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    I've always been fascinated by the stars. I've had a few telescopes through the years, but I'm really more one to just wander around at night looking at the stars and planets. Being at a high latitude in MN brings all new excitement to the star gazing. We also have some amazingly dark skies--I've seen more shooting stars here than I've ever seen in my life. I will admit with the internet bringing the far reaches of the galaxy to only a few clicks away, the thrill is somewhat diminished. Nonetheless, it is still fun to look up.

    To kick off a star gazers thread, I'm going to post up pictures of the moon during the lunar eclipse that occurred in the late 2000's (2008?).

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    These were taken with a point and shoot digital camera placed up next to the eyepiece in my Meade ETX 90 telescope.

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    Love those shots of the moon.
    I really enjoy seeing all the stars when I go camping far away from the city lights. Yes even here in Hawaii, the night's sky suffers from "urban pollution".

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    Nice !

    Like you I dig staring up at the sky.
    Living 40 mins. north of San Francisco I get some dark sky. But being in a condo, it's tough to avoid porch and street lights.
    Lake Sonoma, another 30 min. north has some sutable dark areas to support the local club Star Partys and observing.

    I dont have a scope ...yet. Maybe this year.
    I do have a nice 10x 50 binocular.

    I've made a barn door tracker to start some Astrophotography. Not very good at it, though I didnt give photo stacking a solid effort.

    This Thread should turn out nice.
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    I believe Jupiter is high in the sky currently after dusk. Later on, Saturn comes up out of the NE?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    I believe Jupiter is high in the sky currently after dusk.
    Yes, in Taurus bettwen it and the Pleiades.
    Uranus is low in the west right now , in Pisces

    I get these off Sky and Telescopes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Yes, in Taurus bettwen it and the Pleiades.
    Uranus is low in the west right now , in Pisces
    Uranus can't be seen with the naked eye, can it?
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    For tomorrow night.

    Sunday, February 3


    •February is when Orion stands highest in the south in early evening. And this season, Orion is framed between the two brightest points in the sky: Jupiter high to its upper right and Sirius down to its lower left. Introduce them to someone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Uranus can't be seen with the naked eye, can it?
    You'll need really dark sky.
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    I use Sky and Telescope, too.

    Anyone ever found a meteorite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Anyone ever found a meteorite?
    nope, but here's a story:

    A gray, 2-inch rock that hit a Novato home is the first confirmed chunk of the meteor that dramatically exploded over the Bay Area
    I was driving home on a dark strech of road bettween Novato and Petaluma... I thought the Meteorite was going to land on me. It lit the top of my truck like the light off a ghetto bird chasing a perp. Banged my head against the drivers window to see it vaporize,.. very cool.



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    I read somewhere two very visible comets will occur in 2013....one starts at the end of this month, I believe.
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    I grew up in northern Ontario. Observing Aurora Borealis was common.



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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    .one starts at the end of this month, I believe.
    this is one:
    A near-Earth asteroid – called 2012 DA14 by astronomers – will pass very close to Earth on February 15, 2013. Astronomers estimate that, when it’s closest to us, it’ll be within the orbit of the moon (which is about 240,000 miles away), and within the orbits of geosynchronous satellites (about 26,000 miles up). 2012 DA14 will be about 21,000 miles (35,000 kilometers) away
    the other passed Jan 9th.
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    Some great shots
    I've always been into checking out the sky's. And Colorado is a great place to do it. The high altitude dark clear sky really makes for some awesome sights. I see shooting stars all the time. When I was in San Diego the star gazing sucked due to the city lights and fog and clouds off the ocean. But we would drive out an hour to the mountains or better yet two hours to the desert and see some amazing star gazing.
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    This one may become brighter than a full moon, and be seen in clear daylight. It may also be seen all through December and into January of 2014....
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    I've only had it out twice since we moved to Phoenix 4 years ago, draws in too many street lights, doesn't see nearly as well as it did back where I lived in Michigan. The last time that I had it out, there was oil dripped from the focuser down into the secondary mirror, I had to open it up and clean it with distilled water and alcohol. The tube may or may not be ruined, haven't decided yet. There may be a very heavy duty mount and some top quality eye pieces coming on the market soon.

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    Wow. Some great shots. I would totally make a special trip just to see the aurora borealis. It sort of doesn't look real.

    Stars reminds me of camping. I never get to see them so when I do, it's about the most beautiful things in the universe. You lucky souls that live places where they fill the skies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    I've only had it out twice since we moved
    14" ?
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    Nice bangs, Optimus.
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    And the theme song for this thread is ''star gazer'' by MOTHER LOVE BONE the greatest band ever to come out of the states let alone seattle....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    14" ?
    11"

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    Nice bangs, Optimus.
    11"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I grew up in northern Ontario. Observing Aurora Borealis was common.



    This is on my bucket list of things to see. I need to travel a few hundred miles north to have a good chance.

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    A few hundred miles isn't excessive. Drive up, a little Pizza Hut, view the borealis, over night in a Comfort Inn, grab some egg Mcmuffins and coffee and scoot back home. A 24 hour mini vacation and one goal knocked off your bucket list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    A few hundred miles isn't excessive. Drive up, a little Pizza Hut, view the borealis, over night in a Comfort Inn, grab some egg Mcmuffins and coffee and scoot back home. A 24 hour mini vacation and one goal knocked off your bucket list.
    Indeed. I'll have to throw in a weekend here on the road trip
    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_tra...mtnbiking.html

    I've heard it is some of the best trails in the country with some of the darkest skies in the country.

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