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Adrian Condon

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  1. Hi Folks, I was dreaming and then woke up......... The topic we talk about most often is the Weather: The weather forecast on the Scope Nights app... as at Thursday 24 Oct 12:30 Friday night 25 Oct....... Poor with heavy rain Saturday night 26 Oct... Partly cloudy with rain showers Sunday night 27 Oct..... Mostly Clear. great! Monday night 28 Oct..... Mostly Clear even better Tuesday night 29 Oct.... Poor Rain Wednesday night 30 Oct... Poor. Rain Thursday night 31 Oct..... Mostly Clear. Great Friday night 1 Nov..... Mostly Cloudy Saturday night 2 Nov... Overcast No further dates given. So we have clear nights and poor nights for improving our whiskey tasting skills Travel safely, Adrian
  2. Hi Damiam, Since my tripping practice, there is no such thing as a safe trip!!!!!!! Anyway I am hoping to arrive safe and sound and lets hope everyone else achieves that as well.... Adrian
  3. Hi Julian, Don't worry about me falling over, I have done it twice since May, both times the dog tripped me up...... So I am well practiced Have a safe trip. Adrian
  4. Hi Dai, I hope to leave before dawn on Saturday morning and arrive around 13:00. Will be available Sunday....thinking of having lunch at the Harbour Inn. All the every best. Adrian
  5. Hi Dai, It is getting closer to the Star Party........ There will be clear skies or hazy evenings tasting the pure gold. Have a safe trip. Adrian
  6. I think I will kill two birds with one Guinness Cake..... Adrian
  7. Hi, There is an excellent butchers in the middle of Newton Stewart, plus a few eating places and pubs. On Tuesday mornings, there is a travelling butcher to the site and then there is the fishmonger. The cod fillet is great and so are the ribeye steaks and they do eggs and potatoes as well. There is The Harbour Inn in Garlieston about 15 minutes by car. They do a very good carvery on a Sunday. The locals are very friendly and it has a beautiful live fire, a wonderful item after a cold day in a tent! Cheers Adrian
  8. Hi Ian, If you are cooking breakfast, remember I am a "friend " of yours........ I will do the cornflakes.....nearly impossible to burn..... Looking forward to meeting up. All the best Adrian
  9. Hi David, Well Done..... you are always full of good ideas..... What sort of make-up do I need? ... gentle answers please. Cheers Adrian
  10. Hi Folks, I am sitting in my tent near Swanage in Dorest, practicing for the Galloway Star Party... the wind speed is a meagre 40 MPH at present and yes there is rain.... Having a glass of Whiskey. One needs to be prepared for Scotland. The lights are swinging beautifully.......... The temperature is mild at the moment, just got back from a fish supper in Swanage. Looking forward to the 10th year of Galloway star parties. Cheers Adrian
  11. Hi Dai, Brilliant news......... Let's hope there is no wind when you are putting your tent up otherwise you need to put some running practice in before you travel North. All the best. Adrian
  12. Hi Hadyn and Christina, Glad to hear that you are booked in for the duration. I am trying to work out what gear to take. Will discuss IoM Star Party 2020 with you while we have lunch at the Harbour Inn..... Will be in touch before the Galloway Party. Dai.... I plan to arrive on the Saturday before Hadyn so will have a trip to the bird hide in Wigton plus Sunday lunch at the Harbour Inn!!! All the best. Adrian
  13. Hi Dai, Great offer of helping with the tent..... trust we will not need to run across the field. Hoping for good weather. All the best for now. Adrian
  14. HI Dai and Ian, I have booked in for Saturday 26 October to Monday 4 November and on Pitch 19. So, if you two thought that you would have a quiet chat with beer, tough....... I look forward to the event..... 10 years of perfection with a great crowd.... I spoke to Lesley this morning and she is having a busy Easter with tons of campers appearing at the campsite in brilliant Scottish sunshine. Trust you two are in the best of health. Cheers Adrian
  15. Hi Da Nobody to drink beer with...... pity i hope to go up early so we can dine at the Harbour Inn Will keep you posted cheers Adrian
  16. Hi Folks, Glad you all arrived safe and sound. It is a special skill to erect a tent in gale force wind! You are fortunate, that I shall not be attending this event. I have to be at the Hospice of St Francis 40th Anniversary Dinner Dance at Hadfield House on Saturday night. I will be attending the Autumn event......... I hope you have clear skies, tonight according to Scope Night will be clear from 18:00 Monday till 09:00 am Tuesday. Tuesday 18:00 till 03:00am Wednesday will be mostly clear. The rest of the week does not look brilliant.... But the weather can change......else its back to whiskey tasting sessions!! Have a great time... Adrian
  17. Hi Anne, Looking at the list of exhibitors you should be able to make a choice from a good selection of mounts that hopefully they will bring. The Celestron stand run by Adam Hinds had a great selection of mounts at Astrofest 2019. Hope to meet some SGL members there. Adrian
  18. Hi Michael, I am in good health, trust you are too. I am hoping to attend SGL Lucksall when it does not clash with the Galloway Star Party. I searched the SGL site for PAS 2019 earlier today, I did not see it, so I thought that members would be interested in a "Free" show given some of the comments related to Astrofest 2019. I plan to go, if you can make it, it would be great to meet up, even if we have to drink cider! I met some SGL members at Astrofest. Anyway, it is great to hear from you. Clear skies needed..... Adrian
