What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!

12 years 1 week ago #46098 by artyfarty
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Is that you on the left or the right?

That's me on the right it was a rough night and I didn't want to say anything to him but I think he might have had a nip and tuck done... He looks good for his age huh? :?

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12 years 1 week ago #46099 by voyager
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I knew he looked familiar ! How did you get to meet Neil Armstrong?

He was the main speaker at the M$ Office 2007 and Vista launch this year, my organisation were used to highlight a project using the new software so we got VIP tickets and the VIPs got to meet and speak to him during the launch :D I have to say he was a fantastic speaker and very funny too.


Good lord .... I had no idea the first man on the moon had sunk so low :(

I'd have imagined that someone who has achieved what he as would have better uses for his times than cheap advertising for a sub-standard product.

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12 years 1 day ago #46326 by Seanie_Morris
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I've a few quick questions for you if someone can help.

  1. Anyone from KAS know what's happened to your website, it seems to be off-line. I was hoping to join some of the upcoming meetings.


Welcome to the boards Arty! I spotted your other thread query on this seen here . Hope the suggestion is of use to you.

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11 years 10 months ago #48199 by fordglen
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hello my name is fintan;i just joined this forum last week.
i live in delvin,co.westmeath.i find it fascinating looking up at the stars and studying the moon. i was wondering if anyone has a map of the moon?. :?

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11 years 10 months ago #48200 by albertw
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Hi,

hello my name is fintan;i just joined this forum last week.
i live in delvin,co.westmeath.i find it fascinating looking up at the stars and studying the moon. i was wondering if anyone has a map of the moon?. :?


Welcome!

Most astronomy books, even the ones in easons should have a basic map of the moon in it. I guess it depends on how detailed you want really. If you want to be able to identify every crater you can see in a bair of binoculars or telescope then you might want to look at software, I think lunar phase pro has the ability to identify craters (free trial version at lunarphasepro.nightskyobserver.com/ ). Someone also posted a link to a poster yesterday for sale at www.moonposter.ie ; it looks a pretty good wall chart map.

Cheers,
~Albert

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11 years 10 months ago #48203 by artyfarty
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hello my name is fintan;i just joined this forum last week.
i live in delvin,co.westmeath.i find it fascinating looking up at the stars and studying the moon. i was wondering if anyone has a map of the moon?. :?


You might also like to look at this piece of free software Virtual Moon Atlas I'm pretty new to this also and found this helpful... that was of course before the skies clouded over and denied me access to the stars :(

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11 years 10 months ago #48292 by fordglen
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thanks for the welcome and the information. i;m looking forward to chatting to you :D

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11 years 9 months ago #49499 by John D
Hi everybody

My name is John Dolan and I'm 16 years old and my main interests are Astronomy and Fishing. I have recently got a 6 inch Meade LXD 75 telescope. I'm just finding my way around the universe. I am interested in taking some photos of the sights I see through my telescope and would appreciate any advise anyone has to share.

Looking forward to meeting you all over the coming months. :D

John.

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11 years 9 months ago #49500 by voyager
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Hi everybody

My name is John Dolan and I'm 16 years old and my main interests are Astronomy and Fishing. I have recently got a 6 inch Meade LXD 75 telescope. I'm just finding my way around the universe. I am interested in taking some photos of the sights I see through my telescope and would appreciate any advise anyone has to share.

Looking forward to meeting you all over the coming months. :D

John.


Welcome aboard John!

If it's astro photography you're interested in you've sure come to the right place! We have lots of very knowledgeable members when it comes to imaging the sky. Feel free to post any questions in the Astrophotography section.

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11 years 9 months ago #49505 by dave_lillis
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Hi John,
Ask anything you like, thats what the site is for.

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Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
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11 years 9 months ago #49512 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome to the boards John! I'm also a fellow astronomer and fisherman! Any recommended spots along the Shannon in your neck of the woods? ;)

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11 years 7 months ago #51678 by djones
Hi everyone,

After reading some of your blogs it would seem I'm in excellent company, fairly new to this forum and have found the information given very useful indeed.

