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#1 FirstSight

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:12 PM

There's an extensive collection of wonderful short videos by British Astronomers available on YouTube, collectively called the "Deep Sky Videos". The videos range from about four to ten minutes long, with the subject of each nominally being a particular Messier object, but the real focus is on exploring one or more key astro-scientific aspects of the object, e.g. the video on M30 explains that it is exemplary of the process of "core collapse" of globular clusters, and gives a succinctly accessible thumbnail explanation of how this process works. Each video also includes not just a variety of interesting images of the object, but often how professional astronomers (and some serious amateur imagers) go about studying, imaging, and gathering relevant data about the object. What this series does NOT attempt is to be a guide how to find or observe these objects visually with amateur telescopes.

There's enough surprising depth in these brief videos to be worthwhile for even quite experienced, knowledgeable amateurs, even while still being quite accessible to relative beginners.

HERE'S A SAMPLER from which you'll find links on YouTube to many more from the series:
M56
M77
M33
M30
M110

The lovely, articulate Meghan Gray of the University of Nottingham is featured on many of these videos; some guys will probably have to resist the urge to develop an instant crush on her.
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:59 PM

Wonderful find, Chris! Thanks for the heads-up. I went to the main site at www.deepskyvideos.com and am slowly making my way through them.

Meghan Gray... 'nuff said!

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:08 PM

Yeah definitely a great series. I stumbled upon them when I got my scope a few weeks back.

+1 for Meghan Gray as well, lol.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:39 PM

I'd found these previously and quite naturally forgot about them...they are very well done.

This time I bookmarked the things.....Thanks!

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

This is a new one on me. Thanks for posting this!

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:44 PM

Marvelous collection. Thanks.

Dark skies.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 07:01 PM

New one just posted on M4.

http://www.youtube.c...0&feature=g-u-u

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 07:19 PM

I love this series, it's done by the same guy who does the periodic table of videos for Nottingham University.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:19 PM

Thanks Chris!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:22 AM

subscribed. thanks for sharing the link

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:56 PM

Wow, just watched the one on the eagle nebula. Awesome videos!

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

Instead of starting a new thread, better to bump this one ;)

fyi there is a dedicated website that visually catalogs all the Deep Sky Videos very nicely:

Deep Sky Videos

I especially like the video tours of the actual observatories, not often that you get them.

imo, be sure to check out Brady's (the video producer) other extensive projects along the lines of the Deep Sky ones - Periodic Videos, Numberphile, Sixy Symbols, etc. I am seriously impressed with the width, depth, and quality of subjects covered in such a short span of time, and imo it's a real show case of what quality short youtube videos (of the 'educational' sorts) can be.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

Cool, thx for the link. I'll be checking them out.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:45 AM


There's this guy too

http://www.youtube.com/user/SpaceRip

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:27 PM

Very cool link! Thanks Peter.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

The PS3 now has a YouTube app that you can get from their store. I've been watching the Deepsky and Spacerip videos on my large screens and the quality of the picture is quite good. I don't have an Xbox but I would imagine there is a similar app. No more sitting in front of the computer.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:03 PM

Thanks! There are a lot of excellent astronomy videos posted on YouTube. YouTube is an excellent medium for so many topics.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

Haven't seen these before! Thanks for posting the information :grin: .... Tony






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