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How to Observe Jupiter for Beginners

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There are very good reasons why Jupiter is known as the “amateur astronomer’s planet”, chief among which are the facts that no two views of the planet are ever the same, and that the rich detail visible in its cloud tops can literally change before the observer’s eyes. Add to this the facts that Jupiter is visible for about 360 days out of every apparition that lasts 398 days, that it is very bright, and that its apparent angular diameter varies between 30, and 60 seconds of arc, and it should be obvious that the King of the planets is a spectacular sight even when using modest beginners skywatching equipment. If you want to see Jupiter like it appears in the image below, here is how to do it.

Image credit: Sean Walker

Image credit: Sean Walker

Finding Jupiter

Although Jupiter is a spectacular sight, bear in mind that it is very difficult to observe from the UK during September 2016. For instance, at the time of writing, September 3rd, Jupiter sets at 20:16 Local time as seen from London. By month’s end, Jupiter will set even earlier, at 18:39 Local Time, which will make it almost impossible to observe low on the western horizon. The planet will only become easier to spot around the middle of October 2016, at which time it will become an early morning (pre-dawn) object.

Nonetheless, despite the current difficulties in spotting Jupiter, it will dominate the pre-dawn sky for many months after it reappears, but getting up before dawn to view the planet is well worth the trouble, although there are some things to keep in mind to get the best views, such as:-

Bigger telescopes are better

Although Jupiter will consistently show some detail in small telescopes and even binoculars, it must be remembered that even though the planet is big and bright, it does not tolerate large magnifications very well.

For this reason, it is recommended that a telescope with a minimum of 8 inches of aperture be used to view Jupiter. Since a relatively large instrument gathers more light than smaller apertures, lower magnifications can be used to highlight details such as the equatorial and other belts, and even the Great Red Spot if seeing conditions allow.

As a general rule, magnifications of between 50× and 100× give the best results on 8-inch and larger instruments, but when it comes to observing the planets, atmospheric conditions are often more important than the aperture of a telescope. In some cases, and depending on the actual instrument used and local seeing conditions, you may require a slightly larger magnification, but again as a general rule, magnifications in excess of 200× or so tend to “soften” views of Jupiter, causing a marked loss of detail or sharpness in the view.

Filters are required for the best views

Note that the image below is for reference purposes only. It is highly unlikely that a view such as this will be seen through a small to medium telescope, but views approaching the one shown here might be possible with 14-inch and larger instruments, and then only in excellent seeing conditions. Also, note that by not using suitable filters, much of the colour variations and contrasts shown here will be lost to the observer.

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Typically, the best results are obtained with filters that are of an opposite colour to the feature an observer wants to enhance. For instance, reddish brown belts and the Great Red Spot are best seen with a blue (Wratten #82A, #80A, and #38A) filters, while red (Wratten #21, #23, and #25) filters work best to accentuate blue features. Similarly, yellow (Wratten #12, and #8) filters work well to accentuate the Polar Regions, where there is less contrast than elsewhere on the planet. Note that this image of Jupiter is upside down, with South at the top, which is how many, if not most telescopes render images.

Some Galilean moons are always visible

Named after their discoverer, Galileo, who first observed them in the early 1600’s, Jupiter’s major moons Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto, are almost always visible, and the best part is that they are visible even in modest binoculars.

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The image above shows the four Galilean moons through a 10-inch reflecting telescope, but from this image, it is not immediately clear which moon is which. There are many online resources available that tell an observer which moon is where, and at what time, but the major attraction of observing these pinpoints of light is to watch them as they weave their way around their parent planet.

Indeed, it is possible to watch their arrangement around Jupiter change from one hour to the next, and long observation shows them transiting the planet, or being occulted by the planet’s disc. A transit, which is when a moon moves across the planet’s disc, is the most fascinating of these events, because when the transit is tracked, the observer is reminded of the fact that nothing in the solar system, or indeed the Universe, is stationary. Everything revolves around something else, and by observing Jupiter and four of its many moons, this principle is demonstrated in the most vivid way possible.

3 Common Misconceptions About Digital Marketing

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Today, there are lots of people who are not fond of the term digital marketing, despite its obviousness. Simply put, the term digital marketing covers every single promotional or advertising effort done in the virtual world.

The importance of digital marketing nowadays is bigger than ever. While doing digital marketing was a privilege years back, now it’s a common need. Testing the challenging market and making everything to dominate it is one of the core principles of digital marketing.

