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03-25-2012 11:10 AM
knothead
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

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Knothead, where on our planet are you located? I'm in western Maine.
West central Florida.
03-25-2012 02:34 AM
sailguy40
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

The night skies have been really nice lately! In fact i just pointed this out to my girlfriend this evening after we got back from sailing. I've been into amateur astronomy off and on since i was a young kid. I started with a 70mm refractor then went up to a 114mm reflector then finally i had an 8˝ Schmidt Cassegrain telescope which i sold a couple years ago. This past week i been looking to get another scope. Was thinking about a tabletop scope from orion to bring onboard but it could get aggravating with rough waters
03-24-2012 10:40 PM
skygazer
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

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A new supernova too. .5 degrees from Mars. Apparent.

Supernova in M95 - Deep Sky Videos - YouTube
Knothead, where on our planet are you located? I'm in western Maine.
03-24-2012 10:37 PM
skygazer
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

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In high summer, Uranus is also a good target.
Neptune is a real challenge, even through my best scopes.
I have never seen Neptune for sure.
This far north (57 deg), Neptune is very low in the sky.
.
It should be visible for you, with a good scope. May just look like a star. I first saw Neptune in the late 70's from northern Nova Scotia (not as far north as you) with my 6 inch reflector telescope. I looked over a period weeks and could see it move against the background stars; before computers, using Guy Ottowell's Astronomical Calendar. It was quite high in the sky at that time and location.

I've seen it much more easily several times here in Maine, with a 20 inch reflector and the help of computers to know where it is, not to aim the scope. I believe it is getting higher, i.e., moving into a higher - for the north -area of the ecliptic.

A couple years ago it was near Uranus and it was easy to see both of them. Uranus has been moving ahead since then. Right now, both are too near (apparently) the sun to see either. I believe Neptune's opposition is in late August, which is when I've seen it here in Maine.
03-24-2012 09:00 PM
knothead
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

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And Mars has been visible as well, about 90 degrees behind Venus and Jupiter. Just look for the reddish looking star. We’ve had a wonderful view of all out here on the West Coast.
A new supernova too. .5 degrees from Mars. Apparent.

03-24-2012 08:39 PM
Smart Pig
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

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It is a treat up in the sky right now. I've been waiting anxiously for "launch madness"; 5 rocket launches in 5 minutes from NASA's Wallops Island facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
During NASA's heyday (Mercury through Apollo) we lived in Melbourne, just south of the Cape. For the Apollo program, we watched every single Saturn V go up -- and the night shots were breathtaking, almost like watching the sun rise.
03-24-2012 08:25 PM
Rockter
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

In high summer, Uranus is also a good target.
Neptune is a real challenge, even through my best scopes.
I have never seen Neptune for sure.
This far north (57 deg), Neptune is very low in the sky.
.
03-24-2012 08:15 PM
windward54
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

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Hey y'all,
I should also mention that I found a spectacular free planetarium program called Stellarium The cool thing about this site is that once you download it you don't need an internet connection to use it. You just put in your lat/lon, and voila!, they are the stars from your location.
It is not like the programs on some phones where you point at the sky and it moves, you move the screen with your mouse. It really is cool, and as I said, it's free.
Great program. I do like my Star Walk on my iPhone, but this is a really nice program. and the price is right!
03-24-2012 12:53 PM
skygazer
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

Also, you can install Stellarium into a USB drive and put it in your pocket, then use it on any computer.
03-24-2012 12:47 PM
CruiseICW
Re: Catch Moon, Venus, Jupiter--great show up there

Hey y'all,
I should also mention that I found a spectacular free planetarium program called Stellarium The cool thing about this site is that once you download it you don't need an internet connection to use it. You just put in your lat/lon, and voila!, they are the stars from your location.
It is not like the programs on some phones where you point at the sky and it moves, you move the screen with your mouse. It really is cool, and as I said, it's free.
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