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    Well, between beginner and serious amateur.....is where 99.999% of us stargazers lie.

    When people don't appreciate the glory of the heavens (and it's free!)....it's their loss, really.

    I try to infect people with my enthusiasm as much as possible too, but I come off as `nutty nerd' mostly. Which I don't deny I am, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned
    Well, between beginner and serious amateur.....is where 99.999% of us stargazers lie.

    When people don't appreciate the glory of the heavens (and it's free!)....it's their loss, really.

    I try to infect people with my enthusiasm as much as possible too, but I come off as `nutty nerd' mostly. Which I don't deny I am, anyway.

    Yeah I share your sentiment. Like when I explain to someone on how to locate and identify a constellation, he/she'd give me a blank look.

    "Wah... stars also got special patterns one ah?"

    Haiya.... tung lei kong tou sai hei... (wouldn't want to waste my breath with you)


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    Aaron, one of these days, (when the flu threat is over and we're given the all clear to return to normality), I'll spot you a teh tarik session and we can mutually curse those non-believers to our hearts' content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned

    ... to our hearts' content.
    I'll drink to that!

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    If we do meet up for a chat on stars (not the Holly/Bollywood type) do bring along your equipment (not the one between your legs but the one quoted below) for my admiration.



    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned
    So would I!
    ... A long exposure (best to leave your camera mounted on an equatorial mount in sidereal tracking mode) of up to a few hours, with the widest angle lens you have, is the standard way of capturing meteor showers. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronOng
    do bring along your equipment (not the one between your legs but the one quoted below)..
    Sorry, that one has to come along too...it's permanently attached.

    Okay see ya soon, hopefully.

    In the meanwhile, put on some Holst (you know which album lah) or Strauss' A.S. Zarathustra, close your eyes and imagine.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned
    Sorry, that one has to come along too...it's permanently attached.

    Okay see ya soon, hopefully.

    In the meanwhile, put on some Holst (you know which album lah) or Strauss' A.S. Zarathustra, close your eyes and imagine.....

    Great sense of humour lah you bro! Guess I'll hafta bring "mine" along too. No choice.

    Aiya..... classical music is another one of my hobby la. I'm also trained on the string instruments too. Been playing since I was 10, and still playing....

    Before Changster relegate this thread to the Chatterbox, lets get the subject of Perseids and general astronomy back on track.

    Did you manage to catch Halley's back in 86? Got a pic?

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    Ya, I know you're into classical..I read your thread sometime ago. But I think not many people here are into it, or they're too shy to own up. I lack any formal training in musical instruments....but I listen to music a fair bit (who doesn't?), which includes classical. Most of these from years of AM/FM Radio and the movies...which means I know some tunes, but I don't know the movement or the composer. Some of them I've since figured out and added to my LP and CD library but I've got a long way to go. Just above beginner....sounds familiar?

    Halley's? Yep. Pics? Yep. But I've shifted house so many times I have no idea where they are. I've on occasion tried to hunt down my entire comet collection without success....didn't treasure them those days, now regret. These were all on negatives and photographic paper lah so if they're gone, that's it. Anyway, Halley's was quite memorable....could be easily seen in KL in those days when the skies were much less polluted. My eyes were also in better shape then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned
    Ya, I know you're into classical..I read your thread sometime ago. But I think not many people here are into it, or they're too shy to own up. I lack any formal training in musical instruments....but I listen to music a fair bit (who doesn't?), which includes classical. Most of these from years of AM/FM Radio and the movies...which means I know some tunes, but I don't know the movement or the composer. Some of them I've since figured out and added to my LP and CD library but I've got a long way to go. Just above beginner....sounds familiar?

