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wackyscot

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  1. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Brilliant Calum well done :)
  2. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Glad you enjoyed it Tony. And yes, the skies were stunning. My cloud and rain dance worked It's always nice to pass on little tips that help fellow astronomers, when they benefit, we all do, from someone else posting lovely images. I'm sure your bed will be well inflated next year from past experience hehehehe. Anyhoo always good to introduce someone to the Star Camp fraternity, we are a friendly bunch.
  3. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Tony has said he'd be back. I had a hot bath when I got in and am currently watching TV with a nice 12yo. It's blowing a hooly in Perthshire and I noticed a BIG aurora alert. Clouded out here so I'll be having a quiet night in, all by myself watching TV then a comfy soft warm bed - See yoo all soon David
  4. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Arrived Thursday, Martyn Tony and myself. Pete couldn't manage as he'd put his back out. It was blustery and wet, but we got set up, fed, and headed for the whisky tasting station. There were many malts to try and share. We met some old friends and some new friends. That's what I love about The Drumroamin Star Camp (maybe it should be re-named). The friendship and helpfullness of everyone is an inspiration. Friday wasn't great, so another warm room meeting, exchanging stories and tips for experienced stargazers and the newcomers. Saturday saw Tom and young Calum arrive. Calum has only just got into astronomy. We assisted him at an earlier star party and his enthusiasm is so exciting, as are his astrophotography results. His imaging from a fairly basic setup are astonishing. He will surely blow us all away as his pockets empty from the next purchases he has already showed an interest in. Saturday was looking good with a stiff breeze slowly easing, a fleeting rain shower around 5pm saw us all running for scope coats. We weren't put off, the skies cleared and DID THEY. Come darkness, there was a feverish expectation, everyone rushing around doing final preparartions for the night ahead. I was suffering from a knackered back and was limited to what I could do, but Martyn kindly loaned me his skywatcher wifi dongle and I played with it for the 1st time. I was pleasantly surprised when I got the measure of it. Basically, it does away with the handset and you do everything from your phone (make sure phone is well charged) I then use Sky Safari Plus to control my scope go-to's . (I have a 12" goto dob called BIg John) I saw Saturn, Mars, Andromeda, The Double Cluster which I never tire of looking at and many others. Tony was at his 1st Galloway Camp and we offered to assist him with his scope, camera and viewing through other scopes. He was stunned with a horizon to horizon Milky Way, he saw Saturn, Mars, Double Cluster. We showed him Mirror Lockup on his camera, a small but useful tip when doing astrophotography. We also showed him how to change his screen colour on his camera, again a useful tip. These are things we all take for granted. But someone has to show you these things. The skies at Drumroamin never fail to impress weather permitting. My back problems saw me retire early regretfully, I was gutted but health issues saw me in bed around midnight. Adrian called by in the morning and kindly offered me some cream to rub on my sore bits. Thanks Adrian. I think this has to be one of the best skies I have seen at Drumroamin, I'm just peeved my back gave out and I never saw more. Heyho bring on the cream Adrian. See you all soon at The UK's friendliest Star Camp David
  5. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    I have a bottle of this, should I or shouldn't I ????? https://www.oldandrarewhisky.co.uk/products/springbank-9-year-old-fresh-rum?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=34757331781&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0dHdBRDEARIsAHjZYYA_nE_dxphOFulMKKZLBpOA4mVetJTprEUDwKloSvZh030apJyfNEMaAnsmEALw_wcB
  6. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    It's in there
  7. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    It's in there somewhere lmao
  8. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Car is packed, not easy with a bad back but I got there. Just need to squeeze Pete's stuff in oh I still have my clothes to go in
  9. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Stay safe folks, we will bring the good weather. See you Thursday David
  10. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Sorry Tony - just in awe of your trek to Abernethy 2 years ago. That was true dedication :)
  11. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    We will sort you out - we always carry big hammers
  12. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    You'll be there, rain hail or shine, Oz has 2 cracking rums I have a nice Vanilla Malt. Old Tony is a guest who is attending Galloway for the 1st time, he is a member of Dundee ASTRONOMICAL society. We will look after him, and show him the ropes. He enjoys a dram but his health is not so good. This is why we have the FRIENDLY star camp - clear skies folks David
  13. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    This time of year Midges shouldn't be an issue
  14. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Spoken to Jim and Mike, they have clear patches and are checking out Mars on Jim's new scope . Can't wait to get down, clear or not, the craic is brilliant. Hoping for clear skies obviously, but if not catching up with the guys n gals will be great. It is surely the friendliest Star Camp the UK has on offer. How many times do you get an up to the minute update from the folks already there. Keep up the great work Mike. David
  15. wackyscot

    Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2018

    Safe journey to all heading to the Star Camp and watch out for the speed cams (Mike) see you all on Thursday, I'm guessing Kenny is there already Clear Skies David
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