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Matthew

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Good to see everyone this weekend - I'm still drying my kit though! Who'd have thought dew could be so wet, eh? :)

I've just uploaded the 'mugshots' and other snaps I took; here:-

http://www.pbase.com/maljohns/star_party_oct_2012

:grin: :grin:

Thanks for posting Mal, I recognize some of the usual suspects. Glad you guys had a good time. Hope I will be able to make it to the next star party.

Cheers

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Lots of blue skies on 'em :icon_scratch: lol

Yes, I needed very fast shutter speeds! :)

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What a great weekend - where to start - thanks to Matt first - it was a real shame you couldn't make it in the caravan Matt but really nice to see you on both nights even if you did run off with Helens last Welsh cake.

A few mug shots first - what a great bunch of blokes and so nice to meet all of you - Dave, David and Tich thanks big time for helping with the tent I would still be there now without you.

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Martin (Deadhead), Dave (Firefox) Len (Lenny Lovit) Tich (apparantly christened at birth as such lol), Robert (Woodbob) David (Mr Flibble), Me (Stevetynant) and Mal (MJWales)

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I think we were pretty lucky with everything to be honest - it might have been cold, sometimes foggy and wet (Monsoon like wet for some on Thursday) but we got plenty of observing in - made new friends, and the sun did shine

Nice to meet Helen and see Matt again pity both of you couldn't stay but just really enjoyed myself with old friends and new. Plenty of highlights for me - solar viewing for the first time thanks to Mals new Frac, the Veil was stunning through Davids 12 Inch Dob and 4 new Messiers to add to my meagre total the highlight of which was the Wild Duck Cluster.

Funniest moment of the weekend went to Len trying to get what appeared to be an aluminium 4 poster bed into his new tent which was only slightly bigger than a Wendy house - classic Len ;0)

I guess a few pictures tell a thousand words so hope you enjoy - and thanks to everyone for their company - looking forward to next years already (Matt if your reading - count me out of February's - took an hour to chizel the ice off my tent this morning - gotta invest in some kind of heater for next time)

Len getting some Solar Viewing done

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Len and Dave pondering the Universe

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Tich getting some maintenance done

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More group maintenance therapy

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Mals new scope- fantastic views all day and well into the night

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David and Martin at the beer festival

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Bob Dylan wannabee at the festival (actually brilliant guitarist but could have done with a few more ales to put up with voice)

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Amazing scopes on display - this ones Daves (Firefoxs)

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Clear nights - not perfect but considering the week we've had could have been a lot worse

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The morning after the night before

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See you all next year :0)

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Can't wait for the next time but god I hate my picture taken LOL

I had a quick mess around with the Milky Way Shots I did on Saturday too, I know it's not the best but I like it.

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Until next year (hopefully) :grin:

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It was good to finally meet you guys this weekend. I enjoyed my visit a great deal! Thanks for the welcome and the hot drinks :smiley: and the views through the scopes too.

Helen

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