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Stu

Samos holiday observing - June/July 2015

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Sounds like you did pretty well, Stu.  Nice report :)

James

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looks like your little girl was loving it stu. you have changed loads stu since i last seen you at sgl10. im refering to your pose on the look out tower :grin:

Tee hee Mike. Two weeks sunshine and too much nice food and I do do a good impression of a little tubby Greek man ;)

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Nice report Stu and some great holiday photos. I have never been to Greece or any of the islands so perhaps I should. I am still in the united states but return this weekend. Although I took a spotter scope I preferred the large binos when observing in Yosemite

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just come back myself stu from ibiza the north of the island, some lovely spots for stargazing, it was great with my 20x80 bins that i bought of mark. kids loved it,taught them how to snorkel as well :grin: . some great photos there and glad you had a great time :smiley:

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Nice report Stu and some great holiday photos. I have never been to Greece or any of the islands so perhaps I should. I am still in the united states but return this weekend. Although I took a spotter scope I preferred the large binos when observing in Yosemite

Thanks Mark. They are certainly worth a visit.

Glad you had good skies over there. Interesting re the spotter, what sized binos were you using?

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Thanks Mark. They are certainly worth a visit.

Glad you had good skies over there. Interesting re the spotter, what sized binos were you using?

Stu I had the 15x70 binos. They gave great views of Scorpio and Sagittarius.

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just come back myself stu from ibiza the north of the island, some lovely spots for stargazing, it was great with my 20x80 bins that i bought of mark. kids loved it,taught them how to snorkel as well :grin: . some great photos there and glad you had a great time :smiley:

Mike I am glad the binos came in useful. Certainly they come in very handy for holidays.

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Stu I had the 15x70 binos. They gave great views of Scorpio and Sagittarius.

Lovely stuff Mark. At low mag I guess a pair of larger Aperture binos is pretty good. Out of interest, why did you not use the spotter much? Not as bright as the binos?

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Thought this was interesting, the comparison between my home location and Pythagoreio on Samos. M7 is at 3.7 degrees at home, 17.5 on Samos, quite a difference.

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Looks like you've had a great vacation down there, :smiley:  Stu, some really nice stuffs you've got, I may need a trip like this to finish my Messier list.

BTW, nice travel kit you have there, when did you Swaro your zoom?

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Lovely reports. Not been to Samos but have been to Rhodes and Crete, there's some great sights for observing round there. I remember seeing a lot of that haze in Rhodes (in August) but not Crete (in May); it seems to be a high summer thing.

The ability to see further south is a great bonus, even if nowadays we don't have it quite as good as the ancients (who could see Alpha Centauri and Crux from Greece). Even southern France is far enough to get all of Scorpius above the horizon. How did the 15x70s manage the plane journey? I'm going to Mexico next year and am wondering whether to take the 25x70s or get a pair of lighter bins, say 10x50s..

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Lovely reports. Not been to Samos but have been to Rhodes and Crete, there's some great sights for observing round there. I remember seeing a lot of that haze in Rhodes (in August) but not Crete (in May); it seems to be a high summer thing.

The ability to see further south is a great bonus, even if nowadays we don't have it quite as good as the ancients (who could see Alpha Centauri and Crux from Greece). Even southern France is far enough to get all of Scorpius above the horizon. How did the 15x70s manage the plane journey? I'm going to Mexico next year and am wondering whether to take the 25x70s or get a pair of lighter bins, say 10x50s..

Thanks Walshie. Yes, I tend to agree that the haze is a heat related thing.

It was Mark who took his 15x70s and had no problems as I understand it. I guess 25x70 would be similar weight and so ok, but you would need a tripod too presumably? That could go in hold luggage.

I took my 76mm scope in hand luggage and had no problems all.

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Sounds like you and your family had a good time!

Really glad about it! Hope you come again. We have many other beautiful islands... It is sad that we the Greeks can't afford to go right now :(.

Anyway thanks for leading me to your report! Nicely done!

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Must have missed this with being away myself, great report as usual you have 5 degrees on me there and that can make a difference on those low Messiers, M6 and 7etc. Samos don't seem to have changed much as that habour light was there when I  went back in the 90's, I like this island may be nice to go back.

Alan.

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That sounds like a good holiday and your report is very good - lots of useful reference info for people like me to pick up about what you can see and with what bits of kit.

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Stunning read @Stu used this and the Devon & Dorset escapades as the basis of an observing list for our trip to La Palma next week... Thanks for taking the time to write this :thumbsup:

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