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Re: Thoughts for ships

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby teelo » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:33 am UTC

If elected Emperor of Earth, I vow to create the following law:

Anyone who works for a call center, including all staff, managers, directors, and majority shareholders, must submit to a session at least once a year involving being locked into a secure soundproof room and being subjected to no less than 24 hours of listening to the hold music used at that call center.

(i) The duration of 24 hours may be reduced if that call center can conclusively prove to the relevant authority that over the previous financial year, the combined duration of waiting on hold across all callers was less than 24 hours. This is completely up to the discretion of the authority.

(ii) For clarity of (i), "on hold" is limited to time the caller spends waiting when an operator manually places the caller on hold during a call.

(iii) Part (ii) does not apply if the callers time spent in queue exceeds ten minutes.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Kewangji » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:58 am UTC

Like, on one hand I know that is a joke, but on the other it sounds like you hold the people who answer the phone responsible for any of that, which sorta leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
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teelo wrote:If elected Emperor of Earth, I vow to create the following law:

Anyone who works for a call center, including all staff, managers, directors, and majority shareholders, must submit to a session at least once a year involving being locked into a secure soundproof room and being subjected to no less than 24 hours of listening to the hold music used at that call center.

(i) The duration of 24 hours may be reduced if that call center can conclusively prove to the relevant authority that over the previous financial year, the combined duration of waiting across all callers was less than 24 hours. This is completely up to the discretion of the authority.


Just ban the fucking stuff outright. One beep every 15 seconds or so to let you know that the call is still connected, and otherwise blessed silence. Ban especially the inane recorded messages about how valuable my call is to whichever giant corporation I'm trying to get in touch with. They know it's bullshit, I know it's bullshit, so just drop the act already.

Kewangji wrote:Like, on one hand I know that is a joke, but on the other it sounds like you hold the people who answer the phone responsible for any of that, which sorta leaves a bad taste in my mouth.


Yeah, those folk get more than enough shit already for stuff which is completely out of their control.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

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Kewangji wrote:Like, on one hand I know that is a joke, but on the other it sounds like you hold the people who answer the phone responsible for any of that, which sorta leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Their managers, directors, and shareholders get to suffer because they're the ones who picked the shitty music. The staff get to suffer for being the ones who put me on hold. This will incentivize them to minimise the duration they put people on hold. If they don't like it or feel management has made some poor decisions then they have the choice to find another profession.

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Postby Sableagle » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:39 am UTC

They really don't. If you turn down a job, you get no JSA. Everybody who's hiring here these days wants new recruits who have experience beyond the job they're advertising. They want trainee project managers who have experience as senior project managers, office assistants with experience running offices, teaching assistants with experience as headteachers, apprentice carpenters with their own furniture-making businesses, bar staff with experience of running four-star hotels and deck-hands with round-the-world yacht race medals.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Quercus » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:51 am UTC

teelo wrote:If they don't like it or feel management has made some poor decisions then they have the choice to find another profession.


I would contend that very few people working in call centres have the choice to find another profession. If they did, many would have already done so. It's not renowned as the most rewarding line of work.

Edit: I was under the mistaken impression that call center work was pretty universally unpleasant, I have now learned that that is not the case (in hindsight if I'd given it a moment's thought I probably could have worked that out for myself).

The implication that call centre workers are personally responsible for inconveniencing you and deserve to be punished for it is astonishingly self-centred and unkind.
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Postby Kewangji » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:58 am UTC

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Kewangji wrote:Like, on one hand I know that is a joke, but on the other it sounds like you hold the people who answer the phone responsible for any of that, which sorta leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Their managers, directors, and shareholders get to suffer because they're the ones who picked the shitty music. The staff get to suffer for being the ones who put me on hold. This will incentivize them to minimise the duration they put people on hold. If they don't like it or feel management has made some poor decisions then they have the choice to find another profession.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

