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Gravitational Lensing

I was watching this doco on "The largest Black holes in the universe" on you tube in 480p resolution.
I noticed a very large distortion within the grainy low res image at 16:12 / 24:58 mins . It appears to be some kind of lensing effect or photo manipulation... Can you help me find out the answer ? Picture is at 16:12 / 24:58mins

I'm currently looking for the actual image and look for myself, ...
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saturn still looking good

well its been a few weeks now stood in the garden looking at saturn and mars, got a good look at them with the young one as we have been getting setup for around 10:30 and spending an hr - hr and a half looking at the 2 and going over with the young one why the rings are tilting now compared to lying reasonably flat when we started a few weeks ago and the ...
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Detecting changes in a nebula


With the fabulous images that are now able to be produced, I was wondering if it would be possible to detect subtle changes in clouds of nebula gas and dust over long periods of time.

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Can I use Fuji finepix for night star photography

Hiya, there

Can I use my Fuji finepix S4400 camera, camera mounted for night time star photography?
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Does Dark Energy Really Exist? Does Dark Energy Really Exist?

Dark energy is a hypothetical form of energy that is supposed to permeate all of space and tends to accelerate the expansion of the universe. Apparently it's only a mathematical construct to make the formulas balance and to account for the missing mass in the universe and the observations. Nobody has detected dark energy yet and the exact physics behind it remains unknown. Well I don't believe it exists as I have a better theory. ...
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mount maintenance

My EQ6 mount is left out in the garden (covered of course). After several years use, shouldn't I be lubricating the moving parts, and if so what when and how?
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Sun's Equatorial Bulge Sun's Equatorial Bulge

Did I hear on a recent episode that the sun has virtually no equatorial bulge due to its rotation and why this is is an unsolved mystery?
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Hey guys, my 8 year old daughter wants a telescope. She wants to at least be able to see saturns rings, moon craters, mars in any form of detail......
I'm budgeting up to £100. Are our expectations reasonable in a low-medium light pollution area, with the budget?!
You can probably gather I'm an absolute novice, so thanks in advance for your assistance!!

Gary and Isabella.
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Space station

Hi all, i am new here and am new to astronomy, i have joined Spot The Station from NASA and the last 2 nights i have seen it, but Sunday night when i saw it, it appeared: WSW and disappeared E but last night when i saw it, it was supposed to have appeared: W and disappeared SE but was going totally the opposite direction. I'm pretty sure it was it as it appeared at ...
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Astrophotography Help!


I have just bought a new Olympus dslr, mounting ring and telescope attachment to fit on my Skywatcher 114p refractor to start to photograph the skies.

Having set it up however, I am totally unable to get a focused image that's even close!
I have tried barlow lens, extension tubes in all combinations but am unable to focus right down to get a good image.
Normal viewing through the scope with eyepieces is ...
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