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    Re: First Light

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    I'm so proud of spot for keeping busy & staying out of trouble!
    Ever since his Anti Social Behaviour Order, he's been staying in much more and the neighbourhood is much quieter
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    Re: First Light

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    Ever since his Anti Social Behaviour Order, he's been staying in much more and the neighbourhood is much quieter
    (chuckle)

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    Re: First Light

    It's so far back when I discarded all hope of staying out of trouble that I'd forgotten it was ever an option.

    I have, at the moment, absolutely no idea where any planet is or whether it's close, distant or hidden behind the sun. Before the clouds clear and it's dark out I ought to at least find a website or two that can answer these obvious questions.

    This woman - Sara - is absolutely brilliant. Narrowband information - Sara Wager Astrophotography

    Once you work out the subtle coding in this weather predictor it might say whether there's a clear night coming up, so you can plan ahead.

    Here we are - http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essent...saturn-mercury - up to date planet locations and brightnesses.
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    Re: First Light

    The Google Sky map App on my phone is perfect for showing just about every celestial body in the sky. It uses the phone's accelerometer to map out on the screen, the stars, constellations and planets, as you move the phone around the sky
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    That's a very useful suggestion, it's years since I last saw Google Sky and it had completely gone out of my head.
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    Re: First Light

    This is a magnificent paragraph from one of the three books I'm using to understand what to do.
    Galileo discovered the four major moons of Jupiter (forever after called the “Galilean satellites” in his honor); he was the first to see the phases of Venus and the rings of Saturn; he saw nebulae and clusters through a telescope for the first time. In fact, a careful checking of his observations indicates that he even observed, and recorded, the position of Neptune almost 200 years before anyone realized it was a planet. He did all this with a 1" aperture telescope.

    Consolmagno, Guy, and Dan M. Davis. Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope-- and How to Find Them. Cambridge University Press, Sixth printing 2011: p.18




    There's still been no break in the cloud.
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    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
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    Re: First Light

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    This is a magnificent paragraph from one of the three books I'm using to understand what to do.
    Galileo discovered the four major moons of Jupiter (forever after called the “Galilean satellites” in his honor); he was the first to see the phases of Venus and the rings of Saturn; he saw nebulae and clusters through a telescope for the first time. In fact, a careful checking of his observations indicates that he even observed, and recorded, the position of Neptune almost 200 years before anyone realized it was a planet. He did all this with a 1" aperture telescope.

    Consolmagno, Guy, and Dan M. Davis. Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope-- and How to Find Them. Cambridge University Press, Sixth printing 2011: p.18




    There's still been no break in the cloud.
    I've never quite got my head around that. He found a handful of needles in a field full of haystacks. I just can't find adequate words to describe how wonderful that all is.
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    Re: First Light

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    My new back yard is a great place to view the skies. I've been watching Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter slowly march across the sky. I gave my telescope to a grandkid a few years ago, and feeling the temptation to get another.

    With my 300 mm Lens on my Nikon, I can just make out a couple of Jupiter's moons. Need to stay up late and try to see Saturn's moons, too, I guess.
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