Craig Meade ETX-80 (80mm F/5) refractor Skywatcher 80AR (80mm F/11.4) refractor Skywatcher 102AR (102mm F/5.9) refractor Orion XT10i dob Orion ST120 (120mm F/5) refractor Orion 120mm F/8.3 refractor Orion 127mm MAK Celestron C90 Celestron C6 Explore Scientific 80mm ED triplet Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars Celestron #44104 for exploring inner space The stable keeps growing...I think I need help!
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[August 21st, 2017]
Clear Skies, TonyScopes: Celestron 150mm SCT, ES 102mm refractor, 114mm Newt, Circle T 80mm refractor, Cel./Vix. 60mm refractor "the Brute" EP's: Various and sundry along with barlows WO and ES Dielectric Diagonals Filters: DGM Optics NPB, Orion SkyGlow Filter, color and longpass AstroZap Dew Shield, Vibration Pads etc... AstroPlanner V2.1, SkySafari 4 Plus, Vortex 8X42, 60's 7X35 Binocs Astronomy in the Orange Zone! ...73 de KM5JH...
I want to do more then just look.
Quote: And maybe...just maybe, someone in 3877 was looking at us and thinking the same thing...
Visual deep sky 18" f4.3 David Lukehurst dob 8" f/6 Dark Star dob 8x42 binos 100% visual observing...
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:As to multicellular life or intelligence, that's just too hard for my brain to extrapolate. I really don't have a gut feeling about those -- wouldn't be surprised if intelligent life exists off of Earth, wouldn't be surprised if we're unique in the universe.
Quote:With 3 likely candidates for conditions amenable to life in this solar system the likelihood of life elsewhere is very large.
Author of "What's Up" articles for CN Author "Touching the Universe" iUniverse Author "Deep Sky Observing" Springer Author "Nebulae and How to Observe Them" Springer 8" Celestron SCT and Vixen ED 80 on a CGEM Canon T2i camera and lenses for piggybacking
Quote:Above all, nobody yet has come up with a halfway plausible scenario of how life can evolve from non-life. Every form of life that we currently know or can even imagine is far too complex to occur by random assemblage of molecules. Which raises the serious possibility that life is immensely improbable, and has in fact evolved exactly once in the observable universe.
"A republic, if you can keep it." Benjamin Franklin
Quote:Tony's comments strike me as pessimistic, and I don't frankly see the sense in arguing that a less interesting (or fun, exciting, etc.) hypothesis is as probable as one that inspires wonderment.
Quote:Whatever the likelihood, I plan to do some ice fishing on Enceladus before I die, and everyone's invited.
Quote:Along the lines of how life could take other forms that we may not even recognize as life, has anyone read the book by Fred Hoyle "The Black Cloud?"
Quote:When people on Earth eventually make communication with the cloud, the cloud is surprised to discover that there are life forms on the planet, and states that it had never considered the possibility of intelligent life existing on planets!