Hi! I'm new as well (I joined on Friday evening) and I had a go at classifying a few galaxies; about a dozen, but I'm afraid I struggled with the task and feel I need to improve before I attempt any more.Apparently there's an online tutorial somewhere on the site which enables you to learn how to classify more effectively and then test your skills at the end. Could someone please give me a link to it?Thanks in advance,Graham, Cornwall, UK.
Galaxy Zoo 4 is a mixture of pictures from the SDSS telescope survey and the Hubble Space Telescope, whereas before it was either one or the other.
"The present day Galaxy Zoo combines new imaging from Sloan, giving us our best ever view of the local Universe, with the most distant images yet from Hubble's CANDELS survey." (http://www.galaxyzoo.org/#/science
The majority of this forum (now more than five years old) is taken from the SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey) and so these are helpful:
WOW WHAT'S THAT? LOOK HERE FIRST! http://www.galaxyzooforum.org/index.php?topic=276702.0
This is handy if you feel you need to post something you find but are not sure where to put:
A Classifier's Guide To The Objects Topics (Or Where To Post That Great Galaxy) http://www.galaxyzooforum.org/index.php?topic=280164.0
The pictures that are based round Hubble photos are discussed here:
Galaxy Zoo: Hubble http://www.galaxyzooforum.org/index.php?board=33.0
This might prove useful to you:
Suggestions for Hubble Zoo tutorialshttp://www.galaxyzooforum.org/index.php?topic=278076.0
Please take a few minutes to be able to distinguish between the two different surveys. Once upon a time there was a tutorial
with the first Galaxy Zoo, but it has since been deemed unnecessary:
suggestion for tutorialhttp://www.galaxyzooforum.org/index.php?topic=278076.0
"We did have a test following the tutorial in the early days, but it was discontinued - people's results seemed to be just as good with or without it,
from what I remember. We could suggest it as a confidence booster, though."
So, really, relax, have a glass of wine etc. and take it steady. There have been literally hundreds of millions of classifications, so the odd bad
decision one way or t'other is ok. Some do 10, a few do more than 50,000. We're all here to learn and you never know what you might get
involved with. Like the Universe though, things take time.