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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?
Congratulations to Welsh photographer Alyn Wallace for getting National Geographic Photo Of The Day for these pictures of the Elan Valley night sky.
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.
By Demon Barber
Hello All, i`m pleased to announce the 2019 Spring Galloway Gathering,to be held at the award winning campsite that has been our home for nine years,http://www.drumroamin.co.uk/index.htm
The Dates of which are Wednesday 27th February 2019------- Monday 4th March 2019
The campsite is run by Lesley and Ralph Shell,who go over and above to make the Galloway star parties the Premier Star Camps north of the border.
As usual all bookings and reservations to go direct to Lesley at the campsite,any queries can be emailed to me at SGL.
You can if you fancy a longer stay come at the weekend before, there is usually a few astronomers in attendance.
This year is our tenth anniversary,and i will try and post dates and details at the weekend coming for the Autumn Galloway Star Camp.
Looking forward to meeting newcomers and seasoned veterans,clear skies are on order ?
Any errors are all my own.
By Demon Barber
Hello All ,here is an early entry for your diaries!!! I am once again pleased to announce the dates for the 2018 Galloway Spring Gathering to be held from Monday 19th March 2018 until Sunday 25th March 2018,a move away from our usual February date to coincide with the Kielder spring bash.Running back to back gives people with a long journey a chance of a long stay without too long a haul.
Given the inclement weather conditions this year we may fair rather better. Well we can hope.
The location for Scotland`s Premier Star Camp is the award winning http://www.drumroamin.co.uk/ campsite ,and as usual our hosts Lesley and Ralph Shell will be on hand to provide us with a fantastic location,superb facilities and their renowned hospitality,all the bookings will be handled direct with the campsite.
Always popular are the electric hookups book early to avoid disappointment ,any questions feel free to email me or Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can as always come earlier and stay longer,see you all in March,or if you need reminding November this year.