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by kevinh1974uk
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Hi! Total newb here.
Replies: 16
Views: 5053

Welcome to the Forum and to Astronomy. I second all said before. One very useful book for beginners is Stars and Planets by Ian Ridpath. Discusses all planets, constellations and has monthly maps to north and southern hemispheres. Pocket sized too. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stars-Planets-Handbooks-Ian...
by kevinh1974uk
Mon May 16, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: STS-134 viewing opportunity 29th April 2011 (scrubbed)
Replies: 20
Views: 12918

A beautiful sight!
by kevinh1974uk
Mon May 16, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: STS-134 viewing opportunity 29th April 2011 (scrubbed)
Replies: 20
Views: 12918

In about an hour (1.56pm UK time)
by kevinh1974uk
Fri May 06, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Shuttle Endeavor looking up ..
Replies: 1
Views: 2041

NASA have just announced Space shuttle Endeavour will launch no earlier than Monday, May 16 at 8:56 a.m. EDT
by kevinh1974uk
Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: STS-134 viewing opportunity 29th April 2011 (scrubbed)
Replies: 20
Views: 12918

Thank you for this. I'll certainly look out for both the Shuttle and ISS tonight.
by kevinh1974uk
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: ISS
Replies: 3
Views: 1032

Tonight's Space Station pass was beautiful - passing from Orion in the west, near to Castor and Pollux, through Leo, north of Saturn to the east. I never fail to be amazed by the fact that I can see so clearly an object with astronauts so high in the sky passing over me in a silent, bright show of b...
by kevinh1974uk
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: ISS
Replies: 3
Views: 1032

ISS

I've been caravanning at Cropton in North Yorkshire in a forest this weekend. On Friday night a child in a neighbouring caravan yelled out UFO. My best yet view of the ISS going over. Wish I'd taken my telescope it was so clear! Next time I will. Off out now to see the pass in five minutes :-)
by kevinh1974uk
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Streak of light near Casseopia 10/4/11
Replies: 6
Views: 1274

A meteor or an aircraft using afterburner? If near a military range could even be a missile test or tracer round. Regards, David David thanks for this. It is in an area that used to be RAF Finningley but no longer, and there are no military ranges nearby. RAF Finningley is now Robin Hood airport, b...
by kevinh1974uk
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Wonders of the Solar System" book mistakes
Replies: 32
Views: 4871

The 2011 edition of Patrick Moore's Databook has half a page of publishers editing notes in the middle of the famous astronomers section. Gave me a good laugh in an otherwise excellent book.
by kevinh1974uk
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Streak of light near Casseopia 10/4/11
Replies: 6
Views: 1274

Streak of light near Casseopia 10/4/11

I have just been observing Saturn and turned around to glance at a streak of light betweeen Casseopia and Andromeda constellations in the north west. The white light streak lasted about 1.5 to 2 seconds and was travelling fast east to west in direction. Did anyone else see it, or have any idea what ...
by kevinh1974uk
Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Last night's (6th) Moon
Replies: 9
Views: 1757

I agree Paul - the Earthshine was amazing. I even got the interest of my non-astronomically minded wife on it.
by kevinh1974uk
Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9926

It appears the website has been removed since Brian linked to it on Twitter.
by kevinh1974uk
Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9926

The real Mistakes of Wonders, as posted on Twitter by Professor Brian today - Blunders of the Universe ... http://vimeo.com/21553082
by kevinh1974uk
Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 21
Views: 7788

Welcome Lorraine. I'm relatively new too and SPA and this forum have helped me lots.