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  1. Hey Victoria, BinocularSky (aka Steve Tonkin) is pretty much the Go To Guy for all things binocular - good advice from him there. I've got a little pair of Helios Nirvana ED 8x42's that I absolutely love. Essential part of my kit now. Great crisp views, light and comfy to hold, minimal false colour on moon and planets thanks to the ED low dispersion glass. They're great for starhopping and planning when I've got the telescope out, or just having a quick gander in between clouds. Great for enjoying learning the sky. Youre not going to see galaxies and double stars in them (get a scope) but the
  2. Brilliant, thank you for posting, I just ordered one.
  3. Jump in with both feet. I picked it up aged 40. There's something for everyone in astronomy: cosmology theory, taking photos through a telescope, binocular observing, star lore, space exploration technology, arguing on this forum(!) - all sorts. Just check out the various treads on this forum. Get a copy of Astronomy Now from your local newsagents and get stuck in! Go on, you know you want to....
  4. I once had a similar observation. For me, it turned out to be the end-on view of a fighter jet in the distance. I was seeing its thruster jet, and when it turned, the "star" disappeared. I'm not saying that's the same as your observation, but might give you an alternative hypothesis to consider.
  5. I love my Helios Nirvana ED 8x42's. Compact and easy to hold steady. I use them for either planning star hops and then using 15x70's on tripod or scope to observe something. The wider field of an 8x Is perfect for this. I'll often just take them out just for some general stargazing - perfect. The ED glass gives lovely sharp stars and no chromatic aberration. I see more with10x50's, but the latter are perhaps the perfect jack of all trades; I prefer the 8x42 + something else combination. I've always fancied a go on the William Optics 10x50 ED's. Enjoy, whatever you choose.
  6. My understanding is that at the tiny tiny atomic scales, the strong and weak nuclear forces are far stronger than gravity and hold atoms together, whereas gravity acts (albeit relatively gently) over the immense distances of space. I understand dark matter and dark energy are needed to explain the (accelerating) expansion of the universe we observe. I think 'inflation' (as in the ultra rapid ballooning of space in the first moments after the Big Bang) is a slightly different concept to 'expansion'. Although the universe is getting bigger, I don't think atoms dilute or get less dense.
  7. I'm really enjoying using the Bradford Robotic Telescope. Well worth checking out. I've got some snaps on my Flickr site (link in my signature strip below).
  8. Great afternoon with my boys at the Institute of Astronomy Cambridge Open Day on Saturday. Met lovely bloke called Nick, who turned out to be lead scientist of Gaia mission!!!

    1. ronin


      That is the problem with that place, never quite sure who you could be talking to. Usually best to find out first then open mouth.

  9. Check out Helios Nirvana 8x42's. ED glass. like the Shackleton High Seat, "...it's lovely".
  10. Sorry guys, I think it's a cracking idea.
  11. The Coursera and Open University free MOOCs I've done have been brilliant.
  12. A very warm welcome to the lounge Lizie. They're a great bunch here - no question too daft - people remember we were all beginners too at some point. My book recommendation for you is "Turn Left at Orion", I wouldn't be without my copy. Enjoy every step of the journey.
  13. Just back from a cracking time at the briliiant Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival!

  14. Well I'm just back after an absolutely cracking weekend at Herstmonceux. The lecture line up was great, although sadly I'm left with a major AstroCrushTM on Dr Lucie Green.... The observatory itself is remarkable: I hadn't realised there were working telescopes in the domes, and it's steeped in UK astronomical history. The astronomy clubs and event organizers clearly worked their socks off to make it such a success - good on you guys and thanks from me. Even the food tent was spot on, run by the hardest-working bloke I've ever met (think Omid Djalili with a spatula) and his astronomy-loving un
  15. A very warm welcome to you Elysian! Don't worry about the Barlow.... a 10" Dob and a copy of Turn Left and you're all set for some brilliant evenings!
  16. http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/sep/01/russia-death-five-geckos-space-sex-mission You gotta love them Russians! Space Sex Trials. As a recently single bloke, I've signed up for email alerts ready for the human trials .... Sandra Bullock, if you're reading this....
  17. Amazing new research about our place in the universe! Check out the animations. basic news article: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/sep/03/milky-way-laniakea-galaxy-supercluster-immeasurable-heaven Nature site: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v513/n7516/full/nature13674.html Vimeo site with HD animation: http://vimeo.com/pomarede/laniakea
  18. I can beat all of those for beginner's M31's...!
  19. Crebles

    My M31

    From the album: Simon's gallery

  20. Looking forward to the Herstmonceux Astro Festival this coming weekend!

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