    Halley's? Yep. Pics? Yep. But I've shifted house so many times I have no idea where they are. I've on occasion tried to hunt down my entire comet collection without success....didn't treasure them those days, now regret. These were all on negatives and photographic paper lah so if they're gone, that's it. Anyway, Halley's was quite memorable....could be easily seen in KL in those days when the skies were much less polluted. My eyes were also in better shape then.
    On classicals and baroque stuff I've translated some of the more obscure titles lyrics like Vivaldi's Spring. Also Offenbach's Bacarolle as well as Mozart's O Isis und Osiris. That's luckily because my customer was an Italian who operated a quarry in Simpang Pulai and he helped me to translate some of the lyrics. Pretty difficult for him too and most was in old Italian.

    I missed Halleys when I was a kid. I was on a Scouts camp then. Too bad we had bad and cloudy weather over my area. So I'll never be able to catch it during my lifetime again, unless I live a long long life like that super old WW1 veteran who died recently in England

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    Italian Opera's a bit over my head for now....can't understand the language at all. Maybe I need those translations too... BTW what do you do with the lyrics? You sing along? Wanna try a duet?

    Halley's wasn't actually very impressive as a comet...it was just over hyped due to its fame. The one comet I'll remember to the end of my life is Hyakutake (1996). It hung stretching over one third of our Malaysian sky like a finger of doom, yet most local people didn't even notice it in the night sky! Probably thought it was just a wispy thin and long cloud. What a pity!

    A bit of interesting info just came in from the International Meteor Organisation. It seems that there was a third sharp peak of Perseids (more than 200 meteors per hour) at about 0600 UT on 13th August. This roughly coincides with the time lady-o-leisure successfully got her shower sighting in CA (around midnight)! The shower apparently fizzled out 3 hours later....which explains why I drew a blank here in USJ after that. Drats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned
    Italian Opera's a bit over my head for now....can't understand the language at all. Maybe I need those translations too... BTW what do you do with the lyrics? You sing along? Wanna try a duet?

    Halley's wasn't actually very impressive as a comet...it was just over hyped due to its fame. The one comet I'll remember to the end of my life is Hyakutake (1996). It hung stretching over one third of our Malaysian sky like a finger of doom, yet most local people didn't even notice it in the night sky! Probably thought it was just a wispy thin and long cloud. What a pity!

    A bit of interesting info just came in from the International Meteor Organisation. It seems that there was a third sharp peak of Perseids (more than 200 meteors per hour) at about 0600 UT on 13th August. This roughly coincides with the time lady-o-leisure successfully got her shower sighting in CA (around midnight)! The shower apparently fizzled out 3 hours later....which explains why I drew a blank here in USJ after that. Drats!

    Don't laugh, but I do sing along. My German's boleh tahan only, but my Italian pronunciation sucks. Duet when? I have got Andre Rieu's DVD full of operatic works. We can watch together, but don't fall asleep! Hehehe.

    As much as I wanna be an astronomer, I have missed many comets, Sghh.... Work committment, bad weather ,you name it. Once I went camping on a beach off Pantai Remis, I did see some meteors streaking across the sky. Maybe a couple dozen per hour. God, it was sooo beautiful! There was even a twinkling light I originally mistook for an aircraft but I believe its a satellite. Unfortunately can't read off its license plates! I actually dozed off on the beach and woke up during sunrise.

    My camping trip is tomorrow so wish me luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned
    This roughly coincides with the time lady-o-leisure successfully got her shower sighting in CA (around midnight)!
    More interestingly, I would rather sight lady-o-leisure showering in CA around midnight.

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    MQ, You're really notti lah!!!

    Bet lady leisure hafta to look behind her every time she showers!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterQ
    More interestingly, I would rather sight lady-o-leisure showering in CA around midnight.
    wahhhhh...like that oso can ah? careful, you know. you may see stars yet thanks to a rolling pin coming from behind (possible scenario if you're married)...
    It's better to be poor than to be rich. The rich always have to fear becoming poor, but the poor never have to fear becoming rich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronOng

    My camping trip is tomorrow so wish me luck.
    All the best, Aaron, for your trip!

    I'll start practising for the duets meanwhile...but only in mouse-like squeaks (micky mouse voice-over specialist, that's me).

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