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Books i would recomend

THE NIGHT SKY MONTH BY MONTH BY DK (WWW.DK.COM). I was looking for the sky at night(which the WH SMITH said there five of them and they had gone). And my turn toward here have look at book, and it was brilliant 2011 it was published and it goes untill 2019. And goes month to month what you can see, It will list what saturn and the year(2011), it also where november comes around where it then!. I would recommend this book.

narcoss

narcoss

 

15/16/17 moon pics

i am do in these a few a day i took alot of video what a did with a couple was shoot 10x 3mins ,registaxed them,got 10 good pics ,then staked all ten pics which out of 10 a seven average pics some filtered some not on photobucket heres the link http://s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/todd8137/16%2017%20th%20APRIL%20FILTERS/

todd8137

todd8137

 

goto or no goto?

i'm wondering if i should get a goto telescope. bescause i dont think i will be able to find any objects in the night sky. should or shouldn't i???

markvh

markvh

 

Viewing - Sun 17th Apr 11

A great night, could have stayed up longer but my old bones were giving out by 0100 hrs. The moon again was a bit of a problem but I persevered and towards the end of the viewing I decided to use the tour option and went looking at the heavens, sometimes the side of the observatory but the rest was good. Alignment was spot on all night, this was due to getting Polaris in the right position and waiting for the star to appear to get a good alignment, all target appeared in the centre of the eyepiece, was good to see. Found a problem getting focus with the Canon on the Evostar, not enough travel, this has now been recified with the addition of extenders. Altogether another good night viewing, making up for the long weeks of clouds earlier :).

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

Viewing - Sat 16th Apr 11

Although a nice clear night the moon was too bright to get any good shots. I used the time to run through all the aspects of the cameras and cams on all 3 scopes and it went well, any photos or videos I took were not worth keeping but they did help. Also used the time to work out the guiding software, more to be done.

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

which scope to go for????

hi everyone. im looking at upgrading my scope soon and am after some advice. i have been looking at celestrons nexstar 6 se, skywatchers 150 evostar refracter on an eq5, and skywatchers explorer 200p also on an eq5. just cant make my mind up. has anyone on here got any of these that can give me some guidence? it would be very much appreciated. my budget is about £750-800. many thanks in advance guys and gals.

aanickmac

aanickmac

 

Webcam Video Footage

Here's my attempt to capture Sirius on a cheap Webcam through my Telescope. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c_vbVHAPkU&feature=player_profilepage Here's my first ever attempt to video the moon, again with my webcam, unfortunately upside down. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwQ3qD1FLQI&feature=player_detailpage Regards Neil

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

Viewing - Fri 15th Apr 11

Cloud cleared for a couple of hours and was able to put the gear through its paces. Alignment went well and with all the gear now installed it turned out to be a nice few hours, aligned 3 scopes, 2 finders, 3 cameras, a laser and laptop and everything was great :hello2:. Most of the seeing was on the moon and Saturn, the clouds were never far away and they soon took over, so the night ended.

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

Inspired by NASA

I've just watched a documentary called Beyond the Moon for 90 minutes about NASA, which has inspired me. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and the Columbia tragedy shown in the documentary moved me to express my thoughts tonight. I was unaware of the pressure that NASA has been under since the Apollo 11 flight. I was also unaware of the skill and commitment and dedication of the flight crew, mission control and the as stated 400,000 human beings involved in the Apollo program. I can only say the documentary I've watched has just inspired me and given me more faith in the belief in limitless future possibilities the human race will be able to achieve. Due to the issues with President Nixon and the Watergate Scandal, I was never aware of the challenges that the staff at NASA overcame to the repair SkyLab, risking their own lives in the process, repairing the faults with the solar panels and the heat shield. I wasn't aware until recently of the commitment and effort made by these amazing examples of human beings, achieving the almost impossible goal of repairing the Hubble Telescope, of which so many images are now taken for granted, by so many people.

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

12th april 2011 moon/saturn pics

hi all just a few more pics they on photo bucket so a can keep them full size done with cannon 10D and 12 reflector cheers pat heres the link http://s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/todd8137/MOON%20AND%20SATURN%2012TH%20APRIL%202011/ Theres about 93 pics please view them all and let me no what ya think and how a could improve themam obssesed with the moon at the min try in to spot all the craters mountain ranges and what ever else a can see its a pure delight dso`s are great but every one forgets about are moon thanks pat heres a link for a bit of moon drifting with the 90mm meade frac http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOzpEY-GRZA

todd8137

todd8137

 

