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Everything posted by mapstar

  1. Thanks for the heads up Paul and fingers crossed this pandemic passes quickly with the least problems for everyone. I hope you get it sorted and all the arrangements in place. I doubt I will be there as I'm already booked for the dark skies of Galloway. I book years in advance.
  2. Sounds like a fun star party was had by most. I totally forgot this was on. I remember Storm Gonzales on the last big PSP at shallow grange. Blowing a proper gale and still trying to observe. It was a giggle to say the least. Cotterless is a good guide to the skies and glad the skies allowed him to pass on a few objects of note. NGC2392 and M51 at this time of year are perfectly placed. Good stuff guys bet you're already planning next years.
  3. Cheers Neil and good trail to follow. A few of us have observed with Nick and he's a knowledgeable chap if quite wacky in the best sort of way . Been some nice nights of late but the moon has been taking the glory. Good If you can avoid it for some viewing .
  4. God forbid you've not got any old paint to get off something
  5. Glad you both arrived safely. Shame we missed you but were probably in the Dale's by that time taking in some of the scenery on the way home. Hope it's not as windy as our stay but amazingly we didn't get rained on once.
  6. We managed to get to the top of the peak of benyellary 2350ft but decided this was as far as we'd go. Storm Ellen's winds were in full force on the peak (about 80mph!!!) and it was just too risky to continue. Views were stunning. The snow covered peak of merrick was probably another half a mile away along the ridge line. Just out of grasp this time About 5mins after this shot a hailstorm hit and it was like being shot blasted!! We made our way back down off the tops back on the lee side and the winds quickly subsided. As always stunning scenery and epic weather.
  7. Today's outing didn't quite go to plan. We decided to head for the peak of Merrick the highest in the southern scottish uplands. A few views on the way up. Ran into a couple of the locals
  8. Visited the mull of Galloway lighthouse today, scotlands most southerly point. The storm winds were at full strength whipping up a fair sea swell. Lighthouse is a testament to Victorian engineering Very similar in design to a lot around the shores of scotland.
  9. Hi Derek. Unfortunately it looks like we'll miss each other as we'll be on our way home. It's been good break but well blustery. Here's a couple more photos from last night. It was quite clear for about 3hrs but the wind was around the 50mph mark so had it low on the caravan decking. It's pretty much the same tonight except complete cloud cover.
  10. Just a couple more before the evening meal Will be out after hopefully
  11. Just a couple of Images from the start of tonight. It's officially a star party
  12. Arrived on site at 2pm. It's a bit blustery but the skies are lovely at present. Hmmm where did I put my scope, oh yeah back home in the lounge!!!
  13. Looking at the cloud cover forecast even a picture of the devils light bulb will be a novelty!!! Should be there around 1pm tomorrow all being well.
  14. Cheers for the suggestion Adrian. Fortunately Lesley has just let me know the Caravan will be available from Thursday so sorted
  15. Just got around to updating my plans on here. I contacted Lesley Monday and decided to make it a small break away for myself and Caroline. We will be on site for the friday and saturday night as the static isn't available until the friday morning. We will probably stop in wigtown thursday night as I've heard someone mention a B&B. See those attending soon and be good to catch up.
  16. Will give Lesley a call tomorrow Derren (Derek's irish moniker) about the weekend
  17. Thanks for the update Derek on the site, weather and options. Will see what I'm doing and reply here .
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
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