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  1. Thanks all for responses! For future comments (if there is any), I might make a different point. Under clear skies, can we consider a functioning telescope just like a science lab? And then combine all the things like history etc. Many of us are kind of used to the astronomy that we might not consider how it is for someone who has never looked at the sky or through a telescope and only exposure is little bit of science literature.
  2. Hello! I do not know whether this is the right place or should I put this question in other section. I am into Astronomy since last 7 years and currently planning for a few Astronomy outreach activities in my region (India), specific for rural/underprivileged schools and colleges, which might require funding from local govt. But, everywhere, I get one specific question that "what is the use of Astronomy?" And I can't just give generic answer like science popularization etc. So my question is, are there any research work, statistical work done in your region or that you know of w
  3. Hello! I am looking for variable star databse using which I can practice star light curves in spreadsheet programs. I am doing this as my statistics project where I can do visualization, little bit of error reduction etc. I did see a few ones like AAVSO, but they either need some specific job title or specific star etc. I need something to have in general, like here is the data-choose what star option you want etc. Thanks!
  4. Hello! I have been really inactive here, so apologies. Here are a few images of the Solar Eclipse, happened on 21 June 2020. It was annular, but partial from Mumbai region (around 60% covered). Maximum phase of the eclipse was at around 11:30 a.m. IST. This is actually onset of our 4-5 months of monsoon season, so getting decent skies was a tough part. Luckily got decent cleared patches here and there with occasional rains. I had to use whatever I had to make a comfortable view of the eclipse, thanks to the lockdown. I simply took a box, made a whole of the size of the ey
  5. Hello to all! Posting a photograph of the Summer Milky Way band that I took last week. However, I do not know how should I feel about this! This is when the band was right overhead, which is a rare sight for us and happens only when monsoon season is delayed. There was decent glow towards horizon but literally nothing at zenith. 19 degrees north latitude, around Bortle 3 level sky, taken using Nikon 5300, basic lens. And with this, I prepare to have no view of stars till September ends
  6. Hello to all! Just posting some of the images I took recently! (Total first attempt from someone who can't even hold a camera properly) I was out to conduct a public overnight sky observation event, which was the last event before 6 months of monsoon. For a lot of time, we had cloud cover too! These images don't include much of editing more than just some basic stuff in cellphone. I forgot to take the photos in RAW so either way I can't do much! Quite happy with the first attempt. Will improve even more in next season! Nikon 5300, with the basic 18-55 lens. A
  7. Posting in this forum after too long! One of the first attempts at taking photos of the moon. All photos taken using skywatcher 90mm refractor with eq2 mount, Nikon DSLR and 2x Barlow here and there. No exposure. Basic editing in cellphone. Thank you! Suggestions highly appreciated!
  8. Hello! I'm currently in USA and thinking about getting Orion H-beta filter 1.25", to kind of complete my filter gear. (Already have lumicon UHC and O-III...both are giving nice views!) Any advice for H-beta filter? Price here is around 95$, including taxes. Back in my hometown it is doubled! So if it's worth then I'll go for it! Thanks!
  9. Finally managed to observe the Veil nebula on last Saturday! I remember spending too many hours searching for it during my observations. The milky way band in the morning came up really nice ,almost a continuous band from scorpious to Cassiopeia (managed to see that too!). Thinking about giving veil a last try, we pointed our skywatcher 8 inch dobsonian scope with 32mm plossl eyepiece and lumicon UHC filter and BAM! It was right there, bright enough to show it for first timers too! Looked like an arc or smoke chain coming out of matchstick. All The reports say that Veil neb
  10. The topic does come up little bit here and there, but not in details. I do explain more of basic though (Since mostly the crowd is from non physics background) It occurs that my main issue is that I don't know exactly what topics should I cover during the session (even though I happen to know the concepts). I need to make my session good enough that at least someone from the students should think about taking Solar Physics as a career.
  11. Hello! So I need little bit help to make my solar outreach events better. Usually most of my solarsolevents events have been for schools and little bit for general public But now I am going more towards college students and arranging events specific for solar observation. (It used to be more like complimentary with night sky observations) Since I am not a science student (learning physics by myself only), I don't have exact idea about what topics should I cover in theory. (Also what should I learn as well) Usually I take a projected image of the sun using my 90mm refractor
  12. Hello! So I have been an amateur astronomer since last few years and now I see that so many people have asking me about general telescope suggestions. (Guess the next step will be helping to set up small observatories...Ah dreams!) We don't have many telescope brands available. The major brands that are available here are Meade, orion, celestron and skywatcher. The confusion starts to rise when the other party is interested in little larger scopes like 8 inch sct or 12 inch reflector with eq mount or dobsonian mount. Would like to know overall experience that you guys have
  13. I know I am being a bad person but I am praying to let that Sunspot group just go away... We still have our monsoon season going on here and I have missed all the action! *my telescopes cry with me*
  14. Many times people ask me this question during sessions. Although I am not that great with answering using technical terms and explanation. I try to explain it using a torch (or a candle) and my hand. Just raise your thumb (Like you are giving a thumbs up) and extend your pinky finger. The tip of the Thumb is north pole and tip of your pinky finger is south pole. (You can do it using a ball...Just hold it in two fingers...upper one is your north pole and lower finger is south pole.) Then tilt it roughly to match the 23.5 degree. And now just go around the torchlight like earth. (Or candle
  15. Anybody involved in Amateur Solar Research???(If there exists such thing!) Or any astrophysicist into solar? Would like to know about the instruments, process and well what exactly can be done overall... Reason why I am asking is that I recently saw on internet about an observatory (mainstream) in India having 6 inch scopes equipped with filters and if any projects are possible, they will be helpful for me. Thanks in advance! Never mind if it's a stupid question. EDIT: I did try to contact respective people but didn't get any proper reply.
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