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  1. Congratulations to Welsh photographer Alyn Wallace for getting National Geographic Photo Of The Day for these pictures of the Elan Valley night sky. https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/photography/amazing-images-wales-starlight?fbclid=IwAR0hz92NXMnCh-ZaMw_MyFNkjKhRHYXIZLcygZGkTV_lHpNjjtvHWtNDXZg
  2. Hi there, our Astro group were booked into our normal dark skies venue for an observing weekend in February. Unfortunately, the accommodations are now going to be undergoing renovation and will be closed for the first 3 months of the year. We are looking at a couple of alternative venues. These are field study centres, one at Blancathra near Keswick and the other Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales national park. Wondering if anybody has any observing experience of the skies in these areas. Kind Regards Paul.
  3. We are a newly formed society on Tenerife and the first! Tenerife is officially recognised as one of the very best places in the world to see the night sky in all of its glory. Its high altitude, clean and dry air coupled with a general lack of clouds means stunning conditions for stargazing and astronomy. NASA calls Tenerife one of the "four windows on the Universe" and its observatory is one of the most significant in the world. These stunning conditions are available just an hour's drive from the sun-soaked coastal resorts. Our society is a place for people with an interest in the beauty of the night sky to come together to find or share knowledge; to meet, share experiences and help each other benefit from one of Tenerife's most amazing natural resources, its very dark skies. We meet every month at Casa Zaguan in Vilaflor where we have a roof top observation terrace with a number of telescopes. Visitors and new members are always welcome so if you are coming to Tenerife on holiday, please stop by our Facebook page and say "Hola!". https://www.facebook.com/groups/tastro/
  4. As many will already know, frustrated by the lack of observing opertunities, I travelled to Astrofarm in France in search of clear dark skies. Things did not start well. As we approached Limoges airport for landing the plane suddenly rose again and started to circle the area. We could not land because of torrential rain at Limoges. Had my jinx struck again ? After going round in circles for more than 30 minutes, we finally did manage to land. After clearing customs I was picked up by Andrew from Astrofarm and driven to my destination. The skies were grey and there was a light drizzle. Reminded me very much of home . I was assured by Andrew that the sky would clear by nightfall and that the rain would help with transparency. Was he correct ? He certainly was. As the Sun dipped below the horizon the stars began to appear. Firstly Sirius then the constellation of Orion. A hour or so later the inky dark sky was ablaze with stars. Mercury was showing well and I just sat back in a comfy chair and enjoyed the spectacle with my trusty 10x42 Leica bins. There were so many stars visible by 10 pm that Andrew had to point out some of the constellations to me with the help of a laser pointer. It was a joy to be able to see clearly some of the less bright constellations with the naked eye, such as Leo Minor and Cancer. Old favourites like the Beehive and double cluster were breath taking sights through the bins. Later in the evening I used a 6 inch Dob to observe the Moon and Jupiter. The detail shown was very nice but I had to resist the urge to do some sketching. Tiredness was setting in. I had left home at 4:30 am the previous morning and my warm bed was calling. Reluctantly I called it a night. This was the first of 6 nights observing under clear dark skies. I am still sorting out the details in the notes I compiled. I will post specific details of some of these observations and of the equipment I used soon. Thanks for reading this long report.
  5. Being a resident of the East End of London, the skies here are subject to copious amounts of light pollution, to say the least, which limits what I can observe. However, next week I will be going to Norfolk. Any must see seasonal DSOs I should be hunting for to fully take advantage of the dark skies? I will definitely put a couple of observing reports up here if the weather is on my side.
  6. Hello all. I've been preparing for the long dark winter and sorting out a plan to maximise my viewing time. Using a map of North Wales and the Dark Sky website I am trying to find a reasonable dark safe site to view within a one and a half to two hour journey time from the St Asaph area. Does any member know an area that can be recommended?. I was looking in the area of Lyn Brenig near Denbigh. If any site is sensitive i.e. not wanting to draw attention to it I would be happy to receive a PM if any member does not want it broadcast. Thanks for reading
  7. A few weeks ago I posted of my frustrations at the lack of opertunies to observe this winter due to the permacloud here in the West of Scotland. My solution was to try a trip to Astrofarm. Confolens in France. Was it worth it? YOU BET. I had 6 nights and early mornings observing under beautiful dark skies. I got to use some lovely equipment and even tried my hand at some DSO imaging. The warm welcome and great service provided by Sue and Andrew was just the icing on the cake. I feel rejuvenated. This is an experience I would definitely recommend to others. I will post some observation reports soon, but it is taking time to sort through my notes from 6 full sessions. Many of them all nighters. Oh by the way , the bird watching in the local area is also very good.
