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    Waterloo, Ontario
  1. I live in Canada so it's pretty cold up here and for most of the winter it is almost too cold (for me) to observe without freezing to death. I just want to know what sort of 'rule of thumb' you guys go by to determine whether it is too cold to go out. I used to stay inside if the temperature is anything less than -6C but I was just out at -10C and it wasn't so bad.
  2. Like badger said, air has nothing to do with whether you "feel" gravity or not. my physics prof showed us a neat demonstration involving two ~2m tubes, each with a feather inside. For one tube, he sucked all of the air out with a pump to create a vacuum and left the air in the other tube. he then spun the tubes around to watch the feathers drop and the feather in the vacuum tube fell as fast as a rock. really cool
  3. makes me feel very tiny and insignificant. hubbling.
  4. agreed. beer is the second most important item (next to the telescope)
  5. cool website so far. when will the photographs section be available?
  6. that last bit at the end is truely amazing. our planet looks like a tiny little speck of dust from saturn
  7. the moon is one of the most difficult objects to spot
  8. I just use a note book as a journal to write down viewing conditions, what I spotted, date, etc.
  9. I felt the same way when I first pointed my scope at what looked like a very small group of stars (to the unaided eye) and was amazed at the view. they looked just like jewels in the sky. I later found out that they were part of an open cluster called the pleiades (M45)
  10. I have a "go-to" with my dob (I select which object i wanna look at and move the scope to zero in on the coordenants) but the only time I use it is when I fail miseribly when finding the really faint objects. I could personally do without it. I feel guilty when I need to resort to it and I don't get alot of satisfaction when I do use it (not enough effort involved to be proud of) also, I also find that I get vibrations sometimes if i dont set my scope flat on the solid ground
  11. Just a YouTube channel that might help u enthusiastics out there. This was the channel that officially convinced me to buy a telescope and the type of telescope that suited me. Click the link: YouTube - truemartian's Channel (YouTube - truemartian's Channel)
  12. I have nasa tv as a plugin for my windows vista sidebar. u can download it for free. i always have it on
  13. look at orion nebula. I have very small, cheap binos but the nebula is easily visible with them.
  14. Dobs are so simple and easy to set up and use. I was lucky to get my object locator (its goto but not motorized. you just zero in the coords. its very, very easy) for free on my dob cuz orion had a deal at the time. so if u like to be hands on and not looking to be taking images get a dob. my friend and I are both beginners so we always use my dob over his scope which is on an equatorial mount also - Truemartian on youtube has some ok 'amateur astronomy for beginners' videos
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