1. Post #561
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    Sorry, bro. Astromaster 114EQ, so 4.5
    looks just like it besides the eyepiece and the counter weight, and the 1mm extra mirror
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  2. Post #562
    If I were to name a space program I'd call it 'Odin' after the god of knowledge, wisdom and power.
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  3. Post #563
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    Do you happen to know how this photo was taken?
    i'd think the jettisoned a remote control camera operated by mission control, like Apollo 11's camera that stayed on the moon to watch the LM go up
    on that subject this is the saddest quote from the A17 commander
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  4. Post #564
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    Makes it so beautiful
    also America separating from the Challenger

    Apollo 17 of course.
    I've always wondered where they parked the lunar rover on that thing.
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  5. Post #565
    We're made of star-stuff
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    I've always wondered where they parked the lunar rover on that thing.

    Edited:

    Better quality, but slower video:

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  6. Post #566
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    So I listened to this interview of Elon Musk by Wired and at the end Elon said he has designs for and might be releasing information about their next generation of rockets, ones that could send people to Mars.
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  7. Post #567
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    So I listened to this interview of Elon Musk by Wired and at the end Elon said he has designs for and might be releasing information about their next generation of rockets, ones that could send people to Mars.
    SpaceX is going to be so amazing once they get their next gen rockets and dragon going. Supposedly it'll be able to land on any solid surface in the solar system.
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  8. Post #568
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    I wonder if SpaceX has a bigger budget than NASA when it comes to shooting up rockets.

    I.e excluding all the other NASA stuff.
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  9. Post #569

    Greatest stargazing music of all time.

    Just sayin'.
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  10. Post #570
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    My sun telescope

    Pictures taken with it


    Bonus pic of Jupiter taken with another one of my telescopes

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  11. Post #571
    What to paint this weekend

    for Big Ben in orbit
    for Apollo 17 on a launch pad
    for Neil DeGrasse
    for a new, non-realistic painting style painting of Carl Sagan.
    Apollo 17 just after liftoff.

    It's the only Saturn V to be launched at night.
    Okay, 4 - 6. Apollo 17 at launch. It is decided then. Here we are:

    Didn't get more then 30 minutes of progress done before I went to bed but it's a weekend so woopie, tomorrow I'll cover some ground and work on it
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  12. Post #572
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    My sun telescope



    Pictures taken with it


    Bonus pic of Jupiter taken with another one of my telescopes
    And then it 403d
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  13. Post #573
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    My sun telescope



    Pictures taken with it


    Bonus pic of Jupiter taken with another one of my telescopes
    ITs amazing that the little spots that are on the sun surfaces can form in a few hours that are the size of the Earth and quickly disperse, they look cellular up close.

    also any see the Enterprise?
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  14. Post #574
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    Do you happen to know how this photo was taken?


    (User was banned for this post ("Image macro" - postal))
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  15. Post #575
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    Okay, 4 - 6. Apollo 17 at launch. It is decided then. Here we are:

    Didn't get more then 30 minutes of progress done before I went to bed but it's a weekend so woopie, tomorrow I'll cover some ground and work on it

    YOU GOT THE MOON WRONG MOTHERFUCKER
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  16. Post #576
    ARTISTIC LIBERTIES
    I like backwards spinning Earths and full-moons and suns on the same horizon.
    ~artistic integrity~

    EDIT: I'll fix.
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  17. Post #577
    We're made of star-stuff
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    Maybe Earth grew another sun.
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  18. Post #578
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    My sun telescope



    Pictures taken with it


    Bonus pic of Jupiter taken with another one of my telescopes
    Why can't I see these :(
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  19. Post #579
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    Maybe it's a parallel universe!!

