my friend. You get some crappy nights but then that 1 especially clear one comes.
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  6. Post #606
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    I love how the first week I get my scope there is just clouds.
    first thing I would do if you go out Early is look for the Beehive Cluster above Procryon.
    I saw that first on the shittiest night and the universe fucked my eyes
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  7. Post #607
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    Patience, my friend. You get some crappy nights but then that 1 especially clear one comes.
    This. Astronomy as a hobby is the definition of patience. You may not see a good night for weeks. And when you finally get a good night, it may be freezing outside. That's just how it is, it's how it was for me.

    But then finally, on a really cold and windy night, I was able to see my first deep sky object, Saturn, and clearly identify its rings and four of its moons. Your investment of time, money, and effort will be met with great intellectual reward, I assure you.
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  8. Post #608
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    This. Astronomy as a hobby is the definition of patience. You may not see a good night for weeks. And when you finally get a good night, it may be freezing outside. That's just how it is, it's how it was for me.

    But then finally, on a really cold and windy night, I was able to see my first deep sky object, Saturn, and clearly identify its rings and four of its moons. Your investment of time, money, and effort will be met with great intellectual reward, I assure you.
    What's your scope? I have a 4.5 Starblast and my max magnification right now is 150x with a barlow and I can only make out one moon. I thinks pretty good for under 200$
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  9. Post #609
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    What's your scope? I have a 4.5 Starblast and my max magnification right now is 150x with a barlow and I can only make out one moon. I thinks pretty good for under 200$
    I was at my grandparent's house at the time, using my grandpa's big fancy scope. I don't really remember what it is, sorry, but I'm sure they paid more than that for it, they have money. If I remember though I'll ask him and post it.

    But even with my little pos 50mm scope that actually doesn't even have a name on it (I think it's 50x mag though, I haven't tried the barlow) I can see Saturn pretty clearly. It's nice enough, but yeah it's always nice to use something better, that's why I wasn't at home using my own scope that particular clear night.
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  10. Post #610
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    Come to Tucson, Arizona, we have Kitt Peak Observatory.

    The biggest, best Observatory this side of the Mississippi. They have one day a week where they'll point the thing anywhere you want it, and they have special telescopes to point at the sun.

    It's absolutely extraordinary, sitting in this itty-bitty lawn chair in front of a megaton telescope, meekly asking the doctoral scientist to point the telescope at Mars
    Ask them to point it at Uranus.
       Sorry :v:    
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  11. Post #611
    Jesus Christ your title is like 98% of your posts.
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  12. Post #612
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    This boostar sale really had a bad impact on the forum layout's global quality.
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  13. Post #613
    We're made of star-stuff
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    By now it's more unique to not have a title.
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  14. Post #614
    I like your title though. Best title I've seen yet. Though it would fit even nicer with my avatar.
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  15. Post #615
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    I like your title though. Best title I've seen yet. Though it would fit even nicer with my avatar.
    What about my title? :( I tried to do something space-y
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  16. Post #616
    It's good but small so I didn't really notice it.
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  17. Post #617
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    I like your title though. Best title I've seen yet. Though it would fit even nicer with my avatar.
    I didn't think "She wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts" would be as good of a title.
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  18. Post #618
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    What about my title? :( I tried to do something space-y
    Your posted Star-wang is smaller than my real star-wang

    It's 1680x1050
    I thought this particular shot would be horrible but with some editing it looks pretty nice
    original


    Edited:

    I like your title though. Best title I've seen yet. Though it would fit even nicer with my avatar.



    Change your name to Bob "DeSagan" Ross
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  19. Post #619
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    Your posted Star-wang is smaller than my real star-wang
    What's that supposed to mean
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  20. Post #620
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    Are the scales in Stellarium off, or is Andromeda really big and take up 1 degree?
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  21. Post #621
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    Are the scales in Stellarium off, or is Andromeda really big and take up 1 degree?
    6x the size of the full moon at full exposure its very very faint though due to the distance
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  22. Post #622
    So do you guys think is there any solid matter near the edge of the observable universe, non-photon/gluon/boson particles that's been travelling at very near the speed of light since the big bang?
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  23. Post #623
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    Well, I'd say that once you get to the edge of the universe as a whole, things will be pretty sparse, and once you go far enough, the hydrogen concentration will drop from an atom every few cubic meters to none (although everything near the edge will be flying outwards at high speeds)
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  24. Post #624
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    Well, I'd say that once you get to the edge of the universe as a whole, things will be pretty sparse, and once you go far enough, the hydrogen concentration will drop from an atom every few cubic meters to none (although everything near the edge will be flying outwards at high speeds)
    Just as clarification, the edge of the observable universe is likely pretty far from the edge of the actual universe.
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  25. Post #625
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    Just as clarification, the edge of the observable universe is likely pretty far from the edge of the actual universe.
    My thoughts exactly. We can only see so far out, about 13/14-ish billion light years out.

