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Everything posted by Beulah

  1. Yay, welcome back, @Photosbykev! Some of us are still around...
  2. I've recently had a 20" dobsonian mirror and secondary coated/overcoated with SiO with VCSM coatings. http://www.scientificmirrors.co.uk/vcsm-Aluminising.html I was pleased with the service and Terry keeps you updated. For £218 including return shipping and attention to detail it really was a no brainer for me. The whole process from door to door took 6 weeks as the old coating was tough to remove..
  3. Event date: 1 October 2019 Event time: 7.30pm Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre Booking is required - please book online via Eventbrite Ticket cost: £11. Cost of the ticket includes a tasty soup and bread. Binoculars are an affordable way to stargaze and are quick and easy to use. Come to the Elan Valley Dark Sky Park and learn how to use binoculars to find the treasures of the night sky. The evening will start at 7.30pm with a light supper then Steve Tonkin, astronomer and author, will give an insightful talk about the night sky. Weather permitting, this will be followed by a practical session of observing the night sky through binoculars. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
  4. Beulah

    Story of the Stars

    29 September 2019 Event time: 7.30pm Location: Caban Coch Car Park SN923646 Booking is required - please book online via Eventbrite A unique night-time event, held under the dark skies of the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park. Join storyteller, Kama Roberts, as she takes you on a journey of the stars. She will illuminate the night with her immersive tales of the constellations, touching on ancient mythology and night-time culture from across the world. This will involve a gentle walk along the Caban Coch cycle trail and will not be more than 2 miles in length. Please note, this event is also suitable for supervised children aged eight years old and above. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing, bring torches and your imagination! Meet at Caban Coch Car Park SN923646. If the weather is bad, the event will be held at Penbont House – you will be contacted prior to the event. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
  5. Event date: 19 September 2019 Event time: 7.30pm Location: Gilfach Nature Reserve, Rhayader Booking is required - please book online via Eventbrite This area of Mid Wales is known for its stunning, dark skies with an International Dark Sky Park nearby. Listen to night noises and gaze at the stars if it is clear. We will be looking at moths and detecting bats with our specialised detectors. Please bring torches, a mat to sit on, insect repellent and wear outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet at the Pont Marteg Gateway, Gilfach Nature Reserve SN 952715. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
  6. So wanted to get out last night but again, early start, work, yada yada...
  7. Shropshire is a fab place to relocate for dark skies; the south west of the county going into the Marches being the darkest. If the street light gets on your nerves you can always abscond to even darker skies which would be a short drive away... I don't know if you are aware but a lot of Shropshire is now part lit so you'll hopefully be pleasantly surprised if that pesky light extinguishes at midnight...this website will given you an idea of the status of your locality: https://shropshire.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Minimalist/index.html?appid=fa2afc7ab61a40d8a499684e3dba8374 Congratulations on your move.
  8. From my experience the colours of Albireo are a little more intense under light polluted skies.
  9. Thanks for this. It's interesting seeing the different types of bases used to support the building. 'Tis a shame you had to move after all that work - I look forward to seeing any future build threads. Hope the new house is a keeper!
  10. Fabulous report - you've really whetted my appetite for the low southern targets - I cannot wait to look at these targets with the dob once I get my mirrors back!
  11. I've been using the Affinity package for a while (Designer for professional projects) but have found a bit of a discrepancy with the Affinity Exports to TIFF/png/jpg - they seem to be more 'blurry' at the same resolution (300dpi) than the Photoshop equivalents. Still trying to work this one out so sany suggestions would be helpful before I hop over to the Serif support forums... :) However, Affinity does a super job of panos...
  12. I remember going to a star party once and a hobby astronomer brought along a 22 inch telescope. To make it safe for public outreach he had made a portable wooden set of steps and a small platform at the top, with substantial amount hand rails. It did feel very safe!
  13. Bought this last month...I'll see how I get on with this one as I need to reach around 8.5ft to the eyepiece at zenith...
  14. Yep, I'll be taking the 25x100s out with the self built parallelogram mount on my rounds - as Mr Niall states above, late summer observing will hopefully include the glorious Sagittarius region! Also M27 M33, and M57 at a push. Spoilt for choice in a dark sky!
  15. Nice one; I have four inches to catch up on you. Totally agree regarding transportation - fair play to the Dob Mob!! Congratulations on your latest purchase.
  16. Thanks for the timely heads up! I've just checked the telescope shed; lo and behold, a queen busy at work with a half made nest... jam jar and lid later and the shed is wasp free...for now... Don't mind wasps as they are excellent pollinators and there's plenty of room in the garden for more nests... just not in the shed...
  17. Here's the evidence : https://www.cpre.org.uk/media-centre/latest-news-releases/item/4314-new-interactive-maps-reveal-england-s-darkest-and-most-light-polluted-skies https://www.nightblight.cpre.org.uk/images/resources/Night_Blight_cpre.pdf 'Other activities' do indeed occur as they do anywhere - but I've not yet seen anything except other astro folks enjoying the night sky over the years.
  18. Elan Valley: https://www.elanvalley.org.uk/explore/dark-skies/where-go It's getting much busier on the estate these days, so remember to close /shield your eyes when cars are going by to preserve dark adaption. Out of all the sites listed, Teifi pools is the most peaceful, with strong Milky Way structure visible and is away from thoroughfares. Craig Goch is a truly lovely site to set up in but the busiest with lots of photographers around. There is no/poor mobile signal although emergency available at elevation and you might pick up a 4g signal. It's dark everywhere on the Elan Estate. Don't know about the Brecon beacons. Hopefully someone else will provide good locations to set up. The county of Hereford is known to be the darkest in England so in addition, it's worth exploring the rural northwestern county border to Wales/Shropshire.
  19. I've been following the aurora forecasts closely during the last few days and there's been not a peep in the area of charged particles hitting our atmosphere... Wonder whether there was some sort of light show somewhere else in the city? It would be interesting if there was something on the camera or see what your son comes up with. Would be cool if you did see it...
  20. I wish, Stu! All work and no play ATM... Not tonight but maybe sometime this week...
  21. Good luck, Ron. Please let us know how you get on.
  22. Yes, I have fallen victim to the magnetic tool strip and weights trick, too! ?
  23. Local light pollution very present in my area...and even a conservation designation does nothing to mitigate it...a local industrial unit has changed their downlighters for eye-piercing square bulkheads! Light path shines up and horizontal, but not down, where I am sure most people would like to see where to put their feet. No wonder SQM values have declined in recent years (I measure night sky quality as part of my job)...
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