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  • Razz 29 Nov 2012 14:52:42 62,140 posts
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    So has anyone been tracking Jupiter these past few days? It was lovely last night, I really wish I could've got a closer view :(
  • ecu 29 Nov 2012 15:20:10 77,783 posts
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    Set up on a table instead of the ground. That'll get you a couple of feet closer.
  • chopsen 29 Nov 2012 15:24:53 17,038 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    Jessops have a half price deal on telescopes at the mo. I take it the Jessops own brand stuff is garbage?
    More than likely, though I've not seen anybody actually review them. The conventional wisdom with scopes is that cheapo high street pre-xmas scopes are crap, do I'd be surprised if these were an exception.

    As a side-note, the well regarded Skywatcher (by Synta, a Chinese company) are actually a cheapo knock-off copies of the highly regarded Vixen (Japanese) brand. All their gear is mutually compatible etc. However, the Skywatcher stuff is just as good and at potentially several hundreds of pounds cheaper, it's a no brainer!

    As a further aside, American scopes tend to be more expensive, but some of them (Celestron, iirc) have been bought and are now owned by the same company that makes Skywatcher scopes, and have the exact same optics but at an inflated price due to branding.

    Edited by Chopsen at 15:25:31 29-11-2012
  • Kensei 30 Nov 2012 11:56:41 267 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Cheers everyone! I've send a link to this page to missus. :) It's an xmas pressie, so it'll be a surprise which one she chooses :)
    Cheeky isn't he? Can't wait to see how 'surprised' he'll be when he opens it on Christmas day :p

    Thanks for the advice though, guys.
  • EMarkM 30 Nov 2012 12:34:09 3,793 posts
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    I have a 200mm Skywatcher Newtonian. Excellent piece of kit.
  • localnotail 29 Dec 2012 18:18:35 23,084 posts
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    2013 - year of the comet
  • X201 29 Dec 2012 19:09:02 16,546 posts
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    Stargazing Live 2013 starts on the 8th of January.
  • ZuluHero 29 Dec 2012 19:23:29 4,594 posts
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    Sorry if this has been posted before, but has anyone heard about NASA investigating portals between the earth and sun?
  • jellyhead 29 Dec 2012 19:49:58 24,350 posts
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    @ZuluHero [link url=http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/29jun_hiddenportals[/link]

    Those hidden portals? :)

    Edited by jellyhead at 19:50:16 29-12-2012
  • ZuluHero 29 Dec 2012 19:56:33 4,594 posts
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    Yep! Guess I'm a bit behind the news! I saw a YouTube video, goes into it in a bit more detail than that article. Fascinating stuff!
  • Trowel 29 Dec 2012 19:57:01 18,715 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    2013 - year of the comet
    The comments section is a textbook demonstration of Godwin's Law :D
  • SuperCoolEskimo 29 Dec 2012 21:18:18 10,300 posts
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    Someone explain this? :)

    http://beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2012/12/giant-cube-recorded-by-nasa-near-sun-on-dec-21-2012-nasa-source-alien-cube-first-seen-in-2011-2440352.html#
  • riz23 29 Dec 2012 21:36:13 1,856 posts
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    I dunno but it looks like a level of Fez to me.
  • DaM 29 Dec 2012 22:20:40 14,120 posts
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    SuperCoolEskimo wrote:
    Someone explain this? :)

    http://beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2012/12/giant-cube-recorded-by-nasa-near-sun-on-dec-21-2012-nasa-source-alien-cube-first-seen-in-2011-2440352.html#
    Clearly a portal!
  • DaM 29 Dec 2012 22:53:50 14,120 posts
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    It has to be an imaging glitch. Or the Borg.
  • localnotail 29 Dec 2012 23:15:58 23,084 posts
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    Borg seems likely. It can't be the 2001 monoliths - they are supposed to be 1:4:9.

    It had better not annihilate us before the end of 2013 - I want to see that comet.

    Edited by localnotail at 23:17:43 29-12-2012
  • brokenkey 29 Dec 2012 23:30:05 7,464 posts
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    Peter Molyneaux knows no limits...
  • DaM 30 Dec 2012 00:16:46 14,120 posts
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    Here's a monolith local!
    Maybe the black squares are just to hide other things. But why wouldn't they just PS it?

    Edited by DaM at 00:18:10 30-12-2012

    Edited by DaM at 00:19:11 30-12-2012
  • localnotail 30 Dec 2012 00:26:19 23,084 posts
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    My god, it's full of shite!

    Meanwhile: All of Carl Sagan's Cosmos is now on YouTube :)
  • b0rk 30 Dec 2012 00:58:00 4,171 posts
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    That has a fantastic soundtrack to it featuring plenty of Vangelis. :)

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSoundsOfCosmos?feature=watch

    Edited by B0rked_Gamer at 01:00:20 30-12-2012
  • urban 30 Dec 2012 01:04:32 11,480 posts
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    Pale Blue Dot The best soundtrack to stargazing/meteor shower watching there ever was.
  • b0rk 30 Dec 2012 01:30:39 4,171 posts
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    Bought.
  • Bremenacht 12 Jan 2013 02:45:48 21,602 posts
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    Just watched Contact. I won't go on about it -it's wonderful- but it's hard not to look up at the stars after watching it. So I did.

    Well, blow me down with fruit's breath if the sky isn't mostly clear with plenty to look at. Blow me down again if there isn't a few shooting stars. Are we passing through a comet trail at the moment? I haven't checked, yet. A lovely treat though. A reward for bothering to look.

    Jupiter's a nice treat too. I got a larger pair of binos over Christmas, which I've finally been able to point at something worth pointing at. Even through grubby double-glazing Jupiter looks quite nice. Pleiades looking quite big and reasonably clear too.
  • Bremenacht 12 Jan 2013 03:00:52 21,602 posts
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    Hmm. Nothing happening.

    Worth a click to read about the comet making it's way in though. Also worth scrolling down to see just how close an asteroid is going to get in mid-feb. That's very close. Closer than the recent close one.
  • Bremenacht 12 Jan 2013 03:15:01 21,602 posts
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    And the cloud has taken over. Bah.
  • DaM 12 Jan 2013 09:36:06 14,120 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    Jupiter's a nice treat too. I got a larger pair of binos over Christmas, which I've finally been able to point at something worth pointing at. Even through grubby double-glazing Jupiter looks quite nice. Pleiades looking quite big and reasonably clear too.
    What sort did you get? I was expecting a pair, but they didn't materialise :(
    Waiting for Valentines Day...
  • Bremenacht 12 Jan 2013 12:33:52 21,602 posts
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    20x80. They are big buggers! You need a solid tripod for them really, and you'll not want to go walking around with them. I expect that if I go anywhere with them, it'll be in the car. I wanted something that was inbetween my very portable 10x50s and the very unportable telescope.

    If you want a pair of either for looking at the sky, do consider getting a tripod for them so that the sky is less wobbly.

    Edited by Bremenacht at 12:34:25 12-01-2013
  • FartPipe 21 Jan 2013 21:57:58 4,078 posts
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    Supernova remnant W50, the Manatee Nebula. Recently discovered, it is over 700 light years across. It kinda looks like the Spaceship out of Flight of the Navigator.


    Link to high res pic

    Edited by OptimusPube at 21:58:33 21-01-2013
  • Bremenacht 21 Jan 2013 22:19:02 21,602 posts
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    Looks like a fish. Pretty and strange.
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