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Thank you for your thoughtful replies. In view of the current (3) answers and comments let me spell out my suggestion and perhaps clarify a few points first: Emilio Pisanty already provided an important clarification, namely that adding Astronomy SE as a migration option isn't possible as long as the site is in beta; this is unfortunate, as it'd be my ...


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Both of the existing answers seem to be based on a mischaracterization of how migration and off-topic closures are related, particularly with things like I would like to see Astronomy SE added to the list of options to migrate a question to, but not to make questions like this completely off-topic here. [...] I don't think having astronomy off-topic helps ...


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Yes, I think it is. But I would prefer to migrate them rather than say they were off-topic. I think there is a reasonably clear distinction between questions about astrophysics and questions about astronomy. I do agree that questions about astronomy would be better to migrate to Astronomy SE. Maybe the distinction here is to ask yourself, where would I go ...


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Is it time to rethink that decision a bit, and make off topic here questions about technical astronomical topics such as observation and equipment? I would like to see Astronomy SE added to the list of options to migrate a question to, but not to make questions like this completely off-topic here. This allows the option to either "close" the ...


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The help center specifically states that experimental technology questions are on-topic. There's even the experimental-technology tag, which can be used "for questions pertaining to the limits, management, and operation of equipment necessary to experimental physics", as described in the tag wiki excerpt. So in principle, questions about ...


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Of course you can ask that question. Its clearly about doing physics. As a general remark: Just ask the question in the future. It will get flagged if it violates some rule.


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