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Anyone Enjoy Planet And Stargazing?

Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:18 pm

Does anyone else here enjoy Planet and Stargazing? I absolutely love doing this on those clear nights, there has been quite a few here in the last week here in the UK. At the moment it is a very great time to do this as right now in March 5 of the 8 planets are visible to the naked eye which are Mercury, Venus (2nd brightest object in the night sky), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Also you won't miss the brightest star Sirius A which is 25 times most luminous than the Sun and twice the size.

So anyone else like looking up at night at the wide yonder known as Space?
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:07 pm

Count me in! I spend some time in the summer boating with my family. My brother and I go out on a lake, away from the lights, to check out the stars. Once we had a bit of a competition to see who could spot the ISS first (I lost, for the record).

I think my fascination with the heavens started at about age 9. I walked outside on a cold clear night, in a rural area, and looked up at more stars than I had previously thought possible... I was hooked, and have been ever since!

This month, the Moon, Jupiter and Venus will be in very close concert on the western horizon at dusk. I got a good look at them last week, a beautiful site, indeed!
 
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:24 pm

Quoting RaginMav (Reply 1):
RaginMav

I find it just so amazing looking up at the heavens, last night was fantastic here! Also saw a shooting star while I was looking at Mars.   A few days ago Venus was the closest to the Moon all month, what an amazing sight.

I have tried spotting the ISS but I have never seen it, but my mission it to try and see it.

This might interest you very much, it tells you where the Moon, Planets and Stars are going to be at night. If you check back each day it will give you the info on where to see them in the sky that night. It has helped me alot, so interesting!  http://earthsky.org/tonight
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:36 pm

I love star and planet gazing! It's just so fascinating! One day I hope to own one of those real expensive telescopes to help out when I look at the planets.

And "The Universe" and "How the Universe Works" are the best progams on TV! (It's to bad only 8 episodes of How the Universe Works was made)

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Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:44 pm

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 3):
I love star and planet gazing! It's just so fascinating! One day I hope to own one of those real expensive telescopes to help out when I look at the planets.

And "The Universe" and "How the Universe Works" are the best progams on TV! (It's to bad only 8 episodes of How the Universe Works was made)

Yep I agree 100% with you about both! Ha at the moment I am only using a pair of binoculars, maybe one time like you say i'll would also like to get an expensive telescope. Would make for some great viewing!

Also yes The Universe is a brilliant programme, watch it all the time. I don't think I have seen How the Universe Works though, i'll have to try and have a look sometime.
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:03 pm

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 4):
I don't think I have seen How the Universe Works though, i'll have to try and have a look sometime.

If you have The Science Channel it is sometimes shown on that channel. It's the one narrated by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs. Here is one episode on Youtube (it's only part of the episode).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9DgPWBdT7A&feature=related

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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:09 pm

Heck yeah. My dad's a space scientist, so it's in my blood. I've been looking up at the night sky since I was a kid.

I've been taking photos lately, too - I posted a few photos in the Non-Av Photo thread(s). You can see them all here:

http://www.vksphoto.com/Skyscapes

I try to update it as I take more photos.
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:19 pm

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 5):
If you have The Science Channel it is sometimes shown on that channel. It's the one narrated by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs. Here is one episode on Youtube (it's only part of the episode).

Interesting, thanks for that!  
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6):
Heck yeah. My dad's a space scientist, so it's in my blood. I've been looking up at the night sky since I was a kid.

I've been taking photos lately, too - I posted a few photos in the Non-Av Photo thread(s). You can see them all here:

http://www.vksphoto.com/Skyscapes

I try to update it as I take more photos.

Thats brilliant, does he work in a observatory?

Brilliant pics, thank you for sharing!   My favourite shot was the Moon with the halo around it.
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:31 pm

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 7):

Thats brilliant, does he work in a observatory?

No, he didn't. He's retired now, anyway.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 7):
Brilliant pics, thank you for sharing! My favourite shot was the Moon with the halo around it.

Thanks! Yeah, that moon halo was the best one I can remember seeing. Especially in LA, where light pollution is terrible.
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:32 pm

I love doing so, unfortunately I almost never get the chance. I live in the city, so all I ever see are the planets and some of the brighter stars.

