Astronomy on the cheap

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Uncle, I will be doing that professionally in Washington :-) (kind of - coming over to build relationships between UK and US research funders - including astronomy bullshit)

ljubljana, Sunday, 9 November 2008 19:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Maybe you'd better move to Hollywood if you want to see the stars up close :-)

StanM, Sunday, 9 November 2008 19:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

Moon In My Room

ljubljana, Sunday, 9 November 2008 20:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Er, that could be misinterpreted, but luckily I believe not even Ned has pictures of my own actual room for photoshopping purposes

ljubljana, Sunday, 9 November 2008 20:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

In this day and age, surely I should be able to buy a telescope which plugs into a USB port, so I can see its output on my monitor instead of peering through a little eyehole? Surely it should be giving me images at about 8MP? And surely I should be able to just type in "SATURN" and (because the telescope has GPS and an internal clock and a built in compass and eveything) it should just be able to point at and focus on saturn for me? Surely I should be able to buy something that does all this for about £450?

JimD, Saturday, 1 August 2009 08:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

I agree!

StanM, Saturday, 1 August 2009 08:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

okay, not cheap. but the they're out there.

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Saturday, 1 August 2009 09:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ooh, ok, I'm excited.

JimD, Saturday, 1 August 2009 17:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I never really pay attention to this stuff, but Jupiter and Venus were so bright in the sky tonight, Mars too. Could see a couple of the moons orbiting Jupiter with just my birding binoculars, nice to be able to show my kids ~the wonders of the solar system~. Cue fruit orbiting the fruit bowl on the kitchen table trying to explain it all to them.

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Also that star chart app on my iPad, so worth it.

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Jupiter and Venus were just nuts tonight! And so close to each other.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:24 (five years ago) Permalink

you should be able to see mercury a little bit after sundown if you can see that close to the horizon too. it'll be in the path between jupiter/venus and where the sun went down. and saturn comes up later in the evening down below mars!

wmlynch, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:41 (five years ago) Permalink

wmlynch, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Yah Jupiter and Venus were last night closest to the earth since some long time, and if you're into astrology apparently it also forms something called a "Grand Trine" with Pluto, which is v auspicious so Ive read. All happened on my b'day too, which felt confidence-boosting!

I really noticd that venus/jupiter lineup the last 2 nights though, really amazing!

Medical Dance Crab With Lesson (Trayce), Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Happy birthday!

StanM, Thursday, 15 March 2012 07:59 (five years ago) Permalink

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