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Sableagle wrote:They really don't. If you turn down a job, you get no JSA. Everybody who's hiring here these days wants new recruits who have experience beyond the job they're advertising. They want trainee project managers who have experience as senior project managers, office assistants with experience running offices, teaching assistants with experience as headteachers, apprentice carpenters with their own furniture-making businesses, bar staff with experience of running four-star hotels and deck-hands with round-the-world yacht race medals.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby somitomi » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:19 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:Just ban the fucking stuff outright. One beep every 15 seconds or so to let you know that the call is still connected, and otherwise blessed silence. Ban especially the inane recorded messages about how valuable my call is to whichever giant corporation I'm trying to get in touch with. They know it's bullshit, I know it's bullshit, so just drop the act already.
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And introduce a special penalty for playing music while you're on hold with the penalty inversetly proportional to the time it takes for the damn music to loop. Phone lines were quite deliberately designed to transmit only the frequency range used by speech and PCM-lines have just made it worse. Playing music over that is only going to make me less patient if anything.
teelo wrote:This will incentivize them to minimise the duration they put people on hold. If they don't like it or feel management has made some poor decisions then they have the choice to find another profession.

I don't think call center workers have much control over how long any particular person is on hold. I always assumed it was because these systems put callers in a "hold queue" if there aren't any people available. The workers can't do much to reduce wait time other than spending as little time as possible on each call, which they probably already do, because conversations with a call center are not the "how was your week in France" kind.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:40 pm UTC

If your call center has 10 people, it'll be slammed non-stop with wait times 30 minutes or more.

When you hire that 11th person, you suddenly have a call volume drop and now you've got 8 people collecting a paycheck for twiddling their thumbs.

(My numbers are hypothetical and holy fuck, if you say a goddamn thing about the call center "only" having 10 people I'll probably ban your ass for a day for missing the fucking point - if a call center has 10 people it's because it's a fucking support center for a regional chain of lawnmower manufacturers or something, not goddamn AT&T.)

There are certain predictable times people call in with issues - Monday morning, Friday afternoon, and from 11:30-1:30. But even then the raw numbers are unpredictable, you just know the calls will increase, not that they increase by 15% or 30% or 115%... or 2%. Just that they'll go up.

Any time outside of those is pretty much completely unpredictable. That's why you're holding. Because the company just sent 14 hourly workers home as the call volume justified them sending 20 workers home, but they kept six "in case shit". Then fifteen people decided to call in during the same 20 minute window.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:39 pm UTC

teelo wrote:(i) The duration of 24 hours may be reduced if that call center can conclusively prove to the relevant authority that over the previous financial year, the combined duration of waiting across all callers was less than 24 hours. This is completely up to the discretion of the authority.

That is a really shitty rule. Imagine you work for a large company with, say, a million customers. Let's assume a tenth of those call once a year, and are put on hold for 10 seconds - the industry standard is under 30 seconds. The combined wait time for one year is almost 12 days.

teelo wrote:If they don't like it or feel management has made some poor decisions then they have the choice to find another profession.

That's a shitty position to hold and implies a lack of imagination on the available employment of people.

I actually work at a call center, where people are fairly happy to work and many have been here for years at a time. We're not a standard call center - we provide phone-based coaching to people who are trying to quit smoking, and the people working here feel a lot of satisfaction and being able to help people feel better about themselves and live healthier lives. Our average wait times are under 30 seconds, but obviously some people will have longer wait times, and we don't have a way to control for that. We can try as best as we can, but if one of the states we serve suddenly has an ad on TV advertising our services and they didn't let us know about it in advance, we'll see a spike in calls that we're not necessarily ready for. Having too many people would mean we'll be hemorrhaging money as well and end up having to fire people and not being able to provide services.

In closing, yes, waiting on the phone is shitty, but your suggestions are bullshit and your expectation that everyone is out to get you and no one wants to work here are shitty.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby speising » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:50 pm UTC

waiting could be made more bearable if you'd get announcements of your place in the queue and / or estimated remaining waiting time.

what i really hate is music which stops mid-tune - then a little pause - you get all excited (yay, i'm through!) - then a "your call is important to us..." message and the music starts again. bonus for interspersing 2 or 3 different messages which are all equally unhelpful.

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Zohar wrote:I actually work at a call center, where people are fairly happy to work and many have been here for years at a time. We're not a standard call center - we provide phone-based coaching to people who are trying to quit smoking, and the people working here feel a lot of satisfaction and being able to help people feel better about themselves and live healthier lives.


