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Physopto

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Physopto last won the day on March 22 2016

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    Malt Whiskey, as an aid to seeing stars.
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  1. Hi Alan, I am glad you enjoyed the Star Camp and have booked up for the next two camps. It is always nice to see newcomers to the party, especially the ones who have enjoyed the clear skies that Galloway can offer. Just remember to bring plenty of warm clothing including warm socks and good boots. If we manage to beat Covid-19 the warm room will be available once more, and that changes everything for the better. Derek
  2. Cracking images! Must have taken some considerable effort and time to accomplish this set of images. Well done and thanks for taking the time and effort to post them all. Derek
  3. Hi John and welcome to the forum. Have fun exploring Derek
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    Cracking image with lots of detail with the dust lanes beautifully clear. One to be proud of. Derek
  5. I hope you enjoyed yourself even after forgetting some gear. It does pay to check then check again before leaving home. I know as I have done plenty of forgetting myself. Anybody who says different is not telling the truth. Nice picture of the horses ....... Derek
  6. Thank you Adrian, It was a different Star Camp as all who attended can attest to. But it was a good Star Camp with some very clear skies and good company. I am sorry you missed it and do hope you are well enough to attend the Spring event. We made some new friends and reacquainted some old ones, (yes some very OLD ones ). We had some good laughs and although we could not shake hands, we still managed to greet each other in the usual fashion, er...... yes least said the better..... I am sorry to say I cannot see Covid-19 restrictions being lifted at all in the near future. So I am planning for that contingency. I hope you noticed I have now posted the dates for the 2022 Star Camps. That gives everyone who needs it plenty of time to set holidays, get ready and maybe even book a pitch early. As pitches are at a premium it always is a good idea to book well in advance rather than be caught out. I know from my own experiences in the past at Kielder it can be a right disappointment to be told all pitches have been booked and there is nothing left. Missing a favourite event is so disappointing. We all look forwards to seeing you at the next Star Camp. Get well soon, Derek
  7. Excellent news for you Jim, or should say for Dawn, as she would have had you wingeing for EVER aboot it. Really though, good news I am glad it is sorted without spending a small fortune. All the best, Derek
  8. Excellent news Jim. I hope it does not happen again. It looked dire. How easy was the strip down, cleaning with what and reassembly? By the way you are in the wrong Star Camp posts Derek
  9. Thanks for posting a few pictures there Jim. Nice to see a few, even with a sober Mapstar I believe..... OK I am only joking there Damian. Derek P.S. Dates for the 2022 Star Camps have been posted as of now. Derek
  10. Hi everyone. I have the pleasure of announcing the dates for:- Scotland's Premier Autumn (November) Star Camp in 2022 The Star Camp will be held as usual at Drumroamin Camp Site. Between the Monday the 21st and Friday the 25th November. (The New Moon is on Tuesday the 23rd November ) Bookings are available from the 21st until the 28th November when discussed with the site owner at the time of booking ! This has been a particularly awkward one to set up as we have had to fit in with school holidays and other commitments of the site owners. To get the weekend in we have had to move to late November as October was just not feasible. The New Moon in October would have been on Tuesday the 25th meaning that by the following weekend the moon would have been becoming too bright. I could not start the camp earlier than the Sunday the 23rd as the site was booked. So people arriving on the Sunday would have had to setup in too much of a hurry, some obviously could not have travelled there only to leave the same day for work. Then the next weekend was too far away and moonrise in the afternoon causing problems. So late November it is I am afraid ! As stated in earlier posts, I am continuing to base the Star Camp dates centred as closely as possible around the New Moon. This is to encompass the best chance for the darkest possible nights for all concerned. These dates still and will always contain a weekend so hopefully most can attend if at work during the week days. I also will do my best to have the included weekend at the end of the star camps, in the hope that we can reinstate the Pie and Peas on the Saturday night when the New Moon is brightening up. General Moon Information for Attendees: New Moon November 2022 for Kirkinner Moon phase details for Wednesday, November 23, 2022 • Moon Phase: New Moon - 22:57:21 ↑ • Illumination: 0% • Moon Age: 29.35 days • Moon Angle: 0.54 • Moon Distance: 371,600.202 km • Moonrise: 07:26:49 • Moonset: 15:30:49 • Sun Angle: 0.54 • Sun Distance: 147,696,224.350 km • Sunrise: 08:03:27 • Golden Hour Ends: 09:07:14 • Sunset: 16:07:20 • Golden Hour Starts: 15:03:32 • Length of day: 08h 03m 53s Once again the important detail here is the time that the Moon sets and rises. In the Autumn of in 2022 and the moon sets in the evening and rises in the morning. This means that observers and imagers are still able to view/image some days before and after the New Moon without moonlight pollution affecting them. An important Note to all. In the past we have been very lucky to be hosted by Lesley and Ralph Shell who genuinely wants to see our one and only Premier Scottish Star Camps succeed and they have gone out of their way many times to accommodate us and our needs. Unfortunately, some attendees have been leaving earlier than their nights originally booked. The owners cannot afford to bear the costs of these late cancellations in future, as Covid-19 has already severely affected their profit margins. As such, Lesley has reluctantly decided that in future ALL NIGHTS BOOKED must be paid for. (Unless there are weather related reasons i.e. likelihood of damage to tents and life due to severe weather). This will remain her decision at all times. These cancellations have also affected the availability of places for those on the backup/waiting list as it precludes their attendance at such a late date. As always those wishing to attend a day or so early and/or stay longer can request this with Lesley at the time of booking! (This depends upon availability due to other reservations by the general public.) Best wishes Derek
