Sky Safari Andromeda VT

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  • You remember .com frauds. Traditional businesses, on the internet. Clicks and mortar. The reality was never ending software development against leveraged stakes, developing nothing except bail-out capitol for the founders. Webvan- a total failure. Except the founder cleaned up. That was the plan. The guy that invented the phrase 'clicks and mortar', David Pottruck, resigned from Schwab in disgrace. The .com 'model' is no less a conscious fraud than a Ponzi scheme.

    Ditto SLOOH. THAT should be reason enough to be wary. It used to be exceptional. I got over 10,000 great images in 2006-2007. I got 30 usable images in 2008. I quit in 2008, seeing what was coming. Unfortunately, friends didn't, and I've heard nothing but the same from this little Peyton Place. The only positive thing at SLOOH, recently, is that a real community is developing, now that that poisonous little clique isn't making a 'Team SLOH scrum' of every statement.

    FACTS: check them out for yourself.

    1). No new working hardware, or repairs, have happened since Matt Marulla bought his stake in SLOOH, in July, 2007. He is completely contemptuous of end-users, believing that software engineers should design what they find fun, and you can buy new hardware ever 6 months to support it. No end-user suggestion made it into the V3 rewrite. They know what you want, just shaddup and wait!

    2). The SLOOH 1/2 meter telescope was announced in December, 2007. It is still not assembled. Frankly, I don't believe it exists. Thousands of pictures of their sites, not one of the 1/2 meter.

    3). Chile has been promised as 'online any day now', since November, 2007. It was online for one month- not working right- to keep people from asking for refunds. It has been offline ever since. The second dome has never been brought online, promised January, 2008.

    4). The last time any command level member reserved 'unlimited time', 'on any scope', as advertised, was a year ago. Look at their website. Look at this one. The verbiage about 'unlimited time' has been removed, but they haven't bothered to update any of the retailers. NONE OF US RECEIVED REFUNDS FOR THAT. That is how they do business. They will blame that on the retailers. In fact, Michael Paulucci, the founder, a .com crook, is keeping a list of who complains too much. His 24/7 Media, Inc., management style is classic 'spam plan'.

    5). The V3 software rewrite, going on for 3 years, not over, and not working right, is PURELY an attempt to write out of the code the bit still held under copyright by one of the original owners, Matt Bendaniel. He has started a website to warn people about SLOOH, sloohmembers.com. The contractors doing the rewrite are completely incompetent, and have had a right 'ol playtime for over a year, at premium hourly rates. Marulla will not consider that this is anything other than how software development happens. He is the king of 'blank check information technology'.

    6). They knew all this in 2007. There's lots of ways to approach the challenges. What they have chosen is to accept subscriptions, as usual, and see what they can grub up during the rewrite. A class action is being prepared, should the DOJ not choose to pursue the reported continuing criminal conspiracy, as defined by the RICOH act.

    7). They are now repositioning SLOOH for kids. They've thrown a dog with a backpack on the site, and that's supposed to make giving your kid a broken 'scope, run by crooks, a positive educational experience. This is a great gift...if you're trying to torture the hell out of your kids!

    8). They have removed the posts in forum.slooh.com that documented all this. THAT ALONE IS A PRIORI EVIDENCE OF FRAUD. And they're going to hear about it in court. They have actually spent more time getting Google to flush the cache of those postings than they have on customer service. That's SLOOH. A great idea, a good value, run by people that think anything is better with fraud, religion and the military added to it. Many will like that. It's as American as it gets!
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  • thanks, Ezan! this will be posted later in the Slooh Skylog http://www.slooh.com/blog/ following the Sky Safari radio show tonight on www.slooh.com
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Sky Safari Andromeda VT

  1. 1. Sky Safari of the Constellation Andromeda
  2. 2. Labelled All-sky View
  3. 3. Caldwell 23 (NGC 891) – T1 hm Spiral Galaxy Distance 30 million LY Diameter 120,000 LY Discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783
  4. 4. Caldwell 23 (NGC 891) – T2 wf Spiral Galaxy Distance 30 million LY Diameter 120,000 LY Discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783
  5. 5. Golf Ball Cluster (NGC 752) – T1 wf Open Star Cluster Distance 1000 LY Diameter 15 LY Age 1 billion years Discovered by Giovanni Hodierna in 1654, later rediscovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783
  6. 6. Galaxy cluster Abell 262 – T1 hm Distance 220 million LY Diameter of cluster: 10 million LY (173 arc minutes) The group of galaxies at the center of this image includes (top to bottom) NGC 703, 708, 705, and 704. NGC 708, at the left of the group, is the brightest member. NGC 704 has a companion, NGC 704B. NGC 709 is slightly above/left of center NGC 714 is at the left edge of image NGC 700 is at bottom right.
  7. 7. Galaxy cluster Abell 262 – T1 wf Distance 220 million LY Diameter of cluster: 10 million LY (173 arc minutes) The galaxies are very faint in this wide-field image, but the cluster covers an area of 3 degrees (the middle half of the image). Open cluster NGC 752 can be seen at top edge, left of center.
  8. 8. Open star cluster NGC 956 – T1 hm Distance unknown Diameter of cluster: 8 arc minutes (size in LY unknown) Discovered by John Herschel in 1831 The two bright stars at center are apparently foreground stars, a few hundred light years away.
  9. 9. Open star cluster NGC 956 – T1 wf Distance unknown Diameter of cluster: 8 arc minutes (size in LY unknown) Discovered by John Herschel in 1831 The cluster can be seen at the center of this wide-field image. At bottom left is open cluster M34, in Perseus.
  10. 10. Satellite Galaxy M110 – T1 hm Elliptical galaxy – companion to Andromeda Galaxy M31 Distance 2.5 million LY Diameter 10,000 LY Discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783 (Was included by Messier in his drawing of M31 in 1773, but he did not record it in his list as a separate galaxy.)
  11. 11. Andromeda galaxy M31 – T1 hm Spiral galaxy Distance 2.5 million LY Diameter 135,000 LY Known since antiquity, was recorded by Persian astronomer Al-Sufi in 964 Charles Messier added M31 and its companion M32 to his list in 1773 This high-mag view shows the core of the galaxy and details of the dust lane
  12. 12. Andromeda galaxy M31 – T2 wf Spiral galaxy Distance 2.5 million LY Diameter 135,000 LY Charles Messier added M31 and its companion M32 to his list in 1773 This wide-field image shows the spiral arms and dust lanes of M31. M32 is the fuzzy bright spot at bottom center. M110 is the faint fuzzy spot at top right.
  13. 13. Sky Safari – A Slooh Production by Kochava Yerushalmit

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