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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

I must say that trying to use the telescope without a guide is really difficult because everything is moving around and its difficult to work out what you are looking at. I just downloaded Star Walk and i reckon it will make things much easier
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Old 22.02.2011, 12:03
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I must say that trying to use the telescope without a guide is really difficult because everything is moving around and its difficult to work out what you are looking at. I just downloaded Star Walk and i reckon it will make things much easier
Great tool Star Walk
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

the pic is awesome!
our Universe is so amazing, i can never get bored with the pics of night sky.
btw i use star walk app, its the best tool for stargazing, you don't need any expensive equipment!
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Old 24.02.2011, 11:02
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

best tool is a good binoculars, it give you a first access to thing you can't see with just your eyes, to some more details.

and when you buy your first telescope, it's no more stargazing, it's passion
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

That is truly amazing, I love living here!
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Old 24.02.2011, 12:01
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Some interesting astronomical events coming soon include the following:

April 3 - Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.

April 21, 22 - Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids are an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. These meteors can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The shower usually peaks on April 21 & 22, although some meteors can be visible from April 16 - 25. This year, the gibbous moon will hide most of the fainter meteors in its glare. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation of Lyra after midnight, and be sure to find a dark viewing location far from city lights.

May 5, 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquarids are a light shower, usually producing about 10 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on May 5 & 6, however viewing should be good on any morning from May 4 - 7. A thin, crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what could be an good show. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Aquarius. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight, far from city lights.

May 11 - Conjunction of Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter. The three planets will form a 2-degree long vertical line in the early morning sky. The planet Mars will also be visible nearby. Look to the east near sunrise.

All this info was stolen from this site.

Some of these things might be cool for the night photographers. I, however, have no skill or equipment, but I might go take a look anyway.
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Old 24.02.2011, 12:21
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Since you seem to be a pro at this (and I'm fairly useless in the general sense), can you also point out when the ISS is visible from Zurich? I've been meaning to check that out for some time.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata.../JavaSSOP.html (Choose the satellite of choice)

You can see the ISS tonight at 19:13 to 19:15. Might want to make it to the sticks and see also if the weather cooperates. There's usually a sighting a day.

Also, since the shuttle is up, you can see it as well. This is your second to last chance to see the shuttle. Also, if you have an HF radio, you can hear the space shuttle when it passes over. You can find the frequencies online.

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Old 25.02.2011, 09:11
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You can see the ISS tonight at 19:13 to 19:15. Might want to make it to the sticks and see also if the weather cooperates. There's usually a sighting a day.

so what you're saying is that I'm generally just too lazy to have not seen it yet.

If it's clear tonight, I will be out with my eyes peeled
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Old 16.05.2011, 12:35
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Just thought some of you might be interested in tracking the space shuttle. The second to last ever space shuttle is supposed to be launched today. Since it isn't up there yet, we can't find the tracking times, but if the shuttle makes it up, I'll let you guys know when you can start to see it again. It was quite nice last time.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Well, it's a tad rough seeing this penultimate shuttle flight.

There's a sighting at 4:19 in the morning on May 29th.

4:40 on May 30th
3:30 on the 31st
5:02 on the 31st
3:51 on June 1st


If this changes, I'll update here.

Happy viewing!
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Old 16.05.2011, 23:46
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

It was a gorgeous night here in La Côte tonight...Mont Blanc, the moon...Didn't have my camera nearby
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The full moon is just amazing tonight. With my excellent binoculars (my only ever luxury gadget buy) I can see so much detail, and the aura is huge.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Today's night sky is interesting. We have a Lunar Eclipse at 21:16, so if you can, look at the bright red moon that we'll have.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

The clouds obscured the eclipse last night here in Zurich. The next one is December 10. Just a FYI.

If anyone saw it, and has pics, I'd like to see.
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The clouds obscured the eclipse last night here in Zurich. The next one is December 10. Just a FYI.

If anyone saw it, and has pics, I'd like to see.
Same in Fribourg. Caught a brief glimpse partially obscured by cloud, it had totally disappeared by the time I'd fetched the camera .

Managed a couple of snaps of the full moon though afterwards, not sure how they turn out.

Is anyone actually an amateur astronomer here? I've been thinking of getting myself a telescope to do a bit of star gazing and maybe take some snaps, but no idea what would be good start-up equoiment.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Didn't see much from Basel either, clouded over at just the wrong moment

I had a telescope years back, but since I moved to Switzerland, I find the light pollution has killed my enthusiasm somewhat.

Even Hale-Bopp's coma was only just visible from here.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

If you have an iPhone, some people have mentioned the Star Walk app. That and a pair of binoculars is a good way to start. Just don't point the binoculars at the neighbors, they tend to get a bit freaked out by that.

I find that if you can put a hill between you and a city, it'll really cut the light pollution. If the weekends ever supported it, camping to see the Milky Way is totally possible here.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

If you missed the eclipse, Google has a cute doodle here.

Note: this link with only work for today. I'll try and remember to change it to the archive image once I have the chance.
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Re: The beautiful Swiss night sky

Nice thread - I absolutely love the clear night sky in Switzerland.

Sadly, my camera is not good enough to record it, but I also like the stunning sunsets and (being an Aviation worker) views like this:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5030/...ac312cb7_b.jpg

Donations for my "DSLR fund to photograph the night sky" gratefully received.
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