  11. An important Note to all attending or wishing to attend any future Scottish Star Camps at Drumroamin. This applies to any persons already booked or wishing to book a pitch. If you have already booked and disagree, please can you cancel your booking/s preferably as soon as possible. In general, you can cancel up to 30 days prior to any Star Camp. After that you will be expected to pay for the original nights booked, as refilling the pitches may not be possible due to time restrictions or contact problems. We are and have been very lucky to be hosted by Lesley and Ralph Shell who genuinely want to see The Premier Scottish Star Camp succeed and they have gone out of their way many times in the past to accommodate us and our needs. Unfortunately, some attendees have been leaving the camp site earlier than their nights originally booked. In future the owners cannot afford to continue to bear the costs of late cancellations or people leaving earlier than booked for. Covid-19 restrictions have a severe and detrimental affected their profit margins. Late cancellations affect the availability of places for those on the backup/waiting list as it precludes their attendance at such an eleventh hour. Spaces are at a premium due to the Covid-19 restrictions! As such, the owners Lesley and Ralph have reluctantly decided that, in future ALL NIGHTS BOOKED must be paid for in full. (Just because the weather turns cloudy or it rains during your stay is not a valid reason to leave earlier than planned without paying for nights booked.) (Unless there are weather related reasons i.e. likelihood of damage to tents and life due to severe weather). This will remain the owners decision at all times. (In general you can cancel up to 30 days prior to any Star Camp which allows time for people on the backup list to take the spaces freed up. But attempting to cancel after the 30 day limit will not be allowed and you will be expected to pay for the original booked nights.) As always those wishing to attend a day or so early and/or stay longer can request this with Lesley at the time of booking! (This depends upon availability due to other reservations by the general public.) Best wishes Derek
  12. Hi everyone. I have the pleasure of announcing the dates for:- Scotland's Premier Spring (March) Star Camp in 2022 The Star Camp will be held as usual at Drumroamin Camp Site. Between the Monday the 28thFebruary and Friday the 4th March. (The New Moon is on Wednesday the 2nd March ) (Bookings will be available for the night of the 28th up to the 6th and leaving on the 7th.) As stated in earlier posts, I am continuing to base the Star Camp dates centred as closely as possible around the New Moon. This is to encompass the best chance for the darkest possible nights for all concerned. These dates still and will always contain a weekend so hopefully most can attend if at work during the week days. I also will do my best to have the included weekend at the end of the star camps, in the hope that we can reinstate the Pie and Peas on the Saturday night when the New Moon is brightening up. General Moon Information for Attendees:- Moon Phases for March 2022 in Kirkinner, Newton Stewart DG8 9AW, UK. New Moon March 2022 for Kirkinner Moon phase details for Wednesday, March 2, 2022 • Moon Phase: New Moon - 17:38:16 ↑ • Illumination: 0% • Moon Age: 0.06 days • Moon Angle: 0.53 • Moon Distance: 378,628.374 km • Moonrise: 07:50:11 • Moonset: 17:39:23 • Sun Angle: 0.54 • Sun Distance: 148,302,053.853 km • Sunrise: 07:09:34 • Golden Hour Ends: 07:59:19 • Sunset: 17:53:50 • Golden Hour Starts: 17:04:05 • Length of day: 10h 44m 16s Once again the important detail here is the time that the Moon sets and rises. In the Spring of in 2022 and the moon sets in the evening and rises in the morning. This means that observers and imagers are still able to view/image some days before and after the New Moon without moonlight pollution affecting them. An important Note to all. In the past we have been very lucky to be hosted by Lesley and Ralph Shell who genuinely wants to see our one and only Premier Scottish Star Camps succeed and they have gone out of their way many times to accommodate us and our needs. Unfortunately, some attendees have been leaving earlier than their nights originally booked. The owners cannot afford to bear the costs of these late cancellations in future, as Covid-19 has already severely affected their profit margins. As such, Lesley has reluctantly decided that in future ALL NIGHTS BOOKED must be paid for. (Unless there are weather related reasons i.e. likelihood of damage to tents and life due to severe weather). This will remain her decision at all times. These cancellations have also affected the availability of places for those on the backup/waiting list as it precludes their attendance at such a late date. As always those wishing to attend a day or so early and/or stay longer can request this with Lesley at the time of booking! (This depends upon availability due to other reservations by the general public.) Best wishes Derek
  13. You are correct Ian, not too long before the next Star Camp. On that note, I wish to thank Lesley and Ralph for hosting and looking after us all during our Star Camp at Drumroamin. We could not wish for a better environment or hosts to hold our prestigious gatherings. I also wish to personally thank everyone who attended for, their adherence to the Covid-19 rules and restrictions. It makes life much more difficult, but the Scottish Star Camp could not have gone ahead without all of your help in following the guidelines. Thanks guys! Let's hope things improve in the near future. Derek
  14. Well back home in just under4 hours. Nice trip back but some fault lights kept coming up for stability control!. Not looking forwards to that bill! It has taken us longer than the trip back to move our caravan and get the trailer back into the garden and then move the caravan back again. Then unload everything, now getting to the putting everything back where it is stored again, mañana!! There has to be a better way, I'm knackered. Derek
  15. Thanks Phil,we were driving back then unloading etc., I believe the pitches are disappearing very quickly for this Star Camp Now (all, haha!), we need is for Covid and the weather to play ball. Derek
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