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  1. Thanks, was confused because i thought, the light is focused into my cornea and the glasses are not in the focus point so it might not get the heat to burn it. instead reflect most of it and somehow make it safe for my cornea. just a thought.
  2. Hi, If i wear an eclipse glasses and view the sun through a binocular, will it fry my eyes or will i be ok?? may be a dumb question but i am not gonna find it the hard way.
  3. Hi guys, here is a video of an unknown object that flew above Addu City, Maldives. a friend was taking a timelapse of the Milky Way and suddenly this appeared. he says it lasted for about 15 minutes and did not think it was a comet. what do you guys say? www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNkdoQ143RU
  4. After A Very Loooooooooooong Time, This Is My Try At The Transit, With My Panasonic Fz 28 And A Sun Filter (No Telescope)
  5. nice first time seeing it at standing position. where i am from, it rises and sets on its side. HERE is a picture i took last summer
  6. i was able to see Venus in the daylight (the sun 32 degrees up) a week ago, naked eye. it was about 9:50 am. and the sky was so blue, the moon which was pretty close helped me focus my eyes. and Venus was very bright even at that time that i am sure even if the moon wasn't there to help i would have focused on it. i did not try to find it later in the day, i might have if i tried.
  7. taken with Nokia N97 mini, held to the eye piece of a 60mm refractor.
  8. wikipedia says : "The extreme crescent phase of Venus can be seen without a telescope by those with exceptionally acute eyesight, at the limit of human perception. The angular resolution of the naked eye is about 1 minute of arc. The apparent disk of Venus' extreme crescent measures between 60.2 and 68 seconds of arc, depending on the distance from Earth. Nevertheless it is possible for observers with extremely acute eyesight to see a crescent Venus under ideal atmospheric circumstances. There have been numerous reports stating such observations." so it IS possible. but i wear glasses, how the hell would my eyesight be counted exceptional??
  9. today morning i saw Venus after opposition for the first time. it was about 8 degrees above horizon and the twilight was starting to get bright. i was startled by what i saw. it was a crescent. i didn't know the phase could be viewed naked eye. i wasn't sure of what i saw, i thought it was because i knew it would be a crescent at this time that i perceived it as such. so i showed it to a friend who is not into astronomy and asked if it looks like crescent. he said yes and he also correctly said the side it was facing. so i knew i wasn't imagining it. but i am still confused. is it possible to see the phase naked eye? may be it looked like a crescent cos it was close from horizon? (there was not a hint of a cloud).
  10. any chance of getting the huge ring? -9LbL0QjxdU
  11. on October 23, a friend in Iceland pictured this.
  12. i have managed to see stars with magnitude 5.5 naked eye (with glasses, if that counts), never tried to find Uranus though. may be i should try when the moon gets away from it.
  13. i guess most of these are small rocks that would burn out in Earth's atmosphere?
  14. hi, i remember guys here discussing about iphone apps related to astronomy. one particular application was very interesting for me. it shows you which star you are looking at when you point the phone at it. i am no iphone owner. but i have a Nokia N97 mini which too, like iphone, had built-in GPS, accelerometer and compass. so i was expecting this kind of application to come to Nokia Ovi Store soon. and now my waiting is over Astroller does the same thing, and it isn't expensive either. just US$2.29. and works very good on my Nokia N97 mini. if you have a Nokia N97 or N97 mini, you can now buy it from Nokia Ovi Store or use the ovistore application in your phone. -Ali
  15. nice. when i am not using the finderscope (for planets) i start with the widest eye piece, find the target, center it in the field of view and change the eye piece to a higher magnifying power. does the job good always. and i have a 60mm scope too, and one banding is just about what you can expect from Jupiter with any 60mm telescope. (one of the two big bands is AWOL these days)
  16. didn't see (didn't actually look) that the HST in Heavensabove stands for Hubble Space Telescope. i only check Iridiums and ISS (of which a mag -3.2 was seen at my place last night) will check out HST now
  17. have been observing them for weeks now Pleiades is almost overhead at sunrise these days. glad to be on the equator
  18. err.. he has explained before that he sees the disk, four moons and even the NEB. just not the color of it.
  19. i can only see just one band (the remaining of the two big bands) on Jupiter with my small 60mm refractor. but that too in brownish color. even at 70x magnification. but the band is faint and whole disk is white other than the band. not to offend you, but are you sure you are not color blind to brown?
  20. Hello guys and gals i remember a while ago when we were discussing Maldives somewhere in SGL, someone mentioned he/she has been to Maldives and how strange it was watching Orion rise on it's side well, i did not think it rose upright in UK until then, lol. and it would be strange for ME to see it rise upright so i went out tonight to catch it rise, about 30 minutes ago (Aug 23, 2010. 03:30 am local time) and here it is, Orion rising on it's side the image is facing East exactly. sorry for the movement of the boats in the small harbour. the wall on the horizon is the breakwater, and the moon was about 20 degrees up in the west hence so light. it was a 20 sec exposure in ISO 800. for those who doesn't know, Maldives straddles the equator. feel STRANGE
  21. i have seen Jupiter and 5 moons last night. - - - - - - - - - guess what? i saw Jupiter and it's four moons, then i turned the scope and saw the Earth's moon xD
  22. well, superman threw it too hard and it went straight until the gravity took over when it was little far from that side. i dunno if this goes with physics, never been good with it.
  23. to those who watched "Superman Returns" i wonder if the velocity he threw (or pushed, to be correct) the artificial island into the space, would it be enough for the huge chunk to not fall back to earth? when Superman himself fell like a rock.
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