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by helicon
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Kobe Bryant death in helicopter crash
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Kobe Bryant death in helicopter crash

Very sad story - I was shocked when I heard the news. Thoughts and prayers to the families of the all the victims.
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Deep Sky Objects
Topic: NGC7822 bicolor (v2) first pixinsight image!
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: NGC7822 bicolor (v2) first pixinsight image!

Great image Micke! Congrats!
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: NESSI studies planet exoplanet atmospheres
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: NESSI studies planet exoplanet atmospheres

Recently, NESSI observed these planets crossing their host stars, proving the instrument would be able to help confirm possible planets previously observed by other telescopes. Now it is ready for more detailed studies of distant cousins of our solar system. And while the instrument is designed to ...
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Beginners forum
Topic: Seasonal changes for viewing, AP
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Seasonal changes for viewing, AP

My favorites are Spring and Fall. I like to cheat as well - getting up early on autumn mornings when it is not cold yet to see the Winter constellations and observe them in a long sleeved -T. Likewise, I get up on Spring mornings to view the Summer constellations. A caveat here is that summer eves a...
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Space Exploration
Topic: Crucial Safety Test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon Capsule Delayed to Jan. 18
Replies: 12
Views: 179

Re: Crucial Safety Test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon Capsule Delayed to Jan. 18

Good news Stephen - I'm glad to see that the summary reports indicate that the operation was a complete success. Bodes well for future missions including those with astronauts aboard.
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Explore Scientific mounts
Topic: Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az mount
Replies: 8
Views: 461

Re: Explore Scientific Twilight II Alt-Az mount

The moonlite focuser is a real gem. That said, I am resurrecting this thread to ask a question. Curious if anyone has mounted a Celestron Edge 11" on the T2? The specs say it weighs 30 lbs. yet the mount may be a bit undersized to handle both a 152 and a C11. Anyway, this would be fine for visual bu...
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Other Accessories
Topic: Red lights
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Red lights

I use red nail polish on a flashlight - works like a charm. Though I'm thinking of getting a red head-lamp so that I have both hands free to look at my charts. (IDSA or Pocket Sky Atlas).
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Meade telescopes
Topic: Meade Files Bankruptcy
Replies: 16
Views: 647

Re: Meade Files Bankruptcy

Meade probably won't be able to pay the damages ($$$) awarded to Orion, so most likely it will end up in bankruptcy or an ABC (Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors). I imagine after the process that someone will acquire the brand name and any other "goodwill" and slap it on the side of some scopes.
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Deep Sky Objects
Topic: Thor's Helmet...First Try Ever
Replies: 14
Views: 184

Re: Thor's Helmet...First Try Ever

Great image Tom. I like the bluish tinge. Congrats on winning the Astrophotograph of the Day!
by helicon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy Birthday 10538 (Ed)!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 97

Happy Birthday 10538 (Ed)!!!

Happy Birthday Ed!

I hope it is a great day for you!

And, many more trips around 'Ol Sol!

:occasion-birthday:
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Kepler data show new dwarf nova
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Kepler data show new dwarf nova

Vampire star? Bela Lugosi?

Actually I really like phys.org because the pages load without hassle and not too many ads. Space.com, a different story...
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Star Trek Picard
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: Star Trek Picard

I never watched Voyager or Deep Space Nine. Too busy working in those days...
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Astronomy News
Topic: Solar Orbiter, a new mission to the sun by Europe and NASA, to launch next month
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Solar Orbiter, a new mission to the sun by Europe and NASA, to launch next month

Fairly typical for launches to be delayed because of glitches. Just good to know early so the launch did not have to be canceled at the last minute.
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Star Trek Picard
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: Star Trek Picard

Looks good since I was a fan of original Trek and the Next Generation. However I don't subscribe to CBS All Access...the streaming service. So I am not sure when I will be able to see it.
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Refractor type Telescopes
Topic: A Tale Of Two Refractors
Replies: 13
Views: 167

Re: A Tale Of Two Refractors

Great review of the scopes. I'll have to pick up a longer focal length doublet at some point.
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Astronomy Reports
Topic: C/2017 T2 Pannstarrs, Comet of January and February 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: C/2017 T2 Pannstarrs, Comet of January and February 2020

Nice John. I can just see your rendition of the tail - excellent sketch!
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Dr H video on gravitational wave echo in BH mergers
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: Dr H video on gravitational wave echo in BH mergers

Thanks for posting and pass the popcorn!
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy Lunar New Year
Replies: 11
Views: 150

Re: Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Year of the Rat. I think Chinese food is a great idea Marshall.
by helicon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Beginners forum
Topic: recommendations for high light pollution, visual
Replies: 12
Views: 265

Re: recommendations for high light pollution, visual

A lot of people enjoy observing and trying to split interesting doubles and binary stars as their observation can be less affected by LP. I understand that these are often best hunted down with a good refractor - and it doesn't need to be huge as they will often take more magnification than the usu...
by helicon
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Deep Sky Objects
Topic: Monkey Head Nebula - NGC 2174
Replies: 15
Views: 191

Re: Monkey Head Nebula - NGC 2174

Nice image Steve and great that it was selected as today's highlighted photo! Good luck with your new processes, as well.

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