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    I am looking to do some night walks this winter. So I want to use as much natural light as possible. Were is the best place to find out when the full moon is?

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    I find it easier walking under a full moon than in the later stages of dusk.
    However, a half moon gives good light but also lets stars and other objects in the night sky shine.
    My daughter pointed out a bright "star" on our walk tonight that turned out to be Jupiter.
    There's load of cool stuff out there to be seen with the naked eye*... hope you enjoy your night walks!

    *Edit - especially in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    My daughter pointed out a bright "star" on our walk tonight that turned out to be Jupiter.
    My daughter came home just an hour ago and said she'd been looking at Jupiter through a friends telescope

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    http://photoephemeris.com/

    Will also show you where the moon and sun rise and set

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    Anyone just watch "A Night With The Stars" with Prof Brian Cox. Well worth a re-visit if you missed it.

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    I use this one it gives not only phase but position in the sky at times. Handy for night photography too!!

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    I like this thread...

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    Cheers guy's, some great information and links.

    Hope you all have a great Christmas.

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    I have looked up at the sky so often and am ashamed that I know so little about it so I have just bought myself a Planishere. Finally I am going to be able to identify more the North Star and the Plough, though stargazing is cold at this time of year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD View Post

    I have looked up at the sky so often and am ashamed that I know so little about it so I have just bought myself a Planishere. Finally I am going to be able to identify more the North Star and the Plough, though stargazing is cold at this time of year.
    I bought a planishere a couple of years ago - be buggered if I can read it in the dark Depending on what phone you have, you can download Google Sky maps - it aint perfect but if you are patient can give you a good idea of what is what.

    There are also a number of lunar phase apps - mostly free.

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    Star walk is a great star identification app for your phone - iphone anyway

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    Sorry that should be a Planisphere, evidently the tip for reading at night is to use red led light torch.

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    Lostsheep - I walk quite a bit at night. Assuming you want to go out early eve, it's best a couple of days orsobefore full moon as the moon will be high enough to be useful. Alternatively, go out just after FM to somewhere high and watch the moon rise - awesome. You won't need a torch - and a slight covering of snow or a good frost makes things even brighter.

    Try a bivi, too, for the complete experience!

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    sorry - you won't need a torch most of the time, but rocky stuff in shadow may need one.

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    Cheers Rob, Walked 10 miles once mainly on a disused mineral line. Six to 8 inches of snow under foot and a full moon. Along the route and when we reached the campsite there was no need to use the torches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD View Post
    Sorry that should be a Planisphere, evidently the tip for reading at night is to use red led light torch.
    Sorry SD, I was being a bit sarcy (highly usualy for me ). I decided to opt for a head torch Lenser H7 great torcj but np red light option.
    Maybe santa will bring me one - along with my HUGE wish list - NO chance

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    Full moon this weekend! anyone went out on their own for a walk/hike or planning to

    not sure if i could get anyone mad enough to join me

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