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Everything posted by EA2007

  1. Hey kids, I have been to the south of Portugal for the past two years now and having done both astronomical observations and astrophotography on both occasions I can safely say...be prepared for light pollution. I say this because the latest visit (May 2008) showed a massive contrast to May 2007. In just a year the amount of building development around Faro, Tavira, Olhao has increased substantially and I assume that this streches along the entire bredth of the Algarve. Last year we visited a very remote dark site, thie year the same location was subject to light pollution and required a longer journey further away from the coastal resorts. Having said this, I have not visited the COAA location so therefore do not know its precise location and the quality of the skies, but if its near Portimao, then I can assume its going to be partially flooded with light. The trouble in Portugal is that around the coast its pretty flat and light doesn't get stuck behind anything so your never in really dark skies (well not this year anyway), also lighting regulations aren't exactly brilliant.... However, if you do go, be sure to visit the ice cream parlour in Tavira's main square (its just before the bridge on the western side of the river) it sells about 40 different types of ice-cream from Kinder egg, ferrero-roche and toffee to mouthwash and kiwi!! Also try the Citrus Super-Bok and Sagres beer...yum!
  2. ha, I love things like this.....in my opinion the way ppl pronounce things often make them sound stupid (not saying that the pronouncing is wrong, just that they sound silly). Take Betelgeuse, I pronounce it 'beetle-jews' whereas others say 'bet-el-jews' and others go for 'bet-el-juice'. Take Sirius, I say 'Si-ree-us', whereas others say 'Sigh-ree-us' And Rigel, I say 'Raye (thats 'aye' as in the Gerodie Wai-aye) -gel' others say 'Ree-gel' There's my contribution...
  3. ha ha, calm down martin. Thats why I used the word "apparently" and the medium "atmosphere". I am only going on what I got taught...so whether its right or not is a different story. From what I gather certain medium's (take the atmosphere of a planet) allows for light to travel faster than if it were in the vacuum of space, kinda like sound travelling differently in water. Ka-ching!
  4. In reply to 'nothings faster than the speed of light'........Cherenkov radiation is apparently faster than light, but as far as I know it only works somewhere where theres an atmosphere. What the other members said is true....with gamma ray's being a more energetic form of electromagnetic radiation then it is emmited first along with x-rays, then it is followed by less energetic wavelengths such as optical wavelengths, infra-red and radio (due to cooling). So basically detection is set into 2 parts: a) GRB's and X-Rays are detected by satellites up in space, such as GLAST (although GRB detection stretches as far back as the cold war with the U.S.'s Vela satellites) Then the data is sent to Earth where telescopes down here can focus on where the radiation is coming from. It all occurs in a matter of minutes, with GRB's being split into two groups, long and short duration and hard and soft, however these two types of GRB's are down to its progenitor i.e. what type of object created it. Hope this helps somewhat
  5. Best of luck to the scheme.... I took onboard some of your comments for my webby, its coming along now...slowly! And the free part of your website etc sounds very good, astronomy shouldn't be a chore, it should be fun for all involved. If I ever move down south I'll be sure to visit someday (or night)
  6. I am from Northallerton. Pretty much centre of North Yorks...
  7. Thankyou very much Woodsey65, your website looks great and I am sure I can add a few of your ideas to mine. As you say, on one hand its really good to start something new that I hope appeals to a lot of people, but on the other hand I may in time change it to maybe represent my local area only and not the whole of the county. But we shall see, I have good faith in what I am doing and with help from others then it should be a success. The website is sure to change over time, as you quite rightly ask I need to promote good viewing areas and give information on basic astronomy. I personally have 2 telescopes at the moment and am after another along with some other equipment. I think one of the main aims of the society is to bring together persons who have knowledge of different areas of astronomy and this way any new persons who come along to meetings (those that aren't familiar with the night sky, but are willing to learn) etc can learn from those of us who know a little more. After all we have to start somewhere! But yes its still in its infancy and it will take time to get properly up and running, I'll perhaps post some places on the website for areas where dark skies are good.
  8. Thankyou John, Well I would preferably like it to represent all of North Yorkshire. I am not trying to wrestle in or cloud over other astronomy clubs that are in this area, infact I would very much like to be associated with them if possible. I see the website and facebook group as a central hub from which other societies, clubs and groups can interact with. Obviously other clubs have far more experience and members so basically my main interest is just to provide information for astronomers in the north east, especially north yorkshire. I have placed on pretty much every page (at the bottom) of the website a contact e-mail address, I hope that anyone in North Yorkshire wanting to promote an event gets in contact so I can post it on the webby, this should hopefully act as another way of advertising astronomy to a greater public. Having said that, I am from just outside Northallerton so certain information may be aimed at persons from the Northallerton, Hambleton and Cleveland area. Anyone is welcome.
  9. The links are sorted now.... I'll probably have the rest of it complete by the end of the weekend. Thanks for viewing though If you or anyone else has any ideas for it then please let me know, I am thinking about contacting York astro society etc and see if I can advertise their services and lectures...the way I see it the more the merrier!
  10. Hey kids, In my previous post (found here: http://stargazerslounge.com/index.php/topic,28847.0.html) I explained how an e-mail address, facebook group and registration with astronomyclubs.com had been made for North Yorkshire Astronomical Society. Well NYAS, now has a website (wahoo)...it has the basics in place i.e. gallery, news, feedback, links etc but is still in need of perfecting (some of the news isn't completed yet and the gallery is still being added to). However I would be greateful to any amateur astronomer in the county of North Yorkshire to check it out etc. I have added some links to the site, one is for this site and one is for First Light Optics, I hope that both SGL and FLO don't mind the free advertising The website can be found at: http://northyorksastro.googlepages.com/home So, enjoy and thankyou for reading.
