Board Astronomy

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Timelord Victorious, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Timelord Victorious

    Timelord Victorious Vice Admiral Admiral

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    hi everyone.
    I’ve been wondering some time now if people here are are actively into Astronomy at any point of the spectrum between casually looking at the stars during a walk and being professional astronomy scientists.

    I thought it might be nice to have a dedicated thread to all things stargazing and maybe sharing your own observations and astrophotography?
     
  2. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I had started an astrophotography thread years ago, but I haven't been doing so much of it as of late. Plus weather's been terrible and astronomers rely on the weather's whim. Such is the life ;)

    I've actually been going to an telescope maker's convention since the early 80's, a convention that got its start in the early 1920's and every summer my Dad and I end up attending. It's a two-day trip for us to get there. My Dad's always had a heavy interest in telescope making, built a 22" Trailer-mounted Dobsonian which won awards and now has a telescope business selling some all over the world. Through him I've met many professionals, some of them beyond mere acquaintances such as David Levy who used to be a regular at the convention health problems limited his engagements. I'm now a full-member of the club that puts on that convention and been building my own telescope which I will actually be entering into competition in a few weeks. Our convention had Dr Alan Stern, the Principal Investigator of the New Horizons program in 2015, and had given us an update on the Pluto flyby with new images mere months before the new stream of images the press would get later. That was exciting. And this year he's back to talk about Ultima Thule.
     
  3. publiusr

    publiusr Vice Admiral Admiral

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    www.cosmoquest.org is a nice place to start. It has Phil Plaits old forum (Bad Astronomy/Universetoday)
     
  4. Timelord Victorious

    Timelord Victorious Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Oh wow.

    That moment when you find your first deep sky object that is not Andromeda or the Orion Nebula.

    Today I managed to track the Ring Nebula in the constellation of Lyra.
    Once you know where it is, it’s actually easy to find.
    It appears larger than Jupiter, though a lot fainter.
     
  5. Seeyoumorell

    Seeyoumorell Ensign Newbie

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    Please let me know if you find it.
     
  6. think

    think I think I know. Premium Member

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    I knew that.
  7. publiusr

    publiusr Vice Admiral Admiral

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