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AndyExton

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About AndyExton

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    Astronomy, Geology.
    Student with the Open University studying a degree in Natural Science (due to complete by end of 2014).
  • Location
    Scarborough, UK
  1. Details have now been released for the 15th annual "Starfest" starcamp organised by Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society. The 3 day event takes place in Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire between Friday 5th and Sunday 7th August. Astronomers from across the UK attend this event to take advantage of the dark skies in the North York Moors National Park and the forest has recently been awarded "Milky Way class" of the Dark Sky Discovery status. Early arrival from Thursday 4th is also available. For those who have not attended Dalby previously, please note the facilities are basic! Its all about the quality of the skies. Guest speakers for the weekend will be announced in due course as they are confirmed. More information and a booking form can be downloaded from the Scarborough & Ryedale AS website (http://www.scarborough-ryedale-as.org.uk/saras/starfest/starfest-2016/). The society can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. To avoid confusion with other events using the name Starfest, we have opted for an offical hashtag for this years event of #DalbyStarfest16.
  2. Hi Sean. Just replied to your query through the SARAS website whilst catching up on some of our enquiries but also come across your query on here. So for everyone else..... In terms of what happens at these events, a number of society members will have telescopes available for members of the public to look through and to tell you more about what you are observing. They will also point out some of the major constellations and asterisms for you. Wrap up warm as it can get very cold and try and use red light to preserve your own and others night vision. If the night happens to be cloudy or wet, we have use of an indoor space in the Forestry Commission Visitor Centre where members can give a virtual tour or talk as an alternative. Hope this helps.
  3. Still a few pitches remaining....booking open until the end of July. Book soon if you are interested as it will be a first come, first served as we have a maximum number of pitches to adhere to.
  4. Hi Dom. The site is never left unoccupied over the weekend so it is completely safe leaving telescopes setup and your tents / equipment too. And your question about is it any good, I would certainly have to answer yes as an organiser. This year will be our 15th annual camp and many attendees return year upon year. Rocket competition, quiz, guest speakers and hog roast all add to a busy weekend and of course the clear skies (which I wish I could promise).
  5. Guest speaker details have now been confirmed....... Stuart Atkinson (Eddington AS) - "Our Place in the Universe"John Nichol (Nichol Optics)- "Telescope Disasters"Juergen Schmoll (Cleveland & Darlington AS) - Title TBCPitches still available but the site is filling up so recommend booking ASAP to avoid disappointment.
  6. Details have now been released for the 15th annual "Starfest" starcamp organised by Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society. The 3 day event takes place in Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire between Friday 14th and Sunday 16th August. Astronomers from across the UK attend this event to take advantage of the dark skies in the North York Moors National Park and the forest has recently been awarded "Milky Way class" of the Dark Sky Discovery status. For those who have not attended Dalby previously, please note the facilities are basic! Its all about the quality of the skies. Guest speakers for the weekend will be announced in due course as they are confirmed. More information and a booking form can be downloaded from the Scarborough & Ryedale AS website (http://www.scarborough-ryedale-as.org.uk/saras/starfest/starfest-2015/). The society can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. To avoid confusion with other events using the name Starfest, we have opted for an offical hashtag for this years event of #DalbyStarfest15.
  7. Hi Rob. The skies are fantastic in and around the North York Moors National Park. Whitby AS hold regular meetings and feel free to check out SARAS as we hold monthly meetings plus observing sessions and we run the annual Dalby Starfest each year.
  8. Personally not used the lumicon one Ian but having used both the Baader and Skywatcher ones I must say the Baader one edged it for me in the society 16" Lightbridge on objects like the veil. Used it also in my 12" from the middle of town and gives good results.
  9. AndyExton

    Hello Everyone

    Hi John and Harry and welcome to SGL. The North York Moors is fantastic on an evening so glad you enjoyed a few nights near Whitby looking at the stars under the dark skies.
  10. Thanks everyone. The recent discussions I will pass on at our upcoming committee meeting that will mainly be to review Starfest ahead of starting planning #DalbyStarfest15. I like the idea suggested above by John about being asked at check in about what was expected. Overall though I think the feedback on here and social media has been very positive and as organisers I think we can be pleased with how the event is running and continues to grow in quality. Certainly helps when the weather is kind rather than washing out a weekend. See you all next year!
  11. Yes we do say in our mailings before the camp that red light and no green lasers apply for the camp. We were aware of the use of lasers by some during the thick fog that rolled in on Saturday night but as soon as the skies started clearing again, normal service was resumed so everyone could enjoy the dark skies. As Michael says the police probably caused more distraction when attempting to remove the unwanted visitors. This is something that happened for the first time in the 14 Starfests and we are raising with the Forestry Commission to ensure a repeat will not occur in future.
  12. AndyExton

    New Members

    Welcome to SGL from the Yorkshire coast!
  13. Welcome to SGL from the Yorkshire coast! Not sure what other groups are in your area but a number of members of the North Devon Astronomical Society make the annual long journey to our August Starfest in Dalby Forest.
  14. AndyExton

    New here,hello

    Welcome to SGL from the Yorkshire coast!
  15. AndyExton

    Hello

    Welcome to SGL from the Yorkshire coast!
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