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by pete-6
Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Co-ordinates/NGC numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

This for the Messiers: http://www.seds.org/messier/data3.html and this for the NGCs and ICs (can also be used to look up by Messier number): http://www.seds.org/~spider/ngc/ngc.html Oh - and you might be interested in the Caldwell catalogue too: http://www.seds.org/messier/xtra/similar/caldwell.html...
by pete-6
Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Name a star
Replies: 17
Views: 4161

You're getting me all worried now! Have I let myself be duped, playing along, and helping someone out, with a crazy scheme which is purely there to make some entrepreneur a load of dosh? At least, what I contributed didn't cost anyone - including myself - anything! It was just a bit of fun - and I n...
by pete-6
Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Name a star
Replies: 17
Views: 4161

I obviously don't know the organization you are speaking of... Nor do I as it happens, my contact didn't tell me (I could ask her I suppose...). I looked at one of the sites (probably one of the same ones you looked at) - it looks like you get a pack including a star map, book, planisphere and othe...
by pete-6
Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Name a star
Replies: 17
Views: 4161

I got involved in one of these schemes in a marginal and rather off-beat way. Someone contacted me through another forum (a cycling one, not an astronomy forum) and asked me to take a picture of a particular star. I was given RA, declination, and magnitude, and after a bit of catalogue-hunting was a...
by pete-6
Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Major comet outburst by Comet P/Holmes
Replies: 254
Views: 71664

Vega wrote:Did you not get to see 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann last year ?
Forgot about that one! Yes, have added it to the list, I actually imaged it last year (350D on 10" newtonian, 10 x 1min) and made a little animation. Not sure if I've posted it already on this forum.
by pete-6
Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Major comet outburst by Comet P/Holmes
Replies: 254
Views: 71664

Hope you get your chance before it fades Moggett. Still looking good last night, not quite as bright as A-Persei but still prominent. Actually I suppose most people's history of comet observing will be bound to contain more 'misses' than 'hits'. Those I can remember having seen or tried for, in my l...
by pete-6
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Major comet outburst by Comet P/Holmes
Replies: 254
Views: 71664

Just seen it myself for the first time. SPECTACULAR! Don't miss this opportunity, folks, the best comet view since Hale Bopp IMO, and easy to observe because it will stay high in the sky throughout the night. It's not far from Mirfak and seems not far below it in brightness!
by pete-6
Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Total Lunar Eclipse - 3rd March 2007
Replies: 132
Views: 54938

Must admit I'm not clear about the digressionary references to the SL-9 crash on Jupiter but no matter ... surely a comet crash is not only extremely rare, but - if it occurs on another planet :roll: - only accessible to the specialists (NASA etc.) and we general public only get to see the TV piccie...
by pete-6
Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:45 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Southern skies?
Replies: 11
Views: 4540

Omega Centauri and 47 Tuc - the two best globulars in the sky and both invisible from northern Europe. Your binoculars won't, I think, be enough to resolve them into stars - probably need a 3-inch scope at least - but worth looking at nonetheless. I have seen Omega from the Caribbean (also Crux, low...
by pete-6
Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Total Lunar Eclipse - 3rd March 2007
Replies: 132
Views: 54938

I'd forgotten about the Danjon Scale - but, now, having refreshed my memory (thanks Wiki) and thinking about it, I wouldn't have put it at L0. No, I recollect one, when I was a kid, where the moon really did disappear completely (don't remember which one but it would have been in the 1950s or 60s). ...
by pete-6
Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:31 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Total Lunar Eclipse - 3rd March 2007
Replies: 132
Views: 54938

Just passed mid-totality. I've seen lots of lunar eclipses over the years, but this is an exceptionally good one: I don't recall one so coppery since the 1960s. I estimate the moon's magnitude as about 0.0, not an exceptionally bright one (still brighter than Saturn, but not by a huge amount). What ...
by pete-6
Tue Sep 19, 2006 11:11 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Visually recognised constellations
Replies: 9
Views: 3415

Re: Confusing constellations..

There's Crux and another Southern constellation, part of which is crux-shaped,that often gets confused with the former. Yes, two stars from Vela plus two from Carina form an asterism known as the 'false cross' which has, it seems, led to a few navigational errors (and maybe sent ships on to the roc...
by pete-6
Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:44 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Visually recognised constellations
Replies: 9
Views: 3415

An interesting topic...... I think that, contrary to what some have suggested, I tend to recognise constellations in context , i.e. how they lie in relation to other, better-known ones. This is without necessarily knowing how the stars are arranged, in that constellation, in isolation . For instance...
by pete-6
Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:19 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Probably a daft question RE: Nebulas and other pretty things
Replies: 6
Views: 2852

Don't forget the moon! Just because it's so obviously visible with the unaided eye, doesn't mean that turning the binoculars on it won't be a rewarding experience nevertheless. For the next night or two it's a waxing crescent (eclipse last week, remember!) and will be looking at its best. And it'll ...
by pete-6
Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Neutrino mass
Replies: 4
Views: 4016

Neutrino mass

Physics in the news. Anyone else pick up this story this morning ('Today' programme)? I don't know which kind of neutrino they were referring to. They were a bit obscure and trivialising in the way they presented the figure ("100 billion billion billion billionth of mass of a human body" - if I've d...