senso-ji wrote:Reminds me of Alien. How sad.
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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.
|Woo a meteor just zoomed through the sky above my house. Nice and bright too!|
Nephews girlfriend just asked 'is mars more nearer to us than the moon?' |
Stupid blonde bitch
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
|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|
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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.
|Stellarium can do that.|
DrStrangelove wrote:Space Engine does this I think.
DrStrangelove wrote:Stellarium can indeed do that. From the Configuration window (F2), go to the Scripts tab. You can run a variety of scripts from there.
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?
Forum: stargazers lounge|
Book: Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Book: Cambridge Star Atlas
(though anything with that author's name is good)
"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.
|Thanks for the swift reply. Do these books cover setting up and configuring telescopes?|
|Backyard Astronomer's Guide does. Far better than the manual that came with your scope. SW's manuals are translated really badly.|
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.
Thought this thread would be better than starting a new one.|
RECOMMEND ME A TELESCOPE PLEASE
Gives me a ballpark figure for price and size anyway!
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.
Couldn't see the lights here, Jupiter is still nice and bright though.|
Edited by ZuluHero at 21:39:20 27-02-2014
|Anyone just watch the ISS go over? Should be passing over the UK in another hour.|