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mapstar

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mapstar last won the day on October 8 2018

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  1. Will give Lesley a call tomorrow Derren (Derek's irish moniker) about the weekend
  2. Thanks for the update Derek on the site, weather and options. Will see what I'm doing and reply here .
  3. Nice read Gerry. The arps have some excellent and interesting targets. I've viewed 55 quite a few times and I follow the exact same as above. NGC 3735 is quite easy to find and way bigger than all 5 galaxies in the Hickson 55 chain. Probably deeper top to bottom than the full length of the chain! Seeing is really critical to pull out the cores and I've only ever confirmed 4. I enjoy the star hopping but at -30°C I'd definitely want to get there as quickly as possible. It's a wonder your eyepiece cup isn't frozen to your face . I went down to a 4.7Ethos but found the conditions best supported the 8E to pull out the detail. Sadly it's been a year since I viewed it. Work, weather and new moon opportunities have been seriously lacking. Looks like next weeks star party also cancelled although the weather again is going to be dreadful. Just give us some of that -30°C crystal clear sky and I'm there! (Down clothing essential) Hickson 61 (the box) also frames up nice in the eyepiece with 4 totally different galaxies in the view.
  4. Thanks for the update Derek. Hopefully Lesley hasn't had all this we've had over night as it's been horrendous. Looking forward to the camp and catching up with everyone.
  5. Brilliant report Neil enjoyed reading it. When things come together right the results are very memorable. I can count on one hand the number of truly transparent nights I've had. I have picked up the HH without filters several times although pristine skies always make if far better to trace the contrasting lines along it. I've struggled to get out this winter and have missed a few decent nights of late. Heading to Galloway SP next month so all being well the skies will be kind and I'll be able to submit a report worth reading. Keep up the viewing reports they're always good to read.
  6. Under a month now to get everything prepped up campers. Must check on my power tank and get some water repellent for the small tent leak I had in the torrential Thursday night at last years autumn camp.
  7. Ralph took a message and Lesley returned my call quite late. She said the field was wet at present although looking for some better weather next week. I assured her I'd be setting the tent up from the hard standing. Fingers crossed already stocked up on the warming liquid!
  8. I'll get both booked tomorrow all being well.
  9. Agreed. Structure is the easy bit in the scheme of things.
  10. Not a project to be taken lightly. 300+ hours went into mine and I had the help of a very experienced mirror maker
  11. Count me in I Will get it sorted Derek in the coming week.
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