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SGL 11 - Dates :)

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I've put the date in my diary, but am not going to book until the last minute - if there are any pitches available/cancelled.  

Reason being, I booked and paid for 3 astro camps in 2014 which I never went to because the weather was awful, so I'm not booking in advance any more.  I couldn't come to this years as I was on holiday, so I'll take my chances, but would be nice to see every-one again.  

Carole 

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I think the term-time problem is because we go for new moon which is always either 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after Easter (Easter is always full moon), and so usually still term time  :sad:

Early March = longer nights but extra thermal layers too!! (and its over my birthday  :grin: )

Helen

Ah, makes sense. I thought it was to avoid the school holiday peak rates!

Dunno if I can make it as I'll still be in school, and I don't fancy a long drive on Friday after work or through Sunday night to get up at 6.20 on Monday for work.

Roll on retirement!

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Neat ! Hoping for that lovely weather that we had this spring, hurrah !

Old Nick.

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Wow... I would love to attend to a star party especially SGL's. 

Unfortunatelly it's Greece for me, no Astronomy clubs that do any star parties and generally not lot of entusiasts here. 

I hope I could come too... Or maybe you could come to Greece and we can all be happy. I would attend and you would get to see Greece! :D :-)

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What to do? 1st year = big van, no stars. 2nd year = small van, no clutch. 3rd year?

No clutch, automatic van?

Richard

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Dates are in diary, will have to bring a bigger tent this time, suffered from "awning" envy last time.

Mick

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Fantastic, already book the dates off work.

Might bring the tin snail this time though, might be a bit fresh for the tent, although I have brought the tent on previous years....

Looking forward to it already!

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Should run a bet.. "wonder if Mav will get home" :D

Oh.. this time around I'll bring the second battery to make sure the car starts!

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No clutch, automatic van?

Richard

Unfortunately not - manual which without a clutch meant no SGL

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Should run a bet.. "wonder if Mav will get home" :D

Oh.. this time around I'll bring the second battery to make sure the car starts!

Ha Ha

I'll have you know that its had a new clutch thank you very much.... ive also upgraded the exhuast manifold, new carb, breaks, tyres, full service & i might even invest in a new cup holder..... you wont be able to tell the difference between my Van and a ferrari.... as long as you have you eyes closed & your fingers in your ears :grin:

I'll be there for sure

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Me too, same spot opposite you Alan, at least I made it home with my knocking noise getting louder, turned out to only be the exhaust manifold gasket disintegrating.

Dave

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I'll hopefully be able to come next year. I booked SGL9 but got my dates mixed up and missed it and just didn't get around to booking last year.

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Can I just ask, as I'm still pretty new to the site are there any 'requirements' for this? And what is the setup of a star party? What happens during the daylight hours? I'd love to try and make it for a weekend but I have literally no concept of what it is.

If I have missed an obvious thread explaining please let me know!!

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Hi,

Here is a useful information page that was posted for the same star party in 2014: http://stargazerslounge.com/page/sgl9.html

As for your specific questions:

1. You are required to enjoy yourself :smile:

2. The set-up is that each person books a tent or caravan pitch to stay on. You set-up your astro gear on the pitch (electricity is available on most pitches) and use that as your home for the week/weekend. Excellent catering and washroom facilities are available on the site.

3. During daylight hours most people wander around socialising and drooling over other peoples astro gear. It is a great way to get to know people from SGL and to learn about types of kit you have never seen before. There are also workshops on some days. You are free to do whatever you want provided you respect others equipment and enjoyment of the event. There is a pub a couple of miles walk from the site for those who feel the need to get away :wink:

4. At night you wander around talking to people with red head torches on, some of whom you will recognise from conversations during daylight. The normal pattern is to moan about the clouds for an hour or two and then forget about astronomy, have a couple of drinks together and hope that at some point in the evening something bright and shiny will appear in the sky.

My experience is that star parties are more social events than they are about spending hours and hours at the eyepiece. Some people choose to do their own thing, which is equally fine, but if that is your preference you should expect a moderate amount of activity going on around you.

If you are a serious imager you might lock yourself in your caravan for 12 hours a day processing the 30 minutes of images you manage to capture the previous evening :lol:

Hope that helps.

Derek

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I'm hoping to buy a caravan end of January/beginning of February 2016, so if everything goes to plan the missus and me will be attending our first star party. Can't wait  :grin:

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Can I just ask, as I'm still pretty new to the site are there any 'requirements' for this? And what is the setup of a star party? What happens during the daylight hours? I'd love to try and make it for a weekend but I have literally no concept of what it is.

If I have missed an obvious thread explaining please let me know!!

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Keep an eye out - we are in the process of getting all the information together and we'll make an announcement when we're ready to open the bookings.

In the meantime, there are boards for previous events so you can see pictures and read reports and get a flavour for how a star party works. Derelk's first point is the most important :D :D

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Keep an eye out - we are in the process of getting all the information together and we'll make an announcement when we're ready to open the bookings.

In the meantime, there are boards for previous events so you can see pictures and read reports and get a flavour for how a star party works. Derelk's first point is the most important :D :D

If i am watching this thread, will it be posted here when the bookings go live, so I get notification.  Nearly missed it last year as I was away when

the bookings went live and did not know :o

thanks Daz

Sheila

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I would love to come to this, but will have to wait until nearer the time to see if I am able.

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Keep an eye out - we are in the process of getting all the information together and we'll make an announcement when we're ready to open the bookings.

In the meantime, there are boards for previous events so you can see pictures and read reports and get a flavour for how a star party works. Derelk's first point is the most important :D :D

Keeping an eye out :D

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@Sheila

We usually put a whacking great banner on the top of the page so you can't miss it :)

It will likely be end of Sept / Early Oct for opening... Making sure we don't clash with any star party weekends :D

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Ok since I am new I probably missed it but...where will it be?

I also do not own a car...are there alternative ways to get wherever the party will be?

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