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  1. What's new in this club
  2. Hi, is there anyone in the east devon area with the tools to cut a piece of 89mm steel pipe for me so that its perfectly square at both ends? i tried with a 10" grinder with no luck, an old boy friend of mine said he could with his workshop hack saw but i think its older than him and slightly off. maybe a well aligned cut off saw it needed. if i could get a steel cutting blade for my mitre saw it would probably work but the bore is a different size.
  3. We've had several clear nights up here in Exeter, 1 night viewing was very good. Clouds are back again however. Did manage to catch, focus and track ISS for at least 10 seconds the other night, which was a first.
  4. Finally a week of clear skies, been able to use all three scopes; impressed with my new 127mm Mak and synscan makes for a quick finding easy session. Have found I'm using the Mak to locate then heading to the 200Dob and matching location, bit of a cheat really as want to improve my star hopping skills too Picks of my south sky sessions has been Orion nebula, Christmas tree, M50, M48, hoping to get some good galaxy views around Markarians chain if the weather holds out
  5. So it now seems an eternity since a decent period of good viewing weather here in Newquay, has anyone else had better luck? ?
  6. Hi John, Been away for a while. (a lot longer than i intended) Thanks for the invite, looking forward to catching up with you all. Pete.
  7. Thanks John, I live in Newquay, have to say weather has been dismal for what seems an eternity, when there has been a break in cloud we've been hit with sea mist! Hoping for clear skies and hello to everyone in the new club
  8. Gents. Hello. A friend and I took the opportunity last night to take some new toys out to play. We are both based around Exeter. We traveled to Haytor Car Park and were distinctly unimpressed with the level of ambient light for a dark sky site. Obviously the moon was playing it's part, but when the inevitable heavy cloud cover arrived shortly after our arrival it was evident that ambient light levels were pretty high. We subsequently traveled to a site just outside of Oakhampton, the evening lost to clouds, just to see if it was suitable and it was at least the match of Haytor site, and in my opinion possibly better. Do you chaps have any preferred sites around Devon, preferably south, south east, south west, but we are happy to travel on occasion for the best results. Thanks in advance Steven
  9. Hi John, I live in Falmouth and pretty new to the hobby. I'm also a member of the Cornwall astro society and pretty keen to get involved with stuff in the SW. Cheers Steve
  10. I'd go down the road to Tintagel and get some cracking photos as well as astronomy Mark!
  11. Hello I will be at the Wellington hotel in Boscastle, North Cornwall at Christmas again this year. Does anyone know any good stargazing sites (weather permitting) around Boscastle? I assume the headland would be god but really exposed! Mark Bowles
  12. I've just been made 'Leader' of the D&C club and I'd like to drum up a little interest. I'd like to see some activity in here! So, I'm trawling through the old posts from before it was converted to a 'club' and sending out invites to members who reside in the region. I'd like members in the area to get to know each other, and see if we can turn this into a thriving observing/imaging group. Feel free to chip in with ideas for how we use this resource as well. So, if you receive an invite, please accept, pop in and say hello
  13. John I have made you the Leader of the group. At the SGL star party over the weekend I chatted with Grant about the Club setup so early next year we will start to make individuals 'owners' and I will then withdraw. Good luck with recruitment.
  14. I'll do it. And I'll even try to drum up a bit of interest as well, get some activity going. The last proper post in here was 9 months ago!
  15. Hello Members If you look at the membership you will see that I am classed as the 'owner' and 'leader' Clearly it would be better for a local member to take on the role? Can you advise me if you wish to take on this role. Mark
  16. You may have noticed that we have created a new heading, above the banner, called 'Clubs'. The plan is to move all the existing social groups and observatories to this new area. Currently there are 17 different groups some more active than others. You need to advise me, in this thread, whether you wish your social group to be moved, otherwise the group will be closed and archived. I look forward to hearing from someone within group for us to take necessary admin action.
  17. Hi, we are trying to sell our house up here in the middle of the country, to mover to Newquay (or somewhere near), so will keep an eye on this thread with interest...
  18. Not the flying type, the Torquay type! (sorry, football reference) Anyone from Torquay (or surrounding areas) frequent this place? Interested to hear the best sites for observing around the bay or slightly further afield. Took a drive through Dartmoor a couple of days back looking for a nice spot. To be fair most of it looked good for stargazing!
  19. Good suggestions, just need that clear sky to come back, all in my observing list now
  20. Dig out a few globular clusters M13, M92 (Hercules), M10, M12, M14 (Ophiuchus).
  21. Clear skies in Newquay last night, the success being finding asteroid Florence even with the moon providing a fair bit of light
  22. Finally had some clear sky Thursday and with new right angled finder scope for my 8" out in the garden I went. First problem, which I first encountered going from naked eye to 4", wow! So many stars! Took me a while to adapt. Continued focussing on the summer triangle, nice split of Albireo really showing the colours! Continued search for the dumbbell with help from left at orion and finally found it! With light pollution from the dreaded yellow street light across the road still managed to get a decent smudge view, will be heading for darker skies now I have a handle on its location. Overall a success for a newbie, think a telrad might be on my list of goodies too.
  23. I hadn't noticed the obvious location error, surprised a member hasn't picked that up, going to look at the 2nd Sept meet, it's at a local campsite, as you I've never understood so many meet in the week yet want more members
  24. Did you look at the Kernow Astonomers webpage, well the one before it on that link? I noticed that it had to be written by someone that was unaware of the meaning of Kernow, it said: Address: Kernow, Cornwall. So it is at Cornwall, in Cornwall. Someone should notify the club list maintainers that the location is St Columb Major. I see they have a public viewing night on Sept 2nd. Seems it could be worth a visit to get a feel for them and ask a few questions. A bit like yourself I am always a bit puzzled why clubs meet for the observing during the week, one club around here have applied thought and arrange theirs for a Friday and/or Saturday. Their thinking being Friday if clear otherwise hope Saturday is better. The remainder pick Mondays and Wednesdays which is when people have work commitments the next day.
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