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Any budding astronomers?

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What have you done Strat?
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we???
What have you done Strat?

It was a political 'we' Petlew.
I'm torn between a new Blue-ray player (needed) or a telescope (much desired)....or both (perish the thought).
Come on Mav...you don't get away that easily.

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Late to the party, as usual  Tongue
I got interested (again) in astronomy and did some serious research a couple years back, and heeded the advice most savvy amateur astronomers will dish out for beginners: "You're better off with a half-decent pair of binoculars to start with".
So I bought myself a pair of 10x50 bins, which are pretty much the limit for hand holding, any higher magnification and you'll need a tripod. Have used that since and they have served me well, for night and day observation Smiley
Just last night I was out with them and was able to spot the Andromeda Galaxy (!), very pleased with that, and the usual suspects, the Pleiades which are always a comforting place to stop for a few minutes. Other things worthy of mention I've been able to spot with them, the moons of Jupiter on clear enough nights, they show as tiny pins of light around Jupiter, and the ISS.
Stellarium has been my guide for all my observations, I love jumping into the future and seeing what each evening has to offer.
Based on advice and other research, I ended up making a decision on which telescope I'll be getting as my first telescope now I've decided my interest in astronomy is more than just a passing fad. I have my heart set on this Skywatcher, it has a 150mm parabolic mirror, hence the 150p, which wields a higher quality image than conventional reflecting mirrors since it corrects some of the spherical aberration.
I won't be getting the motorised GOTO version as it's not only too dear, but I plan to find my own way around the night sky, not have the fun spoiled by automagical jiggery pokery.
I had considered the 130P for my 1st telescope before getting the binoculars, but now I'm sure I want something a little beefier. The 1145P is also a good starters choice, according to the reviews. They are both in this page.
Lastly, I'd advise to shop around once you've decided what to get, I ended up saving around £20 on my bins when compared to what most places were asking for them.
Just my 2p...
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Reviving this thread is not bumping...... I hope !   Roll_eyes

No need for scopes... just settle down indoors on your sofa and watch......
 
Building the International Space Station
Season 2 Episode 6 of 10
Space Station Documentary examining the technological advances that made the construction of the International Space Station possible.
Channel 5
7:00pm-8:00pm (1 hour ) Fri 16 Aug

(Subtitles) (Repeat)

and again... 1 hour later

Channel 5 (+1) 8:00pm Fri 16 Aug
enjoy !
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NASA TV are currently showing a space walk streaming from the space station -
        http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html?param=public#.Ug5qxuKy6tU,
to add an external ethernet cable between two sections of the station !
How high tech !  Shocked
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Keck - summer school - lecture of the week is on the Andromeda Galaxy
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This looks a bit basic for most chit chat posters
but it's free, online and certificated, lasts 12 weeks and involves 6-12 hours a week study/workload
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Posting to an old topic as I don't anticipate that this news justifies a new topic of its own.
The BBC decided that as there were three nights of Stargazing Live in January 2014 it would not bother with Sky At Night this month. A bad move I think as, despite all the good bits, the former contained much that was neither star gazing nor live. I have just belated discovered that three of the regular Sky At Night presenters had a live video chat session that they dubbed "Definitely Not The Sky At Night"  as a substitute for the broadcast programme and uploaded a recording of it  to YouTube. This may be of interest to budding astronomers.


Personally I found this simple "programme" preferable to the broadcast programme as it lacked the nonsense / celebs that it seems the BBC feels every TV science programme must have.
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@alanf, thanks for posting, 'Hangouts' seem to be the future of specialist TV programs.
I've been following "Fraser Cain's" weekly Space Hangout. Some good images of ISON at 5:00
this one on ISON and Jade Rabbit
edit ISON from SDO camera   20 second clip