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#1 Myk Rian

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 08:28 PM

We spent Thanksgiving/Christmas in Colorado with our daughter, her 2 sons, boyfriend, and his family. This is what I brought home with me.

What a perfect gift for someone with a telescope.

https://drive.google...EJGCBd4Jfbgr94d

 

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 08:57 PM

Kind of interesting, but not really seeing it as a great gift for any true stargazers.



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Posted 03 December 2019 - 09:16 PM

Cool!

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:20 AM

Kind of interesting, but not really seeing it as a great gift for any true stargazers.

I got the S&T version

does not float but still    waytogo.gif

 

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#5 Tony Flanders

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 06:31 AM

I bought myself the Sky & Telescope celestial globe as a 65th birthday present. It turns out to be immensely useful -- as well as being outstandingly attractive. Only a globe can show the night sky as it really is; any time you project a significant chunk of sky onto a plane it gets pretty badly distorted. It's also completely free of latitude bias.



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:12 AM

I bought myself the Sky & Telescope celestial globe as a 65th birthday present. It turns out to be immensely useful -- as well as being outstandingly attractive. Only a globe can show the night sky as it really is; any time you project a significant chunk of sky onto a plane it gets pretty badly distorted. It's also completely free of latitude bias.

I've been eyeing the S&T celestial globe for some time.  I'll probably get one some day.

 

While better in most ways than a flat map of similar resolution, I think a globe would still suffer from constellations near the edge appearing compressed along your line of sight.  Looking at the night sky, constellations never look squashed, no matter how close they are to the horizon.

 

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#7 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 02:39 PM

We spent Thanksgiving/Christmas in Colorado with our daughter, her 2 sons, boyfriend, and his family. This is what I brought home with me.

What a perfect gift for someone with a telescope.

https://drive.google...EJGCBd4Jfbgr94d

 

Tell Santa they are here. https://www.hammache...tronics-gadgets

I think it's cool looking. cool.gif



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Posted 14 December 2019 - 05:21 PM

The celestial globe idea is a cool one.  I found this article about the S&T globe: https://www.skyandte...lobe-041820161/

Apparently they debated whether to have it right-side-out ("God's-eye view") vs. how it appears from Earth, before going with the latter.

It seems like a useful tool, as I still struggle to remember/deduce the constellations especially when there are just a few stars visible.

I wonder though, if it would feel "backwards".  Perhaps the mind is good at mentally "flipping" the sphere inside out to perceive it as it really appears in the sky.




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