A few weeks ago, I happened upon the opportunity to look at the night sky in the middle of nowhere on a clear night, and it was certainly beautiful. I put off going to sleep for at least an hour just to look at it.
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:45 pm

Quoting LGWflyer (Thread starter):
So anyone else like looking up at night at the wide yonder known as Space?

My undergraduate degree is a physics / astronomy double, so yes, I'd count myself in as enjoying stargazing. One thing that's interesting to do is grazing occultations of the Moon's limb. It gives you a profile of the limb and an idea of how tall the mountains are there. Did a lot of that atop University College (University of Manitoba) forty years ago. Bloody cold in the winter though and you had to wait until the optics in the telescope thermally stabilized in the cold air. We were using a 12" reflector, which was a beast to move around.
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:50 pm

You bet - ever since I was a kid. As a teenager I spent countless nights out at a friend's house who had a 6 inch telescope. Used to drive my Dad crazy, being out til the wee hours almost every night all summer. He was sure I wasn't up to anything good. In truth, it was far more innocent than he could have imagined.
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Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:57 am

I absolutely love stargazing. A few years ago I climbed up a mountain in the N. Cascade Mountain range here in Washington state and camped on the summit. It wasn't incredibly high but a tall mountain for Washington. I was all by myself 30 or so miles from any city and could see an incredible amount of stars. The light pollution was so low I could see satellites too. One of my favorite memories was a night camping when I was on a long canoe trip in Manitoba. The northern lights were spectacular one evening.

Google Sky Maps has been a great app to use when I'm out in the country. I always hated star charts, but now I can just point my phone at the sky and it tells me what I'm looking at. If I didn't live just a few miles from downtown Seattle I'd invest in a good telescope.
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Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:27 am

Every Night when I drive home I see Orion's belt, since my daughter and niece are the same age we used to go skiing together in New Mexico (Taos). We would be driving back to Texas and one day (when they were 10 or 11) I pointed out Orion's Belt. They were intrigued for 2 small girls, well at that time I named the stars after them and the other dogstar. That was 20 years ago and they both still remember that trip home and Orion's belt. I am way out in the country and can see the milky way and satellites and beautiful views of the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter etc.. I just don't see how anyone can look up and out and say we are the only intelligent life. Great topic. Keep looking up
 
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Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:13 am

Anyone here see the meteorite over the UK last night? I didn't, typically it was the first cloudy night for ages.
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Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:35 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 14):
Anyone here see the meteorite over the UK last night? I didn't, typically it was the first cloudy night for ages.

Damn that was a shame, I would have loved to have seen it. Here it was cloudy a second night in a row, the thing was though it was such a sunny clear afternoon, shame the clouds came!  
Quoting 737tdi (Reply 13):
I just don't see how anyone can look up and out and say we are the only intelligent life. Great topic. Keep looking up

Yes I very much agree, the Universe is so vast that the nearest intelligent life is probably and most likely too far out of reach for Humans to ever get there! But... saying that who knows, maybe one day we will meet other life out there. As you say, "keep looking up" because that's they way we'll find out if any are up there...  
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Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:32 pm

I don't really go out watching, but I am fascinated by everything. The "Google Sky Map" app on my phone is great for pointing out what it is you're actually looking at.

I also enjoyed the 3-episode show on TV last month "Stargazing Like" with Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain.

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Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:40 pm

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 15):
As you say, "keep looking up" because that's they way we'll find out if any are up there...




Actually that is not my saying. It is from a man off of PBS and a show called Star Gazer. His name was Jack Horkheimer and he passed away in 2010. He used to do little shorts about the stars and our universe. Google his name, he is a great read.
 
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Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:53 pm

I've been interested in space and stargazing most of my life. Somewhere around age 14 or so though my old telescope disappeared, and I didn't really do much stargazing again until I bought a pair of Celestron 15x70mm binoculars in 2009. Those were amazing, low-powered options with a good field of view, and you could even just make out Jupiter's moons in them. Gave them to my fiancee who is also a star watcher.

