Have you ever seen Mercury?

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  1. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    TrickyDisco <b><font color=blue>Voted TFW2005's Sexiest Female

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    Ooo sweet!

    I am now dying to know what the 'Sky & Telescope's interactive online star chart' is for I want it! :D  I keep seeing strange stars around here, so I want to be able to keep track of them.

    When I first saw this title, I thought you meant the liquid. But seeing another planet with bare eyes? Awesome. :) 
     
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    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    http://skytonight.com/observing/skychart/3308911.html

    Also check out this program, it's one of the best virtual planetariums I have ever used: http://www.stellarium.org/
     
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    Blunticon The Oddjob

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    Ive seen, weve had really good weather here the past couple of days, skys been clear, real clear.
     
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    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    I have a 127mm telescope and Saturn looks awesome through it (as does Jupiter). You can see Saturn's rings, the cassini divide (major gap in the rings) and Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
     
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    Damn you. ;)  Now I have to get a telescope! My new place has awesome view.
     
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    Chaos Muffin Misadventure Veteran

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    That's awesome, and thanks for the Stellarium links, was quick n easy to install and it's pretty damn cool

    STELLAAAA!!!
     
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    Oh yeah. Seeing it with your own eyes, even if it's through a telescope, really hits you over the head. It's no longer some abstract notion in a textbook, it's fucking real.
     
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    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    Here is what saturn looks like through my scope (this is a simulation I made with Celestia, I can't track the telescope fast enough to actually take a picture)

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    oh, by the way, here's a link to celestia :)  http://www.shatters.net/celestia/
     
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    Brandon This is important work.

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    That's awesome man. And thanks for that link to the program. It's really cool.
     
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    How far we've come since TellStar. Do you remember that?

    1980:

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    2007:

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    Star Sabre James <b>The JUICE</b> TFW2005 Supporter

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    I have seen every planet except Pluto (yeah, I know it is not a "planet" anymore). I should take my telescope sometime when i go ice fishing in the house overnight.
     
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    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    I never had Tellstar, but I had something similar in the late 80's, I can't remember what it was called.
     
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    It was slow as hell. Took like 5 minutes for my poor Apple II to plot an 8100 square degree section of sky. But it was enough for me to find things!
     
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    Ktulu Whoosh TFW2005 Supporter

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    Cool stuff DC, I've not seen Mercury. The last time I was actually excited to see something was when I finally noticed the Scorpio constellation in the sky for the first time last year. I've been into astronomy for years but somehow failed to ever catch that one till recently.
     
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    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    Sweet. I wish I didn't live in the city. When I lived in the country you could see so much more in the sky.
     
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    Too many lights around here. I swear I have to find a clear away to look at the sky someday with my scope.
     
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    freddie?
     
  20. Misatokitty

    Misatokitty The Major

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    Lucky you :p  I got a 114mm telescope, and all I can see looking at Jupiter is it's 4 largest moons and a really bright white circle with (if you squint hard enough) a pair of slightly greyer lines running across it.

    Saturn's been too late for me to check up until recently, but we've had a lot of cloud at night as well :(  Can't wait until I can get out at 3AM or so to watch Mars come up, though, and end of the year should be good for viewing the red planet ^^
     

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