As for myself, 24 and originally from Limerick, astronomy has led me in many respects to continue gazing over my head throughout my career as a deep sea navigator/deck officer. Probably lucky to find a practical use for it but could think of far worse hobbies to pursue.

Staying in Portmarnock while home but spend most of the year overseas enjoying the dark skies of the worlds oceans. Around for a few more weeks yet and plan to visit the SAC before I leave so although from your information I believe high powered telescopes and star finding software is the name of the game here anyone who does need advice on old-fashioned celestial calculations and useful tricks, by all means get in touch.

Rgds,

DJ

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11 years 7 months ago #51683 by albertw
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Hi DJ!

Welcome to the forums!

Staying in Portmarnock while home but spend most of the year overseas enjoying the dark skies of the worlds oceans. Around for a few more weeks yet and plan to visit the SAC before I leave so although from your information I believe high powered telescopes and star finding software is the name of the game here anyone who does need advice on old-fashioned celestial calculations and useful tricks, by all means get in touch.


There really are only a handful of people here with high powered gear and expensive software and cameras. They post more than the rest of us though! ;-)

Ask them to try and design a telescope mount with gyroscopes that will work well at sea and that should keep them occupied for a while!

Are the old-fashioned calculations used any more in practice or is GPS the only way used on the oceans?

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11 years 7 months ago #51702 by djones
Thanks for the reply, with regard to your question, yes we do calculate our positon daily using tried and tested methods of celestial observation as well as using sights to find the various error's in other onboard equipment.

As I'm sure your no doubt aware GPS/DGPS, systems are absolutley fantastic but when they fail (and they do alot!) or when an error has been applied by the powers that be, sight reduction continues to be a very accurate way of finding where you are without having to rely on a gyro or magnetic compass.

As for setting the task of creating a gyro stabilised mount for a scope at sea, well that will always be the dream but for the time being praying for a lull in rolling so you can shoot at least three stars is alot easier to achieve,

Cheers,

Dave Jones

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11 years 7 months ago #51721 by dave_lillis
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Hi James.
You are more then welcome to come along to the SAC meeting in October (Wednesday 3rd in Mary I college).
Not all here have high power CCD cameras or expensive high end scopes+ mounts, so dont feel like you are alone.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
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Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
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11 years 7 months ago #51837 by djones
Thanks Dave, what time does it start in mary I on wednesday night, I'm in Portmarnock this week but plan on travelling down to Limerick on wed where with any Luck I'll stop in,

Rgds,

Dave Jones

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11 years 7 months ago #51853 by dave_lillis
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Hi Dave,
It starts at 8pm in room 206, see you then.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 7 months ago #51933 by Mark-Wynne
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Hi Guys

I am truly a beginner, in every sense of the word. I think I’ll start by giving a little introduction about myself. My name is Mark. I am 23. I recently graduated from college with a higher degree in business management. I am currently working as an I.T support coordinator for one of the main importers of motor vehicle in Ireland.

I have always been interested the night sky, I think my interest is fuelled by curiosity more than anything else. Recently I started to collect documentaries about our universe with titles such as “most of our universe is missing” and “super-massive black holes” etc etc. I am currently watching “Understanding the Universe - An Introduction to Astronomy” Which is basically 96 lectures given by Alex Filippenko. This has really given me the push to actually start observing the night sky with an aided eye.

So here’s were you guys fit in to this equation, I would like to purchase a telescope but not too sure on what one to buy or where to get the best deal. I would appreciate any words of wisdom you guys could pass on.

Thanks in advance!!

Mark

Albert Einstein "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

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11 years 7 months ago #51938 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome to the IFAS Boards Mark. New blood is always welcome.

There will be tonnes of posts here relating to your query in the last line. I guess one thing to ask is, What is your budget like? and then What kind of scope have you got in mind?. After that, the floodgates will open! Have a look in the Links section for dealers and resellers to see the kinds of scopes out there and the likely prices you will pay for them (on most sites).

And don't be shy about asking questions. :)

Seanie.

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11 years 7 months ago #51961 by dmcdona
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Hi Mark - welcome!