Now I'm about to buy my first telescope since childhood, but being on a budget I can't afford the fancy ones. Been doing a lot of research, got a few good options but haven't decided which one yet. Looking at:

Meade NG70-SM 70x700 Altazimuth Refractor $74

Celestron PowerSeeker 70x700 Altazimuth Refractor $90

Tasco SpaceStation 70x800 Altazimuth Refractor $92

Celestron AstroMaster 70x900 Altazimuth Refractor $110

Zhumell Aurora 70 Motor Drive Equatorial Refractor $120

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Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:08 pm

Quoting 737tdi (Reply 17):
Actually that is not my saying. It is from a man off of PBS and a show called Star Gazer. His name was Jack Horkheimer and he passed away in 2010. He used to do little shorts about the stars and our universe. Google his name, he is a great read.

No I meant your saying as in what you said in that post if you understand what I mean, but anyway yes I will have a read up. Cheers.  
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Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:04 am

Absolutely. Astronomy was one of my first merit badges in the Scouts- I did it at Camp Chawanakee here in Southern California. A requirement for that merit badge is to do a night hike- Well, we did one; but we slept outside all night. It was a beautiful summer night, and about a mile from camp there was this huge, flat rock on top of which they had a very nice big telescope. Laid out the sleeping bag, and stayed the night- One of the best nights sleep I've ever had, for sure, but I stayed up most of the time stargazing. Because we were so far from anything, we could see every single star in the sky. One could see sattelites, planets... Beatuiful. One of the most memorable experiences of my short life.
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:58 am

Quoting LGWflyer (Thread starter):
So anyone else like looking up at night at the wide yonder known as Space?

Absolutely, and I look up into the sky (about 40 or 50 miles outside of Phoenix) in the open Sonoran desert and just look up in complete wonder. I grew up in Philadelphia, and NEVER realized how stunningly gorgeous the night sky was until I moved to the Arizona desert.

My local Arizona friends thought I was insane to take a cooler of beverages, and a big blanket out into the desert and just sit there by myself for most of a Saturday night looking up at the sky. It was the one thing that gave me perspective in my life - that I am a very small cog in a very HUGE multi-verse.
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:37 pm

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 21):

Absolutely, and I look up into the sky (about 40 or 50 miles outside of Phoenix) in the open Sonoran desert and just look up in complete wonder. I grew up in Philadelphia, and NEVER realized how stunningly gorgeous the night sky was until I moved to the Arizona desert.

Yeah I bet, light pollution only makes you able to see maybe just a few of the brightest objects. Now you are in AZ I bet the night sky is just fantastic!

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 21):

My local Arizona friends thought I was insane to take a cooler of beverages, and a big blanket out into the desert and just sit there by myself for most of a Saturday night looking up at the sky. It was the one thing that gave me perspective in my life - that I am a very small cog in a very HUGE multi-verse.

Ha I'd say that it would be crazy not to do that, I'd do the same as you if I lived where you did.   Yes I agree about the perspective on life that it makes us feel, looking at all the Stars, Planets etc... does make you feel how small we are in the Universe!

One thing you might be interested in is the size of this Star called Canis Majoris which is a BILLION times bigger than our Sun, now that does make us humans feel small!

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Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:04 pm

Also to everyone, tonight Mars will be the brightest and biggest until 2014. So if it is clear where you are tonight then you should be able to see the Red Planet clearly. Last night here in the UK it was one of the best nights, in the East the Moon was quite large with Mars shining bright to the left of it. And then to the West was the very bright planets Venus and Jupiter.
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Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:21 am

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 23):
Also to everyone, tonight Mars will be the brightest and biggest until 2014. So if it is clear where you are tonight then you should be able to see the Red Planet clearly. Last night here in the UK it was one of the best nights, in the East the Moon was quite large with Mars shining bright to the left of it. And then to the West was the very bright planets Venus and Jupiter.

Not only that, but you could possibly see Mercury, Uranus, and Ceres down below Venus and Jupiter soon after sunset:

http://www.space.com/14839-full-moon-mars-planets-skywatching.html

I'll be trying to get photos of as much as I can....
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Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:51 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 24):
Not only that, but you could possibly see Mercury, Uranus, and Ceres down below Venus and Jupiter soon after sunset:

I knew you could see Mercury but it lies very low on the horizon and from where I am it is hard to see it which is a shame. Also that is interesting to know that you can see Ceres and Uranus, I didn't know that.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 24):
I'll be trying to get photos of as much as I can....

