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  1. Hello and welcome from just over the bridge in Newport
  2. Hey, Just a quick message to say big Thank You to everyone who purchased a bracelet from @Helen or myself at the weekend. We managed to raise £150 for Astro Cymru which I have just send over to them If I missed anyone who would like to purchase a bracelet, I have a couple left with me so please either get in touch or head over to the Astro Cymru website at http://www.astrocymru.co.uk/web/ where you can purchase them from Emma directly. Many Thanks again. Simon
  3. Oooo think I still have access to these Some spectra might be interesting, a bit different but still interesting and I have used before..... My favourite observation using these was the Eagle Nebula in H-alpha, although pretty low in the sky at the moment if would be nice to have that done again
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    Looks good hoping for a dry spell when I set up on friday Can just about see my pitch on the left there
  5. Great to hear about the enthusiasm. My 6 year old Neice asks me lots of questions about space etc and I love to hear the ones that really stump me. When I did Physics at GCSE and A-level they avoided space as much as they could (I don't know why) so I hope they put it into the curriculum as much as possible, it is a facinating subject
  6. Hey @FLO I realise it is only very small, but could you bring along a pack of the Space Desiccant Sachets for me please Do you happen to have any of the Muonionalusta meteorite slices? I wouldn't mind "treating" myself but its unavailable on the website. If not don't worry as realise it may be a bit late to get hold of. Thanks
  7. I know that a second hand one of these is up for sale at the SGL2018 camp....there is some interest on it but, if it doesn't sell, might be an option
  8. @RayD We are neighbours for the weekend we can struggle together will be a good couple of days. @Helen Will have space on my pitch if you would like to set up you lovely Dob again
  9. Just to add a little further to the laptop screens. I spent a while considering whether to buy a red filter to fit over the screen of my laptop for times such as SGL. However while playing around with the settings I realised that on my laptop, it is possible to set display 'profiles', of which I now have one set for a Red screen and works perfectly. I am sure this will be possible in the display settings for many people and will be worth a look.
  10. Nice image Yes definitely a plane going through, got the Nav lights and flashing beacon lights going through
  11. As a lover of aircraft and astronomy, these are brilliant. Sad to see the DC-10 in such a state, but love the images well done.
  12. Hey Yes there is a fair amount of crossover of sciences when it comes to astronomy. I studied Astrophysics at university and had modules covering chemistry and biology as well. Having Chemists or Biologists involved with astro research is great and is crucial with projects such as SETI. My main project involved looking at chemical compositions of stars in clusters using spectral data, and I admit I struggled with parts because I don't have a big chemistry background. As Craney said, there is a lot of chemistry involved with looking at atmospheres, nebulae, interstellar gases etc so having a good look at the available modules will be good, and speak to the tutors about what you want to do in the future, they will know exactly what is covered and always great people to talk to . Best of luck with your studies, I want to get back into the research now . Simon
  13. Thank you for posting about the bracelets @Helen and a big thank you to SGL admin for allowing these to be mentioned here and sold at the camp I would just like to add a little extra background info for everyone, in advance of SGL2018. While at University, Emma (a good friend of Helen and myself) started a (not for profit) company called AstroCymru with the aim to "use innovative and exciting products based on astronomy and space science to engage and inspire its audience" (AstroCymru, 2018). A large proportion of this is done by offering 3D shows and workshops to schools that are subsidised by the Welsh Assembly, but you may also have seen Emma presenting or on stands at Astrofest or IAS in recent years. In order to continue offering subsidised outreach opportunities, AstroCymru needs to raise funds through other avenues, one of which is through the sale of these bracelets, all of which are hand made by Emma and her colleagues and have proved to be very popular over the years at astronomy shows (I will be wearing mine at the camp ). They even featured in June 2018's edition of Astronomy Now. If anyone would like to buy one of these bracelets, they are priced at £10 each and I will be bringing some with me to the SGL camp in Hereford between the 12th and 14th Oct. Also if you will be at the camp and happen to know that you would like any in advance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me, I will make sure I bring enough with me and I will hand deliver them to you on site . Thank you all.
  14. Hey, I think this is a great idea, I am in the process of growing my kit and moving towards a AP set up. I would be very interested in coming along Simon
  15. Can second what @Helen has said above. After doing a couple of Open Uni Astro modules, I did the same BSc and MSc as Helen, and loved every second of them.... ok maybe there were a couple of stressful times, but very happy I did them and miss it a bit now. The UOA campus is great, I would happily go back there tomorrow given the chance.
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