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Vermonter
2003-Feb-21, 02:55 AM
Very nice night here in central Vermont...the cold weather helps a lot with viewing the stars. I wish I had a telescope, Jupiter and Saturn are in a great position tonight. Really beautiful out there!

Glom
2003-Feb-21, 12:11 PM
Just get a starchart, a red torch and some binoculars.

traztx
2003-Feb-21, 04:11 PM
I brought my modest 4" reflector to my most recent camping trip. My buddies were amazed when they got to see Saturn. It just looks so unreal, suspended in the sky with the ring around it.

aurorae
2003-Feb-21, 05:19 PM
On 2003-02-21 07:11, Glom wrote:
Just get a starchart, a red torch and some binoculars.



Flashlight to those in the US, where a "torch" is something that angry villagers carry (along with pitchforks) when they storm the castle of the mad doctor.

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Glom
2003-Feb-21, 05:41 PM
That's what I meant. You need to burn down the houses of the villagers so they don't turn their lights on and ruin your dark vision. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif

Donnie B.
2003-Feb-21, 08:03 PM
But the smoke from the fires is even worse, when lit from underneath by the flames.

Best to just cut their power lines.

Zap
2003-Feb-21, 08:21 PM
Try looking at Saturn in a 2 ft telescope (from an observatory). Amazing amazing amazing. Jupiter is nice too. I plan on hopefully getting a 4" Nexstar telescope this year, and was supposed to go back to the observatory tonight. Rain has interfered with my plans, however. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif

Glom
2003-Feb-21, 08:40 PM
On 2003-02-21 15:03, Donnie B. wrote:
But the smoke from the fires is even worse, when lit from underneath by the flames.


Obviously you should extinguish the flames first.



Best to just cut their power lines.


Yes but then you could get arrested for willful destruction of vital infrastructure.

Kiwi
2003-Feb-22, 09:36 AM
With a pair of 7x or 8x binoculars you can see Jupiter's four biggest moons. The binoculars must be focussed accurately and held absolutely still -- I use a cloth bag half filled with rice to cradle the binoculars against the corner of a wall, and I keep my eyes a little back from the eyepiece to prevent jiggling the binoculars.

You can also see that Saturn forms a slight oval shape in binoculars.

Then there's the Omega Centauri globular cluster, LMC, SMC, Jewel Box etc. -- all naked-eye sights for us southerners.

Added: Yee-hah! Tonight I saw the ISS on two successive orbits. First time was by accident -- stepped outside and happened to immediately see it a few degrees above Jupiter, and the next was by looking it up on http://www.heavens-above.com


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