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  1. Nice! I'll be out tonight trying to spot some. Hopefully I get lucky too.
  2. As I understand it, we'll be soon graced with the peak of a fairly good-sized meteor shower. Myself and two others talked about camping out and trying our luck. We might even have a secondhand telescope and some binoculars (not that those will really help with shooting stars), so I'd like to do this right. I've been told that here in the States, the peak will be tomorrow, the the night of July 28 and predawn hours of July 29. Is this correct? Those were the dates I picked up from my research. Any other tips would be infinitely helpful. None of us have ever attempted to watch a meteor shower and I'd really like to have at least one under my pelt before Perseids comes along in a couple of weeks. Hoping for clear skies!
  3. I'll be a college freshmen this fall that will probably be looking for some clubs. Like baggy said, keep it simple. Break down what your club is going to be doing and what the new members can expect. Be realistic. Personally, I'd like to see a lot of events in the field. Get the club together a few nights every couple weeks to go stargazing with some shared equipment. If your members are anything like me, they won't have a lot of money for telescopes or imaging software. Message me if you want to discuss it further! I'll help out any way I can.
  4. Had a similar experience last night. I had been out just after sundown and caught what I thought to be a very bright start burning in the west. Didn't know what it was until I opened up Stellarum. Without a telescope, I couldn't see any phases or details. Just glad to have caught a glimpse. Mercury is going to be quite the challenge.
  5. We considered stopping by a friend's house to pick up his binocs, but didn't want to drive too far out.
  6. Matt - I actually don't have a telescope. That's something I want to ease into purchasing. Super - Thanks for the tip! ronl - Yeah, I took the laptop out with us and actually found night mode by accident about halfway through the night.
  7. I was just out tonight as well. Clear skies down in PA. Caught Venus, Saturn. The Milky Way is still eluding me.
  8. Was just checking out the pictures in your gallery. You have quite the setup over there.
  9. Hey all! If you haven't seen my newbie post, you can find it here. It's just a brief introduction of myself to the forum. Having a great time thus far. In that topic, I mentioned that I often have a very hard time finding my way around the night sky. A user by the name of HIP3802 recommended that I download the Stellarium software for some help in navigating (shoutout to Hip!). My ladyfriend and I decided to give it a test. What followed was an impromptu, totally unprepared stargazing trip - our very first. A friend advised that we set up in a graveyard just outside of town where light pollution wouldn't be too much of a problem. Arriving just before sundown (and careful not to be stepping on gravesites!), we gave ourselves the goal of observing the Milky Way. No telescope, binoculars, ete. All naked eye observation. We had a great night, weatherwise. A bit colder than what we've been having the last couple of weeks, but nothing a hat and coat couldn't take care off. The clouds even held off until just before we had left at around 10:45 PM EST. Observations centered around what we determined via the software to be the star of Vega and the Summer Triangle. The two of us were completely blown away as the sun set down behind us and the stars just kept bleeding through the void. (That sounded overly dramatic, but you get the idea. ) Half the time was spent trying to determine which star was which, though I enjoyed the discovery all the same. Our goal of seeing the Milky Way was more or less achieved. Neither of us had ever seen it outside of pictures, so we weren't sure exactly what to expect or look for. There was some discoloration/strange lighting in the sky passing through the Triangle that died out as it approached Saturn and the northern horizon. What little bit was saw seemed to die down in intensity as the night wore on. Has anybody else experienced this? I assumed the opposite would happen as it passed overhead. I also managed to glimpse four or five shooting stars, which I can honestly say I haven't seen since childhood. It was great to, in a sense, be reacquainted with them. All in all, highly successful trip! We both had a great time minus a few bug bites. Still looking for a good, local, convenient, and safe location to stargaze from. The graveyard worked for tonight, but I'd rather not be traipsing around on somebody's final resting place. I'd also like to be further away from the highway. I-99 ran no more than a mile or so to our east. I'd wager to bet that it hindered our view with all the lights. Can't wait for our next (hopefully more prepared) trip! Delta Aquariids, anybody?
  10. Thanks a ton, guys. Already feeling at home.
  11. It almost looks like a sunset poking through storm clouds. Pretty lucky of you to spot it.
  12. I'd just stumbled across this forum today and spent the last few hours combing through it. Lots of good stuff here that is going to be exceptionally useful. Just a little bit about myself, I'm living in the suburbs of central Pennsylvania. I'd suspect I'm probably one of the younger members as I just finished high school in June. College is coming up which is another nightmare altogether. I enjoy reading, writing, all that jazz. My interest in astronomy cropped up this January with a lunar conjunction and a pretty girl who liked stars. I'm still no expert and can't seem to find my way around the sky, but it's a subject that really appeals to me. I'm trying to get some experience with stargazing, maybe make a few trips to the nearby hills when I'm properly armed with equipment and know-how. I don't expect to be staggeringly active, but I'll definitely be around. I've already learned a ton from you guys in just this short time. Seems like a great, helpful community that I can't wait to be a part of in one form or another.
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