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rathbaster
Post subject: Re: February 2021 Celestial Calendar Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:07 am

 
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Thanks Dave, I find this very useful for planning my sky talks I am now giving more or less weekly in the astronomy class I teach :) :thumbsup:
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Happy New Year!!! Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:31 pm

 
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Erik wrote: *  Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:41 pm
Lol yes, let’s hope we can raise the bar by 2022! 😂
Fortunately the existing bar is low :omg:
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: RIP Arecibo. Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:28 pm

 
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The best hope is that a new scope will rise from the ashes.
They could call it Arecibo Phoenix
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Happy New Year!!! Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:02 pm

 
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If 'amazing' can be taken as 'bad amazing' than 2020 was indeed amazing
with many things I never expected to see and wished I hadn't

SO here's to hoping 2021 is a better year than the last (yes, the bar is low)
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Interesting article confirming what was long theorized Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:17 am

 
Forum: Cosmology
Replies: 3
Views: 2351
 


The article title is inaccurate. From the abstract I could access what they did is confirm the neutrino count produced by CNO fusion in our star. Effectively they were sorting the many daily neutrino detections out which is far more than the neutrinos produced by CNO fusion in the Sun alone. You are...
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: December 2020 Celestial Calendar Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:59 am

 
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Thanks for this Dave
I particularly like the historical discovery information :)
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: MARS!!! Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:16 am

 
Forum: Observing
Topic: MARS!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 4228
 


Thanks Seeing was really good when I did that sketch...in typical New England fashion seeing has been terrible since then. (And the best night this past week I was to busy with real world stuff to get setup :cry: ) I had some time before I had to teach on Tuesday night so I set up the scope on the M...
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: MARS!!! Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:58 am

 
Forum: Observing
Topic: MARS!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 4228
 


I think of it as poor because its a tiny free-hand sketch...I hadn't dug out my sketching gear at the time so didn't have a circle template with me :D

It's good to be back to observing outside my front door and rediscovering the places I used to go online for astronomy :)
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: MARS!!! Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:01 am

 
Forum: Observing
Topic: MARS!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 4228
 


My rather poor sketch of Mars from Nov 8

After several years of observing from work (at a local University) I am forced to observe from home...my last remaining telescope is perfect for planets (76.2mm x 1200mm Refractor) and has not disappointed on Mars (now if the sky would only behave so well....)
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Lost our dog yesterday Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 2:09 am

 
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My condolences on the loss of your furry friend.

-Joe
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Possible Bino-Junky in the Making Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:53 am

 
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Erik wrote:
Everything you said makes it clear- MORE ASTRO-GEAR is always the solution!!! :lol:
I couldn't agree more. :mrgreen:
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: RIP, Leonard Nimoy Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:23 am

 
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He has boldly gone were someday all of us will follow.
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Christmas Tree, Cone and Hubble's variable nebula Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:16 pm

 
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That's awesome!
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: NASA photos from moon training surface Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:38 pm

 
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I love that shot of Buzz belting the hoax guy.
I show it in my space exploration class every semester. :D
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: What's up with Cloudy Nights?!? Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:14 pm

 
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Kawx4d wrote:
Not to mention the "social media" crap they put on there. Not the place for it.
I think part of the problem is that they had begun to see themselves as more of a social site than an equipment discussion site so they leaned more heavily to the socializing side.
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: The New Cosmos!!! Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:35 pm

 
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I watched it on Monday on Hulu. (I don't have cable) I discovered today that I could get the episodes from Amazon for a very modest price and have re-watched the first episode. In one word: Awesome. As a BIG fan of the original I was pleased that so many phrases and lines from the original were pres...
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Binoviewing schtuff on the way! Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:39 pm

 
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Cool.

Can't wait to read how well it works.
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: G&G for quick sessions Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:41 am

 
Forum: Observing
Replies: 17
Views: 22209
 


An interesting dilemma. If you can get an 8" dob in the vehicle it would probably be the best thing going. Before I got my C-8 I used a 6" F/5 on my Astro-Tech Voyager mount. The scope is an older Vixen R150S with the sliding focuser. JMI makes a powered focuser for it which makes focusing a breeze....
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:57 pm

 
Forum: Observing
Replies: 7
Views: 9963
 


Had we found it earlier in the night, I and my students would have sketched it. We found it after a little over an hour in the cold and my fingers were already numb. The two students still with me were similarly cold, but one said he'd try and sketch it later from memory. He was so elated that he sa...
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:09 pm

 
Forum: Observing
Replies: 7
Views: 9963
 


I got to see it tonight, but was to cold to sketch it.

Joe
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:35 am

 
Forum: Observing
Replies: 7
Views: 9963
 


Not yet :( In a strange twist of fate I've been outside with my astronomy class a few times since it appeared, but have not had the chance to track it down on those nights. The two nights I've had for myself have been very poor seeing with stars only visible down to Mag 3. I've also been testing out...
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:52 am

 
Forum: Observing
Replies: 7
Views: 9963
 


Congratulations.

I hunted for M82 last night but sky conditions here in SE Massachusetts were not good for any faint fuzzy. :(
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Sunspot AR1967 Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:38 am

 
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Very cool.
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: The "Soul" Nebula IC1848 Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:36 am

 
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Awesome.
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: M82 and SN2014J Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:43 pm

 
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Views: 10672
 


What size scope did you use?

-joe
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Mars 2014 01 17 Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:42 pm

 
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Views: 3755
 


Cool.
:D
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: John Dobson, R.I.P. Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:41 pm

 
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My first view of Saturn was from a 12" long FL Dob constructed by my mentor when I was an undergraduate. Without the John Dobson's mount I would not be supervising two undergraduates in the reconstruction of an old 17.5" dob into a truss rod scope.

Rest in Peace John Dobson and dream of the stars.
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: New Mount! Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:38 pm

 
Topic: New Mount!
Replies: 16
Views: 22671
 


Very nice.
There's something about the appearance of well crafted mounts which makes them exciting just to look at. :D

My cat also inspects any new astrogear that arrives in boxes. I think he's mostly interested in the boxes themselves since he lurks in them once there is no gear. :p

-joe
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Sunspot AR1944 Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:09 am

 
Replies: 5
Views: 4998
 


Nice.
Time to break out the solar scope at work....if the cloud cover goes away.

Joe
rathbaster
Post subject: Re: Jupiter 2013 12 04 -- Io shadow transit Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:04 pm

 
Replies: 7
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Very nice, I like the animated sketch. I may have to try something like that myself. :D
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