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    Re: Space!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevinator View Post
    As for bob's fancy scope, if you're going to spend 3 dollar signs on a telescope, get the tripod and computer tracker with it. for serial.
    I think half of the fun of it is operating it manually. Using a laptop to find out the positions of interesting things is OK (if you do it in advance, else you will probably spoil the adaptation of your eyes to the darkness), but if use a computer to target your telescope automatically with a mouse click, it's like buying a computer game, install a bot and watch it playing the game for you. A device for letting the telescope follow an object on the moving sky may be nice, but you only really need it for photographs with long exposure times. IMO that would be overkill for what makes up amateur astronomy.
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    Re: Space!

    Space X Rocket Hovers in a Ring of Fire


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    Re: Space!

    CME!

    Is there a link between solar CMEs and those experienced here on the OTF?

    Intelligent minds think not!

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    Love the space thread. The Space X rocket was pretty cool. I assume that the hovering was on purpose--are they planning on landing it that way?

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    Re: Space!

    As you head home from the barbecue or the beach Monday evening, take a moment for a little planet gazing.
    Jupiter, Mercury and Venus form a close triangle in the night sky Monday, and they shine brightly enough that even light pollution from a city like Los Angeles won't get in the way of their visibility.
    To find the planetary trio, wait 45 minutes after the sun has set. You will need an unobstructed view of the Western night sky. Look for the planets low in the sky, just above where the sun has set. You can find a map of where the planets will be in the sky here.

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    Re: Space!

    Well, we survived 1998 QE2. It was rainy here so i didn't get to see.

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    Re: Space!

    Stupid Solar System

    *shakes fist*

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    Re: Space!

    More space stuff! We've observed a planet forming billions of miles from it's star. (this is really far, even for planets--twice the distance of the pluto/charon system from our sun)

    http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2013...ar_Planet.html



    Anyway, it's interesting because it's not supposed to be there. the star is very small, it's very far away from it, and the dust in that area is smaller than grains of sand. I really, really want to know how we know how big the grains of dust are light years away from here. THat's pretty cool.

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    Re: Space!

    Sat out under the stars (no light pollution) in the deep woods at my uncles log cabin this weekend.
    We all tried to spot falling stars but someone else has to see it or the rest of the family will just say "Liar!"

    See Saturn Tonight!
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