Basic Lunar Viewing II

Monday 11th April, 8-11pm (Now armed with a notepad and taking notes) - Tonight I started in the North with the just visible Scoresby, then Goldschmidt, which has a high wall to it's southeast, and the wonderfully-named Anaxagoras and Anaxagoras A, right on the edge of the terminator. Then Epigenes, and Birmingham which tonight it looked like a roughened triangular plateau. From there down to Plato, the eastern edge of it's smooth floor partially covered in long shadows. In moments of good seeing, I may have seen one of the craterlets, but right on the edge of the shadow, I couldn't be sure. Next the Alps and the unmistakeable Alpine Valley. Then into Mare Imbrium, where the peaks of Montes Tenerife, Mons Pico, Mons Piton and the Montes Spitzbergen shone brightly in the sunlight, casting shadows into the Mare. The Archimedes crater and the Montes Archimedes, with Aristillus and Autolycus to the East makes for another interesting area of observation. From here The Appenines lay to the south, terminating in the west at the Eratosthenes crater. Along the nothern ridge of the Appenines, the peaks of Mons Huygens, Mons Ampere and Mons Wolff glowed brightly. I could see prominent ridges at either end of the mountain chain, but unfortunately failed to spot Hadley Rille. Over in Mare Serenitatis I could make out feint rays extending above and below Bessel crater, Sulpicius Gallus punctuated the southwestern edge of the Mare, and a bright spot in Montes Haemus, near Sulpicius Gallus M. Moving south, a darker ridged region at the southeastern edge of the Mare Vaporum caught my eye (the Pyroclastic region?), thought it was difficult to make out any detail at this magnification. Just below I managed to tease out Rima Hyginus, with Hyginus crater at it's middle. Then crater Treisnecker, and in moments of good seeing I got a fleeting glimpse of parts of the Treisnecker Rilles. Back towards the teminator, and Schroter, Sommering, Mosting, and the Flammarion walled plain. Buried in the western edge of Flammarion is Mosting A, reputed to be the middle of the Moon's near-side. To the southeast the feint Sporer crater and the dark Herschel crater with a dark scar to it's east. The large triplet of Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzarchel dominated the south part of the terminator. Inside Ptolemaeus, I could make out the A, D and S craters, and possibly one other close to S. To the west is Davy and Davy Y, and I could just see a couple of the larger craters in the Davy crater chain - Catena Davy. In Alphonsus, the central peak was clear, with a ridge running southwards. Inside Arzarchel, it's high peak stood proud, and Arzachel A. Then Thebit and Thebit A. Then perhaps one of the most popular lunar features, (and I'm ashamed to say my first viewing) The Straight Wall - Rupes Recta. Nice to see it at last... To it's west is the Birt crater, and with averted vision I could just about make out Rima Birt. Continuing south is another triplet of Purbach, Regiomontanus and Walter, flanked to the east by a line of four - La Caille, Blanchinus, Werner, and Aliacensis, and further west is the cratered walled-plain Deslandres. Inside Deslandres the most obvious feature is a the dark crater Hell!,and feinter Lexell in the south. Almost at the bottom now with Oriontus and Saussure, Maginus, and the edge of Clavius was just beginning to come into sunlight. And finally an oblique Moretus, and just to the west of the Lunar south pole there was a detached bright spot. Tuesday 12th April, 10-12pm Starting from Anaxagoras - now clearly visible, then Fontenelle A and Fontenelle, and the now rhomboidal Birmingham. Plato, and in a line to the west Plato M, Y and B lead along the alpes to Condamine and Maupertius, with the top of it's central peak just catching the sunlight, right on the terminator. Down over the Montes Recti into Mare Imbrium, traversing ridges in the Mare to Le Verrier and Helicon, then Lambert. Between Lambert and Timocharis, two high peaks shone brightly. A ridge Northwest of Lambert lay on the terminator, with an isolated bright spot just beyond - the peak of La Hire?. Then Pytheas, and Draper just above the Montes Carpatus. Through a gap in the Carpatus to Gay-Lussac, and the mighty Copernicus! In Copernicus two of the central peaks caught the sun, and terracing could be seen inside the western wall of the crater. To the East, a feint Stadius crater, with a partial edge picked out by mountains. South of Copernicus is Fauth and Fauth A, and Reinhold. One edge of Lansberg could be seen right on the terminator. Walled plain Fra Mauro, with Bonpland to the south, and Parry to the east, with 'U'-shaped Parry M beside it. Below that is Guericke. Darney and Lubiniezky, then Bullialdus with Bullialdus A and B, in southern Mare Nubum. Then thin clouds threatened to spoil the view, and with the cold starting to bite I was eager to bring this session to a close, so I picked up the pace... The unusual shape of the Wolf crater lies a little further east. Down to Pitatus and Gauricus, and the Tycho. Ejecta rays from Tycho were already extending up the eastern Lunar face as far as Mare Nectaris. West of Tycho, on the terminator Montanari is squeezed between Wilhelm and Longomontanus plain, with detached peaks on it's western wall. Clavius is also descibed as a walled plain - Rutherford and Porter straddle the walls, and Clavius D, C, Y, N, J and T all visible. Close to the Moon's southern edge, Blancanus looked rhomboidal. Below Klaproth, the southern part of the rim of Casatus (I think), caught in the sunlight, hung off the bottom corner of the terminator. Tonight, I could see quite a few sunlit features hanging off the terminator, and so many ridges, craters, craterlets, mountain peaks, and other lumps and bumps close to the terminator - to try and identify them all in one night would be... well, Lunacy! :D

Tantalus

Tantalus

 

International Space Station

Now I'm really happy. At 04:49, I spotted the ISS pass over. It was brighter than Sirius, moving fast with a luminous glow. The ISS passed across the front of my south facing house for abouth 10 seconds. Another amazing first for me. I used the link below to track the ISS, which was really accurate. http://www.n2yo.com/?s=25544 Definitely worth getting up for. I also used my Minocular to track it and I think I saw some slight detail. It would be great if I could track with the telescope, but I think it's too fast for that. WOW !

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

Viewing - Tue 12th Apr 11

Well decided to put the mount on the pier, although still waiting for one part it worked. The only problem was the amount of cloud, allowed me to align Polaris but a 2/3 alignment was impossible so went for just one. With just the 6" SCT on the mount I ran it through it's paces and it went well, very little noise and the comms to the laptop work well, had some good views of the moon and Saturn but because of the alignment I stayed away from DS viewing. The dismount and clousre went well and a good night was had.

The Sailor

The Sailor

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