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  1. Hi all. Here in Cadiz Spain I´m getting back into stargazing after a few years away. Glad to say I´ve attracted a spanish neighbour to join in. But when I use my telescope on high in the sky objects it leaves the eyepiece low down. Especially as my 90degree prism has broken. And my body, as well as that of my neighbours´, is not as flexible as it used to be. So I´m wondering if there are extended prisms and/or is such a good idea. Any thoughts would as always be very welcome. ps Great to be back. The smile on my neighbour´s face when he first saw Jupiter´s moons was just great.
  2. Sorry for delay in thanking you for great input but families!!!! Anyway a big thanks. I´ve hunted around and I'm having problems finding exact weight and dimensions. Lots of "great for pick up and go" but not many specifics. However seems clear I can get what you recommend within budget. As I have just over 2 months I think I'll hunt EBay to see if I can get something maybe better at a secondhand price. Shouldn't have any problems picking up a ST80 in March if I've had no luck. As for India being in the northern hemisphere having been there for the first time in November I think it isn't actually on planet earth at all. I've been lucky enough to visit lots of countries and none are like India.
  3. Hi guys and a very happy new year to you all. Well I haven’t managed much star gazing in 2017 but hopeful this year will be better. And planning ahead that is where I could do with some help. In April I will be in northeast India in the Himalayas and we (wife and I) will be staying in some homestays in very remote and high (8000 feet) locations where light pollution is certainly not an issue. And we also will be staying on a nature reserve and are interested in some bigger animal and smaller bird sightings. We have a small pair of bird watching binos. But what else can we take? As we are using internal flights our luggage restrictions are an issue as well as size of any instrument (needs to be not longer than 75 cms packed including any tripod). I have of course plenty of high quality eye pieces I can take. And finally if something was low cost (second-hand EBay perhaps at up to 120 GBPs) we would be happy to donate it to a school in India towards the end of the trip. I have plenty of eyepieces and some books I could leave with it. So what are my options? Any ideas?
  4. Well you guys fuelled something which led to more questions than it answered but that is the universe we know and love. One thing it led to was the concept that the universe is just a zone of space that we perceive and that another universe maybe over there and another one over there. [When I was very young I used to think that we would arrive at the edge of the universe, drill a hole, and climb through ] And maybe a question for a different thread but are we sure life was only created once on either or both earth and mars? i.e. there is more than one common ancestor or there have been many original life forms but all but one didn't make it? Suggesting that we are looking in the wrong place for the aliens! Quite how my super hero The Pooh got a look in I'm really not too sure. Cheers
  5. Much thanks as always. You guys never let the side down. However ...... If gravity pulls them together, gravity sourced by Andromeda and the Milky Way, then they almost certainly will merge. Even if they slip by one another presumably they will attract once more and maybe oscillate until they merge. Does that seem logical? As time goes by would we expect lots of galaxies living in near neighbourhoods to merge? Cheers
  6. Hi all. I wonder if anyone can help me with our little dilemma. The universe is expanding by stretching so everything is moving apart. So how come Andromeda is moving towards us (relative to our perspective)? Any thoughts very welcome because we have exhausted our brains on this one. Cheers
  7. Cheers Reddos. Bit baffled by public involvement. I'd rather scientists chose the targets that give us the best science. But maybe they are saying they already have all the photos they need. But great pictures for sure. ps: The suggestion NASA needs to watch out for the Trump impact although merely conjecture here is possibly a more general concern. But Juno is beyond that stage thankfully.
  8. Just been reading this First evidence of life on earth 'found' Found it interesting as if we want to find very basic first stage life 'out there' it seems clear we need to know what we are looking for. And from this article one can see that is not so straightforward. But again more advances are being made across the board and that bodes well for exciting scientific revelations ahead and not in the very distant future. What of course would be really great is if they found forms of life that started and terminated totally independent of our ancestral tree. Now that would really increase the odds
  9. Barkis for me us discovering intelligent life is statistically very unlikely even if the universe is teeming with life. On this planet life has been around for about 3.8 billion years and had what may loosely call an intelligent form for just a few centuries if that. And only 10s of years with the ability to transmit and receive signals from afar. And as it seems keen to kill itself off in the next 200 years (which who knows may be a common trait of intelligent life development) then two intelligent life forms overlapping on the time line and near enough together is almost nil. And who knows how lucky we have been avoiding natural disasters? Perhaps most planets with life don't make it this far. But for me just discovering we are not unique and that very basic life forms do exist; and given the sort of luck we have had in 3.8 billion years they could develop, would be enough. I remember being a supporter of the little grey men when young but then I developed my thinking, well I think I did
  10. I do find this amazing news. OK the planets identified may not have life but their discovery surely increases the potential number of EXOplanets, and earth sized planets in goldilocks zones. Back just 2 months ago I did a poll here asking if it was thought that life would either be created from scratch in a lab or found out in the universe. In those 2 months not only has the potential number of exoplanets increased but news has arrived from Ceres regarding the ingredients for life being naturally found there. Plus other successes regarding technology funding and advancement that will increase our ability to explore. It will be interesting if we repeat the poll in just one years time. The odds of life being out there certainly seem to be increasing along with our ability to find evidence (not 100% proof - I'm thinking oxygen atmosphere) for it. Great times for space enthusiasts and I certainly find the possibility of life being out there adds to my telescope experience
  11. Sorry for delay in responding, been away. John interesting. I'd only imagined a simple cell that had the potential to evolve over millions of years. I see no point like yourself in making anything more complex. After all there is plenty of life we can clone, manipulate and evolve already on the planet. But the more important thing for me would be the conclusions we can draw from the creation of very simple life. If life had been created twice on earth (and despite the genius of our scientists they are only trying to replicate the original process as I see it) how would that impact the odds of life existing elsewhere? And how would it change the human thinking, the philosophers to say nothing of the organised religions. I think the creation of life in a lab would have a massive impact and of course stimulate even greater space exploration. I've always been amazed that SETI and other alien searching receives so much funding as it is. But if we create life I can imagine that will rapidly go up.
