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Archie Tureous

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  1. I am based in Birmingham and have been out, on average, twice a week throughout this year. There was a three week gap in April/May and I haven't been out since Sunday 9 December (clear all night but had to go to bed at 4am as it was work in the morning) and Monday 10 December (out for a couple of hours in the evening, came in as it was starting to get misty and was -2C). Occasionally I have been out when the forecast was good but when I got to my out-of-town site it was all cloudy. Only twice have I been out and done no observing at all. It sometimes works the other way and the sky clears a
  2. According to both the Met Office and AccuWeather there is a clear band passing over Birmingham between midnight and 4am. I will be grabbing the opportunity, even if it's just a couple of hours lying on the sun lounger in the garden. (I don't know why it's called a sun lounger, I've never used it in daylight!)
  3. For me the best tribute to SPM is to get out there and observe. I have printed out a listing of his Caldwell catalogue and next clear night I will have a go at finding a few. After all, he spent his life inspiring people to look at the night sky, so the best tribute is to keep doing it. When I find one of the objects on his list I will think of him and smile.
  4. That's what I've got. Thin liner gloves (get them from a cycling shop, intended to be worn under other gloves) and thermal fingerless gloves. Toasty.
  5. I think it happens to everyone, but often it works the other way. I have headed out on an iffy night, more in hope than expectation, and have been rewarded by the clouds clearing away and giving me an excellent night's viewing.
  6. Hi Azure, These are intersting questions but they are essentially philosophical questions rather that scientific ones. is that what you intended? I think you will find that some of the questions have fairly short answers and it might be difficult to stretch them to 6000 words. I do find the 'science vs. religion' question interesting, but if you take a open-minded view it becomes obvious that science and religion are fundamentally asking two different, non-conflicting questions: science is asking "how?", whilst religion is asking "why?". From that point it becomes apparent that anyone might
  7. Claire, I recommend that you get yourself along to Birmingam Astronomical Society. They meet on Wednesdays at 7:30 at Aston University. Nice people, tea, scopes on the roof... http://www.birmingham-astronomy.co.uk/
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