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Everything posted by D:Ream

  1. This week was good but last week was brilliant.
  2. As I said before, the reaction to the "depressing" nature of the show has, in my opionion, echoes with groups of religious fundamentalists being told about evolution. I actually thought the great man should have made the point (as he has elsewhere) that at the end of the Universe any trace that we might ever have even existed will be lost. Yet more evidence of the total irrationality of humanism.
  3. Because they sell Brian's shows across the globe through BBC Worldwide. He makes the BBC so much money, budget isn't a big issue.
  4. Gosh, it is like religious people being told about evolution on here! Anyway, good news: ProfBrianCox I promise that next week #wonders will be happier ! The creation of the elements 17 minutes ago via TweetDeck
  5. Dear Brian, Next time in your TV show, please only look at pretty nice things and don't draw attention to the scientific facts about the end of our universe. Thanks Stargazers Lounge
  6. Was it "wishy washy" or too "depressing"? Surely it can't be both. Why are you all so depressed by being faced with the inevitable fate of the universe? Heads in the sand comes to mind (I wonder why).
  7. No, I didn't learn anything "new". However, the way in which Brian presented the information and expressed his own emotional responses to these scientific truths was fascinating. *Loved it* Yup, I call it "Where in the World is Brian Cox?". Anyway, I like physics, I like travel and I like Brian Cox so it is all good!
  8. I *loved* it. It may have been "depressing" it was scientific fact.
  9. I've now got some good practical books on astronomy (inc. Turn Left ). I'm now looking for some more academic books on astronomy. I could probably get away with first-year undergrad stuff at the moment. I'm usually comfortable with difficult concepts but I don't want to be too swamped with maths. Any ideas? I've seen Kaufmann and Freedman's 'Universe' text book recommended. Thanks!
  10. I'm a newbie but I loved seeing the ISS, the solar eclipse, several meteor showers and Hale-Bopp.
  11. Thanks and noted. I enjoy lively discussion as I find that is often how I learn most. However, I realise this might not be the right context. Despite numerous caveats and clarifications I do seem to have caused offense to some which I regret.
  12. Firstly, I don't think that is fair to descibe my posts as 'trolling'. I was looking for answers and am receiving them (thanks!). Secondly, my original point was *not* primarily about signatures. In fact, I have been convinced by the excellent responses on here that they do help people. Finally, I don't think I have once suggested that anyone else had a 'problem'. I'm really haven't been wanting to make comments about individuals but about the astronomy hobby in general. Great post IMHO. Thanks!
  13. Wow, lots more posts! I actually think there is a great deal of consensus here. For instance, I did say that discussion of kit is particularly helpful for beginners and acknowledged that listing equipment has led to many people being helped. Indeed, I have also noted that I remain struck by how helpful people on this board are. Without wishing to sound too cheesy, it is trully inspiring. @rowan46: I think your post makes a great deal of sense and I totally take your point that learning about kit is a valuable journey of its own. However, I think it is unfair to suggest that I have "sneered" at people (and perhaps you don't quite mean that). It just strikes me that the proportion of chatter about equipment in comparison to passionate chatter about astronomy seems a bit skewed. I don't want esoteric discussion, I'd just like to understand the observable universe a bit better. At the moment, I feel I have gained a great deal of knowledge about mounts, apertures and about how long I need to save to enter into astrophotography (all useful information) but very little about the night sky. Or perhaps the journey taken in astronomy is more important than the destination? And finally yes, I'm materialistic and am *very* jealous of your telescope! Hope that makes sense. I can be a little irreverent at times but I mean no harm!
  14. And the best thing is, now that awesome Carl Sagan quote really stands out! Here's another: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." And another: "Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another."
  15. A great idea and a good way to resist this philistine government. Education for all, not just the rich!
  16. I'm a historian and have come across this OUP series before. They are generally quite good considering their difficult brief to combine academic rigour with popular appeal. It hadn't struck me to look at the astronomy related titles - good call. I'm keen to hear what you think.
  17. Ah, clearly I need to do some more research before obtaining any more virtual equipment! Or perhaps I just have a very large webcam?
  18. I'd recommend starting with good binoculars and some quality books.
  19. I think I have been convinced that, on balance, it is a good idea to list equipment if it is helping people. However, I remain a little alarmed by the proportion of chatter on here that relates to equipment and I do find it off-putting. The science of astronomy is what really motivates me but it often seems to be absent. I suppose, to a large extent, newbie's like myself are to blame with the standard "what telescope" type questions. I'm a clarinetist and I find a similar obsession with 'set-ups' which I find even more annoying. A poor player will sound poor whatever instrument they pick up! I'm very tempted to start listing fake equipment though... SC-32" (mod) 'Caroline'
  20. Are there any similar books but with much more scientific context? Or will have have to write one?
  21. Hey - thanks for your replies! It was a deliberately controversial post and I hope I haven't offended anyone. I was hoping for some thoughtful, interesting responses and I certainly have them! Actually, what has struck me more than anything is the way in which the astronomy scene seem to be prepared to go the extra mile to help people out.
  22. Hey all. I'm a binocular newbie and really enjoying it. However, I'm starting to find all the equipment discussion slightly alarming. Most people on here seem to (understandably) list their stuff as a badge of honour which for poor lost generation souls like myself, I am frankly finding a little off putting. It increasinly feels like there may be a glass ceiling beyond which I can take my interest no further. I'm wondering whether the "problem" might be solved by joining an astronomical club? Or perhaps I should stick to more affordable pastimes? What do you (very helpful) people think? Thanks!
  23. From my experience in trying to find a new telescope, the resale vale for astronomical equipment seems to be high. Aiming for 75% seems about right.
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