    Tell us your secrets Mac
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  20. Post #580
    We're made of star-stuff
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    In other news, the COTS 2 mission patch just showed up on Twitter:

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  21. Post #581
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    Sexy patch.
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  22. Post #582
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    May 2007
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    Space really is fascinating to me. I'll be going to an observatory in Scotland when I'm on holiday during the summer, so I'm excited for that. Will be interesting to see what happens up in the big beyond over the next 10 years.
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  23. Post #583
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    Do you happen to know how this photo was taken?
    from the earlier jettisoned stage
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  24. Post #584
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    to just think, hardy 30 years ago we put two men on the moon, and now we are planning on mining asteroids with geosynchronous telescopes, and preparing, for, the future :salute:
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  25. Post #585
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    to just think, hardy 30 years ago we put two men on the moon, and now we are planning on mining asteroids with geosynchronous telescopes, and preparing, for, the future :salute:
    And all that time in between we did jack shit.

    Just saying.
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  26. Post #586
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    And all that time in between we did jack shit.

    Just saying.
    Not our fault really. Wait I thought you left Facepunch?
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  27. Post #587
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    And all that time in between we did jack shit.

    Just saying.
    Not necessarily. In that time, we created a reusable launch system (regardless of the fact that it failed in its intended purpose and it turns out that expendable launch systems are actually just as cost effective, if not more so), and we used it to create and maintain a constant human presence in space.

    People have been in constant orbit around the earth for I think most, if not all of my life so far, either on the ISS or on Mir. So I think that's pretty cool, it's something.
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  28. Post #588
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    Not necessarily. In that time, we created a reusable launch system (regardless of the fact that it failed in its intended purpose and it turns out that expendable launch systems are actually just as cost effective, if not more so), and we used it to create and maintain a constant human presence in space.

    People have been in constant orbit around the earth for I think most, if not all of my life so far, either on the ISS or on Mir. So I think that's pretty cool, it's something.
    I think he means in terms of actual missions where we go places and shit, which if that's the case then he's absolutely right.
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  29. Post #589
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    I mean we haven't advanced any frontiers in the last three decades. We did the equivalent of building a treehouse when we should have been moving out for college.
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  30. Post #590
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    Yeah I think the most immediate thing that could be done to advance a frontier would be to realize the original Zond plan, with a space tourist. Orbital space tourism hasn't really done anything for us so far, it really needs to be deep space.

    And I say Zond because I feel it's important the Russians or the Chinese or someone other than America does it first, because once people learn that Russia plans to send a Zond with a paying customer around the moon, everyone's going to rush to do it.

    Not only that, but I mean, that was what Soyuz was originally designed for, to heft the Zond variant into a free return circumlunar trajectory, so the possibility of that happening isn't too far off.
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  31. Post #591
    Fuck!
    I resized the Apollo 17 painting from 4000x2251 to 1500x844 to save for web, forgot about it, saved and continued painting until I couldn't turn back without realizing so fuck I permanently ruined it, I can't work at this rez
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  33. Post #593
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    I wanted to stay up late last night because it was so clear out but I feel asleep in my chair next to my telescope.

    How do you guys say up so late?
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  34. Post #594
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    I wanted to stay up late last night because it was so clear out but I feel asleep in my chair next to my telescope.

    How do you guys say up so late?


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  35. Post #595
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    If I were to name a space program I'd call it 'Odin' after the god of knowledge, wisdom and power.
    If I were to create a space program I would call it 'Thor' after the sound of the thunderous exploding fuel tanks.

    I should probably not create a space program.
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  36. Post #596
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    I wanted to stay up late last night because it was so clear out but I feel asleep in my chair next to my telescope.

    How do you guys say up so late?
    Coffee, energy drinks, meth, etc.
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  37. Post #597
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    Coffee, energy drinks, meth, etc.
    astronomers life force
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  38. Post #598
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    It was also REALLY cold last night, so coffee helped a lot.
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  39. Post #599
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    Come to Tucson, Arizona, we have Kitt Peak Observatory.

    The biggest, best Observatory this side of the Mississippi. They have one day a week where they'll point the thing anywhere you want it, and they have special telescopes to point at the sun.

    It's absolutely extraordinary, sitting in this itty-bitty lawn chair in front of a megaton telescope, meekly asking the doctoral scientist to point the telescope at Mars
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  40. Post #600
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    FUCK
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