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Black Shuck

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  1. An inspiration and a Gentleman. R.I.P Bill
  2. RIP Kev. My sincere sympathy to Kev's family. Bill£
  3. Hi Alex, Another vote for the Maplins cases. I've got a couple for DSLR & lenses and astro eyepieces, etc. Never paid that much so watch out for the special offers - often half price ! HTH Bill £
  4. Great idea - will also stop for sale section turning into discussion threads and the many "I wish I had the money" or "I wish this came up last week as I've just bought a new one" type posts. Bill£
  5. Hi, I think we are spoilt for choice in our area. With your location in mind I'd be heading for Nayland, Dedham, etc. However, one SGL member used to image at Orwell park in full glow of Ipswich, Felixstowe and Harwich Docks!! Futher afield the world is your oyster - I am further North so often take binos out to Stradbroke, Eye areas. Some friends live at Otley near Woodbridge with no immediate neighbours - very jealous of their dark sky and Tal 2M !! Mersea is a good idea but if you get Bradwell 'B' then I expect the area will be lit up during construction - but that's a few years off yet? Sizewell B construction site was like daylight when being built!! Remember your own safety (i.e being on your own in the middle of no where !) and ask any land owner their permission first. Good luck and have fun Bill £
  6. Hi, I know of a few people who have been members and have spoken to the organiser (Roy) a couple of times. OASI tends to be a little "arm chair astronomy" orientated but they seem a nice enough bunch. Just don't count on spending your club night observing (that's if we ever get some more clear nights!) All the best Bill£ (in Woodbridge area)
  7. Me too Seedy - I've sent you a PM (Seedy's details say Hertfordshire)?
  8. As Brian says, the Clean Air Act in 1956 did a lot to remediate the air pollution in the UK (smog) and as other posts have stated, they are virtually non existent these days. Over fifty years later, you can look a lot closer to home to still find "smog levels" of aerial pollution ! EPA aims to tighten Bush-era smog rules - U.S. news - Environment - msnbc.com Bill£
  9. Thanks for posting Steve, I was also very sad to receive this news via the BAA. However, it has lightened my mood to see you back on SGL Bill£
  10. No worries M. Given the amount of work you and others are putting into this then I would say that it deserves consideration - sounds like a good idea to me. Bill£
  11. Bob was looking for definitions of such terms as focal length and eye relief. As you say, these are not abbreviations so I simply pointed him in the right direction. Bill£
  12. Glossary of Terms - Stargazers Lounge Check this out Bob. HTH Bill£
  13. If you copy and paste a generic section of the email into Google, you get this as the top hit. Astronomy Buy The section I copied and Googled was "I can recall that they informed me that they have more of these same" HTH Bill£
  14. Hi Andy, Welcome from me too (near Woodbridge, Suffolk) Cheers Bill
  15. Nice image John - not one we see very often ! According to SGL Member "Themos" that is the correct (ish) pronunciation. See the penultimate post on the first page of this thread: - http://stargazerslounge.com/primers-tutorials/52481-pronunciations-astronomy-terms.html I still pronounce it the same as you - the "rude" way Cheers Bill£
  16. Looks good Mel !! I've got your collimation tutorial on the Adur site bookmarked - it's an excellent reference and very well put together. Cheers Bill£
  17. Wanted to open up a separate thread as didn't want to clutter the retailers thread. Just to post a public thanks to Arthur for his one off run of guide scope rings exclusive to SGL members. Arrived in super quick time and with spare sets of fittings plus alternative countersunk fittings for mounting direct to primary scope rings. Prompt advice was given to all fitting questions asked on the thread. For me this just goes to show once again what a great community this is. Many thanks to Arthur . Cheers Bill £
  18. Took me a few views to see it. Set to full screen - starts at top right hand corner at around 28secs and "flies" (see below) towards the bottom left Theo, Looks like a bird flying across the field of view ?? I am sure I can see its wings flapping and the way it changes direction at approximately 34secs looks very bird like? What do you think it is ?? Best Wishes Bill£
