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by Mr Q
Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Aurora
Replies: 9
Views: 2364

Re: Aurora

I have found the site below (link) to be very useful in aurora observing and think it will aid all aurora observing. I find it very accurate. When you get to the page, click on the "aurora" box and to see the latest geomagnetic conditions, click on the box below the "aurora" box....
by Mr Q
Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomical Scams In The Media
Replies: 14
Views: 2866

Re: Astronomical Scams In The Media

Thanks for the nice, informative blog, Marty. It answered a lot of my questions on what kind of detail could have been seen in G's scopes and his fellow astronomers of his time 8)
by Mr Q
Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomical Scams In The Media
Replies: 14
Views: 2866

Re: Astronomical Scams In The Media

True but if the scope did have all the imperfections of G's first scope, most people would cry foul. Myself, I would like to look through a scope that matches his first one to relive his experiences. But in this case, a scam is what's accepted and common today so the fantasy scope is believed to be ...
by Mr Q
Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomical Scams In The Media
Replies: 14
Views: 2866

Re: Astronomical Scams In The Media

I'm sure its/they are a scam. Besides, why would you want to spend money on something you can't see with the biggest telescope, can't visit it in any practical way, don't know if anyone else has bought it...on and on. Yea, it has to be a scam BUT I do know a guy that has some lots he's willing to le...
by Mr Q
Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomical Scams In The Media
Replies: 14
Views: 2866

Re: Astronomical Scams In The Media

Its true that these (most) department store and flea market scopes are just plain junk BUT when my parents handed over lots of hard worked for money for one of these, it DID start me on my lifelong hobby, which today I thank them for that first junk scope :wink: Alas, not all experiences turn out th...
by Mr Q
Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomical Scams In The Media
Replies: 14
Views: 2866

Re: Astronomical Scams In The Media

Same in this country when it comes to the media. Even weather forecasting is taken as fact of conditions in the future. Since no one seems to reprimand those involved, the scams keep on coming and that's a shame :(
by Mr Q
Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomical Scams In The Media
Replies: 14
Views: 2866

Astronomical Scams In The Media

In past years there have been plenty, including the Star Registry (name a star after someone). So what have you noticed on the media in recent years?
by Mr Q
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: M81
Replies: 2
Views: 1298

Re: M81

If only my scope could show real time images like this...like all stargazers, part of the fun is dreaming :)
by Mr Q
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Tunguska 'Crater' Marked
Replies: 2
Views: 1228

Re: Tunguska 'Crater' Marked

It always enters my mind about the ramifications of such an event happening over a much more populated area on land as well as over a sea or ocean. Thankfully that never happened in our recent history. Though when this event started to gain popularity, it always bothered me that some people thought ...
by Mr Q
Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Auroras over Canada
Replies: 1
Views: 1138

Re: Auroras over Canada

I assume you are interested in aurora displays like I am so the two below links will save you lots of time and guesswork in trying to determine when and where displays are occurring.

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/kp_3d.html

and
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/
by Mr Q
Fri May 16, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Perseid Meteor Storm Around 1980 ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2856

Re: Perseid Meteor Storm Around 1980 ?

Is there a site that lists recent Perseid storms that go back about 40 years? I have been searching the web and other astronomy sites with no luck.
by Mr Q
Thu May 15, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Perseid Meteor Storm Around 1980 ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2856

Perseid Meteor Storm Around 1980 ?

I have been trying to remember the year I got to see this shower in storm conditions (1-2000 ZHR) that occurred between 11PM-12M local time (in MA, U.S.A.) and observed from SE MA. The three weeks or so preceding this peak provided from 30-50 ZHE each night from dusk to dawn. Did anyone see this eve...
by Mr Q
Mon May 12, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Telescopic Views of Asteroids?
Replies: 18
Views: 3241

Re: Telescopic Views of Asteroids?

Well, looks like no visual sightings at that magnitude :(
by Mr Q
Mon May 12, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Telescopic Views of Asteroids?
Replies: 18
Views: 3241

Re: Telescopic Views of Asteroids?

I believe the images I saw of it were from the Hubble a few weeks ago and since it has moved closer to the Earth, I was wondering if it is bright enough to be observed visually now.
by Mr Q
Fri May 09, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: 101 things to do with a meteorite ..
Replies: 5
Views: 1524

Re: 101 things to do with a meteorite ..

How about using smaller ones (inexpensive) as unique gifts to someone at least with a minor interest in the night sky? I bet it would be more appreciated than those old "mood rings" popular way back with other fad items such as pet rocks. Now that I think of it, my sister-in-law does a lot...