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Hello everyone

Hello everyone, I'm Adam, new members. Very excited to participate in the Forum of the same people.
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Gaia - what a telescope!

It's clear to me that ESA's Gaia spacecraft is going to be one of the most productive scientific missions ever.
In the 4 years it's been 'in service' it's measured the position in 3 dimensions of 1.7 Billion stars, equivalent to over 14 per second.
The motions of stars has been measured as well, including stars out as far as the Magellanic Clouds.

The most recent S@N TV programme gave a superb overview of the ...
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Introduce yourself here!

If you are new to the forum, you won't be able to start your own thread for while, but you can introduce yourself here. There is also a general thread for questions. Make a few posts, and you will soon be able to start your own threads. Welcome! :D
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Hi from Perth Australia.

Hi all , just joined and from what I have seen so far I think I will enjoy this site .

Thanks for having me , on a side note I have just about all the CDRom's that came with the sweet magazine from a few years ago and still enjoy popping one in the computer and watching the content , really cool stuff.

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The Sombrero Galaxy.

This is the best season to bag galaxies, so I thought I would have a go at the 'Sombrero' in Virgo. (M104) I managed to tweak the mount to track slightly better. 11 x 45second exposures were stacked to give this image.

I have viewed this galaxy previously as a 'fuzzy', but I've not tried to image it before. It is easily visible in a 4" telescope, and even in binoculars. What you tend ...
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Stuck between two Binoculars for Stargazing

Hello everyone,

I am stuck between two binoculars for stargazing.

These models:

Olympus 118760 10 x 50 DPS-I
Celestron SkyMaster 15x70
I am not sure which I should buy. The prices are not that much different, the 10x50 costs 60€ and the 15x70 costs 80€. It goes to a -10€ sale on, so I will wait until that happens (I am a Student, so haha) I also want to buy a tripod for ~25€ ...
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The Leo Triplet

Leo is high in the south as it gets dark now. It is home to 3 relatively bright galaxies quite close together. I've had to reset my equatorial wedge, and its taking time to get it tweaked for long exposures, but I managed 11x30sec exposures of each of them.
The first is M65, which looks like a elongated strip of light.

The second is M66, which to me looks like a mottled disk.
Image ...
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New to the Forum? Got any Questions? Ask them here

As new forum members seem to be restricted in starting new threads, here's a thread where you can add your questions (whether technical or general) while you're still unable to start your own.

Ask away, and we'll see if we can help.
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The 5 moons of Jupiter !!

Jupiter normally only shows 4 of its moons to the average binoculars or telescope but at a few minutes to local midnight on 2nd May, I observed several 'moon-like' objects near to Jupiter. I took a photo through the telescope which showed 5 such objects. The 'photobomber' is actually nu librae, a 5th magnitude star. (the one on the bottom right) The others starting at the planet are Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.


Jupiter ...
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