  8. Sharpless 2-27 is very large nebula centered around Zeta Ophiuchi. Very difficult to photograph due to its size and brightness, it is over twenty Moon diameters wide and very faint. Film and detectors well equipped for Hydrogen-Alpha (Ha) imaging reveal it best. I consider it one of the greatest objects in the Milky Way. Located on the Milky Way's border in Southern Ophiuchus and partially overlapping into northern Scorpius. Pentax 67 with SMC 200MM F/4 @ F/5.6 60 minutes expose on Kodak E200 transparency film.
  9. Hey guys. For. A while now, i have been wondering, just how much difference does a dark sky make. I live in moderate light pollution, as i live in the city.The orion nebula is just a little fainter than most stars when viewed with the naked eye. The limiting magnitude for my 8" dob so far(that i have tried) is 8.4. i could just make out the crab nebula at 37.5x . extremely faint and just visible with adverted vision.I can also see the blackeyed galaxy quite clearly. I will be going on holiday in the summertime.I ll be visiting a place with clear dark skies.I will bring my 5" Skywatcher heritage with me. How many inches of aperature will the dark skies"add" to my scope compared to its original aperature at a light polluted location.Will it be able to rival my 8" dob? Just wondering Clear skies Kronos
  10. Hi all, as I have received some amazing advice and ideas from the very kind and generous people on these forums I have come here to see if any people may be able to solve a problem I have been encountering for some time? I was wondering if anyone knows any good darker skies around the Bristol area than I would have in my local Kingswood area? I have finished as much of the Messier list as I can but I am really struggling with the more challenging Caldwell and Herschel objects, and believe that some darker skies my definitely help. If anyone has any suggestions I would be incredibly grateful. Many thanks for everyone's guidance and support, Chris
  11. Another analog image for your consideration. Taken July 19th under skies of good transparency from 22:13 - 23:23 Local time. Single exposure of 70 minutes on Fuji Acros 100 film using the Pentax 67 and SMC 200mm @ f/5.6. The dense star fields of Scutum.
  12. Myself an a few others from the local astronomy group took advantage of some clear skies to go out exploring, with a view to finding some new foregrounds for wide angle nightscape photography. Dirlot Castle seemed to be quite a good spot.........
  13. For your consideration, the constellation Orion taken on a dark night in January. I was fortunate enough to be able to execute a fine exposure revealing not only the faint Ha nebulae throughout the region, but also the blue nebulae that exists in the western portions, including the well known Witch Head nebulae NW of Rigel. Pentax 67 165mm @ f/4.8 75 minutes exposure Kodak E200 - Normal E-6 Processing. Scanned on Epson V600 imported into PS and edited and cropped slightly. Compare to my digital rendition of the same area, but somewhat wider view: http://stargazerslou...o-panel-mosaic/ I like them both and each method provides a different rendition, but my own personal aesthetics prefer this film version, which is a dying art practiced by the few with the commitment to the craft and access to dark skies. I hope to keep at it as long as I am able. Thank you for looking. Orion by Nightfly Photography, on Flickr
  14. Details have now been released for the 15th annual "Starfest" starcamp organised by Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society. The 3 day event takes place in Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire between Friday 14th and Sunday 16th August. Astronomers from across the UK attend this event to take advantage of the dark skies in the North York Moors National Park and the forest has recently been awarded "Milky Way class" of the Dark Sky Discovery status. For those who have not attended Dalby previously, please note the facilities are basic! Its all about the quality of the skies. Guest speakers for the weekend will be announced in due course as they are confirmed. More information and a booking form can be downloaded from the Scarborough & Ryedale AS website (http://www.scarborough-ryedale-as.org.uk/saras/starfest/starfest-2015/). The society can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. To avoid confusion with other events using the name Starfest, we have opted for an offical hashtag for this years event of #DalbyStarfest15.
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