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  1. Hey kids, this might seem like a dumbass question but would an NEQ-6 Pro be able to track the asteroid 2012DA14? if so how would you go about setting it up? if not, how would you go about seeing it anyway?
  2. Not been to SB for a viewing, seen it advertised plenty of times, think they just use the car park. I assume every direction is good from up there as your higher than the vale of York. I'm wanting to do some more observing so if anyones up for it.
  3. Sounds like we should organise something now the skies are darker earlier and theres some good spots we know of. PM if you want to
  4. Try Voyager 4.5 by Carina Software http://www.carinasoft.com/voyager.html I was first introduced to it by my astrophysics lecturer at University and its been used ever since. Stellarium was quite basic back then but has grown into 'the' simulated night-sky package and is probably the best and easiest to use. Voyager offers a bit more, yeah the graphics are a bit more basic like Cartes du Ciel but it has more data in it and really cool 'Solar System' and 'Stellar Neighbourhood' features. You can also control your EQ mount via it.
  5. Hmm. Lets say Ursa Major but use the defining lines as outlines by Stellarium, which has 18 stars by my counting. With vieing times of around 00:00 for Summertime and 19:00 Wintertime
  6. Light pollution around Northallerton is a fraction of what Teesside and the M62 corridor has to put up with, so I feel for your orange-hued skies. For most of the year, clear skies permitting, I can see the MIlky Way if its really dark with no Moon, M31 is visible at times also. The only real impact over the last 5-7 years has been some factory sized buildings being placed near the industrial estate which is about 1 mile from where I live, some of which use those fantastically large orange 'security' lights, after all whats more secure than displaying your goods, windows, entry and exit locati
  7. Yeah, from memory its only Betelgeuse that has been resolved as its so close and quite big!
  8. Afternoon. Does anyone know if say, you take a planetarium to a school whether you need Public Liability Insurance? Or should the schools insurance cover anything?
  9. Hubble has been used for some exoplanet hunting, though there are other telescopes designed for this type of thing, noteably Spitzer and SuperWASP (Wide Area Search for Planets) If your asking 'why can't we directly see exoplanets in Hubble public images?' then the answer is no.... The light-curves coming direct from exoplantes are very shallow, as they are non-luminous bodies and the parent stars light virtually eclipses it, a bit like taking a picture of a lighthouse from a few miles away and trying to pick out the reflection off a marble 1cm from the main beam. So instead you need to look a
  10. I'm at Northallerton. Know a few good spots, one of them is awesome but down a bit of a rough farm track. If anyones up for a meet let me know, got transport and some equipment....could do with a better powertank though!
  11. It might be a flare on the lens from the moon, though its quite random, usually lens flares are straight or arcs due to the convex/concave nature of them. The only thing it looks like to me is a comet, but there isn't any in that area according to Heavens Above and its quite large, way larger that 17pHolmes was. Anyway, a kick-ass image none the less.
  12. Hi all, Wondered if anyone knows what the blob is above Auriga, to the upper left of Capella?
  13. Afternoon people, Having perused the Zooniverse website many moons ago (excuse the astronomical pun) and becoming aware of the Plane Thunters attempts at finding exoplanets I was very keen to involve myself in the task of finding some other world...oooooohhhh! After going through some 150+ light streams there have been about two possible transit stars that have passed my way, good news, they've been logged and smiled upon. The not so good news is that from what is portrayed as being a new feature (as seen via the BBC's Stargazing Live program) to allow people to use the Kepler info, it seems t
  14. Can make Sutton Bank anytime really. I know there's a farm on the left about 1 mile from there heading towards Helmsley and that that has a little track down past it that opens out, has great views North, East and South horizons and good viewing for all other cardinal points above 10 degrees.
  15. So when we gonna do an observing night? November might be good.
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