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  1. Sorry to hear about this but maybe for the best given the conditions. Kathleen
  2. Great build John, really pleased that it all came together for you. Looking forward to seeing some great pictures now ! Kathleen
  3. Hi Kathleen,

    Trust you are in the best of health and can see the light at the end of the tunnel at work.

    I am hoping to get to Galloway on 27 Oct.

    I will be there for two weekends...

    Can you make a weekend to stargaze. You are welcome to share my tent as it has two sleeping compartments. Just bring a camp bed plus sleeping bag. You don't need to book, so it can be a last minute decision.

    Food & drink is available so no need to bring those.

    I am hoping to start imaging so it should be entertaining!!!!

    Anyway, if you need to discuss my mobile number is 07879 058741

    It would be great to meet up.

    All the best.




  4. So sorry to hear of his passing, I always enjoyed reading his posts as they were always so knowledgable and interesting. All my condolances to his family at this sad time.
  5. Hi Kathleen,

    Are you going to the next Galloway SP in late Oct/early Nov?

    I have booked my place with Lesley today.

    Trust things are ok.



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    2. SpookyKatt


      Hi Adrian,


      Sorry for only getting back to you now.  Hmm interesting re what lesley says,

      I might drop her an email then, that would explain it if Mike etc are trying to

      get people to book early.


      Good for you on outlook and your plans for moving to darker skies, where are you thinking of moving

      too or have you decided on that yet ?  I must admit I am thinking of trying to get out of the city

      perhaps by changing my job to contracting so i can live near darker skies.  Hehe to be honest after last weeks

      referendum I am tempted to move back to Ireland to be honest to try and keep my options open so I

      can work in europe.  Its just an idea but a tempting one at that.


      Well here's hoping work gets back to being a bit quieter to be honest.




    3. Adrian Condon

      Adrian Condon

      Hi Kathleen,

      Sorry I am later at getting back to you than is acceptable!!!!

      I am camping out at Castle Point near Kippford on the Solway Firth from Friday 29 July 2016 for 7 nights. I want to have at detailed look at the area, mainly for property available, price and how dark are the skies. The sky there in winter can be dark, but I am interested in the street lights etc.

      The amount of annual rain, frequency, and % that falls in the winter, how many clear nights are in an area.  Hope to meet locals in the pub and ask them....

      I also have looked at Ardnamurchan, Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, and the Northumberland coast. The west coast can be cloudy, while there is a sea mist on the east coast. I like the coast to the south east of Edinburgh,  Longniddry / Aberlady area. Also looking for a good south aspect.....

      I have also thought of France, Brittany. But not sure what Brexit means if purchasing a property there.

      I do have an Eire passport so I suppose that would be ok. What passport do you have?

      If you ever want to get in touch my mobile phone number is 07879 058741

      It would be great if you could appear at Galloway, I need a good chat....





    4. SpookyKatt


      Hi Adrian,

      Well those are all good location, it is certainly true that the western side generally gets
      more rain but I'd have thought that the Solway Firth might have got  some shelter as its
      set in from the rest of the coast.

      You've got a good plan though to go up and spend some time and get a feeling for the area.
      It might be worth finding out how badly that are has been hit during the very wet weather
      we seem to get now in the winter months.

      I've always found the east coast from Alnwick up to below Berwick or EyeMouth direction
      to be very dark although as you say that side suffers its own issues as well.

      Yeah I'm not sure how much things will change in the immediate future re Brexit but its
      a good point you make about the future.  I must confess I'd rather be part of europe than
      out of it but I know its not withouts its own issues.  You'd be ok with a Eire passport, 
      hehe I've always taken the easiest option re travel so just had a uk one but will probably 
      get my irish passport in the next while.

      Yeah hopefully I will get to Galloway, just need to kepp chipping away at the work for awhile
      before the dark nights return.


  6. Hehe of course you can use my clear sky allocation Mike, I don't want it expiring without use. Yeah hopefully I will make the Spring event instead. Kathleen
  7. Hi Jim, Well I was booked but have had to pull out due to work commitments I'm afraid, I'm sure though that means this years will be the best ever with clear skies everynight. Kathleen
  8. None of them look stronger than my pliers but the bend ends might help?Personally I don't think you'll gain alot from them as the end's won't be long enough toreach down to the nut so again they will be sitting at an angle which is also true of the pliers yourcurrently using.
  9. Hehe probably to stop people taking them apart in the first place. Well I only mentioned the lens spanner on the off chance you might have had one to see if a better grip in the nut with some applied force would have been enough to help make that initial movement. If I had any business over in glasgow I would look at the nut for you if you wanted Thalestris but can't see me being over in glasgow in awhile. Can I ask are you changing the bearings or something with the mount hence why your stripping it ? I'm just wondering really.
  10. Well if you want to use the penetrating oil option then just get a wd40 spray and pad round the nut with a spare piece of cloth so to reduce where it goes, you can target areas quite well with the little straw that comes with the average tin of wd40. You can get it at halfords if your close to one. Are you a member of any astro groups in glasgow that you could maybe get some help if your really stuck ? There are plenty of astro folk around the central belt and glasgow. Kathleen
  11. Hmmm well you could try the wd40 as its worth a try, hopefully they haven't used threadlock on it or something like that. I would try two nails of the right size and a piece of wood or two allen keys crossed over as it will be easier to apply an even force than using a screwdriver into one of the holes as, as you have said, the nut will probably be soft and will be damaged. Is it a new HEQ5, I can't see them having changed the design. I'm a abit hesitant to mention it but to be honest if it was my mount and I had a soft hammer like a rubber hammer I'd hit it a few taps to see if you can break the seal like that, but I wouldn't use anything other than a soft hammer. Edit : sorry forgot to answer your question, yeah it is a standalone nut. If you had something like a lens spanner that might be worth trying. Kathleen
  12. Hmmm nuts like that can be hard to shift with pliers, apply plenty of lateral force (into the mount) as you turn the pliers would be my initial advice or make a tool using two nails and a piece of wood to make it easier. It will probably turn ok but it just needs to get over that initial movement, I did mine using two allen keys to allow me to get the initial force. Kathleen
  13. Nice opportunity for someone, I'd be tempted to apply but I'm at the opposite end of the country. Kathleen
  14. great image's mike and a great reminder of Kielder, think in the last image thats my setup at the bottom hehe. kathleen
  15. Superb image Dave, all those clear night certainly paid off. Kathleen
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