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Damian Peach, Sunday, 5-3-15 May 4, 2015

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Damian Peach, Sunday, 5-3-15


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Guest:  Damian Peach.   Topics:  Amateur astronomy & imagine, viewing techniques, atmospheric issues & more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.


We welcomed Damian Peach, well known amateur astronomer from the UK to the show.  Visit his website for more information and to see his work, www.damianpeach.com.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Damian talked about his early interest in space and the definition for an amateur astronomer. We learned most are self taught as was the case with Damian, that the field was not as math intensive as a professional astronomy career and that amateur astronomers significantly contribute to the field of astronomy and work well in harmony with professional astronomers.  During this segment, listeners had many questions for our guest including asking if he had sponsors, the cost of amateur equipment, his typical viewing schedule on the South Coast of the UK where he lives and his other location, Barbados.  In fact several questions came in about viewing conditions in Barbados and the effect of weather and humidity on his viewing in that location.  Damian likes to photograph Jupiter and Saturn and the bigger outer planets.  Don’t miss the why behind this.  As you will hear and you can see on his website, he has also done lots of excellent imaging of the Moon.  I asked him about his interest in going to Mars, human spaceflight, and more, all of which he said he was interested in.  Other first segment topics included wanting to know more about his techniques, amateur spectroscopy, and amateur peer review.  Regarding his interest in Jupiter, he talked at length about the always changing Jupiter weather that he liked to document in his Jupiter photography.


In the second segment, he talked about the upcoming JUNO Mission to Jupiter & the need for amateur astronomers to take images and submit them to the JUNO team.  Other topics in this session included cubesats, amateur astronomy groups in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere, plus Pluto and New Horizons.  Listeners asked about amateur solar and deep space astronomy, cosmic rays, and more.  Science fiction came up as did the movie Interstellar.  Later, Ben sent in a note while looking at Damian’s Mars images on his website and asked about color enhancing and photo touchups.  Imaging Mercury and Venus came up in the discussion as did light pollution, viewing & searching for comets & NEOs.  Near the end of the program, we talked about Ceres and the Dawn Mission from the amateur perspective.  Near the end, I asked Damian his first choice mission were he the space mission guru.  I bet you will be surprised by what he said.  Dr. Dewar asked about making space access available with space based telescopes through nuclear propulsion given the cost of launch would be so much cheaper. Don’t miss Damian’s response.  Marshall called at the end to talk about technology advancement & more.


Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach Damian Peach through his website or me.


David Fuller, Sunday, 4-8-12 April 9, 2012

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David Fuller, Sunday, 4-8-12


Guest:  David Fuller.  Topics:  Dark Skies, light pollution, telescopes, astronomy.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed David Fuller to the program.  Please follow along with us on his website, www.eyesonthesky.com.  Our program started off with David talking with us about his interest in astronomy and light pollution issues, followed by the founding of his website Eyes On The Sky, and the weekly educational videos he makes regarding astronomical events.  We talked about his videos which can also be found on YouTube, the purpose of them as well as the themes for this form of astronomy education.  Later during this segment, listeners told us how they at least partially combated light pollution in their area using UV camera filters for their SLR cameras with telephoto lenses.  We also talked about his blog and his current article dealing with the Mayan calendar issue due to take place later this year.  David also told us about his networking through Facebook and the photographic website, Pinterest.  To find links to these Eye On The Sky networking pages, scroll down on the home page as they are all listed.  In the second segment, David explained more about the site Pinterest which he said was still in beta format but when you go to his Pinterest page, you will see his invitation for all to join and participate.  In this longer second segment, we talked about international dark skies efforts and starting a local chapter.  Our topics then switched to astronomy outreach, Tim called in with technical telescope questions which led to me asking about a Dobsonian telescope.  Listeners asked about Hollywood and the night sky, taking liberty to change the sky around without regard to reality at the time of the event depicted in the movie, or more likely, to simply be ignorant of night sky issues.  The movie Titanic was brought up as an example.  Another listener asked our guest about any relationship between astrology and astronomy.  We talked about NASA budget cuts for planetary exploration and other science missions.  As our program was ending, we zeroed in on more issues regarding light pollution, not just for space and stargazing, but for overall health issues as well.  Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog URL above.  you can email our guest at dave@eyesonthesky.com.