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    Default Observed Jupiter and her Moons Lastnight



    LAstnight my parents came over for a visit. My wife and I decided to bring out the scope and show off what it could do(since my parents bankrolled part of it as a birthday gift) So I set it up on my patio and pointed in a South Western direction at a bright star....with my Meade 26mm QX and wow...she game in nice and clear. My Pops was quite impressed. Then we pointed it in South Eastern direction and gazed at another star. It was amazing at how many little stars are around the big star which are not visible to the naked eye. Finally Jupiter was visible and we got to the main attraction. I zoomed in and got to see Jupiter and its 4 moons. It was a fascinating sight.

    The moon was not viewable for some reason lastnight. Must have been hiding.

    A few things I noticed.

    1) I find that the 2" EP work better directly in the crayford without the 2" adapter.

    2) I really need to figure out what stars I am looking at.

    All in all a great night out. I also just got a call that my 2 free Meade QX EP are on their way. Hopefully have them for tommorrow.
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    Download Stellarium for freeand put in your coordinates and time. It will let you travel ahead in time and see what will be available at any given time...or go back in time and see where the moon was hideing. The moon is currently riseing around dawn.
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    The moon was rising at around 3:30 AM this morning as I was packing everything away.

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    Hi Dutch ...That's awesome buddy ... Great report there ...I agree with tglen on the stellarium program ...Its a great free program that you can fast foreword and rewind to see what's up tonight ...
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    Nice, I enjoyed Jupiter on Friday and it is a awesome view. As for the software, I downloaded and its great. I got starry night with my scope and the free software to me was easier to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebidar View Post
    Nice, I enjoyed Jupiter on Friday and it is a awesome view. As for the software, I downloaded and its great. I got starry night with my scope and the free software to me was easier to work with.
    Amen, brother. It is certainly all I need at this point.
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    Thanks guys. I got Stellarium on my PC but I may have to break down and buy an Ipod app so I can take it with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDutchman1979 View Post
    Thanks guys. I got Stellarium on my PC but I may have to break down and buy an Ipod app so I can take it with me.
    I'm using 'Planets' and 'SkyVoyager', both free. There's also a free version of 'Distant Suns'. All worth a look.

    That said, StarMap Pro looks really, really good, and for the small amount it costs I'll have to buy it at some point

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    I got Starwalk for my Ipod touch and it works great!! Back a few months ago when I got it, it only cost 3 dollars. Distant suns is good but Starwalk blows it away. When you get something free you usually get what you pay for. The great thing about Starwalk is its "time" feature. You can rewind, Fast foward, days, months or even years, to see what the sky was or is going to look like in the not so distant future. I always use mine to see what time the moon is going to screw up the sky. The Ipod touch is really nice for having a star guide on because unlike your desktop you can take on the field with you. Even if you can take your laptop, I rarely doubt that it would fit in your front pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heirwalker View Post
    I got Starwalk for my Ipod touch and it works great!! Back a few months ago when I got it, it only cost 3 dollars. Distant suns is good but Starwalk blows it away. When you get something free you usually get what you pay for. The great thing about Starwalk is its "time" feature. You can rewind, Fast foward, days, months or even years, to see what the sky was or is going to look like in the not so distant future. I always use mine to see what time the moon is going to screw up the sky. The Ipod touch is really nice for having a star guide on because unlike your desktop you can take on the field with you. Even if you can take your laptop, I rarely doubt that it would fit in your front pocket.
    Heirwalker... Thanks for the info. So Star Walk is similar to Stellarium? I may have to purchase it for the wifes Ipod Touch
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