As the world of digital marketing evolved, there have normally been many misconceptions about it. In fact, the plethora of opportunities with digital marketing is enormous. However, many people miss out the most basic things, which we will today share:

  • Higher Time Consumption Vs. Fewer Results
    Many newbies in digital marketing are dissapointed by the time they spent with their efforts online and the results gotten from it. Whereas in the traditional marketplace advertising may go faster, the digital world seems as slower to people. This is a common misconception – although it may seem like digital marketing is a slower medium when processing the efforts is taken into consideration, the results of digital marketing stay for a long time – something that the traditional marketing is not proud of sharing.
  • It is too technical to track or measure
    The complications that usually arise to people with tracking information are tied with not knowing the basic things. The common misbelief that the digital marketing is too technical is present to many things, however the digital world continuously makes easier and simpler products for tracking analytics and measuring results. An example of this is Google Analytics, plain simple and effective, telling you everything what you want to see and with a verbiage (and even clarifications!) tailored to your knowledge.
  • SEO is going to die
    If you share this thought, just ask yourself the same question as soon as you stop using Google and searching for something. Got it? With search engines becoming the new mass mediums, it’s ridiculous to suggest that SEO is going to die. Instead, it’s an opportunity worth investing in.

In the end, there are many other misconceptions and misbeliefs about the future of the Internet, as well as negative approaches to its presence.

What we can definitely say is that the Internet grows drastically with every year and really makes our access to information easier, and with value of that kind – it’s nowhere near extinction.

Watch Sky TV in Spain: Catch All Your Favourite Shows

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Television is the ultimate source of entertainment. Your whole weekend, even if you opted to stay at home, with television, Sky TV and the Internet connection, you can even extend your television adventures even up to weekdays. This is because even with just a few clicks away, the channels can bring you anywhere in the world. With every flip of channel you do, the satellite can introduce you to many countries, learn their language, cuisines, and you can even get ideas of the latest music videos, enjoy online live streaming and all even just you are just sitting in your couch all day.

Some people thought that you can just do all these just using your computer, phone or iPad. However, with the introduction of Blade IPTV set top box, you can already watch Sky TV in Spain and other corners of the world.

Given of course that you are connected to the web, this device can give you more amazing television experience. Depending on what package you are subscribed to, you can just talk with your local satellite installer and use the device, connect it to your television and enjoy the large viewing screen. If you are browsing YouTube, you can do a movie marathon with your friends to visit your place. Surely, there will be no boring weekends.

It can also be a great family bonding with your kids to download educational cartoons and film strips. They can even play online games if they want to!

If you are a workaholic individual, yet fanatic of TV shows, there is no need to delay your work or run against time because you can just save the show in your flash drive and watch it anytime you want.

The Blade IPTV set top box will not cost you that much because you can get it for almost a hundred euro with free delivery if you are in UK. You can even upgrade the firmware via USB so that you can save and play as many movies as you want.

Even just lying in your couch and staying whole day in your place, with this television treats for you, your loved ones, like friends and family, it would not be a waste of time and money because you will get the best entertainment, more than what you paid for. Since you can use the wide screen of your TV while you are browsing the web, you can have a full view of the high definition videos and high resolution photos.

Even long holidays will never be boring even if you opted to stay home because as you turn your television on, your adventure begins. With every button you click, it can take you somewhere far, different locations, different people, total value of entertainment and all.

Watch Sky TV in Spain and anywhere in the world to experience the best television treats.

Watch British TV Anywhere: How the MAG 250 works

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In recent years, there has been a huge revolution in the satellite communication and transmission technology around the world. Nowadays, TV broadcasting has become far more advanced and consequently, better than ever before. One of the main reasons behind this is the continuous advancement of technology in satellite broadcasting that has changed the television viewing experience completely. The latest addition in dynamic TV viewing is the introduction of the MAG 250 IPTV Set Top Boxes. This is a highly advanced set top box that offers international TV viewing all over the world. The MAG 250 set top boxes are loaded with various features that are not available with the other set top boxes. Some of the exclusive features of MAG 250 are VoD (Video on Demand), Live Video Streaming, Digital signal receiver, and HD TV viewing,

MAG 250 is ideal for operators that provide VoD, ISPs, content aggregators, and OTT providers. One of the major USPs of the MAG 250 is that it supports various IP networks at a time. This means watching TV on different dynamic IPs is possible with the MAG 250, which is not possible with any other set top box. Whether you are living in the UK, USA or any other part of the world, you can easily watch all of your favorite TV channels anywhere and anytime with the MAG 250 set top box.

