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Demon Barber

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  1. Hello All, i`m pleased to announce the 2019 Spring Galloway Gathering,to be held at the award winning campsite that has been our home for nine years,http://www.drumroamin.co.uk/index.htm The Dates of which are Wednesday 27th February 2019------- Monday 4th March 2019 The campsite is run by Lesley and Ralph Shell,who go over and above to make the Galloway star parties the Premier Star Camps north of the border. As usual all bookings and reservations to go direct to Lesley at the campsite,any queries can be emailed to me at SGL. You can if you fancy a longer stay come at the weekend before, there is usually a few astronomers in attendance. This year is our tenth anniversary,and i will try and post dates and details at the weekend coming for the Autumn Galloway Star Camp. Looking forward to meeting newcomers and seasoned veterans,clear skies are on order ? Regards Mike Any errors are all my own.
  2. Well done that man,a very good first attempt! ? Regards Mike
  3. Les,a nice setup but i really would go for a full length dovetail bar and four rings,which will stiffen up the tube and will give you so much less flex,even visual will benefit from it. Enjoy your new scope,it`s a beauty, Mike
  4. Hi Damian, again you make the reader feel as though they were viewing the skies with you! I feel a book coming on ? ,keep up the commentary ,it`s always an interesting read, Regards Mike
  5. Hello All, sincere apologies for this late post, i`ve been under the weather. A big thank you to Lesley and Ralph for all there hard work, always appreciated,and what a surprise the field was in superb condition and was still in good condition when we all departed. A thank you to Phil and to Kenny and his wife Caroline i could not have managed without the care and help they offered. As always a huge than you to everyone who traveled to make the Galloway star camp Scotland's premier astro do under pristine skies, just wish a few more of the nights had been clearer, but i think you will agree that when the clouds do cooperate the reason for traveling the distances we do, is magnificent. Jim and Dawn thank you for your hospitality, and Ian always entertaining. David Martyn and their guest Tony always raise my spirits along with newcomer Calum who produced some worthy photo`s considering he is just starting astrophotography. Adrian for your endless enthusiasm i am always entertained,thank you. I`m sure everyone from the diehards to newcomers had a good time,and a thank you goes out them all for making the event such a success. Next year is our tenth anniversary and we are hoping to have a variety of talks food and of course whiskey tasting,if anyone can think of an item they think would be good just let me know,the dates for the do will likely be in November but i will post them soon. I really could not manage without everyone`s support,and for that i thank you Regards Mike
  6. What can i say............... At least it`s not raining! Mike
  7. The forecast is improving--------- watch this space ?? Mike
  8. Hello Dai, hope you are keeping well? Will be great to catch up with you,campsite presently very damp! Looks like we could get a break in the clouds around 10 ish. Will let you know dates when decide, Regards and clear skies Mike
  9. After a grey day the place to be is in the warm room for a whiskey tasting session!!! ? Mike
  10. Well the clear sky lasted long enough to polar align,but decided to cloud back over at about 22.30,hoping it clears after midnight. The site is starting to fill up ,and despite the rain we have had i have to say the field is in tiptop condition, and there are still some electric pitches available ,so do yourselves a favor and come over to Galloway and enjoy some dark skies. Mike
  11. Hi all well it’ a blowin a right Hooley just been out and put on extra guyropes to prevent a bout of mount flying————- and back to bed Mike
  12. Hope you are enjoying your work trip, the skies have been good all weekend,were over at the Galloway star camp and had very clear cold skies last night,i think you`ll agree Brampton has good viewing? A good advertisement for Northern skies,your photo is a great composition. Mike
  13. It`s early/late and very cold frost on car,very good skies,a little milky,view over --------back to bed, Mike
  14. Midge update as requested-------------- we`ve looked and can not find any, Mike
  15. Well were on site,it has been cloudy,but am reliably informed that it is clearing from the south, the field is in tiptop condition,and there are 15 or so caravans all in for the book week and they are taking an interest in our scope setups,will post later. Mike
  16. Hi, i can highly recommend this firm, they are very competitively priced and reliable. https://www.esr.co.uk/ Mike
  17. Hi Ian,have a word with David ( wackyscot ) when you get up to Galloway,he does quite a bit of timelapse. Mike
  18. Ian ,you`ll be giving our pal a complex,and he did get good skies so all was not lost, Mike
  19. Take your pick, hth ---https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g191279-Brampton_Cumbria_England.html And there is Kielder Star Camp---https://gostargazing.co.uk/events/kielder-forest-star-camp-autumn-2018/ Mike
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