  11. Why doesn't you son ask you these questions?? lol :s I am confuzzled....
  12. Hello, I have been a member of this forum for a good few months now, well nearly a year I guess and as far as I know (to great dismay, but also to my advantage) there is no clear astronomy club or society for Englands largest (and greatest) county - North Yorkshire. There are sub-county clubs such as Scarborough and Filey Astronomy Club and Darlington and Cleveland aswell as Leeds and York (mainly university based I think). So I have taken the bold step to start the ball rolling, - I have setup a webpage (albeit on Facebook) which is available to anyone on Facebook, see:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5591757979 - An e-mail address 'northyorksastro@googlemail.com' -And also registered with the website http://www.astronomyclubs.com/ I would be very grateful to anyone in the North Yorkshire area, be it from as far north as Guisborough and Redcar to as far south as Doncaster as far east as Whitby and as far west as Settle etc. I would also welcome members from nearby clubs, after all we all share a common interest in the night sky. The website only has 4 members as yet (mainly my friends) but with time I hope it to grow and for it to allow members to communicate and organise events etc. Thankyou for reading. P.S. Free membership offer, join before Christmas and recieve a free view of space* *Note, only available to people willing to look up on a night!
  13. This is precisly the problem I had and have just outlined to another user......... This is ridiculous, how can Celestron supply something that fails so badly!!! Its obvious that plastic cannot support metal....idiots. The only solution I found was to heat the metal part with a blowtorch and then sink it into the plastic cap. The heat melts the plastic but then cools later to hold it in place.........however, this is only a temporary solution and if you tighten the handles too much again t is easy to reveal the problem again.
  14. the brass like fixing the handles screw into pop out of their plastic holders, and you can't fix it for toffee!
  15. Hee hee I was going to suggest it was that book, I have it, its a great introduction and insight to the world of spectra. I have a load of other books, os if you suffer memory loss again I may know the answer. I would recommend Cosmology by Michael Rowan Robinson if you want an easy breakdown of all the major astronomical factors
  16. I know for sure that I saw a load of UFO's a few years ago........when I last watched Independence Day!
  17. WARNING!!! DON'T OVER TIGHTEN THE TENSION HANDLES!! (that's if they are tension handles like the ones on the Celestron Starhopper, they look the same) Sorry to shout, but its worthwhile advice, be careful
  18. Someone's lucky with parents like that!
  19. I would say that the CG-5 is on par with the HEQ-5 or Seben Mount, but it is far nosier due to the motors used and I have heard reports that the locking clasps can break in cold weather. However you can get the goto version for wayyy cheaper than the HEQ-5 Pro and also it features an autoguider port for long exposure astrophotography. I would assume that the CG-5 is okay up to 8inch for a newt. or maybe 10inch for a Schmidt Cass, 6inches for a refractor. although if your using a CCD/dSLR and a guide scope you may want to use a smaller primary scope... we should set up a test bed for all things astronomical then we'll know what can handle what rather than arguing over what may be possible!
  20. I may be selling one, no doubt this post may get moved to the 'Sell Equipment' section (please don't), its a Celestron Starhopper 8". It came with the fan and battery pack with only usually gets supplied with the 10 and 12" editions. Its about 2 years old now, no issues with the optics or OTA, but the mount needs some adjustments, which will probably detract from its sale-ability. I am not too sure yet on what my plans are for it.....not intending to waste any of your time here , merely asking if your wondering about an 8inch aperture. Larger may be better and from a different manufacturer, as the mounts are different (and probably more reliable)
  21. Aye, They could have gone for Bootes or Uranus Equpiment
  22. Summer is kinda a problem in England at the moment, doesn't get dark at all, the sky has a faint kind of blue haze to it and also the moon is very bright from late afternoon to about midnight. Galaxies with even my 8inch newtonian are problematic, M57 is okay though as is M27, but M27 resides lower in the sky so if you have hedges or fences in the way to your east then you may not get it. I would go for M13 personally, if you can get that go for its smaller constellation companion of M92, both visually interesting. Roll on winter!
  23. I will second that! If your in the US, buy from the US...... don't have to worry about shipping costs and possible damages as much due to long delivery periods and its also greener (astronomers saving the Earth!!) If I were in your shoes I would seriously consider taking a lot of time to decide upon exactly what you need. I went to a university where their was a telescope housed upon one of the buildings on campus, the scope was good but the weather conditions were very rarely okay so it didn't get much use by the students. I would not buy an expensive telescope if it is only going to get partially used. I also agree that a secondary scope is also useful, from my experience when observing in a group then students who may not be as keen or interested in astronomy will get bored easily (they're just like kids), so a smaller scope for them to look through and mess on with may not be such a bad idea (the scope doesn't have to be massive or particularly good- as students wear and tear is sure to take its toll) There is a video on YouTube which is 6 episodes or so in length and features a guy explaining in a lecture seminar how he built a series of telescopes and observatories over the past 20 years...I would consider trying to contact this person as he resides in America and obviously knows what he is doing. YouTube 'Mega Homemade telescope' Should help! Enjoy
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