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    Post OT: A pic of a few stars

    I finally received some low res copies of the pics I took at mount Kobau using the Fuji Superia film. Not as good as could be due to the smoke problems then but OK. This is looking at a lesser area of the Milky Way, no telescope, just a standard 50mm lens and about 5 minutes exposure. Someone want to try counting them?



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    I counted them and there are one gazillion 100 thousand.
    Very nice picture Even.
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    Thanks Charlie,

    Here is the Great Galaxy in Andromeda, M31, the furthest thing that can be seen with the naked eye.

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    Cool

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    Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown,
    And things seem hard or tough,
    And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft,
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    And you feel that you've had quite eno-o-o-o-o-ough,

    Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
    And reolving at nine thousand miles an hour.
    It's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
    The sun that is the source of all our power.
    Now the sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see,
    Are moving at a million miles a day,
    In the outer spiral arm, at fourteen thousand miles an hour,
    Of a galaxy we call the Milky Way.

    Our galaxy itself contains a hundred million stars;
    It's a hundred thousand light-years side to side;
    It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light-years thick,
    But out by us it's just three thousand light-years wide.
    We're thirty thousand light-years from Galactic Central Point,
    We go 'round every two hundred million years;
    And our galaxy itself is one of millions of billions
    In this amazing and expanding universe.

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    Our universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding,
    In all of the directions it can whiz;
    As fast as it can go, that's the speed of light, you know,
    Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is.
    So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
    And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
    'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!
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    Nice pics Evan,

    Why does M31 look so grainy? Is that due to the scanning process or something else?

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    You know Evan, I guess its the pictures you take, or the Astronomy stuff you talk about a lot, that made me decide to take Astronomy this semester. That is really cool seeing Andromeda. My teacher was just talking about it in last class.

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    Good thought provoking pictures Evan.

    I wonder how many beings out there are looking back at our speck in the sky?

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    Ben78,

    The grain is because my daughter had the film developed in her town about eight hours drive from here. They still have a custom lab. She took the negs to Wallmart and had them scanned to CD and e-mailed them to me. I'm not impressed by the Wallmart service. The scans are only around 1.3 megapixel. We won't bother again.
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    Thanks Evan.

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    Evan, it is truely sad our human eyes can not gather light as well as our cameras (after all that's all large telescopes are). Then prehaps we would truely appreciate the wonders of the cosmos.

    And this is with a 50mm Lens WOW!!!!!
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