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SGL XI BOOKINGS OPEN MONDAY 12th OCTOBER - 7pm


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Lulu and I are booked Thu, Fri, Sat.  Pitch 54 will be available I hope.

I also hope our new massive tent will fit on the pitch :)

It appears the pitch allocation pdf is locked out (no permission to view this file)

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Just booked Thursday till Sunday did not put preferred pitch though. I know where I would like to be but I can't remember the field names. I suspect that in my haste I may have missed a camp site plan?. Any way I was trying to polar align at Sixpenny while booking that's my excuse.

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Still new to Stargazing and don't really know what to do so I don't know if I'd fit in :(

Would love to come but don't want to get in any body's way and look like a wally. I'll try and learn a bit more and see what happens.

You won't be in anyone's way, everyone is very friendly.

Just remember to keep white light to an absolute minimum, little things like disengaging indicators when locking/unlocking cars, turning off interior lights or covering them with red film goes a long way.

People will be more than happy for you to look through their telescopes, chat with them etc. Jaffa cakes help.

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Cheers Matey, help yourself to all the Jaffa Cakes in the world, I'll bring a few boxes but don't actually eat them myself! Sounds like a really great weekend, is it a problem bringing the missus?

Indicators etc won't be a problem as I won't be driving up, I'll have to work on how to get there but I'll figure something out!

Rob

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I agree with Jabbawocky.  This is my first SGL, but have been to weekends away with my astro society.  I can speak from personal experience that Astronomers love to show off their kit and talk you through how it all works  - escpecially if there are home made parts involved.

Also, bring whatever Astro kit you have - and I mean anything and everything.  If you leave it at home, you'll regret it, if for no other reason than being able to talk about it.   If you have stuff, that you don't think works, bring it anyway there are plenty of daylight hours, and I'm sure that a cluster* of astronomers will be only to happy to take stuff apart and make it work.

*Is this a good collective noun, or is there something better?

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Cheers Matey, help yourself to all the Jaffa Cakes in the world, I'll bring a few boxes but don't actually eat them myself! Sounds like a really great weekend, is it a problem bringing the missus?

Indicators etc won't be a problem as I won't be driving up, I'll have to work on how to get there but I'll figure something out!

Rob

Bring anyone you like Rob the more the merrier ! As has already been mentioned bring any astro kit you have - how do you think I get my scope collimated every year ? 

Feel free to ask as many questions as you like and have a look at some of the kit that other people have. It's just as much about socialising as it is about astronomy.

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Thanks for the encouragement Simon. I'll happily talk to anyone and share a beer or two, might not understand most of it but I'll try!

Really embarrassed about my set up to be honest as it's the cheapest of cheap hand me down that I've been told is basically a pile of rubbish :/ Just keep telling myself it does the job.

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Thanks for the encouragement Simon. I'll happily talk to anyone and share a beer or two, might not understand most of it but I'll try!

Really embarrassed about my set up to be honest as it's the cheapest of cheap hand me down that I've been told is basically a pile of rubbish :/ Just keep telling myself it does the job.

If you don't understand what someone is talking about, ask them to slow down and explain it.   In my book there is only one stupid question....  the one that isn't asked.    I'd rather have a three hour conversation that you'd get a lot out of, than a 3 hour conversation that leaves you very confused.

It reminds me of the Night with the stars that Brian Cox did.   Specifically he did the experiment that shows the difference between waves and particles.  Showing that waves spread and particles don't.  But, his explanation of it was severely lacking, especially for his audience.  At the end of the program they were asking the audience what they thought and one clip lodged in my mind it was Jonathan Ross who at the end of it said "He's very clever, but I didn't understand what he was talking about".   Surely, the point of the programme was to explain - so in my mind, mission failed.

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Thanks for the encouragement Simon. I'll happily talk to anyone and share a beer or two, might not understand most of it but I'll try!

Really embarrassed about my set up to be honest as it's the cheapest of cheap hand me down that I've been told is basically a pile of rubbish :/ Just keep telling myself it does the job.

I know it's strange and sometimes hard to believe but astronomers won't be judgmental about what you've got, so don't feel embarrassed about bringing anything along - up to you. It's always good to have a little wander around, say hello and have a look through some of the other folks kit anyway - That's what I do.   

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