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Old 07-29-2020, 01:53 AM   #221
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Have you caught the ISS? Depending on it's orbit?

I’ve seen the ISS a handful of times. Fun one to catch - just need to know when it’s out there. Much like a planet, you can sort of tell that it’s a proper object and not just a moving point due to the relative size and speed. Not very likely for a picture like that of dabiggestu2fan’s to be the ISS though - could be anything.

I’ve got a whole video of the ISS transiting during my time living in Italy. I believe the term “space boner” was captured by one of my friends in the video.
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:49 AM   #222
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I believe the term “space boner” was captured by one of my friends in the video.
i don't know that just because you were looking up at the stars at the same time that it really counts as a "space boner" but to each their own, i won't kinkshame.
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It was a six-some if that’s where your head goes, Dave-id
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Old 07-29-2020, 11:14 PM   #224
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Sooo cool LN7 on seeing the ISS (and more than once, too)!
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Old 07-30-2020, 02:55 AM   #225
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You can, too! https://www.astroviewer.net/iss/en/observation.php

Enter your location and look for transit times!
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:42 AM   #226
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:43 AM   #227
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Perseverance (and Ingenuity) is/are on it's way to Mars!


Signal acquisition occurred from the separated launch veichal after it cleared Earth's shadow about 30 mins ago.

Now about 7 month journey to Mars - landing date:
February 18, 2021!
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Old 07-30-2020, 06:43 PM   #228
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You can, too! https://www.astroviewer.net/iss/en/observation.php

Enter your location and look for transit times!
Neat!
I looked at it. So I'll wait for cooler, drier (and, naturally,clear) weather Sept, early Oct to give it a try, and when the reflection light green bars are full.
Thanks, LN7.
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Hey, dab

Thought you'd get a chuckle out of this. Nothing as fancy as Mars, Saturn or further out there...

So some years ago I got a Cannon Power Shot with a optical ?12x zoom (and a 40x digital zoom). It dawned on me at some point to take a photo of the full moon.

I thought I would swoon when I was able to get genuine Moon photos - where you could see the cast shadows inside a crater from it craggy edges, and the cast shadows from same but opposite side craggy edges on to the outside landscape of the craters. Craters intersecting with other craters and the darker plains.
Somewhat sharp, not completely but still it's The Moon, and didn't even need to have a telescope to actually see something that represented 'Space'.
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Hi Dazzle and all! Here is my new toy! Now if only I could get the weather and smoke to cooperate and I can get a decent day to
Use it
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Hi Dazzle and all! Here is my new toy! Now if only I could get the weather and smoke to cooperate and I can get a decent day to
Use it
Oops I guess it will not let me post a video of my new scope I’ll try uploading it on YouTube later and send you the link. Here is a picture of it though! Hopefully this works!
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Hey, dab

Thought you'd get a chuckle out of this. Nothing as fancy as Mars, Saturn or further out there...

So some years ago I got a Cannon Power Shot with a optical ?12x zoom (and a 40x digital zoom). It dawned on me at some point to take a photo of the full moon.

I thought I would swoon when I was able to get genuine Moon photos - where you could see the cast shadows inside a crater from it craggy edges, and the cast shadows from same but opposite side craggy edges on to the outside landscape of the craters. Craters intersecting with other craters and the darker plains.
Somewhat sharp, not completely but still it's The Moon, and didn't even need to have a telescope to actually see something that represented 'Space'.
That is awesome! 12x optical zoom is awesome (or was back in the day, not sure how much zoom the new camera have now a days!) I remember also getting a PowerShot with only 4x zoom and was amazed hahaha. Yes between the 12x and 40 digital you must have seen some pretty awesome views of the moonscape! Isn’t it awesome looking at the moon? When I look through the telescope, I imagine myself being there hiking through those mountains and craters hahaha
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Yes, sooo cool to have the 12x opt and 40x Digi !
And back in the day the 4x!

As for your new toy - swoon, looks real capable!
*Many years ahead of more star gazing, and astrophotography!*

Also keep your eyes out for Aurora Borealis warnings now that the Sun is entering the active cycle phase!

www.gi.alaska.edu

Great Aurora forcasting site - very cool visual maps! The do both Borealis and Australius.

After looking back to Sept 28, 29 North America Map when it was High Activity = #6 looks like the viewing edge gets close to
Vancouver. A #7 would really get viewing going. Plenty of opportunities in the future.
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