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About robbieince

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  1. Hi I live in Longridge Preston PR3 and I am looking for star parties or events round the forest of bowland places like that do you know anywhere

    my Email Ashylad79@hotmail.co.uk

  2. Gorgeous images Mike! You've caught the proton arch in image 1 as well.....
  3. Another great Kielder starcamp, topped off by a beautifully strong aurora. Thanks again to all the organisers who work so hard behind the scenes to make this event so successful. Here's my aurora timelapse from the Sunday night.
  4. Hi I'm available for talks to societies etc, in the North of England (Birmingham northwards) to the Scottish borders I am available to give astronomy talks covering the following subjects. Astrophotography & timelapsePhotometry / AstrometryLight pollution & Dark Sky awarenessAstronomy tourismSpace and size....Running a public observatoryChoose and use a telescope...plus many others...Payment for expenses and if you feel the talk is good then a little extra is always appreciated towards my astro budget I am based in Preston, LancashireCheersRob
  5. Won't be long now but I hope we get some clear nights before then......
  6. Google LRTImelapse, it works with Adobe camera raw or with Lightroom. This allows you to do timelapse processing in batch, using key frames.... Basically, pick beginning middle and end, process these 3 frames and the software interpolates all the others to suit.....
  7. I see skywatcher have a sale on, at least in the USA. Any news on the same happening in the UK? There is a Quattro 12s with my name on it if they do.....
  8. It's a stone human head, with a hole so you can look through his eye from behind, towards Blackpool tower.... It's called Orme View and is pretty cool.... There are sculptures throughout the forest so will work on getting the snake and stars.......
  9. And here's the link to the timelapse I did for them as part of it....
  10. Hi all Not sure if this is the right location for this but The Forest of Bowland, Lancashire , has just been given Dark Sky Discovery status for 4 sites - here's the Press release ..... Bowland's Dark Skies Recognised Nationally Imagine yourself on a frosty, winter evening wrapped in an inky darkness and sprinkled in starlight, in awe of the view as the cosmos magically reveals itself in the wondrous dark skies of Bowland…. There's no better time to explore Bowland's dark skies thanks to a national initiative that has recently given Dark Sky Discovery Site status for four sites in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dark Sky Discovery Sites are recognised by the Dark Sky Discovery Partnership, managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, as places within the UK that are both dark and easily accessible, but where it is possible to observe the spectacle of the Milky Way or the constellations, such as Orion, with the naked eye. Hetty Byrne, Forest of Bowland Sustainable Tourism Officer said: 'We're delighted to join the Dark Sky Discovery Partnership's growing network of sites which highlight the best spots to see the night skies in the UK. The AONB, as part of its sustainable tourism developments, put forward four sites for approval by the Dark Sky Discovery programme - Beacon Fell Country Park, Crook O'Lune Picnic Site, Gisburn Forest Hub and Slaidburn Village Car Park. They are accessible sites, with good sightlines and relatively low light pollution, giving people the best possible conditions to just turn up and see the stars on a clear night.' The AONB has been working with local physicist and amateur astronomer Robert Ince, who has assessed the night skies, how they are affected by light pollution and identified the best and darkest places to star gaze. The process also involved consultation with land owners and local authorities to gain their support for the project. During 2016 Robert is working with the AONB and will be offering a series of star gazing events and workshops through the Festival Bowland programme. Robert explains: 'I love showing people the night skies, in the Forest of Bowland you can literally see thousands of stars; It has a real wow factor! Everyone can enjoy stargazing with a pair of binoculars and some basic information on how to get started, including star maps. During 2016 we'll be running a series of events at Discovery site locations – during the spring when glittering star clusters and magnificent constellations like Orion grace the sky, and in the autumn when the Milky Way is overhead and meteor showers like the Perseids can put on an amazing show'. Get in touch if you would like to be added to our mailing list for star gazing events hetty.byrne@lancashire.gov.uk or keep an eye on updates on our website at: http://forestofbowland.com/Star-Gazing Ends Notes for Editors Images: Beacon Fell Head Star Trails and Beacon Fell Milky Way are images taken by Robert Ince, Gisburn Forest is an image taken by Matthew Savage For further information please contact Hetty Byrne at the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or email hetty.byrne@lancashire.gov.uk For further information on the Dark Sky Discovery programme please visit darkskydiscovery.org.uk The Forest of Bowland AONB www.forestofbowland.com The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of 46 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.The Forest of Bowland was designated as an AONB in 1964. The AONB legislation (National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000) was designed to protect areas of unspoiled natural beauty for future generations.The Forest of Bowland AONB was the first Protected Area in England to obtain the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas in September 2005.13% of the AONB is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its extensive habitats of wet and dry heathland, particularly heather moor and blanket bog.A major part of the AONB’s fells is designated as a Special Protection Area under the European Birds Directive.The Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) - informally the Forest of Bowland Partnership - guides the management of the AONB. Lancashire County Council acts as the lead authority alongside County, District, Parish, land owning and farming community, environmental and recreational partners. AONBs - Core Messages www.landscapesforlife.org.uk · People are passionate about Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and care deeply about their future. · Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are some of the most beautiful and cherished landscapes in Britain. They need to be cared for, now and in the future. · Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are dynamic, living landscapes that underpin the economy and the health and wellbeing of society. · Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are vibrant landscapes. They offer a wealth of opportunities for everyone to enjoy them and help look after them. · Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are designated landscapes which provide a range of benefits for people and wildlife.
  11. £799 ibbo, but an extra £150 ish for a coma corrector.still a shed load less than an ag12.......
  12. Tempted by this...... I have an Orion Optics f3.8 AG8, which I love, but want a bit more focal length to get a slightly larger target resolution (smaller arc sec per pixel.....) without changing my camera (atik mono 4000). I do OAG and filter wheel so would need a field flattener with a decent back focus..... Only real query, it's a steel tube, how will it keep focus? The cf tube on the Orion ag8 is mainly for thermal stability so concerned about temperature related focus drift. It would be on an eq8 so no worries about the weight..... Thoughts?
  13. Bump, looking forward to both the people's star camp 9/10 Oct as well as the full Kielder starcamp a week later..... Everyone welcome, contact the camp site for bookings.....
  14. Hi Guys, Unfortunately due to low numbers, the NT have decided not to go ahead at this time. I'm talking to them about rescheduling but have no more details at the moment. Ohh well, I'll keep you informed....
  15. Hi Adam, it's immediately next to the field centre, about 500m away from the tarn itself. The first image above shows the tarn in the distance, looking south east, over the camping field. In the Google Earth piccy, it's the NW pin.....
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