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Mars at its closest

November was the month when Mars came to its closest to Earth! Did anyone get any Pictures?

Mine didnt come out too well.
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The best astro magazine.

What a superb magazine. I have subscribed to many other magazines but this is by far the best!
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Sir Patrick Moore.

Hi Gang,
Has anyone out there met Sir Patrick! I have spoken to him many times on the phone and found him to be a complete gentleman with a great sense of humour. I hope one day to meet the great man in person. I would like to hear from anyone who has met him and would share the experience.
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Astronomy at Home!

Hi Gang,
At the grand old age of forty four I achieved my first step in the academic rung. In July of this year I was awarded a certificate of higher education in astronomy from John Moores University in Liverpool. This was all done by distance learning in front of my P.C. at home. I am now going to try and take the studies further by studying for a BSc in Astronomy from the Open ...
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Anyone struggling with the colour scheme of the forum?

I think the magazine is superb.

My only gripe is this forum.

The colour scheme is doing my head in already! I've only been here for 5 minutes and I can feel a migraine coming on, lol !

Hey mods, how about a button or something that allows us to change the colour scheme to something more legible for us 'oldies' on the forum.

I've seen it done on other sites, so can't be too ...
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Updating telescope, Help please!

I so far have a celestron 4.5" and a meade etx 90 GOTO but am looking to update to the 10" Dobsonian sky watcher. Would this give me good views of planets and nebulas? as i want to view more.

I have a budget of £500, what would be best to get, or should i stick to getting the 10"?

Thank you!
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Astronomical software

Is it possible to compile a list of all of the worthwhile and useful freeware programs available?
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Start up astronomer seeks guidance

I've been interested in stars and planets for years but only since 'Sky At Night' magazine came on the shelves have I a/ been able to learn more about astronomy without needing a degree and b/ given serious thought to purchasing a telescope so that I can take a proper look at what's out there.

With a start-up budget of £200 or less if possible, what would more experienced astronomers recommend as a first decent ...
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So what equipment do you own?

Be interesting to see how we all enjoy the night sky! Of course, to do so, all you need is a pair of eyes. Costly equipment is by no means essential.

I'm lucky insofar that I've been the proud owner of an 11" Celestron SCT for the past 14 years. I chose this particular telescope after reading widely & bearing in mind that my main pursuit was going to be the challenge of film based ...
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So how did you get in to this nutty hobby of ours?

I was about 2 years older (i.e. 8 yrs old) than Sir Patrick when I got into this hobby of ours. I remember my father showing my the 'Pole star' one evening. I was dead impressed to see such a bright star, shimmering away in the south western sky as it slowly set. It wasn't until several years later that I clicked that what he had shown me was the planet Venus!!

Like many ...
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