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  1. thanks Waldmar - and to everybody. slingshot
  2. Gost - that image is heart warming when i saw it- great stuff!!
  3. Leylandi - the curse. Non native species, drains soils and reduces biodiversity. The winds here have been over 120 recently and blown over a whole row that was blocking a neighbours westerly viewpoint. Several people have been around there to fill trailers of wood. Said neighbour is delighted with it. In view of this event, some of us planted lots of native trees in thanks.
  4. Nice account of your observations and a pleasant read - thank you. Some of the sheep, nearbye to where i live, graze near to a pub. They get a bit nervous at closing time!
  5. Politicians are acutley aware of growing Mental Health issues. Light pollution - specifically bright light shining into houses, bedrooms, gardens et al, can prevent sleep. Moreover, it is a psychological stressor which can lead to strees, even subconsiously. Perhaps given that MH is a hot topic with ever increasing numbers, it is time that politicians and council groups be made aware. Not just from a dark sky perspective, but from a general health one. Question is how to influence these people quickly? Slingshot
  6. Of course when the wifes outside with me, giving out about the price of this and the cost of that. The skies are this, that and the others a waste of time, creates a warm ambient atmosphere around, thus negating any dew!
  7. windy.com is very good. Try some of the aviation selfbriefing sites, Met Office UK and our one here. They contain significant weather charts which are very useful. S
  8. Hi G family - read Mr Tonkins review. Looks good so thank for this information. Will investigate and check to see how many shillings i have! Slingshot
  9. Hi Paz - thank you, so much advice its great!
  10. Hi Stu- thank you, I obviously need a load of stuff with all the great advice from everyone. Will get them ordered. Garry
  11. Grand job - thanks a mill- will look into it, along with all the other things i need. G
  12. Thank you for your suggestions, appreciate it. Garry
  13. What a beautiful instrument. Sad to learn that it was stolen. Thieves reap for themselves, by their own actions, a low standing in society - and worse for all is they know it.
  14. Nice one SSC- an old ballroom mirror would be good.
  15. Hey ScouseSpaceCadet, Thanks for the advice, will look into getting some binoculars. Though i bet there is a massive choice for them and I wouldn't be sure whats best..... Any thing in particular? Made me laugh with M1 eyeballs. Its not that, it was reasonably clear and i live in a good place for looking up. S
  16. Okay so maybe the councils and local authorites could be asked to switch off every other light for example - given these LED light are brighter?
  17. No we'll have to move it again according to this new council lighting street and amenity map!!
  18. Politicians and local councils need to be reminded of their responsibilties regarding climate emmission targets. There must be bye laws that prevent excess lighting and this growing needless waste of resources.
  19. Appalling - I dont want to be banned either, should i convert my rant to words. Earth, Universe and ourselves - at what cost to the health of the very place we habit??? S
  20. Hi - I'm a new member of this great forum and a complete beginner. I would be grateful for ideas or suggestions if you have time please. Last night at around 2230hrs i was laying on my back garden in the moist grass gazing up at the night sky. Clear skies North and South but cloudy in the East, Patchy West. No telescope, just my mug of tea and a blanket. I have always known where North is since a young lad. Find the Plough, top and last star of the saucepan and follow in a straight line for 6 thumbs and there is the North star. Great. Then, as i looked at it with my new eyes as a new bud
  21. Hi, How about something that engages new joiners and complete beginners (like me) that we should try to complete in a given time frame? For example i was out last night, lying on my back in the cold grass, looking at the stars above me. No telescope. I know where Polaris is since i was a kid ( 6 thumbs past the last star on the top of the plough saucepan in a straight line). But it dawned on me there and then, where do i start and how?. I have been looking up like this for a while and have no idea of what objects are what. Thanks S
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