Are there any backyard astronomers here???

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Roy Rooster, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering if there are any here who also have their heads in the clouds. [​IMG] (Astro humor)

    What is the most interesting object that you have found or observed in
    the sky?

    My favorite is M31 the Andromeda Galaxy.

    Just beautiful on a clean night. And M42 is another treat.

    So what is your favorite Messier object or NGC object??
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    My astronomy interests lean more towards asteroids and comets.
     
  3. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is really cool. Do you track the asteroids and comets or just observe them?
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Yeah I track a few comets now and then, but honestly I'm also a Messier person. The problem is that it's almost always cloudy here.


    I know there's a lot of awesome galaxies and the sort, but my fav. things to stare at are the planets (particularly Jupiter and its moons) and Pleiades.


    I need a Moon filter sometime though. Or a Sun filter. Would love to observe those two.
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Quote:I don't get much observation time and it seems like when there is a good chance of seeing one with my equipment it's cloudy!
     
  6. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, it is really fun to watch Jupiter and it's moons.
    We have a telescope and watch the moons orbit Jupiter
    all the time. You can tell a change in position each night.

    I totally understand the awe that Galileo had when he
    first discovered them.

    M31 is my favorite Messier object to look at. I never get tired of it.
    Also the nebula in Orion's belt is an awesome sight too.

    Then later in the year M44 (the beehive cluster) in cancer the crab.

    I love fall and winter observing, the air is clear and just a little bit chilly.
    Perfect observing weather I thing.
     
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Does laying out under a down comforter with your dogs and watching the "shooting stars" count? Been doing this for years on a clear fall/winter night. I have a great yard for watching the night sky.
     
  8. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no telescope, but i love stargazing
     
  9. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beekissed: Yea, that is great fun. I remember doing that when the Leo meteor showers
    were come through. It was great to watch them streak across the sky. I still do if we
    get good weather to watch the shower. Sometimes we a not so lucky.
     
  10. Lordofchickens 86

    Lordofchickens 86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i LIKE TO LOOK AT THE CRATERS ON THE MOON:D and look at the constellations.[​IMG]
     

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