How do I adjust the sky chart for outside the UK?

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How do I adjust the sky chart for outside the UK?

Postby Julia.Tilley.140397 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:05 pm

Hello
I have recently taken an interest in astronomy and just got my first telescope. I now want to be able to use the information in the Sky at Night magazine to find objects but I live in Corfu.
Do I just need to apply the 2-hour time difference in order to use the viewing guide? And also will the monthly sky chart still be appropriate?
Thanks,
Julia
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Re: How do I adjust the sky chart for outside the UK?

Postby david48 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:44 pm

Julia, you raise an important point. I think the answer is this: the time-difference between the UK and Corfu, doesn't really matter. The time-difference is only about Longitude. This won't affect the monthly sky-charts. These will be the same. What makes a difference is Latitude.

For a southerly, Mediterranean location, such as Corfu, the sky-charts ought to extend further south. Thus bringing into better view, southern constellations, such as Scorpio.

Scorpio can't be seen very well from the northerly UK. The big brilliant "sting" is below our horizon. But from Corfu - maybe you could see it?
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Re: How do I adjust the sky chart for outside the UK?

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:08 pm

It looks great from southern Europe and the southern hemisphere but I didn't have a DSLR when I was there. I've snapped it from Aruba but it was low down in the haze: http://s197.photobucket.com/user/Philli ... ort=3&o=26
How can I be one with the universe when we don't know what 96% of it is.

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Re: How do I adjust the sky chart for outside the UK?

Postby Julia.Tilley.140397 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:31 am

David48 thanks very much for the advice - I was a bit concerned about the time difference having compared moon rise and set times for the two locations and there not being much difference!
I will concentrate on the sky charts instead and once I have got the hang of it will look for Scorpio and let you know!
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