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clarkpm4242

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  1. If you do go to either the key is to get above the inversion which is the layer of clouds at around 2000m (maybe lower in summer, too high in winter or non-existent if the NE Trade winds are not blowing). Also, the usual weather pattern results in a cloud/rain build up around the NE aspects of both islands. Stay west. Good luck. Paul
  2. La Palma, La Palma, La Palma. So good 'local' Tenerife astronomers visit to get away from their LP. Only problem could be flights... On both you need to get high. Up into the Caldera on Tenerife or towards the ORM on La Palma. Paul
  3. I've observed the Helix several times through Canon 15x50 IS binoculars from mid Wales. Great dark location and transparent sky needed. The view from the Elan Valley on Sunday 23rd Nov. with a 16" dob under a dark and rain-washed sky was stunning. Cheers Paul
  4. All 110, including two full Messier Marathons from Tenerife (all in one night, 10" dob and 60mm refractor). 101 in one night from Llyn Brenig, North Wales. Must have been a bit OCD!! Cheers Paul
  5. Order online from someone like Oceanside (optcorp.com) and get it UPS to the hotel or a UPS store for pick up (male sure it qualifies for free shipping). Avoids State sales tax
  6. Hi Kelling certainly is light polluted compared to mid Wales, but it is good fun and if it is near to you a very good option. Worth noting that Kelling (and that north coast area) is the cloudier/wetter part of Norfolk. I travelled off site and set up inland to have a great session whilst the 'coastal range' was covered in cloud/mist/fog. Cheers Paul
  7. Some good info. on this thread. The search for dark skies is one of diminishing returns. My regular (but occasional) haunt is mid Wales. Anything in England south of Hadrian's Wall becomes second best Damn light pollution!!! Cheers Paul
  8. Have seen the Pleiades through a 16" SCT in daytime. Focused and 'parked' from the previous night. Seems a bit of a stretch from a ship back then. Maybe in twilight etc... Cheers Paul
  9. Agreed.'new' approach is pants. It was much easier to model/predict rain, clear skies etc. with the old pages. I now use a range of sites to get an 'answer'.
  10. Please post piccies! My 16" Alkaid is delayed owing to Orion Optics optics Cheers Paul
  11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Persei_Cluster is a nice star field from a light polluted area. M39 should hold up well. Paul
  12. Ha, ha, excellent! Also looks like you have the right 'scope to throw in the car. Our holidays tend to be around new moon to dark rural locations where there is lots to do both night and day D&G is the darkest area that I've observed from in the UK (this includes the SW, Norfolk, Peak District, Yorks Dales, North Yorks Moors, Mid Wales and Northumberland, I've not been in the remotest areas of Scotland when it gets dark). Hope you get another fix soon Paul
  13. Location, location, location... ...you could see all of the Messier objects under a clear dark sky Globulars work well from light polluted locations. Last Sunday was in Wales south of Bala on Bwlch Y Groes and observed about 40 Messiers and numerous clusters/nebulae using 15x50 Canon IS binoculars. Light pollution sucks Good hunting Paul
  14. He is just finishing 'Human Universe' and there is Stargazing Live next March to ties in with the eclipse...
  15. 'Table of Scorpius', Messiers galore - 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30... Just start as low down in the Milky Way as possible and slowly sweep your way up Cheers Paul
  16. Had a great view on Saturday night through a 22" dob from the Peak District Very bright First observing session of the new season. Yes! Cheers Paul
  17. Something to consider is the exit pupil, especially as you get a bit older https://www.astronomics.com/eyepiece-exit-pupils_t.aspx I have a TMB 92mm f5.5 APO and 31mm Nagler combo that gives 5 degrees FOV and a reasonable exit pupil. Cheers Paul
  18. My observing is very much a part of 'outdoor activities', seeing the wonder of nature at night. Being out there under the stars. Visual!!! IS binoculars for a quick fix or with dobsonian (& Mountain Bikes) during holidays that somehow always mix great countryside, low light pollution and a new moon
  19. I find this website gives access to a range of very useful weather charts. The pressure, synoptic & cloud... http://www.stronge.org.uk/charts/ Cheers Paul
  20. I've been fine with the 200mm f2.8 L on a Canon 40D (astrotrac). Mosaic images for wider FOV...
  21. Hope weather plays ball. No true dark for a couple of months though. A lovely area to visit Cheers
  22. My South African astronomy trip was fantastic! Arrived at Cape Town about 23:00 and drove direct to Sutherland. 10 nights with tours of the SAAO and use of 14" and 16" SCTs. Stunning sky!!! Centre of the Milky Way directly overhead casting shadows. The Karoo is wild Returned to Cape Town in the dark and rain and flew home. The locals were great. The message of the story - being away from tourist areas and the big cities seems much safer...maybe. Cheers Paul
  23. Now that is very nice! Well done!! Makes me want to get to the southern hemisphere... ...I had an image printed in the mag. once and it lost about 3 magnitudes worth of stars Cheers Paul
  24. Yes. Car hire essential. Works as a rest room and a wind break. Have observed from Mirador de Chio and a couple of 'sheltered' locations near the observatory. The light pollution isn't too bad if the inversion layer cloud is in place. Good luck. Paul
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