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    Default Saturn on 31st December 2003! Spot it! Its closest to earth!

    Tomorrow, 31st December, Saturn will be at its nearest to earth.

    So I recommend that EVERYONE here obtain at least a 7x50 bino (best option is telescope!) and look for Orion first. Saturn is bright and unblinking on its left.

    It'll be a bit goldish in colour so don't miss it!

    Photographers, I'll be trying to use my 10x camera to get some kind of photo to the best of my ability. Get a tripod, max out your zoom and shoot!

    Good Hunting!

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    any scopes to recommend? still havent burrowed much into that realm

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    Anymore hints on how to spot it.
    It's very cloudy now. I think we may have problem spotting it here.

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    Well, its going to be bright. Hmm. If you can recognise Orion, you can just look to its left . It'll be an UNBLINKING golden "star".

    Orion looks something like this:


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    Well, its going to be bright. Hmm. If you can recognise Orion, you can just look to its left . It'll be an UNBLINKING golden "star".

    Orion looks something like this:


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    Try to find it. Saturn is on the left.
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    How dumb can I be...




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    Roger that...

    look like i am going to count down on my rooftop this year.....

    but my friend going to sentosa count down....no one help me with the telescope
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    so how so how! i'm waiting for the pics! recently saw alot of stars.. and its the orion!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by y0ngcheng
    so how so how! i'm waiting for the pics! recently saw alot of stars.. and its the orion!!!
    hihi..
    sorry the photos were terrible. haha. first time shooting so didn't know how to adjust my shots etc. Plus the stars don't really show up on my LCD or EVF so had to point and shoot with luck. HEe

    the better ones can be seen here.

    http://www.singastro.org/viewtopic.php?t=432

    But i may post the full photos up on pbase. depends.
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    biggest problem here in SG is probably too much light pollution.

    light on our tiny island is scattered so much that the lights from up there are overshadowed. Hard to tell them by the naked eye, let alone targeting in the general direction with a telescope.


    Maybe Tekong or Ubin better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyserSoze
    biggest problem here in SG is probably too much light pollution.

    light on our tiny island is scattered so much that the lights from up there are overshadowed. Hard to tell them by the naked eye, let alone targeting in the general direction with a telescope.


    Maybe Tekong or Ubin better.
    planets so big no problem one...i have shot saturn before from my room last time

    can even see the 2 rings

    it is those deep sky objects that are difficult to find
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    Quote Originally Posted by KSeet
    Tomorrow, 31st December, Saturn will be at its nearest to earth.

    So I recommend that EVERYONE here obtain at least a 7x50 bino (best option is telescope!) and look for Orion first. Saturn is bright and unblinking on its left.

    It'll be a bit goldish in colour so don't miss it!

    Photographers, I'll be trying to use my 10x camera to get some kind of photo to the best of my ability. Get a tripod, max out your zoom and shoot!

    Good Hunting!

    Spread the news!
    FYI, opposition does not necessarily mean that it will be closest to the earth. It simply means that it will be at it's best lit when viewed from the earth by the sun just like a full moon.



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