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Everything posted by laser_jock99

  1. Wasn't me. My max bid on that item was only £4.50!! Can work the other way though - I got a mint Skywatcher Equinox 120 refractor for much less than half the new price.
  2. Couldn't agree more with your post. We live in rural Powys and none of our neigbours neither needs or wants any form of street lighting. Large tracts of land in the Cambrian Mountains are free of any development - very few farmsteads and no villages. The result is a reasonable level of sky darkness and a good view of the Milky Way. You can easily walk to the pub a mile away in the dark without a torch (unless the weather's really foul!!). If the moon's out you feel like you could read a newspaper! I think as a society we've largely deluded ourselves we need all this lighting? Going back to the OP....I can clearly remember the most brilliant clear nights whilst on camping holidays on the Channel Islands in the early 1970's. Also the glow worms were really plentifull- haven't seen a glow worm for years....... Best view I've ever seen though was from a yacht while sailing across the Chanel on a night passage from the Scilly Isles to Jersey. About halfway across and 50 miles from nearest land the Milky Way went down to the horizon. Then the wind dropped off to nothing and we had to pull down the sails and put the engine on to make progress. In the calm sea water the churning of the prop the left a long wake of bioluminescence behind the yacht. Nature at it's most magical.
  3. Seeing Peter's photo's in the press has spurred me on to try and start my observatory project. As I don't live too far away from Meifod I'll be interested to see what results I eventually get.
  4. I'm afraid we can beat you by a couple of days on the snowfall- we had 3" on Friday 27th Nov up here in the Cambrian Mountains. Snow has fallen several times since! Astronomy wise lying snow does have an effect on sky brightness especially if there is any moon. The main problem though is that it makes working outside just that much colder!
  5. Bit of trek for you but the Cambrian Mountains (west of Llanidloes) where I live are pretty dark. Can't think of any campsites off hand but there's a lot of self catering cottages in the area: Llanidloes Mid Wales - Eat, Drink, Sleep the Cwmbigga or Weather Station accomodation in the Hafren Forest would be darkest. Alternatively stay at the appropriatley named 'Star Inn' (also my local) no street lights for miles up there! As you can see from the Google map it's fairly remote- and also Wales' highest pub. The Star Inn Dylife They don't list stargazing as one their activities but maybe they should?
  6. I certainly believe other parts of Britain deserve to get some kind of 'protected' Dark Sky status. Where I live in Wales is very dark- but it has no kind of National Park, AONB or other special status. It's just remote and dark- the question is how long can it be kept that way? A local campaign group has started to try and get the Cambrian Mountains elevated to at least Area Of Outstanding National Beauty status and one of the reasons they cite is to preserve the pristine night sky of the area: Cambrian Mountains Society - landscape - introduction At the moment the area has no special status so more or less any 'development' can take place, and we all know where that leads......
  7. Mmmm......I went on holiday there and it never got dark at all at night. Addmitedly it was June though!! Loch Ken- shortly before midnight!
  8. Hale-Bopp was a fantastic comet. Large, bright and 'easy' to photograph. Here's a photo I took with 10min exposure, 200mm lens and hypered Ektachrome 400 film (oh the good old days of real film!). Hyakutake was good too- but Hale-Bopp should be classed as one of the 'Greats'. Hyakutake
  9. Love the Milky Way & Clouds sequence- stunning, thanks!
  10. Unfortunaley in the larger towns of Powys (I'm thinking of Newtown in particular) enough lights (plus private lights) were left as made no difference. Still at least Powys council made the effort to save some money- the light pollution aspect was a side benefit. As has been mentioned a small, 'vocal minority' made enough fuss to get some of the lights switched on again.
  11. Thanks for posting the picture and the story. I lived in a village about 8 miles south of Coventry city centre. On later air raids the War Department used the fields around here as a 'decoy' to divert the bombers. Long troughs containing petrol were set alight and from above they looked like burning streets. The German bombers would drop thier payload on the dummy 'streets' and wasted the bombs. It must have worked because there are plenty of bomb craters still to be seen in the woods and fields around here. In one case you follow the line of an entire stick of six bombs!
  12. Spent most of today in the clouds! At 1200 feet up cloud, mist and rain are the norm. Gale force winds and hail added some interest today as well......
  13. ....and another from Wales! The sky by us is very dark but I know other parts of Wales suffer badly from light pollution. This is encroaching into the few remaining dark areas that are still left. My house is about as rural as it gets (middle of the Cambrian mountains) but the sky glow from Aberystwyth- some 20 miles south west- is clearly visible in this 2 minute exposure of the Milky Way. Our pristine, dark sky areas in Wales are a precious asset we should strive to preserve.
  14. My most expensive astronomy 'accessory' was our house in the Welsh mountains. It's dark there but frequently cloudy!!
  15. When using zooms for astro-photography you need to be aware of 'zoom creep' i.e the lens changing focal length during exposure. Most likely to happen if the lens is pointing straight up (or down). Prime lenses of course don't suffer this and also have simpler lens designs less likely to suffer from abberations.
  16. Agreed- Shaula can be easily seen from the cliffs of South Devon. We used tocome from Plymouth and set up on Rame Head to observe the 'deep south'. You would think there was no Light Pollution out to sea - but the Eddystone lighthouse 8 miles due South, out in the English Channel was a PITA! Eddystone Lighthouse, "shiptrails" & startrails (Canis Major??)
  17. I think you'll find the spectrum is pretty well continuous.
  18. I was once totaly freaked out by my own ipod! I was set up on the edge of a Welsh forest near the Berwyn Mountains miles from the nearest road. As usual I switched on my ipod to while away the hours. Unbeknown to me it was in random track mode so the first track I got hit with was unfamiliar and sounded (in my Senhieser headphones at least) like a UFO landing behind me !! For the first few seconds I really did wonder what the hell was going on- until some 'proper' instruments kicked in! The track was 'Macassens' on the album Aboriginal Beats- quite wierd if you ever get to hear it.
  19. Longest member??? Well I've never had any complaints......
  20. Here's where mine will (hopefully) be. Granted it looks a bit like a shed a the moment- but I have big plans!!
  21. Goals to complete this year: 1) Sort out new house in dark sky site. 2) Build observatory for scope. 3) Get using it! Still stalling on 1) though at the moment :-(
  22. Public country car parks are usually frequented by people 'd o g g i n g' these days (or nights). Best avoided! Get yourself a 4x4, drive up a country Green Lane and set up. Remote sites with no passing traffic are within your reach then.
  23. Thanks for the positve coments. My next 'dark sky' foray in August will hopefully take me to Dylife- 25 miles further South & West from the Midlands Conurbation! dylife - Google Maps If it's not dark here then there's no hope!
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