Huh, consider me schooled. I'm glad that there are rewarding call center jobs out there. Brb, off to edit my previous post, sorry about the incorrect assumptions

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Postby SecondTalon » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:08 pm UTC

speising wrote:waiting could be made more bearable if you'd get announcements of your place in the queue and / or estimated remaining waiting time.

what i really hate is music which stops mid-tune - then a little pause - you get all excited (yay, i'm through!) - then a "your call is important to us..." message and the music starts again. bonus for interspersing 2 or 3 different messages which are all equally unhelpful.


That is pretty terrible, honestly. The music's playing and it's purpose is to let you know the line didn't die. I get that. I can tune it out and work on other things, but the interruption every 45-90 seconds... that gets me every time.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby poxic » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:53 pm UTC

The person who needs to have live ants inserted under their eyelids is the one who decided that those interrupting messages should contain further advertising for the company I am currently on hold with. Voiced by perky ex-cheerleaders who excel at that tone used by kindergarten teachers with especially slow students.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Quercus » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:59 pm UTC

I've had companies which are something of an ordeal to call because something in their hold music sets off my sensory processing issues. I've not had any so bad that I am unable to stay on the line at all, but I imagine that some people with sensory issues would have that experience. I advocate silence with periodic beeps (or at least the choice of that or music) for accessibility as much as anything else.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby addams » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:02 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:I've had companies which are something of an ordeal to call because something in their hold music sets off my sensory processing issues. I've not had any so bad that I am unable to stay on the line at all, but I imagine that some people with sensory issues would have that experience. I advocate silence with periodic beeps (or at least the choice of that or music) for accessibility as much as anything else.
What about silence with the periodic soothing voice saying, Thank you for continuing to hold.?
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Postby Quercus » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:05 pm UTC

addams wrote:
Quercus wrote:I've had companies which are something of an ordeal to call because something in their hold music sets off my sensory processing issues. I've not had any so bad that I am unable to stay on the line at all, but I imagine that some people with sensory issues would have that experience. I advocate silence with periodic beeps (or at least the choice of that or music) for accessibility as much as anything else.
What about silence with the periodic soothing voice saying, Thank you for continuing to hold.?


That's also good. Voice is perhaps a little more distracting than just a beep, but I can see people getting confused by the beep and thinking the system is broken.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

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Re: Thoughts for ships

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teelo wrote:This will incentivize them to minimise the duration they put people on hold. If they don't like it or feel management has made some poor decisions then they have the choice to find another profession.

I don't think call center workers have much control over how long any particular person is on hold. I always assumed it was because these systems put callers in a "hold queue" if there aren't any people available. The workers can't do much to reduce wait time other than spending as little time as possible on each call, which they probably already do, because conversations with a call center are not the "how was your week in France" kind.

To clarify: by time "on hold" I'm referring to when an operator has already taken the call, and places the caller "on hold" to do something. Maybe to transfer the caller to another person. Maybe to talk about the caller without the caller being able to hear. I don't consider the time waiting for the operator to answer in the first place as being "on hold" - that is time with the phone line still ringing. "On hold" is a mid-call thing.

Now the operator has incentives not to place callers on hold. They have an incentive to get the issue sorted out then and there, or call them back when they can.

Ex: If I press "4" for "our accounts team" and say I want to cancel my account, now they have an incentive to actually cancel my account rather than saying "okay let me place you on hold while I transfer you to our cancellation team". If they don't like it they should have set up their automated message properly.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby teelo » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:31 pm UTC

After considering the points raised by the opposition, I have decided to make an amendment to the Call Center Torture Bill 2044 in order to ensure it gets passed in this dictatorship.

The call center staff shall only be subjected to listening to the hold music for a maximum of one hour per year. The remaining 23 hours can be spent watching and pointing and laughing as their managers and directors squirm.

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teelo wrote:Now the operator has incentives not to place callers on hold. They have an incentive to get the issue sorted out then and there, or call them back when they can.
You mean, on top of the red-faced supervisor screaming at them for not getting their call times below a 5 minute average like the corporate mandate wants?

Because they totally get counted for every single second you're on hold.

If you talk to someone and they have to put you on hold, it's because they're trying to fucking help you, you dumb fuck of a fuck.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

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teelo wrote:Now the operator has incentives not to place callers on hold. They have an incentive to get the issue sorted out then and there, or call them back when they can.
You mean, on top of the red-faced supervisor screaming at them for not getting their call times below a 5 minute average like the corporate mandate wants?

