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About Cjg

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    Visual, am a newbie, so it's all still amazing, and yes i did punch the air and do the "happy dance" when I found M13 unaided for the first time. The joys of a 6 year old bio! Now on 103 out of the 110 Messiers and use a Tak 76 DC. Volunteer with Norwich Astro.
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  1. 6 months in and I’m very happy with my red light head torch. The original recommendation came from @DirkSteele. Think Matthew reviewed it for one of the Astronomy mags too. On my iPad so hard to scroll to find his review at the moment. Purchased mine from the nice folks at Tring Astro, I won’t buy from Amazon unless there is absolutely no alternative. Chris
  2. Living in Norfolk, you get used to that. It’s 35 miles away from home. My last trip to Cwmdu in September took 5hrs, I could get stuck behind a tractor the whole way and still be there in around an hour or so...(I hope)
  3. It's my first time there Owen as I usually travel to Wales and the AstroCamp at Cwmdu.
  4. Wow, thank you, think that sounds a journey worth making! Hopefully the weather will mean that I'll be too tired having stayed up all night, but if not, thank you that's great advice! Chris
  5. I bought an ‘open box’ Celestron 5SE from FLO a few years ago, scope, mount and accessories were mint, just the box was a bit ‘tatty’ which is exactly how they described it. At least with Celestron there is a 2 year guarantee, so you shouldn’t have any issues getting your scope sorted. Good luck in getting sorted.
  6. Thank you Carole, Didn’t know about the steam railway, or the adders on the heath, hoping for clear skies. Best, Chris
  7. Thank you, I've just seen your reply and kind offer! Will do, thank you! Chris
  8. Thanks, I'll try to get to an SGL event, but as I live in Wymondham approximately 36 miles away from Kelling, travel won't be an issue (I hope). My last trip to Cwmdu took 5 hours with the roadworks around Cambridge, Coventry and more! Chris
  9. Thank you, clear nights have been quite rare at Seething, so hopefully will get one or two great ones at Kelling. Am on the Red area and have a tunnel tent so will pitch tail to the wind. Cheers, Chris
  10. I cannot make the AstroCamp in Wales this year, the dates are too close to a trip to Greece, so I have a pitch booked at Kelling Heath, next month, my first time. Am planning to take my 5inch ED125 scope for an attempt at some of the Caldwell Catalogue. Is there anything I should be aware of at Kelling, any and all advice gratefully received. Cheers, Chris
  11. Think Sky at Night Mag reviews have been bland, generic and sub par for a long time now. (There’s a better description, but it’s a four letter word that might get blanked out on here). Stopped buying the mag when @steppenwolf stopped writing the deep sky tours.. As for getting cantankerous, the adverts on the radio where they read out the small print as fast as they can harshes my vibe... I look upon it as getting more discerning as I get older, and less tolerant.
  12. Thanks, my profile was created by a (then) local Artist called Jenny Leonard, was my way of saying thanks and at the same time, hopefully helping her! I’ve asked a few Astro folks to take a look at your survey via the Norwich AS twitter and will share on our Facebook group too. Good luck getting the responses you need. Chris
  13. Thank you, I like “gettable” Chris
  14. Hi John, thank you very much for the link. Not quite as far South as you are. Santorini and a South facing beach this May will probably be the furthest South that I’ll get this year at least. Cheers, Chris
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