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#1 May 1st, 2014, 12:18
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Originally Posted by prince09 View Post Your previous avatar/profile photo was much better and distinct/instantly recognizable, and used to put a smile on my face everytime I see your post. When are you reverting?

Umm... Do you mean avatar of Rwe½ingFunYet's?

That was Setsuko O'Hara who quit movies when young and joined a monastery and still living in Japan, like my other favorite actress the Swedish lady Greta Garbo , who quit movies at the same age.

I joined IM initially to get Indian people into technical birding (which is one of my hobbies); how to correctly identifying birds with the right names, and I think I've achieved the purpose. There are several people who were active participants and some are now accomplished photographers and had their photos published and I am very proud of it.

Well, astronomy is another of my hobbies and I am looking for Indian people who would be interested in 'Looking up' at the Universe with a telescope and find star clusters, planets, nova, supernovae, galaxies and galaxy clusters. So far I haven't found any.


I did change my avatar once before and there was a hullabaloo (I always wanted to use that funny word ), I think from jituyadav or capt. mahajan (I always get confused between these two ) and also Nick and others, then I reverted back immediately.

If no interest in astronomy exists I will revert back.



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Originally Posted by RWeHavingFunYet View Post Umm... Do you mean avatar of Rwe½ingFunYet's?

That was Setsuko O'Hara who quit movies when young and joined a monastery and still living in Japan, like my other favorite actress the Swedish lady Greta Garbo , who quit movies at the same age.

I joined IM to teach Indian people about birding (which is one of my hobbies) on how to correctly identifying birds with the right names, and I think I've achieved the purpose.

Well, astronomy is another of my hobbies and I am looking for Indian people who would be interested in 'Looking up' at the Universe with a telescope and find star clusters, planets, nova, supernovae, galaxies and galaxy clusters. So far I haven't found any.


I did change my avatar once before and there was a hullabaloo (I always wanted to use that funny word ), I think from jituyadav or capt. mahajan (I always get confused between these two ) and also Nick and others, then I reverted back immediately.

If no interest in astronomy exists I will revert back.



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I am quite interested in Astronomy. I don't have a telescope but have access to one here in Sydney. What should I look at next?
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post I am quite interested in Astronomy. I don't have a telescope but have access to one here in Sydney. What should I look at next?

What is the telescope specification? What have you seen so far?

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Originally Posted by RWeHavingFunYet View Post What is the telescope specification? What have you seen so far?

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To me it is just a telescope. Next time I will find out the specs.
Seen
Moon
Hailey's comet
Venus
Jupiter
Mars
betaljuice

That is all so far but hoping to see more. What would be good telescope to buy? Something not too big but with good resolution.
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Govindpuri: Good you have seen some planets and a comet. I am surprised you haven't mentioned the naked eye gems in the southern skies:

LMC and SMC (Large Magellanic Cloud LMC and Small Magellanic Cloud SMC)

Southern Cross

Omega Centauri

Southern Milkyway Also can see LMC and SMC and comet McNaught here.


I don't recommend newbies buying a telescope. Get into astronomy first and get your feet wet and see objects in the sky with others' telescopes. Amateur Astronomers like to show-off and you get to see objects in the sky – for free. I usually give 6 months to 1 year before you buy a telescope. In fact you may not need to buy a telescope and could get one on loan from your local astronomy club.


First join a club and start going to the meetings and observing sessions. Get a family membership and take your family and friends for observing. Ask tons of questions however stupid they are. It is the only way to learn. Join a club with most members. Enjoy.


Start here: → → → A u s t r a l i a n .. A s t r o n o m y.

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*Betelgeuse

@RWe...
I disagree. I think if you can spare the cash and live someplace where it's dark enough at night to see stuff, go ahead and buy a 'scope and start looking.
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Isn't Betelgeuse a part of the Orion constellation?
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Yes, and clearly visible to the naked eye.
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That was the first constellation and star (dead star) that I recognized.

I recollect going to the planetarium with my relative and buying a chart which showed the position of constellations and stars in the sky. That was the year Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated.
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I just use my phone to identify what I'm looking at.
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I am using an app called Night Sky to identify what I am looking at.
Thanks rwhfy. These are the one I have seen from a telescope. With my binoculars I have seen most of the Southern sky. The weather is getting cold here so views should get clear and hopefully the cloud cover will lift.
Will report my sightings here.
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*Betelgeuse

@RWe...
I disagree. I think if you can spare the cash and live someplace where it's dark enough at night to see stuff, go ahead and buy a 'scope and start looking.
Thanks Ankit for the correct spelling.
Best stars I have seen have been from Ladakh, Tibet, Nepal. and outback Australia.
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Just purchased my first book on Astronomy by Patrick Moore. Cant wait to go through it.
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Interested in astronomy. I have been using a Celestron telescope but it is nothing exotic. Just enough for amateur astronomy. I had clicked some images of the moon and the saturn a while ago. Moon pictures did turn up nice, however the pictures of saturn turned out to be ordinary. It was so much better 'live'!
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