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by Vega
Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: I'm a muppet with Saturn
Replies: 7
Views: 3120

Yup, the other night I thought I saw a Nova only to come to my senses and realise yes that is Capella right overhead. I forgot it gets that high in spring duuuh LOL

I've also done the "what the hell is that star?" trick before to later realise its a planet, your not alone

Matt
by Vega
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury this evening
Replies: 8
Views: 1472

I saw it last year for the first time (another tick in the box :-p), but missed it this time round. Will be another chance later in the year for evening viewing I believe.

Matt
by Vega
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Northern Lights in the Arctic
Replies: 9
Views: 1718

Lovely pics! Im so glad the sun's woken up again, it was a long wait

Matt
by Vega
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 21
Views: 7631

Hi Lorraine

You beat me to it... I was also gonna recommend downloading stellarium. You have to hunt down Saturn, its a lovely sight. No rush, you got all April and May to find it :)

Matt
by Vega
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Using RA and Dec setting circles correctly...
Replies: 14
Views: 6636

I would agree in saying that setting cirlces are more hassle than their worth. The only time I use mine was for locating Venus in the daytime (becuase it was the only way!). Good ole 'get to know the sky' and Finderscope are very rewarding ways of finding stuff. You learn quite quickly where things ...
by Vega
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: British Summer Time
Replies: 2
Views: 656

I think the BST changes were put forward but have recently been rejected thank goodness. Thanks for the links.... and the reminder that we all loose an hour tomorrow night uggh :roll: :lol:

Matt
by Vega
Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: First view of Saturn
Replies: 19
Views: 2767

To be fair, twilight or not... just after sunset is the worst time to look at any planet becuase the local area is still holding the heat from the day gradually cooling. Its the worst time for a turbulent sky. Pre-dawn however is the best time to do this kind of viewing. The advantagous effects of a...
by Vega
Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Horsehead Nebula
Replies: 8
Views: 1544

Although I've photographed it, I've never seen this in my 10". Its a very difficult target for anything under 14" in a very dark sky.

Matt
by Vega
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope Problems (Part Three)
Replies: 4
Views: 1583

Brilliant! Im glad it all panned out ok. That scope is a survivor! I work around a stone circle so I can imagine your situation. It doesn't bear thinking about.

Thanks for sharing your 3 part series of 'Cliff's Cliffhanger' :lol:

Matt
by Vega
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope problems (Part 0ne) !
Replies: 6
Views: 2045

ouch... must have been an awful moment. Hope your luck turns around mate Off to read part 2 now...

Matt
by Vega
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The tone of the forum
Replies: 26
Views: 3322

To be fair, I see nothing wrong with the structure, moderation or goings on of the SPA forum. Without causing an inter-forum war.. I am a regular poster on a few other (bigger) astro forums alongside this one and they too adopt similar very successful methods. All sucessful forums have an off-topic ...
by Vega
Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: TV Programme "Everything and Nothing"
Replies: 21
Views: 3398

I was blown away by the program. The thought had never even crossed my mind about the 'visible universe' and how the light from stars would be 'outrun' by the expansion of the universe (older than 16 Billion years or whatever). Then to realise that this is the reason we cant 'see the light from the ...
by Vega
Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Hubble Space Telescope Orbit
Replies: 15
Views: 2594

Tim Chamberlain wrote:I love the idea of amateur astronomers "spying" on spy satellites :D
The irony is contagiously funny :lol:
by Vega
Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9732

I think like true astronomers some of us are picking this program apart too much. Prof. Cox's demonstrations and analegies were a simple way of explaining things. Are we saying that every language he uses should be scientifically perfect? The show is for the general masses and it works fantastically...
by Vega
Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Anyone here had laser eye surgery?
Replies: 10
Views: 1415

Im sat on the fence with this decision too. I currently use torric contact lenses which work fine... its just on occasion they rotate a little when I've had them in all day and have a viewing evening (causing blurry viewing). Not to mention the daily chore of putting them in/taking them out/cleaning...