Can You See the Stars?

Join thousands of other students, families and citizen-scientists hunting for stars during March 8 – 21, 2007. Take part in this international event to observe the nighttime sky and learn more about light pollution around the world.

During the 2006 event over 18,000** people from 96 countries on all continents (except Antarctica) reported more than 4500 nighttime observations. Help us
The Globe At Night

Celestron StarSeeker 80mm

Update
I have only had a couple of clear nights to use the โ€œThe Little Dudeโ€
but they were very enjoyable.

The Celestron Sky Align is very simple and fast to use.
I just pointed at 3 different stars and it came back with
MATCH CONFIRMED.
You don’t have to know the name of the star.
You don’t have to put it at a HOME postion.
You don’t have to point it North.

Just level it and pick out 3 stars and you are set!
What a delight to use.

The Little Dude

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This is my new Telesope and his name is
“The Little Dude” ๐Ÿ™‚
It is a Celestron StarSeeker 80mm GoTo Refractor
and so far I have really enjoyed the scope!
GoTo telescope with 4,000+ object database makes stargazing easier than ever
Features the revolutionary SkyAlign technology for fast, easy setup
Includes GoTo hand controller, two Kellner eyepieces, red dot finder scope, and star diagonal.

I got him from Orion Telescopes
Their Main Page Orion Telecope has a very good reputation so give then a try!

NGC 869 and 884

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This double cluster found in Perseus.
This drawing doesn’t even come close to capturing the sheer beauty of these two open clusters.

Night Vision

Do you use a LapTop out in the field?
Do you need something to keep your night vision?

I just came across this (FREE) program that is pretty slick
DarkAdapted
DarkAdapted is a gamma control application program. It modifies your screen gamma settings so that you may, for example, preserve your dark adaptation while using your computer.

DeepMap 600

I just got my DeepMap 600 and I am more than impressed with it.
If you are looking to observe more than just the Messier objects or the Herschel 400 then this is the map for you!
DeepMap 600 is more biased towards interesting galaxies and nebulae.
DM600 contains a list of 85 interesting double and multiple stars, and stars that exhibit interesting color..
DM600 contains a list of 22 interesting variable stars.

You can get yours here

Orion 4150 DeepMap 600 Folding Star Chart


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