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  1. Yes, the phone sensor is most likely not accurate enough to point your telescope, other than just a general direction like so many star charting apps do. The metal of the tube will certainly make things even worse. But there's nothing wrong with giving it a try. Maybe the alignment is good enough to find an object in your finder scope. Velcro or a strap around the tube are probably the best ways to attach your phone to the OTA. Good luck!
  2. Congratulations! A nice report, it looks like you had a great night out there. You'll be surprised how much detail you'll be able see on Jupiter when the planet is higher in the sky and as you build up experience. What's next on your bucket list?
  3. They might. Be sure to get a real narrow-band filter. Some filters labeled 'UHC' - like the Baader UHC-S - are actually broad-band filters that don't enhance contrast as much as a narrow filter. The North America Nebula is huge though and the surface brightness is low. If you magnify too much, you won't see it at all - even with filters.
  4. Yes, Izar is a lovely double star. Thanks for sharing your observation. Splitting them can be tough and requires a good seeing.
  5. What deep-sky objects did you try to find as yet? To locate them, a lower magnification is usually best - use your 20 and 30 mm eyepieces. When found, you can try higher magnifications to get the best view or to see the most details. Be sure to pick the right subjects: faint nebulae are very difficult to observe from light polluted areas without filters. Focus on the brighter open or gobular clusters as a start.
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    Yes, it's a lovely galaxy in its own right. I always try to spot it when I'm observing its famous neighbours. A beautiful sketch! Thanks for sharing.
  7. If you have an eyepiece that magnifies 50x or more, you should be able to discern Saturn's rings. Good luck!
  8. Observed a while in the night of the maximum (Jan 4th, 03.20 CET). Conditions were poor: between 75 and 100% cloud cover. Still, a nice handful of Quadrantids between the clouds. Bluish in colour, bright, faster than the Geminids but slower than the Perseids. A shower worth setting an alarm for if the conditions are favourable!
  9. I'm sure this has been discussed before on the forums. A supernova is one of the possibilities. The problem however, is that we don't know if something happened, when it happened or what exactly happened. The Gospel of Matthew is the only gospel mentioning a star.
  10. I liked it :). The way of presenting is very much like they do at the 'watches', still they had some nice background info in it. A shame the Christmas Star was only explained as a conjunction - a lot of other options for that event.
  11. Great! Sounds like Winterwatch with an astronomy twist. Thanks for sharing.
  12. Hi! Well, using an app is a great start. Don't know what app you're currently using, but most of them offer a variety of background info on the celestial objects. For Android, SkySafari 6 for example is easy to use and offers a lot of information. I'd also recommend a weather forecast app so you can easily find clear, cloudless nights. Finally, an app that lists interesting events (meteor showers, planetary conjunctions) for a given night might be useful. These kind of events can also be found on websites like Sky & Telescope or EarthSky.
  13. Some exoplanets have been imaged directly, like Fomalhaut b. The link JBracegirdle provides has some excellent other examples. But I think you underestimate the enormous distances involved when it comes to observing exoplanets. As others have said, these planets orbit extremely luminous stars at a distance of only a few astronomical units. As you can see on most images of these exoplanets, like HR 8799 and Fomalhaut b, a trick has to be applied to block out the light of the star to make the tiny planet visible.
  14. Here is a thread on the Dutch Astroforum about a location near Melissant (not quite Zeeland but not too far from Dordrecht either). Announcements about upcoming events are posted there.
  15. The parallax error in DR2 is +/- 0.0557, so the star's distance is between about 7,800 and 10,700 light-years. I believe these small parallaxes (large distances) are not so reliable in this data release.
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