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Old 12-11-2006, 02:01 PM
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hi all

hi all, i'm new to these forums. My names michael and i'm 13, i live in sunshine coast, qld and i'm sorta a newb to astronomy and i'm finding it very fun, but i only hav binoculers at the moment lol. I just finished taking lvl 1 astronomy courses at my local observatory, and paul ([1ponders]) suggested these forums to me.

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Old 12-11-2006, 02:37 PM
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Hi Michael!
It's great you joined up. They're a nice bunch in here.
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:57 PM
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Michael to our group,Paul(1 ponders ) has put you on the right track,see if you can get your Dad to bring you along to one of our get togethers in the future.
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:14 PM
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Hi Michael, welcome to the group you have come to the right place. There are a lot of people here that will be able to help you in regards to any astronomical questions you may have.

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Old 12-11-2006, 05:24 PM
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Welcome Michael!

Good to have another youngin' amongst all us old fogies

Great that you have done an astronomy course! Now you can teach us a thing or two

Enjoy your time here.
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:31 PM
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Saturn

I see some images of saturn, in the image section of this site.
Will I be able to see Saturn with my 10 inch Dob?
What do you recommend for a good place to look at for newbie other than the moon?

Thanks for your
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:41 PM
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G'day Grafted. In a 10mm eyepiece Saturn will blow you away with your dob. It will be stunning.

Why not do a weekend trip away and come up to Cambroon near Kenilworth next Saturday night. Some of us Sunshine Coasters and Brisbanite IISers get together most new moons. Check out the map here and the get together info here
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:51 PM
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Hi Grafted,
through a 10" Dob I think you will have a very good view of Saturn and it's rings. At the moment it's rising at about 1:00 am in the North East in your location.
There are a lot of great objects out at the moment that are quite easily seen through a 10". I would suggest to get some stars charts and go hunting for some of the brighter one to get your eye in. There is a handy star chart at skymaps.com which show a lot of the brighter objects for viewing.
If you get a chance, go along to your Astonomical club/society you will also find a lot of helpful people there to steer you in the right direction.

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Old 12-11-2006, 05:57 PM
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G'day Grafted. In a 10mm eyepiece Saturn will blow you away with your dob. It will be stunning.

Why not do a weekend trip away and come up to Cambroon near Kenilworth next Saturday night. Some of us Sunshine Coasters and Brisbanite IISers get together most new moons. Check out the map here and the get together info here
Thanks for the invite I really appreciate it, however the wife and I have organised the babysitter so that we go out to dinner than some "quality time" (my wifes words not mine) together.
Unfortunately I will have to pass that offer up.
Please let me know the next gathering , I would love to meet up with you guys and learn.
Once again thanks for the invite.
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:00 PM
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I think the next ones will be about the 16th or the 23rd of December, though if next weekends doesn't come off due to weather there may be another one on the following weekend.
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The Gathering

I'll put it in the diary.
If you can let me know the location closer to the date I would appreciate it.
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:04 PM
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Check out the map here and the get together info here
Click on the blue "here" link above for a map, and keep an eye on the Star Parties and Observing Sessions forum. Any get togethers will also show up in the left hand frame in the Event Calendar.
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Ok

Got it
Thanks for the help.

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Saturday Night

Saturday Night 19-11-06 (last night) Was very clear at Redland Bay, Heaps of stars out.. wish I had my Telescope.
Should arrive Monday .

Did anyone have a look at the night Sky last night?
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:57 AM
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Hi everyone.

How could I not be interested when my Dad got me up early one morning in 1965 and I saw this:-

http://www.daviddarling.info/images/Ikeya_Seki.jpg

It's taken many years before I could do something about my interest, but I'm going out to a darkish sky location outside Melbourne Sunday night with a newly arrived pair of 20x80s (and tripod) to see what I can see! I'm graduating from a pair of 12x60s I've had for a few months which have been a revelation - the moons of Jupiter, seen only a mere 400 years after Galileo!

I'm hunting M31, the Jewel Box, M42 etc. Wish me luck!

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Old 02-12-2006, 06:33 AM
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eric! Sounds like a great way to get hooked on the hobby!

Hope you enjoy your time on IIS here and I look forward to your contributions!
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:57 AM
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Welcome Erick, with a pair of 20x80's you should definitely get some good views. It would have been nice to get a view of Ikeya-Seki but I was only 5 at the time and missed, hopefully there will be others.

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Old 02-12-2006, 09:29 PM
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Thanks guys!

ps. Who do I call to get the Moon switched off tomorrow night?
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Old 02-12-2006, 10:44 PM
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Mmmmmmm

maybe someone on 'Cloudy Nights' would know !

what do you reckon gang ?

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....Who do I call to get the Moon switched off tomorrow night?
Why didn't someone warn me? Apart from an eclipse, the only sure way of switching off the Moon is to park big black clouds in front of it. But it's easier to just cover the whole sky.

We left Melbourne with mostly clear skies and a clear night weather forecast and only got in 15 mins of looking at the Moon. Betelgeuse was glimpsed briefly rising before it went behind cloud. Packed up at 10:30 and drove home. 5 minutes from home, in Melbourne's glare, the clouds dispersed and the Southern Cross, Orion, Moon all decide to show themselves!

Is amateur astronomy always this much fun?

OK, back to the forward weather forecasts and a correlation with the diary to come up with some more dates. I realise now that close to full moon is not the time to go looking at stars etc? True?

On another matter, where on the forum will there be information about viewing the Geminids from Victoria - date/time etc? I cannot seem to calculate correctly which early morning will be the best?
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