STARGAZING
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The Star Gazing Experience        
GocheGanas, Stargazing
 
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Field Report

Star gazing takes place at the lodge every night for a specific period every month. Normally we do star gazing from deseminating Moon (75% illumination) until 3 days after First Quarter Moon. This normally gives us about 20 days per month of star gazing.

The telescope that we use is the 14" Meade LX200 ACF astronomical telescope which is fully computerized and is the largest portable GoTo telescope that you can get, anything larger needs to be mounted permanently due to the weight of the instrument. If we have a large group exceeding 15 clients we also erect a 2nd large 12" Meade LX200 ACF. Both telescopes have 145,000 objects programmed into their memory.

Star gazing begins at 20H30 and normally ends by 22H30 depending on the size of the group, however, there is no rush with this activity and if clients want to stay out longer we always accommodate their request.

We can now also take photo's with the telescope of the objects that people look at, however, this needs to be requested well in advance and incurs an additional fee of N$250 per object being photographed and is only available to clients who have a Canon EOS DSLR camera, if clients do not have this specific camera we can insert their SD memory card into one of my two cameras and they can take their photo.

Basically the telescope can see anything up to 75 million light years way if it is in the night sky at the time and we try and show them between 8 and 10 deep space objects in an evening. Some examples of the objects they see are:

  • Single stars like Arcturus, the closest giant star to our own star the Sun at 37 light years away.
  • Double stars like Alpha Centauri, the closest star to our own star the Sun at 4.5 light years away.
  • The Jewel Box, an open star cluster containing 126 stars located 4,600 light years away.
  • Omega Centauri, a globular star cluster contaiNING 2,500,000 stars located 15,000 light years away.
  • The Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, located about 160,000 light years away.
  • The Orion Nebula, located about 1,400 light years away.
  • The Sombrero Galaxy, a spiral galaxy similar to our Milky Way galaxy, located about 30 million light years away.

Saturn is now (May) spectacular and will be for the next 4 or 5 months then Jupiter will make an appearance for about 5 months, Uranus and Neptune are nice through the telescope although quite small due to their distance from us, Mars is also nice to view.






 

 


We have all looked up at the night sky and been fascinated by the dark sky filled with stars, yet, very few of us have seen what is really out there.

GocheGanas will show you another world which will leave you speechless and take your breath away, you will not believe your eyes when without a telescope there appears to be nothing there, yet, when looking through a telescope amazing sights can be seen.

 

 

One of the awe-inspiring sights that will await you if you partake in this experience is the brilliant display of a starry African night sky. With zero light-pollution around you, the heavens take on a whole new splendour, especially on a clear, moonless night.

Namibia is blessed with the most awesome night sky and - a truly wonderful natural resource. Let us take you on the journey of a lifetime that you will never forget. The stars are the land-marks of the universe.


"For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
- Vincent Van Gogh

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