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  • Bremenacht 23 Jul 2013 23:41:20 17,710 posts
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    senso-ji wrote:
    Pictures of Earth, taken from Saturn
    Reminds me of Alien. How sad.
  • localnotail 24 Jul 2013 00:16:46 23,093 posts
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    Saturn's moons on good view tomorrow after sunset. Wish I still had access to a telescope.

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

  • B0rked_Gamer 25 Aug 2013 03:25:25 2,527 posts
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    Woo a meteor just zoomed through the sky above my house. Nice and bright too! :)
  • ILoveThrashMetal 25 Aug 2013 20:53:22 705 posts
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    Nephews girlfriend just asked 'is mars more nearer to us than the moon?'
    Stupid blonde bitch

    Arsechickens

  • B0rked_Gamer 25 Aug 2013 21:09:41 2,527 posts
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    O_o

    Oh dear.
  • X201 25 Aug 2013 22:35:39 15,229 posts
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    Moon



    Mars in same orbit as Moon




    And just for fun, Saturn in the moon's orbit



    Edited by X201 at 22:40:28 25-08-2013
  • Bremenacht 17 Nov 2013 22:20:14 17,710 posts
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    So, comet ISON. Did you know that it's not going to be terribly far from Earth when it passes? Given its current instability (it's showing early signs of what could be a break-up), I wonder if it's at all possible that part of ISON could get a lot closer to Earth than its calculated trajectory. :S
  • RightBean 17 Nov 2013 22:25:15 639 posts
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    @X201 that's a great shot of Saturn, did you take that? I wish there wasn't so much pollution here, we never get views like that
  • DrStrangelove 17 Nov 2013 22:40:46 3,608 posts
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    @RightBean

    I think that's not an actual shot of Saturn from Earth.

    We'd be fucked if it were, I fear.
  • DrStrangelove 17 Nov 2013 22:44:47 3,608 posts
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    Does anyone know 3D games/programs that allow you to watch the solar system from different locations within? Like Saturn from different Saturn's moons? Or, in fact, Saturn's moons themselves?

    It pains me to say that among the best I witnessed was Earth viewed from Moon in Mass Effect 1.
  • Chopsen 17 Nov 2013 23:12:17 15,834 posts
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    Stellarium can do that.
  • Bremenacht 28 Dec 2013 23:53:32 17,710 posts
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    A great collection of pictures.
  • TechnoHippy 29 Dec 2013 11:21:20 14,705 posts
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    DrStrangelove wrote:
    Does anyone know 3D games/programs that allow you to watch the solar system from different locations within? Like Saturn from different Saturn's moons? Or, in fact, Saturn's moons themselves?

    It pains me to say that among the best I witnessed was Earth viewed from Moon in Mass Effect 1.
    Space Engine does this I think.

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  • Penguinzoot 29 Dec 2013 13:27:44 478 posts
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    DrStrangelove wrote:
    Does anyone know 3D games/programs that allow you to watch the solar system from different locations within? Like Saturn from different Saturn's moons? Or, in fact, Saturn's moons themselves?

    It pains me to say that among the best I witnessed was Earth viewed from Moon in Mass Effect 1.
    Stellarium can indeed do that. From the Configuration window (F2), go to the Scripts tab. You can run a variety of scripts from there.
  • Jetset_UK 20 Jan 2014 19:19:19 3,563 posts
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    Hi all. I'm sure this may have been covered in this thread before, however I can't be arsed to trawl through. ☺☺:-)

    Anyway, my other half bought me a telescope for Christmas a sky watcher BK 1309 EQ2, as she knows I'm keen on space stuff. My knowledge of telescopes however is zero, apart from looking through the thin end.

    Can anyone recommend a good forums, websites or books that can help me get started?

    Also when we've put it together we'll be finding our feet in the garden, which does have a fair amount of light pollution. Will that be a complete disaster?
  • Chopsen 20 Jan 2014 19:22:46 15,834 posts
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    Forum: stargazers lounge

    http://stargazerslounge.com/



    Book: Backyard Astronomer's Guide

    http://www.backyardastronomy.com/Backyard_Astronomy/Backyard_Astronomers_Guide.html



    Book: Cambridge Star Atlas
    (though anything with that author's name is good)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cambridge-Star-Atlas-Wil-Tirion/dp/0521173639/ref=sr_1_1/276-5950120-8935340?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390245690&sr=1-1&keywords=cambridge+star+atlas
  • Chopsen 20 Jan 2014 19:30:06 15,834 posts
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    "Sky at Night" magazine is good for beginners, but they never write anything you won't get from Backyard Astonomer's Guide.

    "Astronomy Now" magazine has some really good articles and is has enough depth to make it interesting without totally losing the casual reader. Really you're just going to be looking at things which do not, in isolation, look that amazing. So background knowledge is essential.

    Both have "what's in the sky this month" articles.

    For software, you absolutely need Stellarium. Carte due Ciel is good but has a steep learning curve.

    For your specific telescope, I'd recommend a telrad, and a proper finder scope as upgrades if you want to add something to them.

    Start off looking at planets, and firstly the moon. It looks surprisingly awesome through a telescope.
  • Jetset_UK 20 Jan 2014 19:31:34 3,563 posts
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    Thanks for the swift reply. Do these books cover setting up and configuring telescopes?
  • Chopsen 20 Jan 2014 19:33:26 15,834 posts
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    Backyard Astronomer's Guide does. Far better than the manual that came with your scope. SW's manuals are translated really badly.
  • Nemesis 20 Jan 2014 19:34:43 18,603 posts
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    I picked up The Practical Astronomer by DK which I've been very happy with. If you're near Waterstones have a look before buying.

    Amazon reviews rated the book highly, and I like the DK range of books. It's worth a look.
  • Bremenacht 20 Jan 2014 22:24:32 17,710 posts
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    Tendrils of dark matter
  • Murbal 27 Jan 2014 10:44:55 22,053 posts
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    Thought this thread would be better than starting a new one.

    RECOMMEND ME A TELESCOPE PLEASE
  • Chopsen 27 Jan 2014 10:49:08 15,834 posts
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    SKYWATCHER DOBSONIAN
  • Murbal 27 Jan 2014 10:51:44 22,053 posts
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    Ta :-)

    Gives me a ballpark figure for price and size anyway!
  • RyanDS 27 Jan 2014 12:16:48 9,165 posts
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    What is your budget?

    And also what is the light pollution like where you are? If in the city you probably want something geared at moon and planets (refractor) or if you have nice dark skies and want DSO (Deep Sky Objects like galaxies and nebula) then you may want a wide dobsonion or reflector.
  • Bremenacht 12 Feb 2014 22:51:08 17,710 posts
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    Oldest star found.

    If it does turn out to be as old as they think it is, it'll be a mere 200m years younger than the universe.
  • Deleted user 27 February 2014 21:24:50
    Reports of Northern Lights visible in UK tonight - this shot was taken in Norfolk 30 minutes ago: linky
  • ZuluHero 27 Feb 2014 21:39:09 4,098 posts
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    Couldn't see the lights here, Jupiter is still nice and bright though.

    Edited by ZuluHero at 21:39:20 27-02-2014
  • Deleted user 17 April 2014 21:18:39
    Anyone just watch the ISS go over? Should be passing over the UK in another hour.
  • consoledelight 17 Apr 2014 22:08:11 148 posts
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    @feeg86

    ah i just watched this with my mum and dad, we didnt know what it was at the time but it was bright.
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