  12. Heh guys you have revitalised my thread that I thought was history and made me laugh.. Many thanks. Any more want to vote? The way this is going I'm going to have to give the man in the moon a chance. My nan thought he was there and she knew everything
  13. Well it was a bit of festive fun and obviously not statistically sound but many thanks to the 22 (plus me) who took part. From it I thought: 17 thought life was out there (8 thinking we will find it by 2050) vs 4 who thought we are alone. I thought there might be a bit more optimism for 2050 than that indicates but I guess many of you are scientific in thinking and therefore have a good amount of realism as opposed to wishful thinking. And I was a bit surprised by an 8 to 1 who thought lab life might be created by 2050. Thinking about it I should have put in the missing option (2050 is a bit soon to crack it but they will in the end) but c’est la vie. Hopefully in a few years we can do another one asking: Are the signals we are picking up an indication of life outside the solar system? Should fish from the moons of Jupiter and Saturn be for human consumption? Can a lab created life form be president of the USA?
  14. James I think man meets my life criteria (above) but maybe you have a point .
  15. Ronin from my viewpoint I'd settle for a very basic form of life but one that had the container, energy conversion, sustainability and duplication ability. And critically, whether based on RNA or whatever,something that also shows an ability to evolve. If a single cell slime had those characteristics that would do me I guess that it is interesting that the laboratory process will most likely be a very basic form of live, there will not be a Frankenstein. While finding life in the cosmos might be at that basic level, we find bacteria that hitched a ride on a cosmos travelling rock/ice cube, or a very advanced form of life that is certainly more advanced than us. Despite our advances in finding exo-planets I personally do not think we will find the aliens in the next 1000 years just due to mathematics/statistics. The life of any civilisation overlapping with us in time, at the right level of advancement, I believe makes it not probable but someone wins the Euro millions, though not me , so no matter how bad the odds I wouldn't totally discount it happening. Sorry wittering on but I love discussing these things
  16. And how do we know that already stacking software has not been hacked to remove all alien ship movements? Keep up the good work goodricke1. I like your headline and the photo
  17. Just a reminder it is multiple answer. On the whole I see one answer per person. That's fine but more than one is permissible. But interesting so far so a big thanks to those who have already given their views. Keep 'em coming. Cheers.
  18. You're scarring me guys. So keen to get viewing I know I don't check everything that I should. Guess my best save was some time a go when I dropped my 9mm favourite eyepiece. It landed in the eyepiece box on the padding. Just as well as I am like an England fielder
  19. Over Christmas been doing some reading on how scientists have made amazing progress with their quest to create life as it were from scratch in the laboratory. And also how us (if I can be so bold as to put myself in that illustrious group ) astronomers are advancing our quest to find life independent of Earth out there in the cosmos. With so much progress in both fields the question arose "Which might succeed first?". So just for fun a mullti-choice poll for those with time on their hands over this festive period.
  20. Hi all and a very happy, merry, wonderful season’s greetings to you all. Haven’t posted in a while and haven’t had much chance to get the scopes out. Firstly the new house in Spain has a street light that shines over the patio so I need to plan trips out and without a car that is not so simple. Secondly simple lack of time. But a strange opportunity occurred on Christmas Eve. Here in Spain the people have their big dinner on Christmas eve 'Noche buena' and at a fairly late hour by my British standards. Anyway I got the 6.5 Kilo turkey out the oven and rested before 9pm. We sat down and ate with all the trimmings and then a power failure. All those ovens had blown the electricity supply in the area. So finishing the meal by candle light and the glow emitted by the log burner, very atmospheric, I went to the darkness of the patio, and with the help of the light of a mobile phone got the scopes set up. Great views of the Pleiades, my favourite, and Orion enjoyed by the family. A great Christmas surprise treat. Sadly the power returned of course all too soon and we went back to liquors and sweet things. Later there were two more short power cuts and I grabbed a few more minutes but the rest felt it was too cold to venture again outside. But a nice unexpected Christmas gift nonetheless Cheers Nigel
  21. In close to the inmortal words of Apollo 13 "She sure was a good ship. Farewell, Rosetta, and we thank you." . And her baby wasn't bad either. Loved every minute of it.
  22. ok ok I'll settle for smaller ones. I really would like to see out another 15 years.
  23. Tx all - food for thought. Not really interested in cameras as while processing the video looking for the impact flash would be easy I'll leave that to others. What I'm after is seeing it happen first hand - either by eye or telescope. I guess unlikely in my life time but the monitors of large rocks on collision course with earth might find one in advance that is heading towards the moon. And it is going to create a crater some 50 kilometers in diameter. Now that would be some event.
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