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  1. There's a Fordingbridge group there too (unless they're one & the same) and Godshill cricket ground, near Sandy Balls, is a great place to observe from.
  2. The website player (www.awesomeastronomy.com) is HTML5 Ismangil. But you're, right iTunes only does cause problems for non Apple users.
  3. Blue eyes but colour blind and know many more people with brown eyes and better visual acuity than myself. I think this may be an incorrect factoid.
  4. Episode 7 is now available for download. This month we discuss a streambed on Mars, the eighth planet from Earth (in the Alpha Centauri system), Comet ISON, a black hole in Orion's Trapezium Cluster (including an interview with Dr Holger Baumgardt who modelled its presence), interstellar travel, the original singularity and gravity. We also answer listeners' questions on the naming of our solar system, how much of the moon lunar libration allows us to see and what things that we 'know' now will likely be proved wrong. You can download it at http://bit.ly/YqQsgF and ANY feedback, positive or negative is greatly appreciated. Thank you. The northern half.
  5. Red, green and blue filters can help too - especially as they can tease out more detail than you can achieve with full white light. But magnification will reduce the glare without any cost.
  6. Thanks very much DirkSteele. 'Broken bottles' means you could be the only person who listens right to the very end! Ninian is such a lovely guy - what I didn't know was that Tom was recording the interview with him as I was reading (and enjoying) his book on holiday.
  7. Thanks Matthew. I'd suggest listening to the last episode first - a bit less creaky!!
  8. Hi there. Awesome Astronomy's played on AstronomyFM but it's best to download via iTunes so you can listen at your pleasure. We started out with an ironic scepticism of pseudo-science mixed in with the astronomy (I don't remember metioning ghosts though) but that seems to have naturally petered out as we've concentrated on the astronomy. The Mars bunker is our way of poking fun at the Face on Mars/Richard Hoagland conspiracy theories and even that ruse is only a shadow of its former self. We love feedback though (good and bad), so would love to hear your thoughts.
  9. I thought I'd mention our new(ish) astronomy podcast - Awesome Astronomy. Not just to promote it but because I think a lot of people on here might enjoy the variety of astronomy topics each month. We primarily want to make astronomy entertaining as well as educational, but topics such as supermassive black holes and interplanetary geology means there is quite a bit for the more advanced amateur too. We cover the latest astronomy news, have a highly descriptive sky guide, interview notable astronomers and answer listeners astronomy questions. So far we've interviewed Sir Patrick Moore (no introduction needed), Seth Shostak (from SETI), Prof Sandy Faber (who identified the fault with Hubble) and Dr Abby Allwood (from JPL's Mars Program Office) amongst others. If you wanted to take a listen, you can find it via the website or itunes. We also have a twitter feed and a Facebook Group where people can pose questions for discussion on the show and let us know what they like (or don't like). I really hope you can take the time to have a listen and let us know what you think.
  10. No Mars until 2014! but Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus are all around now and Saturn is back with us early next year. (Shameless plug:) My website lists the planets on view each month.
  11. This effect can be captured really nicely by photographing Capella (more pronounced on Sirius but any really bright star will do) and tapping your scope as you take one second exposures. It makes a large looping star trail with rainbow effects. Astronomically useless but aesthetically pleasing!
  12. Unless you're imaging with it on 1-2 minute exposures (unguided), you'll probably get away with an approximate location. For visual observing I'd say anywhere within 100 miles won't cause you too many troubles.
  13. Definitely a night rather than a morning man. Usually 3-4 hours after sunset is enough to get some half decent images and I'm hankering for the warmth of my pit. I do have to drive two hours out of London to get to dark skies and two hours back so, all told, thats about 7-8 hours (once or twice a fortnight on average). Why do we put ourselves through it?...
  14. I go with sid-ear-eal with the stress on the middle syllable. No one's laughed when I say it - which is usually the acid test!
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