Great, I look forward to seeing them.  
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Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:10 pm

And for the newbies, this is (imho) an excellent software that shows you YOUR sky in realtime, making it easy to recognize stars and planets.
http://www.stellarium.org
 
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Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:00 pm

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 25):
Also that is interesting to know that you can see Ceres and Uranus, I didn't know that.

I don't think you can with the unaided eye, unless you're in a ridiculously dark place. But the article says you can see them with binoculars, which is pretty neat.
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Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:27 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 27):
I don't think you can with the unaided eye, unless you're in a ridiculously dark place. But the article says you can see them with binoculars, which is pretty neat.

I have a good pair of binoculars, so i'll have a try anyway. I'll start tomorrow as tonight is very cloudy here now.
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Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:46 am

Quoting iakobos (Reply 26):
And for the newbies, this is (imho) an excellent software that shows you YOUR sky in realtime, making it easy to recognize stars and planets.
http://www.stellarium.org

Hey, thanks for that link. I downloaded the program earlier tonight, and it's quite cool! Pretty much exactly what I'd needed to plan when to go out and shoot.

Speaking of which, Venus and Jupiter setting over Point Vicente Light a few hours ago (35 minutes combined exposure):

http://www.vksphoto.com/Skyscapes/Sk...R#!i=1743398292&k=qrkSBzB&lb=1&s=A
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Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:25 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 29):
Speaking of which, Venus and Jupiter setting over Point Vicente Light a few hours ago (35 minutes combined exposure):

Brilliant, thanks for sharing! By the way what is the other line to the right of the pic?
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Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:30 pm

I can only hope to either:
1. Win the lottery
2. Win a badass telescope

I once saw Saturn through one and I'm just itching to get a powerful one.

In the mean time, I'm quite content with locating the planets (like right now, Venus and Jupiter are aligned while Mars is on the other side of the sky). I'm also dying to get to a very dark sky and see the Milky Way as it should be seen.
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Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:15 pm

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 31):
I once saw Saturn through one and I'm just itching to get a powerful one.

I bet that was brilliant! Supposedly you can see the outlines of the Moons when you look at Jupiter and Saturn through a telescope.

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 31):
In the mean time, I'm quite content with locating the planets (like right now, Venus and Jupiter are aligned while Mars is on the other side of the sky). I'm also dying to get to a very dark sky and see the Milky Way as it should be seen.

Yes indeed, same here!
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Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:02 pm

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 32):

I bet that was brilliant! Supposedly you can see the outlines of the Moons when you look at Jupiter and Saturn through a telescope.

Even through a relatively-low-power telescope, you can see Saturn's rings and the 4 Galilean moons of Jupiter (Europa, Ganymede, Io, and whatever-the-other-one-is-called).

It's pretty darn cool!
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Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:40 pm

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Europa, Ganymede, Io, and whatever-the-other-one-is-called

Callisto...
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Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:37 am

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 28):
I have a good pair of binoculars, so i'll have a try anyway. I'll start tomorrow as tonight is very cloudy here now.

Any luck? I haven't been able to get out early enough to try and see Mercury and the rest. Now that we started daylight saving time today, hopefully I'll be able to.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 30):
By the way what is the other line to the right of the pic?

If it's parallel to Jupiter and Venus, it's a star. If it's not, it's an airplane.

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 34):
Callisto...

Ahhh, thank you! Been a long time since I tried to remember those names!
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Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:56 pm

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 31):
I once saw Saturn through one and I'm just itching to get a powerful one.

I remember the first time I saw Saturn through my friend's telescope. We stayed up til about 3:30 AM to wait for it to come into view. When he got it focused and had me take a look I thought it wasn't even real - I swore he must have put a painting in the lens or something. It just knocked my socks off. Was probably the single most memorable thing I've ever viewed through a telescope. Would love to be able to see thing one of those truly gigantic ones - that has to be amazing to look at nebulae and galaxies etc
 
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Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:12 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 35):

Any luck? I haven't been able to get out early enough to try and see Mercury and the rest. Now that we started daylight saving time today, hopefully I'll be able to.