The supervisor will be too busy dreading their own future in the chamber and will become more than happy to fix the problem themselves or create a system that prevents the need to call customer service in the first place.

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Postby pogrmman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:17 am UTC

Holy cow, the dust storm on Mars is impressive. Sure, it’s in it’s waning phase, but tonight was the first time in around two years I’ve observed our red neighbor. I could see some of Syrtis Major and Sinus Sabaeus/Sinus Meridani plus the north polar cap, but they were way, way less visible than in the past. It all had a sort of orangey pinkish haze blocking out parts of it. From what I saw, it looked like the storm is worst over the Mars Tyrrhenum/Mare Cimmerium region right now — that area blended in nearly perfectly with the surrounding light areas, even though it’s normally quite visible. Most of the other albedo features were only washed out.

This is the first dust storm I’ve ever seen on Mars, and I have to say it’s pretty cool. I do hope it clears up some before opposition though. While it’s neat to see the storm effects, I doubt my friends and family will want to see a washed-out looking Mars!

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Postby Kewangji » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:57 am UTC

teelo wrote:
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teelo wrote:Now the operator has incentives not to place callers on hold. They have an incentive to get the issue sorted out then and there, or call them back when they can.
You mean, on top of the red-faced supervisor screaming at them for not getting their call times below a 5 minute average like the corporate mandate wants?

The supervisor will be too busy dreading their own future in the chamber and will become more than happy to fix the problem themselves or create a system that prevents the need to call customer service in the first place.

Yeah, mid-line managers who get screamed at by corporate are definitely known to not just pass that shit on to their subordinates. That was sarcasm.

Why are you defending your stupid joke idea about torturing people who mildly inconvenience you? Why are you stubbornly refusing to accept what people with more apparent empathy than you are saying about the reasons people are putting you on hold? I'll allay your fears: those people are definitely not talking shit about you when they're putting you on hold. They're talking shit about you afterwards, when there's a lull in their workload and their performance stats don't get affected by it.
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teelo wrote:Ex: If I press "4" for "our accounts team" and say I want to cancel my account, now they have an incentive to actually cancel my account rather than saying "okay let me place you on hold while I transfer you to our cancellation team". If they don't like it they should have set up their automated message properly.

They probably do that because they are actually not authorised to cancel accounts. I've worked in customer service once and I genuinely don't think people in such jobs want to inconvenience customers any more than necessary. Mostly I just wanted people gone so I can get back to being bored to death.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:49 pm UTC

Yeah, what callcenter work I did (on top of the 8-12 other things I was doing at the time) involved me wanting the customer off the phone as fast as possible. Putting them on hold does not get me to that goal, but me putting them on hold to ask someone else a question or what have you does.

At least the place I worked at was small enough that I could get people who wanted to cancel over to billing in, like, 10-15 seconds.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sungura » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:51 pm UTC

Im friends with quite a few who work at call centers, over phone purchasing type (yes lots still do this) and support for purchasing online. Like any job they have their complaints but it isnt terrible either. Lots of hillarious stories especially from my friend who does the night shift which seems to have unusally high number of people calling litterally just to have someone to chat with. Im not aware of all the nitty gritty rules, but again like any job there is one supervisor no one likes but the others are pretty good. One my friends has made a career of it and seems happy. So yeah. Adding to the its not just a terrible carrer bit. I will say, the bit of customer service on the phone Ive had to do in my job and hearing some of their customer horror stories makes me cringe. Its not their fault something went wrong no need to yell, sheesh. But where they work there are rules about it - if the customer isnt calm-able you pass them to a sup, you dont have to stay on the line and be screamed at.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby flicky1991 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:38 pm UTC

I sit opposite the customer support department for my company. The woman who sits opposite me was once close to tears because of how much she'd been yelled at over the phone that day. I would not want to do their job.
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According to /user/sableagle/videos, they're:

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At some point, maybe partial views started shoing up on one list and not the other, or something.
*I* know 10 people have watched (some of) that video, but if anyone else checks, it'll look like nobody's seen it at all.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby addams » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:17 pm UTC

pogrmman wrote:Holy cow, the dust storm on Mars is impressive. Sure, it’s in it’s waning phase, but tonight was the first time in around two years I’ve observed our red neighbor. I could see some of Syrtis Major and Sinus Sabaeus/Sinus Meridani plus the north polar cap, but they were way, way less visible than in the past. It all had a sort of orangey pinkish haze blocking out parts of it. From what I saw, it looked like the storm is worst over the Mars Tyrrhenum/Mare Cimmerium region right now — that area blended in nearly perfectly with the surrounding light areas, even though it’s normally quite visible. Most of the other albedo features were only washed out.

