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Josh Wilson

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  1. Hey guys! You might've noticed I haven't posted in a while but I just decided to drop by and let you know that everything has been going fine. I haven't been posting because I am focusing on well.... life. Life and school. Trying to finish up Sophomore year as best I can and felt that some things were getting in the way. I still do astronomy, just not as much because I have been working my butt off during the weekdays and don't go out during the weekdays. Hope all is well...

    1. David Smith

      David Smith

      The stars will still be there when life gets out of the way Josh.

  2. Sorry I wasn't able to reply earlier, I've been on vacation and had no internet for 3 days... Now that I look at that image again, you were right-- it is for Comet ISON. Josh *runs and hides*
  3. While I haven't spotted the comet yet, I have been doing a little research on it. I have seen a few videos of comets passing so close to the sun that they are able to be captured by the SOHO space telescope. The comet is supposed to have made its closest approach to the sun on March 10th. I have been searching through the SOHO databases and have not found even the slightest glimpse of comet PANSTARRS. According to this image the comet will pass close enough to be seen by the telescope. But why haven't I seen anything? I have gone from March 9th up until the very latest images. Josh
  4. Wonderful pics of Saturn. I do believe I can see its hexagonal pole shape little bit if I look closely. Can anyone else see it? Josh
  5. Your making me want to go out and observe even with scattered clouds right now!
  6. Refractors just can't beat a Dob in aperture to cost ratios (if such a thing exists). The Dob does have the central obstruction which cuts prob an inch off the advertised aperture, but the you'll still be left with more aperture than a frac. I can't say I've seen a frac over 5" (120mm) for a good reason- they cost bucket loads and an APO that big is even more. I really don't mean to start a fight here but that's just what I have to say about fracs vs. Dobs as far as planetary observing. Back to the orig. topi: As you can see, the majority of members have suggested scopes that near your maximum budget. I'd agree with many of the suggestions but I'd ask that you not forget the other half of purchasing a scope- an eyepiece. Since planets have more light to use, you can get more magnification without a huge loss of detail. With a 6" (150mm) scope you can reach up to around 300x. I'm not sure what EP you'd need to get that but I assume its around 7 to 5mm. You can get an average eyepiece for an average price but remember you get what you pay for. I recommend you expand your budgt a little to accommodate for an eyepiece or two. I cannot suggest what eyepiece you should get because I don't know the true quality of EP's over in the UK. Maybe someone else can though. Josh
  7. DSS should automatically align the images with the assumption that the images are offset by mere arcseconds, too small for the human eye to see. Have you tried stacking them yet? Josh
  8. Very nice details Simon! The GRS looks like its regurgitating something... Josh
  9. So its safe to say we're all on diet. Even if we dont watch what we eat all the time!
  10. This video explains gravity: You don't find out until the very end but the reason why black holes trap light is because they are energetic. Gravity doesn't attract things that have mass, but rather objects that are energetic. Josh
  11. Found it: This channel (minutephysics) has many more amazing videos to help explain just about anything to do with physics. I always thought that someone would figure out how to break the speed of light but after watching this, it makes much more sense as to why it is impossible. I'll add that light can go the speed it can because photons don't have mass. Josh
  12. IanL!!! He's rescued so many topics from becoming pure fiction! I watched a video about light speed the other day and it had a very good way of putting the famous E=mc^2 equation to work. I'll post it later since I can't do all that copy and paste magic on my iPod. Josh
  13. The reason why we can't get over Mars has something to do with the possibility with life. I think that people think Mars is all the big hype because they don't pay attention to the lesser known probes such as New Horizons, Cassini-Huygens, Mariner 10, Juno. Those are just the ones I can name off the top of my head. As long as Mars is there, we won't take our minds off it. But the same goes for Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Josh
  14. Stargazing events aren't the best place to go to find scopes that are portable. Maybe a few astronomers that want to go, but not bring their biggest kit, might bring a little scope just for portability and laziness. The scopes that I've seen at stargazing events are all at least 6"-22" scopes that cost around the same as their weight in ounces (or grams).
  15. You can download Java for free from the Internet. Try that and see if FireCapture works after that. Josh
  16. Try downloading FireCapture. It has more settings to choose from for more advanced imagers and during a preview or capture it shows the true frame rate rather than the selected one. It also has the ability to pause, not stop, a capture allowing people without tracking to capture as many frames as one with tracking. That is the selling point for me. Definitely give it a try. Josh
  17. According to One-Minute Astronomer that star is known as the Vampire Star because of it's deep red color. Is the star you're referring to a red color or is it a 'regular' white star? Josh
  18. I'm quite a fan of globs as well. With my 90mm Mak, I couldn't resolve any stars in just about all of them except that really big one that can be seen from the Northern Hemisphere (who's name escapes me right now...not m13 or m22 ). The only that never bores me is M13. In dark skies they all come to life and show their stars. (Pun intended). Josh
  19. Weather forecasts... when are they gonna realize they're wrong 80% of the time?

    1. Ganymede12


      When it is sunny 80% of the time.

    2. Josh Wilson

      Josh Wilson

      yeah...lol. they predicted rain and cold weather for 2 days and I had perfect weather instead...

    3. Ganymede12


      I've had it the other way around here! Thursday was meant to be clear according to the forecast but instead it was heavy rain!

  20. Great result Dan. IMO it doesn't look overexposed or all that bad considering the seeing was bad. I can see that cloud band quite well actually. Josh
  21. I don't have that fast of a scope but I can say that at high mags, good field correction isn't a huge priority because... I don't know why actually. Maybe someone else could explain that... Josh
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