    Well that's the light from those distant galaxies are only just reaching us. Who knows, they could all be gone by now from some supermassive black holes. But beyond those galaxies could be millions or even hundreds of billions more galaxies. The only problem is that the light hasn't reached Earth yet so we can't say for sure.
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  26. Post #626
    I mean we haven't advanced any frontiers in the last three decades. We did the equivalent of building a treehouse when we should have been moving out for college.
    The space program may have spent the time moving out for college on building that treehouse instead, but private sector just noticed that treehouse, and they really liked it. So the future's bright.
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  27. Post #627
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    I feel really small looking at this.
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  28. Post #628
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    Currently the ISS is making a pass over my house, and will make another one (which will be visible (hopefully)) at 9PM

    SQUEEE
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  29. Post #629
    We're made of star-stuff
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    Currently the ISS is making a pass over my house, and will make another one (which will be visible (hopefully)) at 9PM

    SQUEEE
    I've seen it once before, it's really quite amazing to look at it and know that there's people up there.

    Also it moves really, really fast across the sky.
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  30. Post #630
    I'm in Norway I saw it when it passed over Germany, and I thought "wow, if there was a space elevator in Germany I'd be able to see it really clearly from here at night."
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  31. Post #631
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    I've seen it once before, it's really quite amazing to look at it and know that there's people up there.

    Also it moves really, really fast across the sky.
    Isn't there a Dutch guy in it?
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  32. Post #632
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    Isn't there a Dutch guy in it?
    Yeah, André Kuipers, he takes cool photos.


    Also:

    Anton Shkaplerov, Russian
    Donald Pettit, American
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  33. Post #633
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    Yeah, André Kuipers, he takes cool photos.


    Also:

    Dan Burbank, American
    Anton Shkaplerov, Russian
    Anatoli Ivanishin, Russian
    Oleg Kononenko, Russian
    Donald Pettit, American
    Dan, Anatoli and Oleg left 2 days ago
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  34. Post #634
    We're made of star-stuff
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    Dan, Anatoli and Oleg left 2 days ago
    Right, fixed.
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  35. Post #635
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    I've seen it once before, it's really quite amazing to look at it and know that there's people up there.

    Also it moves really, really fast across the sky.
    I once saw the ISS, an orbiter (endevour I think?) And a soyuz cargo ship fly over in a row. They were in the process of docking both if them. It's awesome you can see that with the naked eye and be able to tell its something manmade and not a space rock.

    Edited:

    About how much does a good digital telescope cost? The kind that you plug to a laptop and can take photos with? I always find myself mesmerized by the stars (when I can see them) would be nice to know what im looking at.
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  36. Post #636
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    I once saw the ISS, an orbiter (endevour I think?) And a soyuz cargo ship fly over in a row. They were in the process of docking both if them. It's awesome you can see that with the naked eye and be able to tell its something manmade and not a space rock.

    Edited:

    About how much does a good digital telescope cost? The kind that you plug to a laptop and can take photos with? I always find myself mesmerized by the stars (when I can see them) would be nice to know what im looking at.
    Www.astronomyforum.net
    Best site to learn about telescopes ask in the beginner section
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  37. Post #637
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    Are the scales in Stellarium off, or is Andromeda really big and take up 1 degree?


    That right there is Andromeda (I checked with stellarium)

    It is a 30s exposure photo though.
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  38. Post #638
    I am a moderator.
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  39. Post #639
    I love that picture.
    That's the kind of picture that gives you bragging rights on Facebook.
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  40. Post #640
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    The greatest self-shot ever.


    Now all we need is a mirror shot using Hubble.
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