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Re: SPAAACE

But I like them because they were taken with a simple DSLR camera from a somewhat light-polluted suburban front yard. Wait, without a telescope? How did you get that quality? :shock: 1. A good 250mm zoom lens. 2. A Polarie polar tracking mount (which never quite worked, but did occasionally allow t...

Re: Age Demographic

Alternately, why not avoid subjectivity and just do decadal age bands? 0-10, 11-20, 21-30, etc. Well, the whole aim was not to be subjective in the slices, but to be forever accurate. 1 year after the poll, 10% of the people in one band will go in another. So statistically, decadal bands have 10% m...

Re: SPAAACE

Yay for space images thread! \o/ There are other images (from far better sources) that I like but I'll start out with three that I captured myself. Jupiter and three of its four Galilean moons: http://www.explorergamer.com/Images/Space_Jupiter+3.jpg The Great Nebula in Orion: http://www.explorergame...

Re: Universe structure

So would I be correct in guessing that many of these suggestions are inspired by having played No Man's Sky? ;) I agree overall that it's important to try to achieve significant variety between systems. I don't think it will be possible to completely eliminate "I have seen every possible variation" ...

Re: Rocket Lunches

Hey, I'm a believer in the Principle of Charity: interpreting what other people say in the most friendly and reasonable way. But I look at this sentence: "it's because we changed [Cassini's orbit] to allow closer passes on Enceladus to sample water that geysers spew out" and it's hard not to see a p...

Re: Rocket Lunches

My naive understanding is that there's really no such thing as a parking orbit for a small satellite. This is not correct in general; e.g. geostationary orbits around Earth are fairly stable; but it is indeed correct for a complex system such as Saturn, especially where Cassini was. I notice you us...

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