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Plus...if you have a knack for modding your installs (need to be to get the good stuff going...like FS)...Celestia is well worth having as they share similar resources...also free.

https://celestia.space/

http://celestiamotherlode.net/

(Black Hole stuff a ways back Celestia)

 

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There are a few different Soyuz projects...also a good starter.

https://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=5160

https://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=4545

As is Project Gemini which I'm sure you'd enjoy.

https://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=7000 (might include below link)

https://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=1206

Most Gemini missions have their own sound pack if you search Orbiter Hangar.


Vinka's Multistage modules...hard to find...but needed for many classic rockets.

direct d/l https://www.tuttovola.org/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=956

Spacecraft 4 http://francophone.dansteph.com/?page=addon&id=202

Plus a great forum...

https://www.orbiter-forum.com/index.php

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Though Orbiter comes with some good interplanetary flight computers, this one is a good one to have on the side bar.

http://users.kymp.net/p501474a/Orbiter/Orbiter.html

Whew...like launching a mission.

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3 hours ago, bush_cheney2004 said:

 

Indeed....Orion is arguably the biggest fave for winter and spring for many observers because it has so many objects.

I'm surprised there is no movement yet to ban all the sexist names...like "Witch Head" nebula, or "Witch's Broom" in the Veil Nebula.

Shh! You'll catch their attention. 

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Some random Celestia shots. Celestia includes the known Universe. You can use Carl's Space Ship Of The Mind to travel from place to place...you can do incredible speeds. Well beyond what relativity and physics...etc...allows. Yet even doing 10,000 ly/second....you've still got a LONG trip ahead.

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Great shot from Hubble of the disrupted barred spiral Tadpole Galaxy. An intruder galaxy can be seen just beyond the gap in the disc causing lots of star formation. 420 mly away...early Devonian time on Earth....relative.

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_573.html

Same with a CDK600. Nice!

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Full... https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c8/Tadpole_Galaxy_(Wide).jpg

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These are some amazing shots!

I've been wanting to get a wide-angle lens, someone suggested that some objects are easier to see with them, particularly larger ones like the Andromeda Galaxy (so I am told). Pity the human eye cannot see the color in most of them.

Any other accessories I ought to get? I have a small selection of different-powered lenses (which are parfocal so I don't need to refocus). They're the celestron X-cel series. It shoudl magnify at most 200x, but that I understand is contingent upon atmospheric conditions. I have a light pollution reduction filter, though that's not as necessary where I live as it would be closer to Baltimore or Washington. I have a lunar filter that has only gotten a little bit of use.

The thing about my Nexstar is making the thing track once I have an object centered I want to keep it on. I don't know why, really.

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Successful orbital alignment with Phobos. Now to just let Phobos's gravity gently tug the craft to a landing...

 

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Just now, JamesHackerMP said:

That would be cool if there really were life forms under the ice of Europa!

 

Due to tidal heating by Io and Jupiter, Europa is likely to have a warmish subsurface ocean...quite possible there is something. There is a probe due to land on Mars in an old lake bed at the mouth of an ancient river...some real hope in finding something there. Fossils...or who knows? Some microbes are very sturdy...

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34 minutes ago, JamesHackerMP said:

Have any of you seen or read 2010?

 

Of course. Orbiter also has numerous 2001/2010 missions you can download as mods. 

https://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=5014

 

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For myself, I'd like to see a proper mission to Titan. Not so much to look for life...low low low probability on the surface...but to get a look at those oceans and lakes of ethane. Titan is also suspected to have a subsurface water ocean.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_(moon)

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I've read a bit about Titan. I've also seen the documentary The Farthest voyager in Space about the Voyager mission, and they mention Titan. They said it was like looking at the Earth as it was billions of years ago, before life started to transform the atmosphere. Too bad all I can see through my telescope is just a tiny point of light, basically all anybody could see before the Voyager probes. I think Cassini-Huygens extensively photographed Titan in several fly-bys.

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50 minutes ago, JamesHackerMP said:

I've read a bit about Titan. I've also seen the documentary The Farthest voyager in Space about the Voyager mission, and they mention Titan. They said it was like looking at the Earth as it was billions of years ago, before life started to transform the atmosphere. Too bad all I can see through my telescope is just a tiny point of light, basically all anybody could see before the Voyager probes. I think Cassini-Huygens extensively photographed Titan in several fly-bys.

 

Yes...Cassini took lots of photos through the thick haze surrounding Titan with various imaging devices. I'd like a floating probe with a drone or a balloon released to snap shots from above. So would NASA/JPL... 

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20459-nasa-floats-titan-boat-concept/

Plus...it rains on Titan.

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I think a probe descending to Europa would get more support. There's the possibility of life in its ocean, supposedly. That would make (at least a few) congressmen say "ooh, neat" who might usually balk at the kind of mission they're proposing to Titan. But either mission would yield scientific paydirt, I'm sure.

Not to change the subject, but what about Iapetus? What is on Iapetus that causes one side to be extremely bright and reflecting, the other, to be dark? I was wondering about that. In "2001" the book it was a reflective surface put on there by aliens around the big monolith. I'm wondering what it was in reality that causes the bright/dull effect depending on its position around Saturn.

Wait a sec, maybe I should look it up on Wikipedia LOL. I'm such a lazy bastard. I'll get back to y'all.

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OK, something must have smacked into it. It's a different material.

Anywho, back to Titan & Europa. But before we proceed, have any of you observed Neptune or Uranus in your 'scopes?

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6 minutes ago, JamesHackerMP said:

I think a probe descending to Europa would get more support. There's the possibility of life in its ocean, supposedly. That would make (at least a few) congressmen say "ooh, neat" who might usually balk at the kind of mission they're proposing to Titan. But either mission would yield scientific paydirt, I'm sure.

Not to change the subject, but what about Iapetus? What is on Iapetus that causes one side to be extremely bright and reflecting, the other, to be dark? I was wondering about that. In "2001" the book it was a reflective surface put on there by aliens around the big monolith. I'm wondering what it was in reality that causes the bright/dull effect depending on its position around Saturn.

Wait a sec, maybe I should look it up on Wikipedia LOL. I'm such a lazy bastard. I'll get back to y'all.

 

There is actually a lot of support to NOT send a probe for the same reason...lest we become the Monolith giving Europan microbes bright ideas...etc.

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1 minute ago, DogOnPorch said:

 

There is actually a lot of support to NOT send a probe for the same reason...lest we become the Monolith giving Europan microbes bright ideas...etc.

Aren't our space probes made in a "clean room" so that that sort of thing doesn't happen?

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3 minutes ago, JamesHackerMP said:

OK, something must have smacked into it. It's a different material.

Anywho, back to Titan & Europa. But before we proceed, have any of you observed Neptune or Uranus in your 'scopes?

 

Uranus, yes...in an old scope I don't have anymore. 

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