58 thoughts on “Now you can cry over heavens

  1. Yeah, I dig “live” also.

    This is cool, but the family and I would rather jump in the car, and head to the local astronomy club’s observatory for the entire evening.

    It’s awesome to be totally surrounded by space on the Kansas plains. It focuses the mind.

  2. Yeah, I dig “live” also.

    This is cool, but the family and I would rather jump in the car, and head to the local astronomy club’s observatory for the entire evening.

    It’s awesome to be totally surrounded by space on the Kansas plains. It focuses the mind.

  3. I think this is very cool. Especially the “Guided Tours”, since you don’t have to even know what to look for, just sit back and enjoy the ride. :)

    This may be the best .NET app I’ve seen (well, most “stunning”, at least).

  4. I think this is very cool. Especially the “Guided Tours”, since you don’t have to even know what to look for, just sit back and enjoy the ride. :)

    This may be the best .NET app I’ve seen (well, most “stunning”, at least).

  5. “Yes, it’s cool to look through a telescope and see things and look around the sky and have a personal experience”

    And that’s exactly what I was trying to encourage with my first comment, Robert, nothing more.

    I agree I used an extreme example (fireworks), but that was mainly to amplify my point. I still think that 15 minutes staring at the Milky Way in really dark skies will be a memorable experience a “city” person will remember for the rest of their lives, while looking at a Hubble picture… chances are ithey won’t. That was all I was trying to do with my first comment, Robert. And certainly I didn’t get into what’s best to learn the skies – for that, nothing beats something like the WWT or other software such as Starry Night, no question about that!!

    My rant in my response to your comment is the result of you calling me a wise guy simply for considering that a live view of the Milky Way beats looking at any Hubble picture (I still think that way and I just explained why I think), for saying that all you saw in my original comment was idiocy, and for saying “you don’t see shit”, because honestly, then we amateur astronomers must be definitely a bunch of idiots for going through that much trouble to stare at “shit” :-/

    In that long comment I might have oversold the hobby as you say, probably because I did feel that with your “don’t see shit” comment you undersold it, so I went out of my way to “defend” it. Can you blame me? After all, many people think you’re always overselling stuff: Facebook (before), FriendFeed (now) and even the WWT :-) Why? Because you’re pasionate about it – that doesn’t make you a “wise guy” nor an idiot. Same here, Robert. We don’t stare at shit and we definitely like it “live” more than on TV (and yes, we also love it on TV :-)

    BTW you don’t need the Hubble to take amazing astro pictures. I invite you to see what your “cheap” Canon 5D can do :-) See? You can go out, “live” the experience, have fun, and take a really coooool souvenir home!! :-)

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