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About DommyDevil18

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  1. 19.5 inch reflector telescope Like I said I assume it was but with having partial colourblindness I couldnt properly say what colour it was but it did show a disc I travelled to an old farm called Bruton up the road from my house in Wales and I did some observing
  2. The Waning Gibbous Moon and Mars will be rising in the Eastern skies in the Constellation of Virgo and Mars will be in alignment with the Moon and the brightest star in Virgo Spica. Spica is easy to find you need to look for the constellation of Bootes and you come to the bright star Arcturus and follow to Spica in Virgo and Virgo looks like a distorted Y.
  3. Probably the more intriguing pieces of space I have observed was the Kuiper Belt and Asteroid Belt. I observed what I thought was Saturn but then I realised that the disc was to faint and pale so my main assumption is that it is Ceres its magnitude was somewhere in the 6. region. I observed the Kuiper Belt so I used this opportunity to out of assumption to observe Pluto I couldnt tell you what colour it is because I have a form of Colourblindness but it showed a disc. I was lucky to have a really dark sky that night and was in an area where their is no pollution at all.
  4. Thank you everybody Can I just say they are all amazing photos
  5. Hello and welcome to SGL The telescope you have is a good piece of equipment but the main trick is to use a larger lense with a wider field in the eyepiece if you want to look at things like Planets. Again Welcome to SGL
  6. Neptune will be at Opposition in the Constellation of Aquarius it will be best seen at 21:00 BST. Neptune will look like a deep blue star but through a telescope it will show a dark blue disc but through a larger more powerful telescope you will see more detail. This is how it was discovered. When Uranus was discovered and this was in 1781 the Solar System was deemed to be completed. However when a Planet is discovered the first thing the mathematicians do and that is to work out the orbit or path of Uranus. The first thing they discovered was that Uranus was forever slowing down at odd intervals and that the orbit was more elliptical rather than a perfect circle indicating that something was pulling Uranus along and back. A Cambridge graduate named John Couch Adams got the key to the problem. He worked out that an undiscovered Planet was pulling Uranus so he sent his calculation to Greenwhich but nothing was done. Subsequently in France a French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier made the same calculation as Adams and sent his work to Berlin and it was thanks to Berlin that the new Planet Neptune was discovered in the constellation of Capricorn in September 1846. So Adams finished his work first but Le Verriers initiative made the Solar System increase in numbers of Planets and this led to a row with France and Britain but led to a friendship with Adams and Le Verrier and eventually the decision was reached where both Adams and Le Verrier are both the discoverers of Neptune. If were lucky we maybe able to see some of Neptunes 14 moons. Two of them are very unique. The smallest one of these unique two is named Nereid (All of Neptunes moons are named after the lesser deities of the Sea) and that orbits Neptune in a comet like orbit. The largest of the two and also the largest of all of Neptunes moons Triton orbits Neptune but it orbits Neptune in the wrong way and why that is we dont know. We do know that Triton was originally an object belonging to the Kuiper Belt and it migrated to Neptune. In addition Neptune orbits the Sun in 164 years and a day lasts for about 9 hours so a Neptunian year lasts 192'573 days so what will be June on Earth will be February on Neptune so like Uranus Neptune has a Calendar that is complicated. This I can assure you doesnt upset the Neptunian inhabitants because their simply is not any. Neptune is a world that life cannot live since its made of Gases in their Iciest form mixed with complex Atoms of Methane and Nitrogen. But that doesnt mean we cant sent space probes to its 14 moons we can then see a more fascinating aspect of the Royal Blue world which happens to be larger then Uranus by a small degree. Neptune will be in Aquarius and that will be best seen at 21:00 BST.
  7. Uranus will be at Opposition tonight at 21:45 BST. You will have to look at the Constellation of Pisces and Uranus will look like a brightish blue star but it will appear through any optical aid as a distinct greenish disc and that was how it was discovered. As a reminder Uranus was discovered back 1781 by a Hanoverian musician who came to England at 19 years of age and pursued a career in Astronomy. His name was William Herschel and he made Telescopes mainly 6 inch reflectors. He was using one of these telescopes on a March night and he saw something that appeared to move across the night sky in the constellation of Gemini the Twins. He thought it was a comet because of how it orbited in a very elliptical compared to Saturn which at the time was last Planet in the Solar System. Astronomers from all over Europe began to question if it was something Planetary and finally they came to a decision that the object Herschel had observed on that cold March 17th night was in fact no comet whatsoever. This was a new Planet orbiting beyond Saturn which like I said at the time was the last Planet from the Sun. This was very exciting. One distinguishing thing about Uranus is the tilt of its Axis. Earth spins at a very reasonable 23.5 degrees and Uranus essentially rolls because its tilt is 97.8 degrees so we see the equator sometimes or its poles. In addition it takes 84 Earth Years to go around the Sun but 10hrs 56minutes to roll on its axis. If you can work that out that is 65'456 Uranian Days in every Uranian year and also a 21 year of nighttime and a 21 year of daytime so its calander is rather odd but I can assure you this does not upset the Uranian inhabitants because their isnt any. Uranus has 14 moons and they are all named after characters from Shakespeares plays. The largest four Ariel Umbriel Titania and Oberon were named after the Uranian discoverers own son John Herschel. Uranus like I said will be in the Zodiacal constellation of Pisces and will be well placed for observation. The time will be 21:45 BST.
  8. Only time I get to see it properly is when its at Opposition or high enough in the sky I live where Light Pollutions a luminous nightmare. So I have to wait until May 10th
  9. Quite easy all you need to do is tell her about a certain star or planet. My Girlfriend who then wasnt my Girlfriend didnt know about the stars until I told her about them. Now she has her own Telescope quite powerful she said it was a Celestron or something like that and she has recently been observing Mars
  10. At this moment no however with Spring and Summer literally around the corner I can observe and then say yes. It wouldnt surprise if it has but like I said I can only tell you when I properly observe it
  11. I have always enjoyed observing the Seven Sisters in Taurus the Bull one of three things I look forward to in the Winter skies (Orion and the inverted Plough being the others) but I can never seem to get a picture of them with my camera but I can of Orions Belt. If anyone here can help me out I will definately appreciate it Thank you
  12. Hello and Welcome to SGL You can ask the forum anything and you are 97% guaranteed to get the answer you are looking for
  13. I have done something that will be beneficial for the Astronomy communities and made a thesis on both the Asteroid and Kuiper Belts

  14. I am from Rugby originally
  15. As far as we know not yet here is the story on how it was found I was looking at Antares in the low October 2012 skies and I noticed it was blinking so I sent a thesis in and this came back October 2013 with it being confirmed but I named it Naomi in the July of 2013 after a dear friend I know in my college class
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