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SGL XI Chit Chat

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Unfortunately I can't make it this weekend, as both me and Mrs Marki are suffering the lurgy. I hope you all have a good time (weather forecast looks good for tonight at least).

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Sorry to hear that Marki, hope you both feel better soon. I'm delayed but on my way, due around 6pm now

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Hi Stuart,

We are going to the cafe at 18:00 tonight, so will not be available for tent duties. Drop into the cafe for a chat and a meal.

Willing to watch you in the dark......

Cheers

Adrian

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8 hours ago, tich said:

Here ya go Steve the not so light Muesli :evil6:12.thumb.jpg.dc975929f5e2174e8c0d047cb4d

its nice to know titch that you are going to go home twice the man that came. it does look good though :happy7:

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I'm very fed up reading some of the posts here, all you lucky folk heading off to Lucksall this week. Unfortunately I can't make it because of the day job, but I'll be there in spirit. Have a wonderful week all, whatever the weather.

Gav.

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Hi all,

Im not booked in for this year due to other commitments but I hope you all have a great time with clear skies . best wishes folks. Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Gav,

The skies have some stars showing.... there appears to be a haze effect are present.

Glad to have you in spirit as we are having spirits here!

Cheers

Adrian

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Help! Does anyone know a shop on the way from Bristol to Lucksall where I would be lucky enough to be able to buy a EQDIR cable please?

Can't find mine :(

(Or anyone has a spare one which I could borrow/buy...)

 

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Grrrrr......i thought it was meant to be clear on Saturday! I was getting excited last night, just to find that it'll be all clouded over. Still time to change though....

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Well, Clear Outside has changed a few times, over the past few days, e.g. thick fog now'ish, so lets just w8 & see :) 

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Well my highlight so far was watching ngc6503 at high power in a 16 inch scope with high quality optics....thanks Jamesk. As someone who has kept weather records for many years I can tell you that this sort of weather makes it difficult to forecast cloud cover...last night cleared a bit at times as expected. We are now in a ridge of high pressure between the two high pressure systems and have a cloud free slot...some great solar views today..very hard to forecast tonight or tommorrow night yet but there is certainly a good chance of some viewing. Watch the satellite pics of the cloud over Ireland as it tries to edge towards us. I suggest we all blow in the direction of the river at SGL XI. Mark

 

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This is the galaxy we looked at...in Jamesk scope the stars were as sharp as in this image using a 4.7mm es eyepiece giving over 350+ magnification. It's a super galaxy in Draco on the edge of the local void. Have a go yourself tonight. It's above that wooded hill. Mark

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On 08/03/2016 at 15:55, faulksy said:

just a thought guys/gals. if anyone is after a cover for there scopes i have just bought a brilliant one from halfords. its nice and soft, heat reflective and doesnt allow condensation to build up

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-storage-solutions/bikehut-all-weather-multi-bike-cover

and a smaller one

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-storage-solutions/bikehut-all-weather-single-bike-cover

just a thought so you can leave them out all day and night :happy7:

Can you ask the dob mob to reverse polarity on their fans during the day please Mark. That way, there's a chance they will hoover the clouds up :icon_biggrin:

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Some nice views last night, nothing amazing but still good to get some observing in. M51 and M101, M36, 37 & 38. Also M97 and 108.

Good views of Jupiter later on. Seeing was very iffy to start but stabilised after a while. Stayed clear until I could just see the GRS peeking round the corner.

Looks good for some solar today.

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The caravan is more or less ready, just got to get it off the drive and load all my scopes etc into the car. That is, once I finish work at 4pm!

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anyone bringing binoviewers for solar? would be interested in a peek (especially if I can use them in my own scopes for a bit).

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6 minutes ago, Moonshane said:

anyone bringing binoviewers for solar? would be interested in a peek (especially if I can use them in my own scopes for a bit).

I've got mine here Shane, getting some nice views today. Welcome to borrow them for a while

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Nice one buddy. I will take you up on that for sure. Might be a mistake......

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9 minutes ago, Moonshane said:

Nice one buddy. I will take you up on that for sure. Might be a mistake......

Surprisingly good views today, granulation very clear. I think I'm getting used to the binoviewers :).

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Two lovely buzzards circling overhead just now, managed to handhold the 20x80s and get some fantastic views.

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Well given it was a bit 'milky' last night didn't get much in the way of imaging done but I did get to try out the home made AllSky camera for testing ;) 

Not exactly the most exciting video in the world (bar a couple of aeroplanes and the odd satellite) but I'm pleased it worked!

 

 

Cheers

Will 

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might not be the most reliable of covers, but I just got one of thesehttp://www.poundland.co.uk/my-cycle-bicycle-cover-2m. from pound land. Feels very thin and only covers the top of my scopes, but after running it under a tap for a while it held pretty well. Just in case anyone's on a budget. I won't be using it if there's rain forecast, I'm not sure I trust it that much yet.

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Have a great time all of you - I wish I could have made it this time but it wasn't to be.

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