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hachidori

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About hachidori

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    Astronomy, bats, beetles, bees, wildlife, knitting, yoga, photography, dinosaurs, pirates, baking, foraging and social media.
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  1. Barr Beacon gates open at 1am for you to set up for tonight's eclipse! Corner of Bridle Lane & Beacon Road. Tweet me @TheReremouse if you need any more details. This event is free and open to anyone mad enough to stay up all night staring at the moon. :-) Morgan
  2. Hi everyone! Lyrids MeteorWatch on tonight on Barr Beacon from 10pm - midnight! Skies are looking clear! Gates open at 9.30 on the corner of Bridle Lane & Beacon Road. Its the usual informal meteorwatch gathering tonight, bring chairs, flasks, scopes, etc. See you later!
  3. MeteorWatch Geminids is ON tonight on Barr Beacon - Free to all and there's plenty of space so no need to book. Weather is cold & dry and should be relatively clear. Event is 9pm-11pm but I open the gates for you guys at 8.30 to set up your scopes. This is the last evening event of the season. Where to go: Arrive at the Barr Beacon South/Memorial car park on the corner of Bridle Lane and Beacon Road for 9pm. Getting There: From Walsall take the Sutton Road out of town and turn right on Beacon Road. Barr Beacon will be on your left. After about 1 mile you will see the entrance for the memorial car park on your left. From Birmingham / Kingstanding / Sutton, take Beacon Road (from the Queslett Asda roundabout). As you reach the top of the hill, the entrance to the car park is on your right, on the corner of Bridle Lane. From the M6 leave the motorway at Junction 7, then take the A34 towards Birmingham for about 1/4 mile. At the Scott Arms traffic lights, turn left onto Queslett Road until Asda is on your right, then turn left onto Beacon Rd and follow instructions from the paragraph above. For sat nav use postcode WS9 0QW. What To Bring: Something to sit on! Warm clothes (it is very cold up on the hill!) Binoculars or telescope A Flask of hot drink - we have no drinks van this time Social Media: Please feel free to tweet about tonight's event as it happens and in the run-up - use the hashtag #WalsallLooksUp - and please post comments and photos on www.facebook.com/walsalllooksup See you tonight at 9pm! Morgan Skywatcher Explorer 200p EQ5 Celestron NexStar 4SE
  4. Alas, almost 90% cloud cover is predicted again tonight, so there will be no MeteorWatch on Barr Beacon. Fingers crossed for Geminids in December! Morgan
  5. Hi All, MeteorWatch will NOT take place tonight (Monday) for Leonids as we have 95% humidity and 95% cloud cover predicted. Also not looking good for tomorrow (our fall-back date) but I will keep you posted! Morgan :-)
  6. Hi everyone - last minute checks of the weather are showing the skies clearing up for us by 9pm, so MeteorWatch at Barr Beacon is ON tonight. Stargazers Lounge / Local Astronomical Society members don't need to book any tickets - you can just turn up and say that you are from Stargazers Lounge, etc :-) How's that for VIP treatment? Where to go: Arrive at the Barr Beacon South/Memorial car park on the corner of Bridle Lane and Beacon Road for 9pm. Traffic past the plantation will be prohibited in order to preserve the 'dark zone' for stargazing (So if you leave before 11pm you'll need to go out the same way you came in.) Getting There: From Walsall take the Sutton Road out of town and turn right on Beacon Road. Barr Beacon will be on your left. After about 1 mile you will see the entrance for the memorial car park on your left. From Birmingham / Kingstanding / Sutton, take Beacon Road (from the Queslett Asda roundabout). As you reach the top of the hill, the entrance to the car park is on your right, on the corner of Bridle Lane. From the M6 leave the motorway at Junction 7, then take the A34 towards Birmingham for about 1/4 mile. At the Scott Arms traffic lights, turn left onto Queslett Road until Asda is on your right, then turn left onto Beacon Rd and follow instructions from the paragraph above. For sat nav use postcode WS9 0QW. What To Bring: Something to sit on! (Folding chairs are perfect as the ground can be cold.) Warm clothes (it is very cold up on the hill!) You may also wish to bring a torch (preferably with a red filter as 'normal' torches are not allowed in the dark zone), binoculars or telescope if you have them (even if you have a telescope and don't know how to use it, we have a few people who can show you how!), and if you wish, a flask of hot drink. (I have arranged for a van to sell tea/coffee/hot chocolate but if they have said that if it is windy they may not attend) What to Expect: This is an informal event, which means that there will be no talks or planned activities. We simply gather on Barr Beacon, chat about astronomy and watch for meteors. There are usually a few local astronomers who bring telescopes that you can look through. Weather: Current forecast is 7 degrees C, partly cloudy with 20% chance of rain and winds at 19mph (gusting to 35). ISS Passes: There will be a bright pass of the International Space Station overhead at 7:15pm this evening, but none during the event. Social Media: Please feel free to tweet about tonight's event as it happens and in the run-up - use the hashtag #WalsallLooksUp - and please post comments and photos on www.facebook.com/walsalllooksup See you tonight at 9pm! Morgan Bowers Senior Countryside Ranger
  7. We are going for Barr Beacon MeteorWatch on Tuesday (hurricane Gonzalo permitting) - gates open at 8.30pm on the corner of Bridle Lane & Beacon Road. I'll post again if anything changes - hope to see you guys on the hill!
  8. hachidori

