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Space Oddity6

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  1. Cheers for the reply. One problem though, I've left it too get a remote, I leave on Friday. I wonder if I'll be able to get them at the airport? On top of that, the weather there looks terrible, rain everyday. At least I'll be able to see the scenery!
  2. Hey all, In February I will be lucky enough to check one off of my bucket list when I travel to Iceland for 3 days to see the Aurora Borealis!! Can't wait. Anyway, obviously I'll be wanting to take some pics and I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me. Do I for example, use the same settings on my camera that I would use to take star trail images. and is it worth investing in a remote to control the shutter? Along with imaging advice feel free to share memories etc any of you who has seen the Lights before, I want to be 100% prepared for the experience.
  3. Not nearly enough by any means. I'd say with the weather that changes at the drop of a hat and work, I get to go out maybe twice a month if I'm lucky. That said, those sessions are usually pretty awesome, embarking on whistlestop tours of the sky complimented by a few beers and some cheeky cigarettes.
  4. Wow. Great image, I love the purple and blue in the galaxy and how you've been able to bring out the different stages of the surrounding stars by their colours.
  5. It really is, I've always been so wrapped up trying to observe planets and galaxies I've never gotten round to attempting a double cluster. Just superb though and observing that has convinced me there is other life out there. There must be thousands of planets orbiting those stars just in that small portion of the night sky. I'm sorry but there is life out there, there just is.
  6. Well actually I'd still love to bag it and probably have without knowing it I've scoured that area over and over for the past 3 sessions. Anyway, tried for it again last night to no avail so decided to have a go at some other DSO's. My view to the South is washed out by the bright lights of Swindon, so I turned North to the Cassiopeia area. Had a look just down from that and ran into NGCs 869 and 884 which were just fabulous. Just looking at those thousands of visible stars has convinced me that there must be someone else out there. Anyway sorry this was my first DSO since finding the Andromeda Galaxy months ago and I felt I had to share my revelation.
  7. What a great story. I really admire people like you who can make our great hobby appealing to the youth. They (we) get such a bad rep nowadays it's great to see kids willing to learn and people equally willing to give up their time to teach them. You sound like you have a real way with them as well, they'll be back.
  8. Here's the poll for that dastardly pub quiz question. For those that haven't seen/have forgotten the original thread, the question was: True or False: The Earth is older than the Moon.
  9. Unfortunately not. Yes we did win, by a massive 2 points!! People have talked about a poll, as the OP do I do that and more importantly how do I do that?
  10. I think to correspond to the correct answer according to the quiz, I'd have to agree with Anweniel in that the Earth before the Moon creating collision wasn't the Earth, just a celestial body. Which takes us down another road; if we're saying the Earth was not the Earth until the collision, that means that the collision is the birth of the Earth as we know it, allowing for the development of life. Depending on the time between the pre-Earth's coming together as a body, and the collision, could there have been life or would pre-Earth have just been molten rock and dust - Venus-like? Could the collision that made the Moon (and the Earth as we know it) have been another life-extinguishing event? This is getting very complicated and deep lol!
  11. So I just got back from a pub quiz (which we somehow won ) and got the question: true or false, the Earth is older than the Moon. All heads turned in my direction as I generally field the astro-questions and I thought true. My understanding is that there was an object (Earth) that was smashed into by a Mars-sized body that blew out a massive chunk of rock which formed the Moon. Surely the Earth had to be there in order to form the Moon? The answer we gave therefore on my understanding was True but the right answer turned out to be False. Is this wrong or would people care to enlighten me?
  12. So when I go out again should I be looking for a big star rather than the galaxy? Anyone got any pics of the SN yet? I'll check out the imaging sections.
  13. I can count on 1 hand the number of times I've made it out this summer, mainly due to the weather but also work. Annoying but I suppose rarity has made the nights I have been out that much more special.
  14. Good to see my thread still going strong after nearly a year. Exactly why I made the thread. For me personally, I don't have a huge amount of knowledge of chemistry or physics so for me it's just unbounded speculation with no real grounding but I think that's the best way. The inconceivable vastness of the universe suggests that there could be life on many of the other 'platforms' in solar systems, hell we've already pinpointed 2 or 3 in our own that could potentially harbour life or may have done in the past. Jupiter was just an example as I happened to be observing it at the time but the idea that lifeforms could exist that aren't carbon based and might not have 2 arms and 2 legs changes the playing field completely if it does verge on the Star Wars/Trek world.
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