Have a look at these links - they might help a bit:

www.astroshack.net/TopTips.php
www.astroshack.net/February.php

Cheers
Dave

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11 years 7 months ago #51966 by Frank Ryan
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Hi Mark and welcome to the madhouse.

As you say, you are an absolute beginner, then the very best piece of equipment for you is a good pair of binoculars.
Every amateur astronomer will tell you that they are invaluable.

You may be itching right now to say 'to hell with binoculars, I want the real deal!'
but you would be doing yourself and injustice, I'll explain why,

This time of year is a very good time to take up this hobby (obsession?).
With a pair of say, 10x50's you'll get wonderful views of objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Moon, Jupiter and it;s moons, the crescent shape of Venus, the Great Orion Nebula, clusters like the double in Perseus, The Pleiades in Taurus to name only a few!

If you want to print off a current map of the nights sky for this month go here
http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html
Skymaps is a great site and will give you a list of naked eye, bino and telescopic targets for the month.

The binos shouldnt cost you too much,
I picked up an excellent pair of 10 x 50's in Lidil last year for 20 euro.
Keep and eye out for them coz they run that promotion quite a bit.

As for buying a scope.
I'd advise to take your time in selecting one.
Try and figure out what area interests you the most.
Most beginner scopes are dreadful and little better than toys.
Stay well away from the pharmacy or camera shop scopes.
These scopes boast huge magnifications which are useless in terms of
astronomy.
For astronomy generally, aperture (the width across the front of the scope) is king.
Reason being that the more light you can collect the better the image.

I'd also be weary shops or on-line stores recommending or
selling only one brand of scope.
There is a lot of choice and value out there right now, more so than ever
before and it'd be a pity to miss out on the perfect scope for you just because someone wants to turn a quick buck.

Be prepaired though, you'll not see the hubble type images printed on the
side of some of the boxs of new scopes....(not unless you buy a 25'' Obsession....!)

So anyway,
Ask questions and above all take your time in selecting your scope.
Oh....and don't forget the binos!

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11 years 7 months ago #52076 by Mark-Wynne
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First of all thanks for the warm reception guys and secondly thanks for all the info you have provided.

@ Seanie Morris: I was thinking about €600?? I just got a new car and with Christmas around the corner (Sorry for mentioning it) it will be a while before I have that much to spend. Hopefully that will be enough to get me started though?? Realistically I hope to make my first purchase mid Feb.

@ dmcdona: Congratulations on receiving your observatory code, I’d say its been a while since you were in a situation like mine. The links provided some useful info.

@ Barberskum I think I will take both yours and Dave’s advice and invest in a decent pair of binoculars and not rush into buying a scope just yet. I wasn’t aware that you could get good views of the objects you’ve mentioned in your post above.

Thanks again for the response happy viewing, mean while I shall get back to my course in understanding the universe.

Albert Einstein "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

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11 years 7 months ago #52078 by Seanie_Morris
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Eleventh Dimension (go on, what's the real name behind that monicker?!),
as you re in Dublin, you have a couple of clubs at your disposal for going to a meeting and, hopefully weather permitting, try out other members equipment. Almost sounds bad that one... meeting up in a dark place, away from city lights, trying out someone elses equipment... ;)

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11 years 7 months ago #52101 by Mark-Wynne
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It does sound a bit suspicious alright Seanie! I don't think my girlfriend would be too pleased :D. My other alias is Mark by the way Seanie.

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11 years 7 months ago #52146 by Frank Ryan
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@ Barberskum I think I will take both yours and Dave’s advice and invest in a decent pair of binoculars and not rush into buying a scope just yet. I wasn’t aware that you could get good views of the objects you’ve mentioned in your post above.


I forgot to say,
Binos are grand but if you get a bino stand or something to attach the binos on like
a camera tripod then it will be 100 times better.

By the way keep your eyes peeled for offers in Lidil for scopes.
The sometimes run an ETX special coming up to christmas and
you'd be well covered with the 600 budget.

They had a meade 6'' ldx75 promotion in March and the price was an
amazing 500 squid.
I bought one but unfortunatly it was a dud.
Others here were lucky and it's an excellent scope.

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