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  1. Anyone know if this is on ? Can’t see any info online
  2. If you talk to folk in the day, maybe some will say its ok to pop back for some observing at night. Fine by me for a bit. Kelling is now the only time I get to use my scope so I’m pretty busy
  3. Any folks at Kelling right now? How’s it looking ? Any major issues eg mud? Seems like a dry weather spell coming up and chances of some periods of clear sky over the weekend. I plan to travel up Friday.
  4. the Astronomy Club who organise the event have good info on their website https://las-skycamp.org/
  5. Many folks planning to come to Kelling ? I’m planning on going - first star party since the pandemic. Seems like a long time ago. Hopefully will go well and not be too different to past years. Will be towards top of red field with my dob if anyone passes by.
  6. Hi, Just set up equipment within your pitch area. Hope your first trip goes well. We’ll all need a bit of luck with this weather. I’ll be up in the top corner T320 if anyone passes, with the dob. Hoping to get a better pitch next year if available, I learnt the hard way that a no-show means you lose your pitch for the following year. Rules changed this time it seems
  7. Good idea. Hopefully we’ll get some answers. The Star Party is definitely more than 6 people ! Unless if you look at it as separate bookings at a campsite. I’d be surprised if it goes ahead TBH but really hope it does
  8. any news of Kelling Oct 2020, re the new 6 person rule ?
  9. Sounding OK so far..... tonight looks to be clear, my friend will be up for that (same pitch). I'll be coming up Friday hoping that the weekend forecasts are actually fibbing. Sunday night forecast looks bit better.
  10. I'm hoping to go up Friday (pitch T352, roughly mid/ upper in the Red area) for some visual observing with a dob. Fingers crossed for the forecast improving a bit !
  11. Or use the Sony A7 SLR camera, which has an hdmi video output....
  12. So looks as I thought: modern video astronomy cameras work exclusively via USB and necessitate a laptop to see live images. Stacking requires software. My own preference would be for a mallincam type camera where stacking and basic image improvements can done on the fly, within the camera electronics. Camera goes direct to monitor. As stated these use old CCTV technology, and unfortunately will lag behind modern video cameras using the latest chips etc
  13. I have an old analogue watec which connects direct to a monitor via a composite video-out socket. My monitor can also take HMDI. I have absolutely no interest in using a laptop or capturing digital images. Live viewing is all I want. Am I correct in saying literally all modern digital video astronomy cameras necessitate a laptop these days? Why don't they have at least an HMDI output as well as USB???
  14. Nice report Helix and great to see some more big dob visual action at Kelling ! That night was special. I need to write up what I saw with the 18" Webster. Certainly got my dose of galaxies, using Argo to rapidly tour dozens of NGC galaxies to the South. Was useful to compare and see which ones stand out (many of the small/dim ones look similar). I guess the winner, probably surpassing M51 and its obvious spiral arms, was NGC4565 - so big, filled the field in my 13Ethos. Greatly elongated edge-on shape + dust lane was stunning. Much better than under my normal light polluted skies. Did you see M5 ? This was stunning, almost as good as M13. It was the first time I saw the M57 central star visually without doubt. At this time is was approaching dawn, I guess with moments of good seeing. To my eyes, a tiny diamond of a star fleetingly appeared, bang in the center of the ring, several times.
  15. Yeah, I liked the un-obscured southern horizon. In summer will be possible to delve down into Sagittarius: Lagoon, Trifid and maybe lower still .....Will be murky, but more transparent than houses and trees ;-) That light was SSW; blocking with cars would be dependent on exact location of scopes and risks blocking good areas of the sky nearby? Wonder if the owner is amenable to tweaking its direction (wishful thinking) ?? Re. the approach, maybe driving up the track with side-lights on is OK, till you get near the hard-standing ?....Be good to know the thinking of folks who frequent this spot; attitudes towards this kind of thing can vary.....
  16. Hi folks, just to clarify, I was at Kelling and know of several folks with stuff going missing this time. This was theft, there is no other viable explanation. Lets forget about dogs or stuff blowing away in the wind, or being mislaid, forgetful owners etc. Not great for the victims to hear this....On no previous Kelling that I went to has a single piece of kit gone missing under suspicious circumstances to my knowledge. And our pitch was scoured afterwards. The thief(s) had a propensity to lift low value items which is odd. As Paul suggests, perhaps local kids doing nuisance. Someone with some other motive other than simply for profit. Our pitch had two planispheres taken amongst other low value gear. You cant by accident just lose two planispheres....The folks I go stargazing with - trips like Kelling -we are careful, we simply don't lose stuff, not even a loose screw or a tent peg.....but this time was different.....
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