What did you see in the sky tonight?

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by neufer » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:53 pm

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I also caught Comet ISON rising. See it in the above image? It's right at the tip of the Ponderosa branch in the lower left hand corner. The bright star there is Spica, and it forms the top of a little equilateral triangle. Down and to the right is a 5.3 magnitude star, and almost blocked by tip of the branch is ISON.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Beyond » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:15 pm

I can't make out the comet and/or tail. But what a view you've got, way up yonder :!:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Chris Peterson » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:19 pm

Beyond wrote:I can't make out the comet and/or tail. But what a view you've got, way up yonder :!:
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The tail is subtle, and will probably disappear without a properly calibrated display. But the comet itself is impossible to miss.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Beyond » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:07 pm

Ah, now that you've pointed out the tail, it's somewhat obvious. When you said ISON was almost hidden by the branch, i had two more candidates to chose from. Come to find out that the two other choices are just little specks on my monitor screen that just happened to line up with the branch also. I'd clean the screen, but it's one of those liquid display screens, so i just dust it off once in a while.
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Post by neufer » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:33 pm

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Ah, now that you've pointed out the tail, it's somewhat obvious. When you said ISON was almost hidden by the branch, i had two more candidates to chose from. Come to find out that the two other choices are just little specks on my monitor screen that just happened to line up with the branch also. I'd clean the screen, but it's one of those liquid display screens, so i just dust it off once in a while.
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Post by Beyond » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:35 pm

Yeah, it would have been alright IF i had an antique monitor :!: :lol2:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by neufer » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:29 pm

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Yeah, it would have been alright IF i had an antique monitor :!: :lol2:
http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php? ... 90#p214290
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by geckzilla » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:55 pm

I find it useful to wipe down an LCD screen with a damp cloth. Nothing that will drip down, of course. Using an ammonia-based cleaner actually makes it worse because it leaves residue but plain water is great.
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Post by Chris Peterson » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:01 pm

geckzilla wrote:I find it useful to wipe down an LCD screen with a damp cloth. Nothing that will drip down, of course. Using an ammonia-based cleaner actually makes it worse because it leaves residue but plain water is great.
I've had good luck with alcohol-based cleaners designed for screens and eyeglasses, combined with a microfiber cloth.

Original Windex works great on screens that don't have AR coatings. Windex is also my cleaner of choice for quite a few optical surfaces in the lab. You have to be careful with ammonia and AR coatings, as some types are damaged by alkaline cleaners (but others are just fine).
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by geckzilla » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:28 pm

I don't think I have anything fancy enough to interact with cleaners but the random, off-brand blue liquid I found in the cabinet might have something else in it. Or maybe the blue coloring gets left behind?
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

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Yeah, it would have been alright IF i had an antique monitor :!: :lol2:
http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php? ... 90#p214290
That monitor may have been delightful, but just a bit to far into antiquity to be compatible with the rest of my computer.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Nitpicker » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:09 am

I very rarely get up before dawn, but I did today, Nov 27. At 0345 I drove to a nearby park offering a reasonable eastern horizon, with the mild hope of detecting Comet ISON with my (wife's) DSLR. Alas, it was not to be. I could potentially blame it on fizzle, clouds, an imperfect horizon, proximity to the Sun, or my own lack of talent. But comet, schmomet ... it was still a beautiful morning, with lovely views of the waning crescent Moon, Crux and The Pointers, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn (just). After all that, I ended up hanging around for the sunrise and captured the following pretty scenes:
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Nitpicker » Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:42 am

Two days later, it dawns on me that Gallipoli Barracks is beyond the ridge in my two sunrise photos, above. The Australian Army's official insignia is the Rising Sun badge:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_(badge)

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Nitpicker wrote:Two days later, it dawns on me that Gallipoli Barracks is beyond the ridge in my two sunrise photos, above. The Australian Army's official insignia is the Rising Sun badge:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_(badge)
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Post by Nitpicker » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:55 pm

stephen63 wrote:"And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" :(
One of the best and most moving songs I know. I was just playing the cover by The Pogues in the car, on a short road trip with the kids. I've been trying to wean them off The Wiggles.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Nitpicker » Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:41 am

I popped out to the back yard last evening to get some wide angle constellation shots. I got a nice one of Capricornus and Aquarius with Venus and Neptune, and another of Cetus with Uranus. But I really had to bend over backwards to see Taurus, Orion and Lepus properly:
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Looking ENE on 03-Dec-2013 at 20:36+10

(I shouldn't find this so amusing, but I do.)

Edit: thanks for the help with imghover tags, geckzilla.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Nitpicker » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:10 am

Hi geckzilla,

After your editing, am I supposed to see a hover image? Because I now just see an "x" image marker, with a caption to view full size image 1 or 2. I don't geddit.

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Beyond » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:14 am

I just looked at it before you posted and the image over worked for me. I just tried it again and it still works. I can see all those blue lines good.
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Post by Nitpicker » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:17 am

I feel compelled to blame MS Windows IE 10. It is not the only hover image on this forum that does not appear for me. :(

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by geckzilla » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:50 am

Nitpicker wrote:Hi geckzilla,

After your editing, am I supposed to see a hover image? Because I now just see an "x" image marker, with a caption to view full size image 1 or 2. I don't geddit.
Can you try pressing F5 and ctrl F5 a couple of times to see if it shows up? You may still have an old CSS file cached. I tried in IE 11 and it worked there. There shouldn't be any differences between IE 10 and 11. It does very stubbornly like to keep CSS cached, though.
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Post by Beyond » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:10 am

IE 11 :?: Where the heck did you get IE 11 :?: :?: I've got IE 10, but have never heard of IE 11.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by geckzilla » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:33 am

Automatic Windows update? You can manually download it, if you'd like.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Nitpicker » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:43 am

Resolved. I had my IE 10 running in compatibility mode (for reasons that I cannot remember, but which will probably become jarringly apparent on some other websites). When I switch that mode off, I see the hover image. Thanks.

(Beyond, I'd avoid automatic windows update.)

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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

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Nitpicker wrote:Resolved. I had my IE 10 running in compatibility mode (for reasons that I cannot remember, but which will probably become jarringly apparent on some other websites). When I switch that mode off, I see the hover image. Thanks.

(Beyond, I'd avoid automatic windows update.)
Oh yeah, i do have IE 11. As for the auto-updater, I'd rather have it that way. When you do them manually, they tend to screw up, like the one i just found waiting for me. In manual mode, sometimes the damn things stop before they finish installing. A real pain in the 7th planet :!: Auto doesn't do that.
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Re: What did you see in the sky tonight?

Post by Nitpicker » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:36 am

Beyond wrote:
Nitpicker wrote:(Beyond, I'd avoid automatic windows update.)
Oh yeah, i do have IE 11. As for the auto-updater, I'd rather have it that way. When you do them manually, they tend to screw up, like the one i just found waiting for me. In manual mode, sometimes the damn things stop before they finish installing. A real pain in the 7th planet :!: Auto doesn't do that.
Automatic Windows Update is not unknown to stop machines from booting.