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  1. My God!!! you are scary at the best of times Tich, I wasn't expecting that when I opened the thread. Still can't find the cat... I'm still hoping to attend Tich, depends if Cath's sister is still about.
  2. ...and there is the South Wales Astronomy Group (SWAG) star party which is held in the spring. It is at Pencelli Caravan & Camping Park, in the Brecon Beacons National Dark Skies Reserve. There is also a Star party that a few members of SWAG attend which is unorganised and usually at short notice. Keep an eye open on here for future details.
  3. Wow...simply brilliant Gavin thanks for sharing.
  4. Managed to get away to Pencelli for 10 nights. The first 4 nights and last three with Cath, so I'm happy with that. The last two nights have been very clear here, so tonight I'm hoping to have a session with a new system. I have been trying to put together a weekender kit for when I'm away on off the cuff weekends with minimal gear. I wanted to be able to use just a tablet and have everything connected by WiFi rather than a laptop and loads of cables. I have so far got my WO Zenithstar 61 APO mounted on the AZ GTi. The Polemaster is connected to an Android app, all tied in by WiFi with ASIAIR. Although ASIAIR has a comprehensive catalogue of GoTo targets, I miss not having SkySafari Pro 6. I'm at a loss to how connect it to the system. The main camera ASI1600MC and the ASI 120mm mini guide scope are both powered through ASIAIR. So far so good. Everything powered by a small 12v power bank and 12.1 Samsung tablet. It's 20.30 and I'm just waiting for Polaris to show. Wish me luck.
  5. I think unless you can find an old laptop with a parallel connector and the right Windows ver. , I think you are on a losing wicket. Morgan Computers may have one in the bowels of their warehouse propping open a door, bur unlikely.
  6. Would one of these do it with the right gender on the Parallel. https://www.amazon.co.uk/parallel-adapter-36-pin-Printer-cable/dp/B00JPCFJ2S/ref=asc_df_B00JPCFJ2S/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309909333117&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4031834500658550375&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045651&hvtargid=pla-626999243997&psc=1
  7. Great night here last night at Pencelli Castle. Very clear with a bit of moisture at low level. Only here for a long weekend, so only had my binoculars. Should be better tonight. ?
  8. I have not long got home. Left Pencelli a day earlier than planned to avoid the forecasted bad weather on Thursday. Last night was very windy with long(ish) periods of clear skies and even longer ones of rain. To cold to stay out long with binoculars. A huge thanks to all those who made it to this years SWAG party especially knowing the weather was probably going to be against us. I hope to see you all again at the next one.
  9. FForest Fields is a great site, but weekends need to be carefully chosen. Just a few miles away is the Royal Welsh Show Ground. It hosts numerous large events such as the Royal Welsh Show itself, huge antique fairs etc. Those attending these shows use Fforest Fields as a base and it gets quite full. Then there are the school and bank holidays. It would be a good idea to contact the site when you have a date in mind and see if there is anything on before committing. I plan to be going for 5 nights at the end of October. HTH
  10. Thanks guys. Shame about the weather, but great to get together again with both the old and new faces. A couple of hours clear tonight but the brisk breeze and a touch murky left only the binos as an option. Hope to see a few of you again in October.
  11. The ridge looks very similar. Bryn Teg must be the next one across. It's been many years since I done the Beacons. The SAS call it doing the Fan-dango.
  12. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself Mark, sorry the weather was not more clement. It's always good to see you at Pencelli, hopefully next year will be better. Great image, it looks like Bryn Teg. Tony
  13. Good luck with that. Bryn Teg is a nice gentle climb/walk which will lead you straight up Pen-y-van if you want to go further. Take care.
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