    Walsall Looks Up

    Flyers and images from free stargazing events on Barr Beacon in Walsall.
  9. Hello Folks! Just popping in to let you know the plan for this year's winter MeteorWatch events on Barr Beacon... Doing things a bit differently this year - The events will take place on whichever ONE of the TWO dates has the best weather forecast - I'll pop on here the day before and confirm. As usual, the event is FREE, and runs 9pm - 11pm. I'll open the gates (on the corner of Bridle Lane and Beacon Road) from 8.30pm for you guys. We will even have hot tea/coffee/choc for sale. We have LOTS of people booked onto the orionids, so please come along if you can and share your knowledge - I always get such amazing feedback. Its a very informal event - bring something to sit on and wrap up warm. Bring telescopes, binoculars and enthusiasm!! Likewise, if you are just starting out, it is a really friendly atmosphere and if you're lucky I might even do my 'harry potter tour of the night sky'... :-) The dates are: Orionids 20th or 21st October Leonids 17th or 18th November Geminids 13th or 14th December Please share the booking link - you don't HAVE to book, you can just come along, but if you book you will get weather updates / cancellation info, etc... All my events can now be booked here: http://walsalllooksup.eventbrite.co.uk and of course you can still keep up to date on facebook http://www.facebook.com/walsalllooksup Feel free to drop me an email at work bowersm@walsall.gov.uk if you have any questions. See you soon! Morgan :-)
  10. Hi All, Stupid rain has cancelled Wednesday's MeteorWatch event on Barr Beacon. :-( Next event is Orionids in October - I have scheduled that event for the 20th and 21st Oct - we will go ahead on whichever of those has the best forecast. Morgan
  11. Thunderbirds are go for Barr Beacon tonight - 8pm-10pm, as usual I'll be on site at 7.15 to open up the gates - those of you bringing scopes are welcome to come early and set up. See you later! Morgan :-)
  12. Hi Folks, Cloud cover doesn't look brilliant for tonight, but we are going ahead anyway - hope to see you there. I will be on site from 7pm for those who want to arrive & set up early. Those bringing scopes will be given preferential parking by the plantation. :-) Morgan :-)
  13. Hi Everyone! Just dropping in to invite you to another two free events on Barr Beacon - this time for National Astronomy Week. The events are this Saturday (March 1st) and NEXT Saturday (March 8th) from 8pm-10pm. Gates on the corner of Bridle Lane and Beacon Road will open at 7.30. Anyone bringing a telescope and willing to let others look through can have free hot drinks - just come and find me for a voucher! We've got the event truck again for these events, so there's going to be badge-making, hot drinks available to buy, face painting and a Jupiter quiz. If you'd like to come along, please follow this link and book (It helps me to know how many people & cars to expect!)... http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-astronomy-week-target-jupiter-night-1-tickets-9724150195 for night 1 or http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-astronomy-week-target-jupiter-night-2-tickets-9724210375 for night 2 Thanks! Hope for clear skies! Any questions, just give me a bell at work on 01922 65 4220. Morgan
  14. All set for Stargazing tomorrow on Barr Beacon. If you are coming along and HAVEN'T BOOKED A TICKET, MESSAGE ME YOUR NAME so I can leave it at the gate to make sure you get in. :-) See you tomorrow!
  15. TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENTS CANCELLED - THURSDAY STILL GOING AHEAD! As I am sure you've anticipated looking at the weather, I can confirm that both TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY's stargazing live events on Barr Beacon have been CANCELLED due to forecast rain. This is unfortunate, but rain is forecast (as well as 92% humidity - not telescope friendly at all!) Happily, CLEAR SKIES are predicted for Thursday night,. The gates to Barr Beacon's North car park will be opened at 8.30pm, where you will be greeted by staff and receive your FREE astronomy activity sheets and FREE Stargazing Live Calendars (one per household). You will be able to purchase teas, coffees and hot chocolates for £1 each. I look forward to seeing you there! Morgan
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