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Awesome sky watching

Discussion in 'Astronomy & Astrophotography' started by Dawn, Jan 2, 2010.

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    The inlaws live in the middle of nowhere. There is no street lighting past their house and tonight the sky is dead clear. We walked the dogs and I've never seen so many stars. Honestly you more you stared upwards the more stars came into your vision.

    So....using my StarMap app on my lovely ipod touch this is what I identified before my hands froze.

    Jupiter
    Orion
    Great Bear
    Lesser Bear
    Polaris
    Dragon
    Lyre
    Swan
    Pegasus
    Cassiopea
    Perseus

    And...it was so clear you could see the fuzziness of the Pleiades Cluster with the naked eye.

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    I'm still buzzing.
     
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    when we went camping in devon i couldnt believe what i saw up in the sky, it was breathtaking...i sooooooo need to get a scope
     
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    Its amazing when it all fits together - you should have been able to see Taurus as well then - just under the Pleides :unsure:
     
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    last night the moon was brilliant! it looked huge, was it a special one?
     
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    drags self outta thread by scruff of neck.........
     
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    :tongue:
     
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    Not really it looked large as it was low down. It's called the moon illusion and you will still be able to cover it with your pinkie stretched right out at arms length. It's amazing what the brain does. We ended the year with a blue moon. Which just means two full moons in one calendar month. Which doesn't happen very often
     
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    You're making this very difficult for me :tape::tape::tape:
     
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    thank you:thumbsup: it was really beautiful when we were letting off chinese lanterns :thumbsup:
     
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    It was fantastic. Really showed how much we lose through light pollution. With no street lights and just mother in law waving her little torch around we have almost perfect night vision and stars were just appearing everywhere. Probably did see Taurus but overwhelmed with excitement at what we could see so didn't note everything.

    Had Orion on one horizon and then spin 180 degrees for the Plough on the other horizon. Those two I already know. You could fill in everything in between using the map on the ipod. :thumbsup:
     
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    which ap is it that you are using Dawn?
     
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    I think it's called StarMap - it cost £6.99 if that helps. :unsure:
     
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