There is one more advanced alternative available, other than the MAG 250. This is the MAG 254. Both of these IPTV set top boxes allow international TV viewing through a stalker portal. In MAG 250, you have to install the stalker portal, whereas in the MAG 254 it comes inbuilt. If you are not that technical, you might be thinking what is the stalker portal and what is its role in MAG 250 and MAG 254 IPTV set top boxes? Simply put, in order to receive signals, every set top box needs a processor to read and decode the signals so that it can then provide the video content output. This could be a live IPTV streaming or in the form of EPG (Electronic Program Guide). A Stalker Portal provides the stream from the IPTV server to the MAG 250 in order to watch the channels across the network. However, the MAG 250 doesn’t come with any preloaded channels. So in order to watch the channels, you need to enter the portal address of the server or you may contact your operator to watch international channels.

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Watch UK TV Abroad: How To Get It Where You Live

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According to a 2006 publication by the Institute for Public Policy Research, there is an estimated 5.5 million British nationals living outside of the UK with many believing the actual real figure being significantly higher. With the majority of them spread far and wide in places such as southern Europe, Oceania and North America, our roots are reaching across numerous continents and cultures.

The Brits are well known for their creature comforts, none more so than the traditional English pub, the classic Sunday roast and of course UK television. If you are one of the several million living outside the UK, the former of those three may be hard to come by but accessing British television abroad has become a much simpler process thanks to the emergence of high speed broadband internet connectivity.

With various software and hardware developers creating applications and gadgets that can deliver a wide variety of TV channels from the UK and other countries, the choices have become vast. To some, this over abundance of choice has made the process of selecting the right option all the more confusing. So what app or gadget is right for you?

Let’s take a look at the options out there to watch UK TV abroad and explain their advantages and disadvantages:

    1. Slingboxes
      As possibly the oldest kid on the block, Slingboxes have been around for quite some time now and were the first true hardware based option out there that delivered television anywhere in the world using a direct, single user connection. Known as a “place-shift” device, a Slingbox is quite old technology by todays standards but still have a popular following. Place-shifting effectively enables the user to watch live or DVR recorded content on any device with an Internet connection, anywhere they happen to be. So that could be a satellite receiver, a Freeview receiver or one of the many popular st-top devices that deliver premium content. The Slingbox enables the user to watch the live content being delivered from the source remotely on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or even another TV. So it’s a very customised and personalised set-up.Pro’s: your content is never shared, connections tend to be fairly stable, can be used across numerous devices.
      Con’s: can be expensive – hosting and hardware costs can rack up, requires the purchase of an app on tablets and phones, prone to hardware failure, requires fast internet speeds, only one connection possible at any given time.
    2. VPNs
      Virtual Private networks are all the rage these days as they offer a quick and cost effective way of accessing on-demand, online services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4, Demand 5 and even Sky Go with a subscription in place. Essentially, they are a small piece of software that you install onto your chosen device, whether that be a laptop, tablet or phone and when activated, changes your device’s local IP address to that of one associated with the United Kingdom. So instead of being blocked when accessing the above sites from abroad, the VPN effectively unlocks them by fooling the on-demand content sites into thinking you are based locally within the British Isles. So once your VPN is activated, you can access all of the UK based entertainment online without restriction.Pro’s: cost effective, quick and easy to install, minimal hassle, usable on most devices.
      Con’s: connections can be intermittent and unreliable, requires fast internet speeds.
    3. IPTV Set-To Boxes
      The newest kid on the block are the very impressive IPTV set-top boxes. There’s an abundance of them out there but most commonly used are the MAG250 and 255 range that are no bigger than your average pack of cigarettes. Like most other set-top boxes, they plug straight into your television and come with a remote control. Once hooked up to the internet via your local WiFi or ethernet network, you can connect your box to one of the many service providers out there that deliver a whole range of TV channels from numerous countries around the world, including the UK. Many of these service providers offer premium subscription as well as free-to-air channels so there’s literally no channel out there you can’t get! IPTV boxes are all the rage because they deliver near HD quality streams and allow users to watch pre-recorded content up to 7 days prior using their integrated EPG (Electronic Programming Guide) which effectively makes timezones differences a non-issue. So whether you are in Australia, America or Timbuktu, you can watch the shows you want whenever you like. And this makes IPTV set-top boxes incredibly attractive.Pro’s: superb picture quality, acts like a regular set-top box with remote, easy to set up, good value for money
      Con’s: limited to just a single TV so not portable, IPTV providers disappear due to questionable legality of the service, requires hardware purchase

The above three options are what is considered to be the most common ways of accessing British-based television content overseas, so if you’re one of the many millions living abroad, this should give you a good indication to the type of service that will suit your needs and allow you to see the UK TV shows you miss and love.