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(NJ.com)   Get out your lawn chairs, refreshments, telescopes. Planets on parade the next few weeks   ( nj.com) divider line
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2018-07-15 03:49:27 PM  
I tried to see Mercury last night but couldn't get to a clear horizon. The moon was stunning, though. That's my favorite phase of the moon - just a brand new sliver. It should be worth trying again tonight if the skies stay clear...
 
2018-07-15 06:35:40 PM  
YAY!!

I got extremely lucky a couple years ago and spotted Mercury in a fair conjunction with Venus. The seeing got increasingly terrible.
 
2018-07-15 06:39:35 PM  
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2018-07-15 06:54:49 PM  
Mmm, at ~90 degrees around my neck of the woods until damn late, I think I'll pass...
 
2018-07-15 07:27:26 PM  
Mars was insane last night. It was the brightest thing in the sky next to the moon
 
2018-07-15 07:36:24 PM  
Just moved into a new home with a big open backyard for the telescope, minimal trees or neighbor houses, and lots of clear night weather coming up.

Guess you could say the stars are aligning for me.

//ducks
 
2018-07-15 07:58:21 PM  
I haz confusions. Two threads down it said fat causes me to be fat.
 
2018-07-15 08:04:42 PM  
Jupiter and Saturn have been great lately.  Looked at Neptune last night from mag-7 skies, but forgot to take out my UHC filter--one of the mistakes you make when you've been observing too much the last two weeks.

\going out again tomorrow night
 
2018-07-15 08:27:56 PM  
If you don't mind the threadjack. What's a good cheap telescope or brand in the hundred dollar range?
 
2018-07-15 08:36:01 PM  
This makes a helluva lotta of sense. Unsing SkyMap - planets are so close to alignment..... They're having influence on us all. The weather too (for my fellow weather enthuists). Shiats' going down.


Do. Not. Give into... Chaos.

It's really trying to tear us apart right now.
 
2018-07-15 08:40:42 PM  

rikkards: Mars was insane last night. It was the brightest thing in the sky next to the moon


I've never seen it so bright... that IS Mars, isn't it?

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2018-07-15 08:54:43 PM  

668NeighborOfTheBeast: I haz confusions. Two threads down it said fat causes me to be fat.


U sound fat.
 
2018-07-15 09:11:18 PM  
Places I'd rather be than here...

Stupid body oxygen and temperature requirements >.<
 
2018-07-15 09:15:53 PM  
Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan
Youtube SvrOzYtnLMA
 
2018-07-15 09:21:25 PM  

VOCSL5: This makes a helluva lotta of sense. Unsing SkyMap - planets are so close to alignment..... They're having influence on us all. The weather too (for my fellow weather enthuists). Shiats' going down.


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2018-07-15 10:54:28 PM  

big pig peaches: If you don't mind the threadjack. What's a good cheap telescope or brand in the hundred dollar range?


A pair of binoculars would do very well for astronomy in that range. Something in the 10 x 50 range is great. Every amateur astronomer uses binoculars for observing and they also double for daytime use.

Other options would be an Orion StarBlast or an Astronomers Without Borders OneSky scope. Those are a bit beyond your price range but will be fairly satisfying; you can see all the Messier objects and all of the major planets with them. (This can be done with binoculars too, but takes a bit more skill and experience.) There is also a 76mm Orion scope that I can't vouch for.

Don't get a scope on an equatorial mount, especially as a beginner. They're unnecessarily complicated to start with and a Dob mount is much more stable.
 
2018-07-15 11:18:24 PM  
I'm on the Outer Bank of NC (Duck) right now and the stars are spectacular

Venus is shining bright
 
2018-07-15 11:21:19 PM  
I've been looking at Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and the Moon over the past few weeks.  We've had some good viewing here in eastern Ohio.

/80mm Apochromatic refractor with a Big Barlow 2x
 
2018-07-16 12:08:54 AM  
Planets are fake news.
- Darnold Trump.
 
2018-07-16 05:39:47 AM  

WordsnCollision: rikkards: Mars was insane last night. It was the brightest thing in the sky next to the moon

I've never seen it so bright... that IS Mars, isn't it?

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According the heavens-above app on my phone it was
 
2018-07-16 08:29:41 AM  
And of course I haven't had time to build a new dob mount for my 4.5" Vixen.

/holding a Newt in your lap is no way to see the planets, folks.
//if You know what I mean
///binocs work ok though
 
2018-07-16 08:58:30 AM  
Of course I'm moving this week and the telescope is already in storage. Hopefully there are some good sites to be seen next week after I get unpacked.
 
2018-07-16 06:20:22 PM  
The Moon/Venus conjunction was especially spectacular last evening.

This is NOT my pic, but it is close to what I saw:

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