  19. As you say - around Bures would be some cracking places. How about around Edwardstone, Waldingfield areas aswell? Not sure but are there some "public areas" and footpaths near Hadleigh (Wolves Wood area)?? Suffolk countryside is lovely but remember to take care if you are out on your own. Not just undesirable characters but if you slip and hurt yourself you are literally in the dark in the middle of nowhere. HTH Cheers Bill£
  20. How about making up a little cloth/muslin bag ?? Bill£
  21. Hi James and welcome to SGL from another Suffolk boy (Woodbridge area). As Rog (Celescope) says - There are quite a few of us here - watch out for the East Anglian SGL meets which we have from time to time. Cheers Bill:)
  22. Just received this from the BAA for funeral details. Bill £ ====================================================================== BAA electronic bulletin No. 00408 British Astronomical Association - Home ====================================================================== Further to the earlier announcement by Richard Miles (BAA e-bulletin 407), we now have further details of the funeral service to be held for Neil Bone, and a number of other related matters. The funeral service will be held at 2.00 pm on Tuesday, 5th May at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane, off Appledram Lane South, Apuldram, Near Chichester, West Sussex. The service, which will be conducted by the Reverend Clive A. Ashley, Rector of Fishbourne, will be followed by the committal in the churchyard, which Neil's family have said may be attended by all those who wish to do so. There is a zoomable map showing the location of the Church on the 'Contact Us' page of the Church website at Contact Us The Ordnance Survey map reference of the Church (marked, no tower, no spire) is SU 841033 (Lat. 50.823818 N., Long. 0.806511 W.) Please note that some of the tracks close to the Church are rather narrow and are not suitable for vehicle access. Directions to the Church: From the A27 (Chichester bypass), at the Stockbridge roundabout, turn south onto the A286 (signposted Birdham, Itchenor, Witterings). After about 500 m, continue on A286 at mini-roundabout (the B2201 to Selsey goes off to the left). A little over 1 km further on, as the road curves to the left, turn right onto the road signposted to Dell Quay, and after about 100 m, turn right again. You are now heading north on Appledram Lane. After about 500 m, take left turn (marked 'Church'). The Church car park can hold only about a dozen cars and some overspill parking is being arranged, but depending on numbers parking may be quite congested on the day. A narrow path (marked 'Footpath') leads north to the Church of St Mary the Virgin. (Note that on Google Earth, the church itself is only just visible, being screened by trees, and the church car park (to the south) is effectively invisible.) The nearest railway station is Chichester, and taxis are usually available at the station to bring people down to the Church. To help us with the planning of the car parking at the Church, it would be very helpful if all those who are planning to attend the service, and who are travelling by car, could drop an email to John Mason at docjohn@dircon.co.uk to let him know. There will be family flowers only at the funeral, but if you wish to make a donation to St. Wilfrid's Hospice (Neil's chosen charity), you can do this either at the Church, or at the reception afterwards. Donations may also be sent by post to: Trevor James Esq., Swanfield Chapel, 117 Swanfield Drive, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6TD. All cheques should be made payable to "St. Wilfrid's Hospice" and clearly marked "in memory of Neil Bone" on the reverse. Following the funeral service, there will be a reception with refreshments at Swanfield Chapel, 117 Swanfield Drive, off Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, PO19 6TD, where all are welcome. There is a map with directions on the 'Contact' page of the Swanfield Chapel website at Swanfield Chapel - Contact The Ordnance Survey reference for Swanfield Chapel is SU 871054 (Please do not confuse the Chapel, which is close to the junction of Swanfield Drive and Spitalfield Lane, with the Swanfield Community Centre) Again, so that numbers can be gauged, would you please advise John Mason on docjohn@dircon.co.uk if you plan on attending the reception. It is hoped that people with cars can help ferry those without their own transport from the Church to Swanfield Chapel. John Mason docjohn@dircon.co.uk Tel: 01243 814307 Mob: 07901 7890061
  23. Very sad news. My sincere sympathies to his family. Bill
  24. Hi Chris, Not far from you in Woodbridge. Welcome to SGL - we have an occasional Easy Anglian members meet just outside Ipswich if you are interested. I will post you an invite next time we meet. Cheers Bill:)
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