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#1 Glassthrower

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:53 PM

Where does viewing like Slooh come in, in the grand scheme of astronomical observing? Is it considered "Electronically Assisted" or would it be considered "Remote Observing" ?

I just got a Slooh gift card for Xmas and I am interested in checking it out. :)

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 10:21 PM

I would call Slooh "remote observing". For me if you are not physically at the scope (reach out and touch it close) it is remote observing. A video monitor near the scope again to me would be "Electronically Assisted".

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 10:43 PM

I've been a Slooh member for a year. Although for me the pleasure in Astronomy is hands on under the stars, it's fund to click on Slooh and observer to a certain extent right from your computer.

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 12:14 AM

Hmm...

Does "remote" mean at least need to be few miles away?
If outside is too hot/cold/mosquito-land, setup the GOTO scope and video gear then retreat back to the living room to observe be counted as "remote" :) :)?

If I also made the same video shared to my friends using Internet video/multimedia conferencing technology, like a simulcast, now is it "remote" :) :) :)?

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 12:40 AM

To me remote is when real-time physical access and line of site to the scope is not possible. That could mean 10 feet or 1000 miles. So inside the house could qualify as "Remote".

If I sit outside my obs and operate my scope, I can't see it because its view is blocked by the obs walls, I would define that also as remote.

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 02:18 AM

Hmm...

Does "remote" mean at least need to be few miles away?
If outside is too hot/cold/mosquito-land, setup the GOTO scope and video gear then retreat back to the living room to observe be counted as "remote" :) :)?

If I also made the same video shared to my friends using Internet video/multimedia conferencing technology, like a simulcast, now is it "remote" :) :) :)?

Clear Skies!

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I think that we have a relativistic question here. Are the distant observers moving with respect to the fixed observer? If so, they should be warned that they may be foreshortened. :jump:

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