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About scarp15

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    Visual astronomy, cycle touring, hill walking & backpacking, contemporary jazz.
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  1. Great, good reasoning and nice chair / picture. There is something magical sitting in comfort, with good posture at just the correct eye level to your eyepiece, visually absorbing a subject.
  2. You might want to give your new observing site a go however, waning Gibbous the sky will become fairly washed out. From mid week next week, rising later and then leading towards a new moon perhaps wait until then.
  3. Concerning your location, as Ships and Stars has indicated will provide plenty of scope so to speak, within driving distances. Consider how long you are prepared to safely travel for making a return journey when you will become inevitably tired. From experience I no longer will venture to places with large car parks, no matter where they are, as there is always a lingering possibility of unwelcome visitors - which may or may not occur. Therefore I prefer smaller spaces, not of course on the edge of farmers fields, preferring instead smaller parking spaces along quiet back roads near to moorland, sometimes single track roads within valleys that come to a dead end. Day time reconnaissance is helpful, perhaps making a day out of things to go walking, cycling, cafes etc. Also as mentioned perhaps joining a club and going to their dark sky meets could be a good start or indeed solution. Finally consider how comfortable you feel that you are on a solitary venture, for some including myself this is not a concern and can be an asset, so much so that I would like to venture just a little further and wild camp on winter trips. Going on dark sky adventures can be infrequent, yet under the right conditions will become unforgettable.
  4. Great, good intro to this extent of aperture, look forward to your dark sky report.
  5. Sounds great Nick, trying to guess where approximately you were just south of the Wall, near to Greenhead perhaps? I haven't stayed at that campsite at Stonehaugh or the other one mentioned, dark sky tourism is definitely part of the appeal, together with through cyclists as there are several on and off road long distance trails. The campsites will be sensitive to the dark sky park status and place value on expectations in sensitive lighting. There are periodic meetings I believe held at Stonehaugh for stargazing, had considered it myself, will be a good place. I will check with my daughter as she has done the D of E and may have stayed there. These places are definitely worth while investigating further, as mentioned by Kev, SGL astro friendly campsites. Wild camping in the Scottish border- yep that's good.
  6. Perhaps, yet consider that usually I can ascertain and evaluate what I am visually perceiving through the eyeball to eyepiece experience as you put it. NV enhancement is interesting as an emerging and contrasting form of observing, yet ought not undermine eyepiece, photon gathering approach.
  7. Can quite understand that there will be numerous potential locations accessible within this magnificent landscape. Would you plan on wild camping or do you have a camper van? Winter ought bring some favourable arctic influenced conditions, a clear dark sky will be quite something. The Linn of Dee would perhaps be good to. The Cocoon is achievable with a H-beta or perhaps a UHC.
  8. Perhaps a form of enhanced visual observing, no wires, but still batteries and a screen?
  9. Great report and terrific scope, the dark lane leading to the Cocoon will be B168 The Dark Cigar, the Cocoon is quite a challenge though. As you mention include a good quality H-beta and also include a UHC filter. Lots to look forward to this winter, the Flaming star in Auriga, The California and so on. Just out of interest, I know the Cairngorms quite well, roughly which part do you head to?
  10. Continual motivation for visual astronomy is simply based on continued learning. Planning is a considerable part of the enjoyment and process, discovering something new and reappraising that which has become familiar. Evolving your approach each season, engages, for myself in a new venture. The simple calming effect, looking through a piece of glass at an object so distant in space time and grasping an understanding for what you are looking at is captivating. The forum is a collective of approaches, as a visual observer it is easy to enjoy and learn from some of the outstanding images that are posted and the patience, dedication from observers drawings. Also to gain awareness, though not necessarily directly influenced, towards new forms combining observing with imaging such as Night Vision, smart phone pictures. A mention to for wide field photography, binocular observing, it is all quite integral. Ultimately you do what you do, that which engages your thoughts and time, it does not matter what someone else's approach might be really, the diversity of topic sections on the forum accommodate all.
  11. Enjoyable read, very nicely presented binocular session in relaxing circumstances and superb sketch and yes taking sandwiches is always a good plan.
  12. Excellent, look forward to hearing about your forthcoming accounts Gerry. If that's OK so that readers who will be following your attempts, attached is some more info on this subject. https://observing.skyhound.com/archives/sep/Q2237+0305A.html
  13. What eyepiece, magnification will you anticipate for attempting this observation Gerry?
  14. Binoculars for their immediacy at sweeping through parts of the sky that have holes or are clear of cloud. This spontaneous approach can enable you to grab at, such, as for example the double cluster before the cloud might engulf it. It is frustrating, you do need to be aware and alert to what targets might be (impulsively) located at a certain clear constellation. Breezy conditions as mentioned when there is patchy cloud is quite necessary for continuing opening up observing opportunities.
  15. An eventful evening, the start of the hunt for this gravitationally lensed quasar is on, look forward to the next episode.
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