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Mr Q

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  1. To track it, yes - special equipment needed but to snap a pic through a scope, check out the links I posted in the similar thread in this forum.
  2. There are several sites on the web about this topic - what's needed for tracking, etc. Here are a few to start you off: http://www.universetoday.com/93588/a-beginners-guide-to-photographing-the-international-space-station-iss/ http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/a-spacewalk-as-seen-from-earth/ And, does anyone know this chap? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8356656/Amateur-photographer-captures-space-shuttle-from-back-garden.html
  3. Yes, I too have seen it posted somewhere. Very educational except for one thing - how do "we" know that there is something beyond the "visible" universe since we can't see it (yet)? Does the producer of this info know something we don't? Hey, I couldn't resist...its my suspicious nature
  4. Facebook? As far as I'm concerned, its the largest internet rubbish dump in the world. Taking anything from this group and thinking its true/accurate makes as much sense as learning something from a rock. This (post, not the poster) is just an example of what's happening in this group - the blind leading the blind And don't bother to respond to this reply - I'll be busy for some time taking some lessons from a rock in my back yard (garden)
  5. Wow, am I old When I was in school (1950s), most kids had a problem with understanding (visualizing) a thousand. Me, I had problems with a million, which was mostly used in countries' populations and rarely with financial topics. But today? My old mind is reeling trying to contemplate a billion, never mind a trillion or quadrillion (?) My billions of neurons in my brain are aching just thinking about it
  6. RickM - That would explain some of the replies. I didn't know this - here in the U.S., its kind of the opposite where modesty is "thrown out the window with the baby and the bath water". KrisLX200 - Your description of an experienced (visual) observer fits me well except for one part - after some 50+ years at it, I can never run out of things to observe just from memory of their locations, size, magnitude, etc.. My aching back determines my observing session time limits So before an observing session, I try to find new objects using star atlases and objects listed in the deep sky forum. Not only is the amount of years I have spent visual observing, the weather here offers 10 times more clear sky nights than in the U.K. But time (in years) of observing is not the only qualification of "experienced". Even now, I'm still trying for new objects mentioned in these forums Years ago I gave up on keeping observing logs (the pile was very high) and now just enjoy what I can find and observe - the true "guts" of stargazing. I hope many others out there reach this rewarding level of experience but in the U.K. with its limited clear, moonless skies, I wonder if that is possible
  7. What photo info can you provide about the picture (ISO, shutter speed, EP power, etc.)? I too have never tried for it,Neptune or Pluto visually only.
  8. Such a good point! I am guilty of not thinking of all the many aspects of "stargazing" such as AP, variable star observing, etc. - of which I do not have any, certainly not enough, experience to help out most anyone in these fields. This is a definite oversight on my part but seeing it now, it does make a lot of sense. Even if still such a bad idea (my OP question), maybe the "beginners" forums are not specific enough as to the different aspects of the hobby? Maybe that was in the back of my mind when the idea for the thread came up. In any case, I have to admit it was an oversight on my part. Perhaps, when a beginner posts a question, he/she should at least mention the area in the first sentence, such as, "I have a question on "*****" ", which some already do but it would be nice if all questions were worded this way. That way, by the wording of the question, each of us would better decide whether or not to chime in. Of course, this should not be "rule" but I think it would save a lot of time when deciding whether or not to jump in. I know I spend a lot of time reading post questions in the beginners forums and wish I had a sense of their experience before deciding on what to respond with IF its in a field that I am experienced in.
  9. Checking out areas of the sky I have'nt seen for some time, which ends up giving me a stiff neck, back ache, etc. but in the end it's always worth the pain
  10. I would still read them. Just saying "this" or "that" is a waste of time or a very good idea is of not too much value to me. But explaining why, in a civil manner IS. Isn't that what a forum is all about ? If I come up with 100 ideas that flop, so be it. At least I am trying to contribute in a positive way. Its always easy to complain about something but only if its done in a civil manner will it be useful. Flaming anyone on this forum site is not only a bad idea but reflects the sites image - a reason I joined in the first place. I hope your reply was not intended to be a "flame" and I will give you the benefit of the doubt and take your point seriously. And its up to the MODs whether a thread is locked or not - not you or I, though I feel the OP of the thread can ask if needed.
  11. This link is useful for printing out monthly sky maps. http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html
  12. I'm wondering if you are concentrating on observing a specific size range of objects or want to be prepared for almost any size object. To cover most of what's available, I'd go with a 30+mm, a 25mm, a 10-12mm and a 6mm. It all depends on the size of the object being observed as well as the seeing conditions and having a wide range of EPs is a wise choice. FOV is an important thing to consider but not the only thing. Lens design/quality have to be considered also. Its not easy to get the best of all qualities in just one EP size, never mind doing it for all the powers you will be using.
  13. It appears there are pros and cons to the (OP) question and perhaps enough opinions have been expressed to show me that perhaps there is no benefit to my idea, at least from reading all the responses. Well, I'm satisfied with the results and if a MOD thinks the thread has run its useful life, that's OK with me. If so, thanks to all who responded. Like some ideas, they seem good (or bad) in thought but when put to practice, maybe not so. Better to try and fail than not try at all
  14. Andy - True. A lot of weird events happened while and after the list was made. A good history of the man and his list is an excellent read but off hand I have no link. And there are other "mystery" objects he included in his list such as M44 (Beehive cluster in Cancer), another naked eye object. Though this thread was meant to help beginners find some easy objects, perhaps they can report some of their easy objects to share?
  15. Never look (with a scope) at a neighbor's window at night - the light in the room will reflect off the primary mirror as a bright light to anyone in the room looking out. This also applies to refractors and binoculars as well. Knowing this will save you a lot of embarrassment - even though you were "just testing the scope"
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