This is the first dust storm I’ve ever seen on Mars, and I have to say it’s pretty cool. I do hope it clears up some before opposition though. While it’s neat to see the storm effects, I doubt my friends and family will want to see a washed-out looking Mars!
To impress the lowly lay people and Aunties, you might try pointing at Saturn.
Every one (especially me) swoons at the sight of the Rings.

well...Ya' know,...If Mars is washed out with dust.
Saturn is a good 'back-up Planet. If it is up...
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:06 pm UTC

If your scope goes past 6000x you can see the stripes on Jupiter too.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby pogrmman » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:17 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:If your scope goes past 6000x you can see the stripes on Jupiter too.

Uhh... do you mean 60x? I can see the stripes on Jupiter even with my longest eyepiece — which is 48x...

Even with my shortest eyepiece and both my barlows, I could only get to like 1030x...

(Heck, I’ve even seen the stripes through a shitty 60mm department store telescope!)

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:24 pm UTC

Note to self: don't look at astronomy and electron microscopy equipment on the same day.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby somitomi » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:02 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:Note to self: don't look at astronomy and electron microscopy equipment on the same day.

Does that make you dizzy?
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:51 pm UTC

somitomi wrote:
Sableagle wrote:Note to self: don't look at astronomy and electron microscopy equipment on the same day.

Does that make you dizzy?

A little dizzy and a little ditzy. As long as I don't mistake electron micrographs of parasites for radio telescope images of recently discovered Kuiper Belt objects, I should be alright.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby addams » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:13 am UTC

pogrmman wrote:
Sableagle wrote:If your scope goes past 6000x you can see the stripes on Jupiter too.

Uhh... do you mean 60x? I can see the stripes on Jupiter even with my longest eyepiece — which is 48x...

Even with my shortest eyepiece and both my barlows, I could only get to like 1030x...

(Heck, I’ve even seen the stripes through a shitty 60mm department store telescope!)
And;...
I'm a little jealous.
I've never seen the stripes on Jupiter....with my own...eyes...

well...It always takes a piece of equipment.
My little computer companion is equipment.

(runs off to find photos of Jupiter.)
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Pogrmman?
Can you see impact spots on Jupiter with your equipment?
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby pogrmman » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:41 pm UTC

addams wrote:
pogrmman wrote:
Sableagle wrote:If your scope goes past 6000x you can see the stripes on Jupiter too.

Uhh... do you mean 60x? I can see the stripes on Jupiter even with my longest eyepiece — which is 48x...

Even with my shortest eyepiece and both my barlows, I could only get to like 1030x...

(Heck, I’ve even seen the stripes through a shitty 60mm department store telescope!)
And;...
I'm a little jealous.
I've never seen the stripes on Jupiter....with my own...eyes...

well...It always takes a piece of equipment.
My little computer companion is equipment.

(runs off to find photos of Jupiter.)
I'm Baacckk!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwn8fQSW7-8

Pogrmman?
Can you see impact spots on Jupiter with your equipment?


Jupiter is pretty. It’s one of my favorite things to look at — it’s just so bright that it’s annoying at times. It changes so much, it’s different every time I observe it.

I could probably see an impact scar on Jupiter if there were a fresh one and the seeing was good (atmosphere is stable). I’ve seen stuff like the Great Red Spot, the temperate belts, festoons, random storms and more when the seeing is good. I’ve also seen the shadows of some of the moons transiting the planet. But if the seeing is bad, the north and south equatorial belts are about all I can see!

The solar system is awesome through a telescope — I’ve seen the polar ice and clouds on Mars, many things on Jupiter, bands on Saturn and fine details in its rings, the outer planets and some of their moons. On our Moon, I’ve seen craterlets under 2km wide and mountains and other cool stuff.

If you ever get the chance, you should try and go to a star party. A small telescope shows lots of detail on Jupiter, and it’s one of the few objects that’s virtually guaranteed to have a telescope trained on it if it’s up. Even in the city, you can get a great view of it.


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