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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:02 pm 
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Ai... I'm only reading this topic now...

Problem is, out of my whole family/friends group, it seems I'm the only one really interested in the stars, etc :doh: :roll: (Besides Sawubona who has a scope and then 'forgets' to take it with :twisted:)

Anyway, definately getting that book Beutelgeuse 8) Good idea about the 'printing per month' method, will remember when I go to Kruger in december!

Back to falling stars: last October, I couldn't sleep, duhu, it was my first night in Marakele!! SUCH a cool place to relax. Our tents were a bit packed, so I took my matrass I 'parked' on the front-tent. I positioned it in such a way that I could look at the awesome display of stars, and as I switched off all the nearby lights, I could even clearly see the milky way. That aside, between the Jackals calling and the 'growling' sounds of the ostriches, I managed to see 12 falling stars! A few very clear, 1 BIG one and that all in 5 hours.

I will still remember that night, surrounded by jackals, a bunch of springhares and 6 or so ostriches. Not a 'BIG 5' hunter's paradise, but truely a magnificent jewel of african wildlife VERY close to nature. As pure as it gets.

Definately going back, even if it was only for the stargazing oppurtunities 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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g@mespotter, the first time outside of all the light pollution looking at the heavens is certainly a mind blowing experience :thumbs_up:

High mountains on a clear night with complete dark - WOW factor is something else because you are also tend to miss the humidity haze etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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Timepilot :lol:

Definately not my first night under the skies....watching the stars..... Had MANY including some awesome nights in Berg-en-Dal and Letaba. But it was a first in Marakele :lol: 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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@GS: If you need a star gazing companion, give me a shout. I'm a beginner, but want to get more into it.

I can also recommend the book "Stargazing from game reserves in Southern Africa" by Tony Fairall for beginners.

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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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:redface: Oops :redface: not even going to try and get out of that faux pas. :wall:

I found most of the camps still had a lot of light pollution which made it a tad less effective. On one of the night drives from Mopani we stopped at Mooiplaas (I think) and switched off. There was not a light at all and it was awesome.

Best was up in the Lesotho mountains - camped well away from anywhere and the night sky was something to see.

And if anyone wants to pop over to this part of the world I can take you to a great viewing spot :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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There are two sites that have helped me out a lot,
(Stellarium runs far too slowly on my pc) :evil:

I highly recommend
www.skymaps.com (click on downloads for a monthly sky chart)
www.heavens-above.com (have those GPS co-ords at the ready)

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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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Been looking for something like this for ages. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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Sky Maps is a great way to introduce your clients to astronomy at a very low cost - I give night walks (Kalahari stargazing is AWESOME) and print out the charts for my clients so that they can each look at their own stars in stead of having to do the guesswork.

Heavens Above is again great for the more "artificial" side of astronomy because it gives you great info on iridium flares, satellites, the ISS passings etc.

Just remember that the star charts on Sky Maps are all collaborated on UT, so you must add two hours to whatever event times are given on the chart.

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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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i am also a newbe with stargazing. (one of those that still see a bunny in the moon....) Stargazing from game reserves in sa- Anthony Fairall helped me a lot. I can id now scorpion in winter, orion in summer, southern cross, moon (most of the year). with greek and african tell tales/beliefs. In this book, there are sky maps for every month. Last night a friend tried to show me "the arrow", which was next to orion's belt, he said the arrow always point north(from army days). Tonight i will use my glasses try to spot it. Do any of you know about it?


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 Post subject: Re: Stargazing - Helpful hints and stuff.
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Same book helped me a lot

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