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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.
  16. Green laser pointers are legal under 1.5MW (from memory - I used to work at trading standards so they were having a blitz on them a year or so ago). However, I have had three green laser pointers over the years and all were above 5Mw, my most recent on is actually 30Mw. Saying that though, all three green laser pointers have failed to last any prolonged amount of time. The 30Mw was amazing when I bought it in July, it provided a solid green beam even in dusk/low light conditions, at night it was spectacular. However I used it for some observing and I believe it got a tad cold, as the operating
  17. My name is Ed. Be up for some observing sometime, its not that difficult for me to make somewhere around Easingwold / Sutton bank etc for all you York lot Looking to do some more Jupiter work when its a bit higher, but now were getting early nights then its alright. My view to the east isn't low enough so a field or flat area would be good.
  18. Nowthen kids, Ah so Marcus is having an open day eh! Cool. And an observing session at Sutton Bank? More details would be great I managed to wangle him (M. Grover) into helping out at the Deershed Festival in July when I was asked by the event founder to do some astro-dome work and observing sessions there. Marcus has some alright stock to be honest, everything ranging from beginner to amateur professional, and he stocks accessories aswell, you'd have to travel a fair distance to find another dealer in these parts so its quite good. Do remember him mentioning a Celestron rep visiting, this m
  19. Right as I've lived here nearly all my life then here's a list Good sites: North York Moors, preferably the lower section between York and Scarborough, around Pickering and Hutton-Le-Hole. Yorkshire Dales, past Richmond, up towards Hawes etc. These places are furthest from the highlights of Harrogate, York, Leeds, Darlington, Middlesbrough. Second best would be any other area thats 10 miles or so from a major area, so Northallerton and around is okay, Thirsk, Richmond, Osmotherley, Whitby, then anywhere in between. I'm near Northallerton and even thoguh theres the glow of orange from the town,
  20. Andy, I am about 1 mile outside Northallerton, in the middle of Brompton pretty much.
  21. Nowthen. Representing the North Yorkshire astronomers is me! Anyone else from this marvellous county wanting to do some observing etc please feel free to get in contact for some astronomalogical coolness.
  22. Yeah, could I just turn up on say Saturday night? I only live near Northallerton, so would be better to drive there and back in one night.
  23. Similar to KatieM. Both my Grandad and my Dad introduced me to those smaller pinpoints of light and I've been looking up ever since. I have always been interested in mechanics, engineering and science, noteably flight, so the learning about the space age was a highlight whilst growing up and reading books. Think I was about 7 when my Grandad pointed out the plough and Polaris one night. Then my Dad showed me how to navigate to Polaris from Ursa Major when I was 11, he said that his Dad taught him that! He also pointed out parts of Orion, I then used this info to point them out to fellow school
  24. Afternoon all. Not been on in a while so hello. I was watching the BBC2 Horizon program last night which was covering an array of telescopes (notably SOFIA, JWST, ALMA and DORIS) and how they can observe different types of wavelengths. Subsequently I remembered a problem relating to dark matter which I believe may or may not be related to the different wavelengths. Having studied dark matter in a little depth at university I should know the answer but I am after your thoughts. Little history...... in the early part of the 20th century a number of astronomers observed galaxies and galaxy clust
  25. That is a great image, thanks for putting it on here.
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