Last night was so clear here and also so is tonight here, loads of Stars and also Mars and the pair of Venus and Jupiter are shining bright and they are so close together that they look like a pair of eyes!  Oh and my binoculars are not that great, so im going to have to buy a new pair sometime.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 35):
If it's parallel to Jupiter and Venus, it's a star. If it's not, it's an airplane.

Oh right, well as I said before a fantastic pic. I look forward to more!  
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Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:59 am

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 37):

Oh right, well as I said before a fantastic pic. I look forward to more!

Ask and ye shall receive. Jupiter and Venus over Redondo Beach tonight. Wanted to get them all the way to the horizon, but clouds came up....

http://www.vksphoto.com/Skyscapes/Sk...4WX/0/X2/IMG3323CS5-3-12-12-X2.jpg
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Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:52 am

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So anyone else like looking up at night at the wide yonder known as Space?

Do you enjoy looking at Uranus?

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Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:17 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 38):
Ask and ye shall receive. Jupiter and Venus over Redondo Beach tonight. Wanted to get them all the way to the horizon, but clouds came up....

Thank you another great one, keep em coming!  
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Do you enjoy looking at Uranus?

(Someone had to say it! )

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Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:29 pm

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 39):
Do you enjoy looking at Uranus?

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RE: Anyone Enjoy Planet And Stargazing?

Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:28 pm

Great photos Vik. This reminded me back in '96 or '97 I got to see the Hale–Bopp comet through my university observatory's telescope. They opened it up late for the public for a few weeks.
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RE: Anyone Enjoy Planet And Stargazing?

Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:29 pm

I am glad there are others who like to look up as much as me. My, well I dont want to call it an obsession, started the fall of last year in earnest. I have always loved anything space related, but I started taking an astronomy course in university and I am now hooked.

My university has an open house at one of its on campus observatories and I have been every week helping out and volunteering. There are a few 8 inch reflectors on the roof, and the deluxe 32 inch reflector in the dome. It is a seriously beautiful telescope. It can track fast enough that if you really wanted to you could track the ISS across the sky.

At home I have two little telescopes, one is an old 4.5 inch reflector, and the other is a new star tracking 4 inch refractor. It is hard to use them here in the city, but there are a few places to go which are dark enough.

My biggest passion is taking pictures of the whole thing though. Aiming my lens at the night sky has become a very regular thing for me. In fact, I have started a blog where I try to post a photo I take every day, a-la APOD.
http://astrophotograph-a-day.blogspot.ca/
That is the link if anyone wants to check it out. I am by no means a professional photographer, but I try to take some nice shots. I am looking in to getting an adaptor for my camera to affix it to the end of telescopes.

Here is a photo from a few weeks ago.
From Astrophoto a Day

Jupiter and Venus were posing together over a lovely sunset.

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RE: Anyone Enjoy Planet And Stargazing?

Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:08 pm

I've become really interested in Astronoomy in recent years, so much so that the only channels i watch these days is Discovery and National Geographic! The BBC's ''Wonders of the Solar System'' with Professor Brian Cox was brilliant, much better than all the trashy reality TV stuff. Last wednesday i saw Venus and Jupiter lighting up the western sky after sunset, simply an awesome sight.
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RE: Anyone Enjoy Planet And Stargazing?

Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:54 pm

Quoting flyboyseven (Reply 43):

My biggest passion is taking pictures of the whole thing though. Aiming my lens at the night sky has become a very regular thing for me.

Same here. If only the LA sky had less light and air pollution....

Nice photo!

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 42):
Great photos Vik.

Thanks! Last one of the Venus-and-Jupiter series:

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RE: Anyone Enjoy Planet And Stargazing?

Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:03 pm

Ooo! I quite like that photo of Jupiter and Venus over the beach.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 45):
Same here. If only the LA sky had less light and air pollution....

That is my second biggest problem here as well after the darn clouds. Victoria is not nearly as big as LA, but there is always a lot of water in the air since we are on a peninsula on an island. Anyways, it all boils down to a huge dome of light pollution that is very difficult to escape. Aiming out over the water doesnt work either because in one direction there is Vancouver, In another there is Seattle, then Port Angeles, and then just more of the surrounding areas of Victoria. Aiming in the direction where there are no other cities is useless as well because then you are looking right out at Victoria! At least there are some nice little hill/mountain things to get up on top of some of the light.
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