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    SGL 9 - Bookings

    Think I've just booked but when I passed the link to Tich so he could book it says page permantently moved??
  2. I've got a very low tech solution on my 12", I've stuck strips of velcro to the base and stick one or two exercise ankle weights on at the appropriate heights. Works perfectly, even when using my hand grenade EP, just doesn't look too pretty. Am I bovvered though? One thing's for sure, when I use me scope it'll be dark
  3. We are also unable to make it, unfortunately. I'll keep my eyes open for next year though
  4. The ducks got more use out of my scope site than me, I think.
  5. Sounds interesting - would the field cope with a small touring caravan or is it tents only? Edit - having read the info on the website I can see my question is already answered. Will have to talk his lordship into it I think
  6. Thanks to everyone involved in the organising - once again a cracking event. Glad we arrived on the Wednesday and got a night of viewing in, so nice to actually use the scope you've lugged all the way there! Daz, I was much taken with your 'Patrick' talk, I thought what you guys did for him was awesome, thanks for sharing it with us. Shame about the weather, specially after getting sunburned last year, it seems ironic that we were sheltering from the snow on Saturday night - in the welcome tent - what a laugh that was, I was feeling a bit Frazzled by the time the skies cleared And that was a nice surprise too, to get a decent hour's viewing in on our last night, AND through Sarah and Luke's mighty 16" beastie too, they were spoiling me with more than just whiskey in the rain! It was great to catch up with some old friends and to meet some fantastic new folks, can't believe we've got to wait a whole nother year for the next one now....
  7. Great photos Dana, glad we were able to make it even though it was just for the one night. So good to catch up with some old friends. No stars for us, but at least I've got a wonderfully collimated scope now It was really lovely to come back to the campsite, well done and thanks for organising it Mark. Hope to be there next year too.
  8. I've managed to wangle a day off work so I've booked a pitch for the Saturday night only, for me and Carl (Dark Knight) plus Reece and Jasper the 8" dog, of course. Looking forward to catching up with you guys and hopefully dusting off me dob - it's not been seen outside since SGL7!!
  9. And then you only need to wait up another couple of hours to bag the veil! Didn't quite manage staying up long enough at SGL7, not for want of trying though. Body just kept giving in. It was soooo tempting though.
  10. Nice haul! I have to admit to normally achieving shorter lists myself - I am the only go-to available and sometimes I don't get it right. Having just spent a few nights at SGL7 pitched next to a go-to 12" dob I can see the advantage. I was flitting between their reigel and my telrad to find the same object in my own scope. Is that cheating? I hope not It was much fun though.
  11. It's just nice to get out there sometimes without all the hassle of lugging kit around, great to keep your hand and eye in
  12. Nice haul for a moonlit night - those fuzzies are a ****** unless the contrast is really good.
  13. I totally agree that Sunday and Monday were by far the best nights sky-wise. At least of the 5 nights I was there. The clarity was phenomenal, I will be writing an observation report at some point. Right now I'm still in desperate need of a great deal of sleep! I loved the fact that lots of people from the camp site came round and showed an interest, particularly on the Friday and Saturday nights. I love introducing people to the wonders up there, it's a real buzz. Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of this year's event. Roll on next year, I'm looking forward to it already
  14. Great report, I must admit that I've never really planned a session either. I just kind of follow my nose.... it's worked well so far, but I can see the advantage of having a plan. Maybe next time....
  15. Sounds like you had a great night. I treated myself to a night off after the star party - the horizon just isn't the same at home and I need to take a few days to sulk about that
  16. Make sure you get ones that match your curtains
  17. There were a few of us die hards still there, we had a cracking night too till a sudden mad freezing fog rolled in about 3am. I'd still be there now if it weren't for that pesky thing called work!
  18. I'm loving the orion reflected in the river shot, that's just jaw-droppingly awesome We just got back now and I have to say it's been the best star party for visual astronomy that I've ever been to. Four nights out of five, last night and Sunday night being particularly amazing. Don't think I've been to bed before 3am all week! Zzzzzzz soon... But first a few photos from me, including a couple more dog shots, can't have a star party without the 8" dog!
  19. Sitting at my desk, eating lunch, reading the posts, wishing I was there/it was tomorrow already. Delete as appropriate. Needless to say I'm getting a tad excited now....
  20. Great photos Dana and Marion - I'm loving the double rainbow, I didn't see it in the flesh as it were! I think your mystery man with Bob, Claire and Neil is Astrognome, although I don't know his real name - but who needs a real name with a forum name as cool as that?? I'm afraid I don't know the name of the guy chatting to us either. I just know he's from Cornwall and he makes equatorial mounts for dobs.
  21. Great photos Hedgerow, so glad you got one of my dob, third piccy down (the one with the beautiful new wooden base - thanks to my DarkNight in shining armour!) The sense of anticipation that day was tangible, such a shame the clouds scuppered it for us all You can really feel the excitement in your photos too NickK
  22. Great shots, thanks for the link to them. You saw much more green than we did, it was mainly red in Dorset, but the light rays are just as we saw them. Fantastic - do you get to see them often? I realise we were outstandingly lucky to see it so far south, but ever so glad that we did
  23. Darren it was so much fun listening to Reece and Jamie at the scope. Reece got loads out of teaching Jamie and I was amazed at his patience, not his strongest suit to date. I guess he's growing up fast! Anyway there's always hot chocolate and biscuits to be had at our caravan....or something stronger for the bigger boys. Speaking of biscuits, well done for being the first to complete the Four Digestive Challenge! Your valiant effort set a new campsite record, which was subsequently matched, but you will always be remembered as the first, what a dubious honour Looking forward to next year already, going to book the time off work today!
  24. Hi, While at the Salisbury Star Party on Monday night/Tuesday morning 25/26 October at around 2am, those of us lucky enough to still be up observing were treated to our very own personal but unanticipated light show, courtesy of the magnetic field and a strange solar flare. It started with two vertical shafts of light in the North, which I thought at first were car headlights. Then the right hand shaft moved Eastwards and I noticed it had become surrounded by a red glow. Very slowly the glow increased and the light shafts changed, becoming more numerous, fading, or moving from side to side. This amazing spectacle went on for around 20 minutes, while we Ooohed and Aaahed and picked our chins up off the grass. With me to witness the spectacle were DarkKnight, Astrokat and Cloudbuster, shortly followed by Shaula as she spotted it coming back from her most fortuitous trip to the loo! The rays of light slowly faded to leave just the red glow, which then very slowly disappeared, leaving us stunned and very grateful to have been right there, right then, and very much alive Sadly nobody had a camera rigged up at the time. We thought about it but weren't sure how long the show was going to last and nobody wanted to miss even a second of it. However I did find the following link, from a North American reporting of the same Aurora and the picture is exactly what we saw. Northern lights take unusual trip down south - Yahoo! News So that's one thing ticked off my bucket list......
  25. Robin it was great to meed yourself and Hilary, shame you didn't get much viewing done but at least you persevered and got to see something in the early hours. Claire I'm glad you can show Neil what we saw - the photo's really like it isn't it?
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