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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M

    another one...

    great site with real time stats depending on location. Some here may have seen how this site can accurately predict Iridium flares, ISS passes, cometary data etc etc... for the latest news, with numerous sections for stargazing, spaceflight among others


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 395 ✭✭ albertw

    Might as well let you know that the Irish Astronomical Society has a new URL.

    And a new committee as of May 10th.


  • Registered Users Posts: 663 ✭✭✭ Eye

    above is a link to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) website, excellent website for all things Sun related, hope we get a decent summer to be able to observe lots of sun spots. right now there is an impressive group of sun spots close to the center, easily observed with binoculars + solar filter paper but if you have a good scope then you'll see a whole lot more :) well worth a look.

    although an american site, it's well worth a look for anyone looking for accessories for there cameras and scopes, good selection of eyepieces and prices are some of the best i've seen, only problem is shipping to ireland incures tax + customs, even so you can still save a alot of money if you are ordering several items at once. my brother ordered a set of celestron eyepieces some camera adaptors and some filters, all in all he payed about 1/3 of what the same gear would cost here in ireland :o

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 395 ✭✭ albertw

    Sopes are a little more expensive than the more well known sites. Celcestron eyepieces are up to 5% cheaper it seems, but the more expensive eyepieces are the same price as elsewhere.
    in all he payed about 1/3 of what the same gear would cost here in ireland :o [/B]

    ;-) celestron prices in Ireland? (bottom of the page - price comparison)


  • Registered Users Posts: 151 ✭✭ gorm

    As well as using I use the following on a regular basis.

    Home of hubble - nice wallpaper

    Space Daily - lots of tech news as well as space

    Universe Today - Bit like but sometimes quicker with the news

    Mars Exploration Rovers - Home of Nasa's Mars rovers which are still going!


    CloudyNights Reviews - Reviews of astronomical instruments - where I go to drool over telescopes I can't afford.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,419 ✭✭✭ nadir
    Celestia is a free real-time space simulation that lets you experience our universe in three dimensions. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All travel in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M

    Just thought I'd add

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 85,627 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Capt'n Midnight - spaceflight - european space agency

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3 B-Jazus

    How come I've only come accross boards now. Just finished first year of physics and astronomy degree, galway. Links look v. interesting, cheers.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 395 ✭✭ albertw

    B-Jazus wrote:
    How come I've only come accross boards now. Just finished first year of physics and astronomy degree, galway. Links look v. interesting, cheers.

    Hmmm... I thought certain lecturers in NUIG were promoting this and and to students. Guess not.

    Please spread the word! One thing that we would like to see happen is more communication between the colleges and amateur astronomers (many like me are astronomy students too, MSc. in my case). DCU astronomy society are part of IFAS, as is the astronomy society in Maynooth. I know Galway Astronomy Society are fairly active, so if you havent got in touch with them yet, you might like to.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 90 ✭✭ GaMMoN

    I just have one and thats , its about space and science and inventions. Things like that

  • Registered Users Posts: 9 Dave Lillis

    Hi All,
    This is my first post on this site, I see some familiar names here, all from the IFAS site.
    For those based in the Limerick/Clare/Tipperary area, I put these up here for you.

    and those interested in the whirlpool starparty in birr.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 668 ✭✭✭ karen3212

    I am a lay person, so this link may not belong here, but I thought that for people like me there is a great deal of information.

    Discussions initially on religion and science, but great information later on about science and our understanding of our origins, and pictures from space on the vidoes.

    Please move if I have put this in the wrong place.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,564 ✭✭✭ thebouldwhacker

    hi all, this web site holds a large amount of pic's for all spacial occations:D its well worth a visit with new one each morning.... enjoy

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3 astronomie

    Official website for Astronomy Ireland. Join today and receive email updates on Astronomy news and events.

    Our magazine, Astronomy & Space is also available for subscription here

    And to register for our evening classes held across the country please click here

    All welcome and looking forward to seeing some new members!!

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,016 ✭✭✭ CreepingDeath

    I was searching for interesting PodCasts for the 30 min commute to work.
    There's over 100 30 mins podcasts on various astronomy topics, all downloadable for free. Usually one new podcast each week.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6 Sweet Afton

    If you have been to Itunes for the Astronomy Cast podcasts you have probably also found the recordings of lectures given by Richard Pogge to his students at Ohio State.

    If you haven't you can get more info at where you will find lecture notes etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,997 ✭✭✭✭ Flukey

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,233 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko

    Hope it's ok with a video link here?

    Size comparison, planets and stars.

  • Registered Users Posts: 73 ✭✭ dmcdona

    A bit lazy, I know but here's a collection of links on my web page...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 37 majestic0110

    Hi all, I hope you are well. I am not sure if this link has been mentioned elsewhere, so apologies if it has. This link is to an open source project that aims to replicate a realistic sky-gazing experience.


    One of my favourite open source projects, with absolutely masses of information. It works on Linux, Windows and mac operating systems and is, of course, completely free. There is also a large number of add ons you can install from within the software that further enhances the sky gazing experience!

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,679 ✭✭✭✭ The Hill Billy

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 40 drbeatz

  • Registered Users Posts: 720 ✭✭✭ peterako

    drbeatz wrote: »

    Interesting the way they refer to President Obama as...Mr Obama :confused:

    Interesting article.

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 40 drbeatz

    ahh, i didn't even notice that. Perhaps old school tendencies shinning through!

  • Registered Users Posts: 720 ✭✭✭ peterako

    Two more links:

    I've just used her great and well written guide to collimate my Newtonian.
    I haven't had a chance to check with a star as it's been cloudy the past few nights.
    BUT....both Primary and Secondary appeared to have been way out (possibly from transport to me when I bought it).


    Basically Michigan State's Astronomy Course available to the world. A series of lectures. I have downloaded the Tutorials for later viewing.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6 julikerry

    I have just recently put my website online. It took me a whole year to get it together and I am proud of the result.
    The address is
    Don't think I have had many viewers though ..its one thing putting the site online quite another to get it noticed ..any tips!!!!!confused.gif

  • Registered Users Posts: 720 ✭✭✭ peterako

    Well...posting it here will help :)

    Also, if you have facebook/twitter/ the link there too.

    Use Google Webmaster Tools too.

    Looks like an interesting site, will trawl through it after work.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6 julikerry

    Thanks for that peterako guess I'm just all in a mess at the moment with all the info that one has to get around. It's like trying to untangle a whole whole bunch of wires, only this time the wires are in your own head. confused.gif Hope you like my site though. I don't have a facebook or twitter account, I know people who have these things going and they seem to be addicted...don't want to go down that route, it seems like they can't even hold a real face to face conversation.
    Hope they do another season of 'Wonders of the Universe' it was great viewing...congrats to the bbc, they really know how to knock it

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,007 ✭✭✭ stevoslice

    Bad Astronomy
    one of the best blogs on skepticism / astronomy out there.

    i'm sure most of you will have come across it already but just in case.