Astronomy for Amateurs

http://lgno.me/cJmip0 – http://lgno.me/aNiqPm – During our open mic session at the last Gnomedex, my good friend Derek Miller came up on stage to show off some backyard Astronomy that his Dad has done. Derek reminds us all that you don’t have to work at NASA to get amazing photographs of things found in our solar system. All you need is passion for what you’re looking at, and a telescope! http://twitter.com/penmachine – http://twitter.com/chrispirillo

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Astronomy for Amateurs — 25 Comments

  1. at 0:32 chris …
    at 0:32 chris watches man walk across auditorium at 0:34 he looks at what hes packing at 0:38 he goes and gets some 🙂

  2. I was a little too …
    I was a little too pre-emptive with asking. Seems you hadn’t posted the information at the time I watched the video. The one site explains in nice detail, however the other one (his fathers I presume?) doesn’t give any information about what he used (the filter, lens, camera, etcetc).

  3. It’s actually much …
    It’s actually much much bigger than what is shown, because the iss is closer to earth than the sun… if ISS went towards the sun, it would disappear from telescope sight far before it actually reaches sun surface.

  4. Wow, those pics …
    Wow, those pics really give dimension of the size of the Sun in comparison to the size of planets.

  5. Or I could go on …
    Or I could go on Bing Maps, go on streetside and look up and see the sky…

  6. Got to love …
    Got to love ignorant people! They make the world a more interesting (and frustrating) place.

  7. I use my telescope …
    I use my telescope to explore the solar system of women changing.

  8. he sounds like …
    he sounds like Fozzy Bear from the Muppets… Anyone else hear it?

  9. If you ever need …
    If you ever need inspiration, you can always look towards the sky at any hour and find it.

    Hopefully. Unless you live in a terribly polluted place, then =(

  10. Guaranteed this …
    Guaranteed this will leave a lot of people with a misconception that either a) the sun isn’t that big, or b) the space station is massive.

  11. @Saremaw If you …
    @Saremaw If you look at the information I wrote about this video, you’ll see links to the pictures that he showed you at the begining of the description. 🙂

  12. Please ask the …
    Please ask the speaker to mention the dangers of looking at the sun with the naked eye in any future demos.

  13. Please ask the …
    Please ask the speaker to mention the dangers of looking at the sun with the naked eye in any future demos.

  14. He said he put a …
    He said he put a filter on the telescope (guessing it was a solar filter), nothing about any special lens. Unless the “lens” you are talking about is a telescope. Derp.

  15. Thats how all the …
    Thats how all the old astronomers did it in the old days. Just by using their eyes. They didn’t have telescopes.

  16. Into astronomy. I …
    Into astronomy. I myself look up every once in awhile when Im at places. And often people look at me like if im a weirdo lol. But im not. Im very interested in astronomy. I myself got very lucky. I got a telescope worth $1000 for just $120 I got very lucky. But it was in bad condition. I made it like new though. And I treat my scopes like if they were my children :D. Astronomy is all about fun and learning. You don’t need a big telescope. Just binoculars or just your eyes.

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