  19. Hi Folks, Just to let you know that there is a free (No Charge) Practical Astronomy Show (PAS) at Kettering Conference Centre, NN15 6PB on the 9th March 2019 09:30am to 17:00. There is an Exhibitors Hall, with a great list of well known companies, including Altair Astro, David Hinds with Celestron, Tring Astronomy Centre and Widescreen Centre, a full list of Vendors is on the PAS website with 30 stands (to buy the bits and pieces you need!) and free talks (on a first come first served basis). The speaker list has a number of well known speakers, for instance, Dr Paul Abel gave a very interesting talk at Astrofest 2019 on "Visual Observations of the planets" will be present addressing "Observing Venus: A Guide for Visual Observer". If interested you can find the full lowdown at the website...... https://practicalastroshow.com It will be interesting to compare this Show to Astrofest 2019. Hope to see some of you there. Adrian
  20. Hi Carole, I take it you got home safely, the Tube service going north in London was suspended, so had to travel via Victoria to Euston. Then at Euston, the train home was delayed and we had 4 minutes from the time the platform was announced to catch it! Great travelling via train in 2019!!! I enjoyed meeting up with you and the SGL members. I was hoping to meeting DAZ, we need to have some banter. The talks this year on the whole were very good. The exhibition is in my view going downhill, which is a shame. I also met up with members of the Wycombe Astronomical Society (WAS) on the Friday and three of us stayed as usual at the local Copthorne Tara hotel and went to Chinatown for our evening meal, had our dessert at the local McDonalds and finished it off with a nightcap back at the hotel. Oh, isn't life wonderful. Trust with all the effort expended we get clear nights..... Adrian
  21. Hi Carole, If you print off the email with the payment details it should be fine, last year I forgot my Pass in the rush to catch the train. They gave me a 4 Session Pass after I gave them my name and address. The people at Reception were very friendly and nothing seems to phase them. I will look out for you on Saturday. All the best. Adrian
  22. Hi Folks, If you are interested in the programme for the sessions it is available at: https://europeanastrofest.com/conference/ Cheers Adrian
  23. Hi Carole and other SGL Members, I thought you would like to note a message from Astrofest 2019 organisers: "Book your conference pass for European AstroFest 2019. Session 1 only available. Note: Sorry Sessions 2, 3 and 4 are now fully booked and Session 1 is filling up fast. Book your conference pass now to avoid disappointment. Exhibition only passes are still available. Session 1 passes will be issued by eticket and you will collect a printed pass from the front desk when you arrive at the venue. If you do not want a name to appear on the pass. The UK’s premier astronomy and space show takes place on 8 & 9 February 2019 at Kensington Conference and Events Centre in London. Visit the official European AstroFest website for further details. When you book a conference pass it entitles you to hear all four talks in each session(s) purchased and visit the exhibition on that day. Also book by phone by calling: 01732 446111. Conference Sessions Session 1: Friday Morning Session 2: Friday Afternoon – Sorry fully booked Session 3: Saturday Morning – Sorry fully booked Session 4: Saturday Afternoon – Sorry fully booked Your conference pass also includes entry to the exhibition on that day." .........Copied from the Astrofest website today 6 February 2019.......... Trust the above is helpful......... Check out the Underground outages this coming weekend. Hope to see you there... Adrian
  24. Hi Folks, There are a number of coffee shops in the area, there are two Cafe Neros, one in the London Underground Station complex and the other one in Wrights Lane. The service there is reasonably speedy, plus there is a McDonalds opposite the Underground station. If I remember there is a Lloyds Bank as well, if you need to withdraw funds to pay for the coffees! I am booked in for the two days, usually less busy on the Friday, the majority of the exhibitors are very amicable and willing to discuss all sorts of issues. Hope all those attending have an enjoyable time.... and I might recognise some of you! Cheers Adrian
  25. Hi Graham, I am going for two full days, I found most of the talks interesting. In 2018 the sound system was a total disaster for part of the first talk and I really wanted to hear the speaker. It was corrected within 15 minutes but should never have occurred. I stay overnight at the Copthorne Tara Hotel on the Friday night with some friends. I find the bulk of the traders interesting and more than willing to discuss their products (one or two not interested in talking about their products last year, if the pre-sales is poor, just guess what the after sales is like!!!) Yes some traders are offering discounts that help defray the costs of attending. Remember a number of companies are locating to Europe in anticipation of Brexit..... so will they be attending in future. I like Carole idea of badging up! A Happy New Year and hope to meet up with as many of you as possible... Adrian
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