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HridaySabz

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  1. From the beginning of the human race, to nearly only 400 years ago, everything we knew about space would be observed from the naked eye. Then Galileo came up with his telescope, and the world awakened. We learned Saturn had rings. Jupiter had moons. Within just a few years of that, our entire understanding of the Universe changed. In the next few centuries, telescopes became more complex, of different sizes, lengths, and powers. Hubble is up in space, the ultimate viewing spot. Unhindered by weather, light pollution, or any other inconveniences, it is used by scientists to study the great cosmos. For 26 years now, the HST (Hubble Space Telescope) has been enthralling us with its spectacular images of nebulae, galaxies, and other space phenomena. However, the telescope does more than just take pictures all day for us to enjoy. The HST was a combined NASA(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and ESA (European Space Agency) project, which went up with tons more scientific instruments than just a powerful camera. Since being put in orbit, over 4000 astronomers have used it to publish ~13000 scientific papers on various topics. The HST is truly a marvel of civilization. When Hubble went up, it had a flawed mirror, which was sending back blurry images. After a 1993 servicing mission, the flaws were rectified, and from then, it's been taking pictures of all the amazing things we know it for. It's been used to look at other planets, their moons, further galaxies, and nebulae. It's been used to find water on planets, moons, and other asteroids. It's been used to map Pluto, the furthest planet from us (now a dwarf planet). NASA's New Horizons mission will rival the HST, but it will take 9 years to get close enough to Pluto to give any challenge to the HST. It's been used to calculate the lifespan of the universe, Hubble helped astronomers nail down the age of the universe with an accuracy of about 5 percent. Our Galaxy, the Milky Way is set to collide with the Andromeda Galaxy, speeding towards us at the speed of a bullet. We know this all thanks to Hubble. Check out the gallery below to see what kinds of amazing pictures the HST has taken over the years, and also check out my original blog over at http://hridaysabir.blogspot.in/ to keep up with the latest topics I write on.
  2. Thank you!
  3. Glad to hear that!
  4. Hello everybody, I've been a keen admirer of time lapse videos for a while, and most specifically, space-time lapse footage. A few months ago, I threw together some clips of NATGEO and ISS footage together to Mogwai's Auto Rock. I have kept this largely to myself but I think astronomy hobbyists will like it more than the average person. I also took the time to add a few facts and tidbits on space all through out. So, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23RGQt4xlHo I'd like to hear what you guys think. (Watch in 720p or higher.) *PS: Please forgive me if this is the wrong section to post this in.
  5. Hello Nathan, and welcome to SGL.
  6. Also, should I buy a 2x barlow for better mag.? http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/visual-accessories/barlow-lenses/omni-125in-2x-barlow-lens I suppose this is the right one.
  7. Definitely, I really love this scope because of its mobility. Any particular eyepieces that you'd recommend getting? I think I'll spend a few more months on this scope and then in June around my birthday wait to pick up a better one. Thanks! So far, I've only bought one telescope and that too from an online store, they are, unfortunately, expensive. Looking at the variety of telescopes and accessories made me dizzy, and that was just the Celestron website. However, I'll stick in there and do my research before upgrading. Thanks .
  8. Hello everyone! I have a Celestron Astromaster 70az. I've been on winter break recently and have got the opportunity to utilize it in the evenings and early mornings. I used it this morning around 4-5 am IST to spot Jupiter, and boy was I overcome by excitement. Since I acquired this scope from my cousins', it's been rather untouched. Perhaps the alignment/collimation is off but I only see a distant white speck. It could be the shortcomings of my telescope but I would rather have you guys correct my understanding on this as I am a novice to astronomy. My main inner debate was whether I should look for extra accessories or purchase a more powerful scope good enough for planetary observation. (Sidenote: I have a 20mm and a 10mm scope that came with this box). Now, I live in the middle of Mumbai which is a bustling city. I realize light pollution and other pollution also factor in greatly. I would like to hear more experienced people out before making hasty decisions. Thank you, -H
  9. Hello, stargazers. Happy new year to all of you. My name's Hriday Sabir, and I'm a 16 year old novice astronomy fanatic. I picked up a celestron firstscope in December of 2015 and used that for around 8-9 months. Got some decent pictures of the moon, but unfortunately that was all I was able to see with that. I lucked in in April when my cousins gave me a telescope they were gifted but had no initiative to use or learn, so I took this Astromaster 70az and have been using it for a few months now. I really would love to delve deeper into astronomy and to really be able to see deep space objects and planets further out like Jupiter.