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About Iddy

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    Stargazing, snowboarding, scuba diving, and a lot of really good books!
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    Cork, Ireland
  1. wasnt this one over a 100k at some point? http://www.astroshop.eu/orion-dobson-telescope-n-1270-4765-monster-50-dob/p,20334
  2. Ok stolen this from the internet, since i'm to lazy today to type it out How the Alcubierre Drive Works Normally, Einstein's theory of relativity doesn't permit any object to travel faster than the speed of light, because accelerating up to that speed requires an infinite amount of energy. The Alcubierre drive gets around this by proposing that the drive would actually manipulate spacetime itself, causing the space in front of it to contract while the space behind it expands. This "warp bubble" allows the ship to reach a destination faster than a light beam traveling through "normal" spacetime. According to relativity, space is malleable, which is how the Alcubierre drive achieves this feat. (The early universe, for example, expanded faster than the speed of light because spacetime itself can expand faster, even though objects within spacetime cannot accelerate faster.) In this scenario, the ship containing the Alcubierre drive actually sits still and is carried along the warp bubble, kind of like a surfboard riding on an expanding wave. This means that time dilation and other relativistic effects aren't significant, despite the intense speed. See it like you're want to go somewhere, so everything around you moves beneath you, but you are in the same location. So you're standing still, the rest of the universe just moves. Its the scientific principle behind the " warp drive" from star trek.
  3. Iddy

    Hello from Argentina

    Hi Federico and welcome to SGL! What's a German style village btw? (i'm naturally curious, or nosy by nature, take your pick )
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    Hello from Norwich

    Welcome to the SGL m8!
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    Hello All

    welcome aboard!
  6. a belated Welcome to the lounge!
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    Hi Dave, welcome to the SGL.
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    Hello from lee

    Hi Turbo, and welcome to the lounge!
  9. great post! think you had an awesome night there! Keep it up, and enjoy! Great tip about the onsie btw! got one for diving, but never occured to me to use it under my clothes for observing. will try that the next time! Thanks! Michiel
  10. WHoohoooeeee!!!! After waiting for 2 weeks when my scope arrived and all i saw was clouds, yesterday i finally got some clear skies! Went scuba diving in the evening, and on the way home in the car i could spot some stars. Came home, and went out on my balcony, and behold.... STARS!!! quickly setup my telescope, and dint even bother to properly align it, or even connect the power supply Too excited, and didn't wanna chance it getting cloudy again before i had a chance to look through it. Played around with my eyepieces ( 30mm,28mm15mm and 7mm) OMG! what a view! The light capture of the telescope is fantastic, even in my light polluted cityscape, it was fantastic. More to come. Will write a proper review once I got the full mount aligned and use all the go to functions and such. For now, just an awesome night of manual stargazing with a non powered up goto mount Cheers, Michiel
  11. Welcome to the lounge. The amount of info here is mind boggling!
  12. Looks like you had a good night Keep it up, and hope for a blackout and clear skies one day
  13. whatever you do, dont ever show this to my girlfriend
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