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  • BartonFink 14 Mar 2007 22:57:21 35,126 posts
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    So any astronomy heads out there in Eurogamer land?

    Just bought a new telescope for nipper (and me tbh) and want to find some sources for getting up to speed on the basics.

    Used to have a load of books on it as a kid but that all went up in flames 20 years ago (literally).
  • BravoGolf Moderator 14 Mar 2007 22:58:26 12,752 posts
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    Astronomy Ireland perhaps?

    Here you go, sorry couldn't be of more help ;)

  • BartonFink 14 Mar 2007 23:02:29 35,126 posts
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    Cheers Bravo that could be very useful. Now do I still need a flak jacket when going to Artane ;)
  • TriodeBliss 14 Mar 2007 23:09:14 724 posts
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    For reference purposes, you should get hold of Norton's 2000.0. It has all you need to know about the solar sytem, plus a pretty good list of stars and other celestial objects.

    Edited by TriodeBliss at 23:09:37 14-03-2007
  • BartonFink 14 Mar 2007 23:10:53 35,126 posts
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    Cool keep em comin :D
  • Introspectre 14 Mar 2007 23:23:52 3,274 posts
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    I used to love astronomy. Love it I tell you. Now I worry about a large comet blowing the Earth up. Hollywood sucks. :(
  • TriodeBliss 14 Mar 2007 23:27:36 724 posts
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    The Cassini-Huygens Home at the Jet Propulsion Lab is pretty interesting at the moment. They've just posted some images from Titan which show a hydrocarbon sea bigger than the Great Lakes.
  • coastal 15 Mar 2007 00:25:37 5,389 posts
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    i took my laptop to kenya last year with stellarium and celestia. thought i'd spend some time learning the stars. problem was the sky was so chocker and bright i couldn't compare it to what was on my screen. just had to lie back and wish i had a smoke.

    bf3: sergeant_shaftoe

  • BartonFink 15 Mar 2007 01:02:33 35,126 posts
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    Cheers Mapster.
  • DaM 15 Mar 2007 10:02:19 13,444 posts
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    I am going to use the "Educational" excuse to get a decent telescope too!

    Years ago, I was buying a planisphere in Waterstones, and a large smelly man shuffled up next to me and said "Do you like Astronomy too?".

    How easy is it to fit a SLR to a telescope?
  • localnotail 7 Oct 2009 12:11:52 23,093 posts
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    /deep impact bump

    Can anyone with a telescope see the new ring of Saturn ?

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Lutz 7 Oct 2009 12:13:05 48,854 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    /deep impact bump

    Can anyone with a telescope see
    Yes, yes I can.
  • Lutz 7 Oct 2009 12:13:19 48,854 posts
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    I wish I couldn't, but I can.
  • localnotail 7 Oct 2009 12:14:19 23,093 posts
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    bah. stupid link code with its stupid quotation marks that I never remember to put in.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • StarchildHypocrethes 7 Oct 2009 12:19:19 26,354 posts
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    After spending a night stargazing in the Egyptian desert the other week, I've got an urge to buy a telescope.

    Where the hell do you get them from?
  • JuanKerr 7 Oct 2009 12:20:49 36,422 posts
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    Telescopes 'r us.
  • pinkds 7 Oct 2009 12:22:40 1,604 posts
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    In the telescope district
  • BCrowe 7 Oct 2009 12:23:29 525 posts
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    I don't think the newly discovered ring is visible through a normal telescope. Wikipedia says it was only discovered using this, looks like a fairly serious piece of kit.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 7 Oct 2009 12:24:33 26,354 posts
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    I'd quite like one of those.

    Do Telescopes 'R' Us sell them?
  • cianchristopher 7 Oct 2009 12:25:03 6,360 posts
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    "ring"....... hehehe
  • pinkds 7 Oct 2009 12:26:10 1,604 posts
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    Using my Uncle's telescope in Spain where there was no light pollution you could see the moons of jupiter which was pretty cool. Be careful looking at the moon though - a bit on the brightside.
  • localnotail 7 Oct 2009 12:26:36 23,093 posts
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    Fair point, BCrowe. I was just trying to link to the news in an interesting manner.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • StarchildHypocrethes 7 Oct 2009 12:28:38 26,354 posts
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    pinkds wrote:
    Using my Uncle's telescope in Spain where there was no light pollution you could see the moons of jupiter which was pretty cool. Be careful looking at the moon though - a bit on the brightside.
    I got a really cool photo of the moon on my camera through the guys telescope. You can see all the craters and terrain detail. It's ace.

    Also saw Jupiters moons and some wacky two star system, with red and blue suns.
  • DocX 7 Oct 2009 12:31:07 1,963 posts
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    Was it Albireo? Binary stars are awesome through a telescope.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 7 Oct 2009 12:31:47 26,354 posts
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    That may well be the one. Sounds familiar.
  • Trafford 7 Oct 2009 12:33:59 5,931 posts
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    I like watching astronomy documentarys with the kids.The whole family gathers round the TV in slack jawed awe.
    Anyone seen Cosmos?
  • pinkds 7 Oct 2009 12:34:43 1,604 posts
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    I still find it hard to get my head round the fact that everything we view through a telescope is really, really old, may not even exist any more.
  • barchetta 11 Mar 2012 21:02:39 1,371 posts
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    Nice view of Jupiter and Venus side by side tonight - westward sky. Just wish I had a decent scoe as I guess you may see some moons too.
  • Ocrovastru 11 Mar 2012 21:36:39 610 posts
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    If you have an Android or Iphone download the Google Skymap app. Brilliantly handy.

    Edited by Ocrovastru at 21:41:05 11-03-2012
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