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Re: Astronomy C

Posted: October 27th, 2017, 12:59 pm
by outside{box}
Hi! I'm new to Astronomy and I was wondering if someone could help point me towards some resources. I dove right in, so I'm aware of some of the basics, but I could use any help I could get. Thank you!

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: October 28th, 2017, 4:57 am
by antoine_ego
Hi! I'm new to Astronomy and I was wondering if someone could help point me towards some resources. I dove right in, so I'm aware of some of the basics, but I could use any help I could get. Thank you!
The best resource is probably just sheet Wikipedia. Take your own notes, and don't rely too much on copy and paste. For DSOs, have lots of images in different wavelengths. Decide whether you want to use a binder or computer, binders can be faster to navigate, but can only hold so much and use a lot of ink, and computers can hold more, but are slower to use.

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: October 31st, 2017, 9:17 am
by syo_astro
While I have time randomly for 5 minutes, how is studying going? Glad to see some new people getting into astro as usual too:)

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: October 31st, 2017, 9:25 am
by Unome
While I have time randomly for 5 minutes, how is studying going? Glad to see some new people getting into astro as usual too:)
I've yet to acclimatize myself sufficiently with the DSOs to be able to ID them on sight, nor have I gotten into most of the newer topics this year... but I really don't need to until MIT so I've been working on other events after finishing DSO sheets.

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: October 31st, 2017, 8:36 pm
by jonboyage
While I have time randomly for 5 minutes, how is studying going? Glad to see some new people getting into astro as usual too:)
Lots of learning and lots of interesting stuff oh boy oh boy.

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: November 1st, 2017, 7:26 am
by orangewhale
While I have time randomly for 5 minutes, how is studying going? Glad to see some new people getting into astro as usual too:)
I'm mostly panicking, I haven't gotten all the DSOs yet or the new stuff and I've got my first invitational in a month

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: November 2nd, 2017, 11:50 am
by raxu
Hello all! Has anyone seen a problem using the math form of Planck's Law? It seems really intimidating :|

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: November 2nd, 2017, 12:22 pm
by jonboyage
Hello all! Has anyone seen a problem using the math form of Planck's Law? It seems really intimidating :|
I personally have not seen a problem with that, but I don't see why you shouldn't try to learn it.. It just describes the energy using certain parameters. For example, if you know both the frequency of the light and the temperature of the blackbody, you would be able to find the energy at that frequency. It is a very intimidating equation, but in reality you can just plug things in and get an answer. I see this being more relevant with remote sensing, however.

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: November 14th, 2017, 7:18 am
by PM2017
Are we expected to use calculus with Kepler's Laws? The stuff that Wikipedia has on that is quite daunting.

Re: Astronomy C

Posted: November 14th, 2017, 7:34 am
by lumosityfan
Are we expected to use calculus with Kepler's Laws? The stuff that Wikipedia has on that is quite daunting.
Not at all; the calculus is really just there for you to understand the theoretical underpinnings of Kepler's Laws. Kepler's Laws usually will be used in application with a certain orbital configuration given and for you to figure out certain aspects of that orbit (for instance mass of the star(s), semimajor axis, period, certain peculiarities that come from that, etc.)