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Hello,

I am totally new to Astronomy. Purchased a 130mm/900mm reflector last month, a wish I had since childhood (Now 48 yrs).
Browsing through various websites and using some free programs, I could gather some basics. Observed 11 or 12 Messiers
in the last few days. During the search, came across Citizen sky. Thought of contributing a little bit by posting some observations
on Epsilon Aur. Have posted about 18 observations. I wanted to know whether the 10 observations certificate is still being sent,
if so what is the procedure to get it ?

The 10 star tutorial is very good , a totally new person like me could know something about variable stars. Due to my work schedules
I get very little time for this new hobby, neverthless I spend about 10 mts on most of the days to take a visual reading of Epsilon Aur
and post it to Citizen sky website.

Rgds,

TSUA
Unni

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Hello Sukumaran, It's great to have someone observing from India. I am the administrator of the 20/20 Vision Team (click on Teams link on the web site). This would be a great team for you to sign up and join. We deal with visual observing, making observations of naked eye, binocular, and telescopic variable stars. We even do some teaching on picking out and using telescopes. We also include all kinds of different celestial objects, like, the Moon, planets, deep sky objects, etc. I have been a variable star observer with AAVSO since 1973, and have made about 34,000 variable star estimates. I am also a middle school science teacher in Florida, USA. I will email Rebecca, our Citizen Sky manager, about your question on the certificate. Until then, please go on the Citizen Sky web site and join the 20/20 Vision Team. Good Observing. Chris Stephan Robert Clyde Observatory Sebring, Florida USA

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Thanks Chris. In 1973 when you started as a variable star observer, I was in the secondary school ! 34,000 observations, its a very big number. It should take many lifetimes for most. I will join the 20/20 vision team in a day or two. Returned from office an hour back. Finished dinner, have to go up to the terrace, take a reading on Eps Aur and then go to sleep as I leave for office pretty early. Waiting for saturday evening to catch up with seeing Andromeda galaxy as it will get drowned in the western horizon light pollution by 7.30 PM local time. Last week at 8 pm, I saw a faint cloud like patch in my new Olympus 10X50 wide angled bino. I think it was the galaxy itself. I use Cartes du Ciel software and Stellarium to plan a night's view. Prepared an A4 chart with finder circles to hop to M46,M47,M50 etc. It will give print out with lateral and vertical inversions, which is very helpful as I look into the finder scope and main telescope. I purchased a RDF, which is extremely useful. M41 which I could not locate for 2 days with my 7x50 finder was traced out with RDF within about 2 minutes !! I drilled 2 holes on the 7x50 finder holder and attatched the RDF. Thus the mainscope,RDF and finder are available simultaniously and all three are collimated. Incidentally, by profession, I am an Electronics Engineer , presently working in Surface Mount Manufacturing Process setup and QA in the field of Defense and Avionics . Also a Ham radio enthusiast and my call sign is VU2UKT. I also enjoy designing and making my own sideblown flute with PVC water pipe, made about 15 of them from E4 to F5 in half note steps.

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Hello and thank you for your participation and contribution to the Citizen Sky Project. We are definitely still giving out certificates. I must admit that it has been a while since Isent out a group of certificates - thanks for keeping me on my toes! I will contact you off-forum with more details about delivery. If anyone else has concerns about their certificates feel free to contact me by clicking on my photo and using the contact tab on my user page - or you can email me at: rebecca "at" aavso "dot" org Thanks again!

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Good evening Rebecca,
Thank you for the mail below and also to Chris for communicating to you about my request.
Its interesting to contribute in the form of submitting readings to Citizen Sky project.
The 10 star guidelines s very effective to a newcomer like me. Within about 10 minutes, I could
read and understand the tutorial and straightaway go upstairs to the terrace, findout Aurigae constellation
quickly and take the readings. It gives a strange feeling when thinking about the fact that the small dot on
the sky (epsilon Aur) is having such a mystery behind it.
I have downloaded some of the pdf files from AAVSO website. Have to read it in the coming days and understand
more about Variable stars. Everyone would have heard "stars" but not "variable stars".
Thanks again,
Unni
TSUA

How's your observing going Unni? Have you gotten more comfortable with observing now?

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Hello, Sky mostly cloudy for the last one month. So not much of observing. However, on a couple of days it was fine and I used my binos for bries observing. Hope sky gets clear soon. Unni


Here's hoping you get clear skies soon! Did you get your certificate? I was wondering myself if they've been sent out.

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Hi, Sky is slowly getting cleared up but inconsistent. Hopefully, in the coming days I can expect clear skies. Certificate , nothing has come so far. I don't know how they will send it without asking me for my postal address unless its going to be an e-certificate. I am planning to get a lap top as taking star-hop printout from my desktop and taking upstairs is cumbersome. I have to come back manytimes to the desktop to check which star is in the scope view. Computers simplify the whole observing session . rgds, unni


Iuse my laptop at the scope but when I'm doing naked eye or bino's, I just take out the 10 star printout Ihave (and bino charts for bino targets) and use that. We had some bad weather roll in the other day but I was able to still get a very fast observation in throug a sucker hole in the clouds. Keep us posted on your progress!

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