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  1. I made these two movies on how to find Omega Centauri and Eta Carinae Nebula in the Southern Sky. This was on the back of a great night two nights ago where the conditions were pretty good and got views of both of them. Though Omega Centauri was quite low on the horizon so would have been a lot better if I waited a few hours. Eta Carinae Nebula was just fantastic, it’s a huge object and the nebula extends a long way from the central bit. How to find Omega Centauri How to find Eta Carinae Nebula
  2. Yep, we should be able to see it here, as long as it’s not cloudy...
  3. The Electron is supposed to launch today, it was delayed from December - launch window is in 5 hours.
  4. Sam

    PST got!

    You are going to get a lot of enjoyment from your PST, they’re a great telescope and the Sun is fantastic to look at.
  5. Hi, The link below is for the night sky next week, in the Southern Hemisphere. Because the Moon will be up, it focuses on the Moon, Jupiter, Mars and a few clusters. The night sky for 22-28 January 2018
  6. My most memorable moment would be seeing Saturn for the first time, I’ll never forget how awesome it looked, just hanging there in the eyepiece.
  7. Hi, if any one wants to know what’s going on in the Southern Sky next week, have a look at this link: Night Sky 15-21 January 2018 The bit about the planets should be fairly similar to what you’ll see in the Northern sky so that might be helpful. Sam
  8. Great questions, I did an update with the “how far away are things” question: How far can we see?
  9. That is amazing, I can’t believe how awesome that is. I was amazed by the NASA animation around the pulsar a few years ago but this takes it to whole new level. Wow! Thanks for sharing the link.
  10. Sam

    Hello folks

    Welcome to SGL Paul.
  11. Oh yeah, that is a fairly common question, and true, not an easy one to answer.
  12. I do a fair bit of community outreach for astronomy and have found a bunch of common themes in questions that people ask, so me and my colleague, who gets asked similar questions, wrote a blog post about. Six common questions to ask an astronomer. It’d be interesting to hear what others get asked when people find out you’re into astronomy.
  13. Hi, here’s an observing guide for next week for the Southern Hemisphere, though there’s probably stuff you can see in the North too that might be relevant. Southern Sky Observing Guide For 8-14 Jan
  14. Welcome to SGL Steve!
  15. Awesome video, very informative.
  16. Sam


    It’s looking great now.
  17. Fantastic report, I’ve seen the Wanderer and Sombrero so know what you’re talking about with those two. Sounds like an awesome early morning viewing session, though rather cold.
  18. I’d give it a clean like it has been suggested. Those yellow marks should not really impact the overall performance. Giving it a clean will also give a chance to have a really close look.
  19. The core might be just a little too dark in the second one, but I like where you’re going with it. Great image!
  20. Hello, The link below is a round up of the southern sky in January from the point of view of Wellington in New Zealand. We’ve tried to capture a bit of a cultural flavour too with some of the night sky descriptions that are relevant to Māori. So if anyone is heading down to the Southern Hemisphere in January then be sure to have a look at some of the objects - if you’re already in the Southern Hemisphere, you might find it useful too. Here it is :The January 2018 Night Sky. Sam
  21. Sam


    I remember when I was imaging it, it was really hard to be sure that it was on the chip, I had to trust that my starmap was right. Most other galaxies at least showed up a bit of a core with the 30sec test images, this one needed 5mins just to see if the framing was right - then no chance of seeing how far it extended.
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