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Ally8446

Bortle 2 skies.....yes please

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Heading up to Lochgilphead (5 miles south to be exact) in 3 weeks with Swmbo. Got a log cabin with hot tub, no neighbours for miles......and just discovered the sky quality.  Mrs Ally has just said 'why don't we pack your scope' :hello2: This'll be the darkest skies I've ever been to so let's hope the weather plays ball. 

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Nah! No good! Be too much steam from the hot tub to do any astronomy! ;) 

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41 minutes ago, Ally8446 said:

Heading up to Lochgilphead (5 miles south to be exact) in 3 weeks with Swmbo. Got a log cabin with hot tub, no neighbours for miles......and just discovered the sky quality. 

Elan Valley would be closer to you!!!

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15 minutes ago, laser_jock99 said:

Elan Valley would be closer to you!!!

Yea that's on my list for myself but we were going to Sconnie Botland anyway. 

Elan is about an hour away, just have to find a decent camp site.

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33 minutes ago, Ally8446 said:

Yea that's on my list for myself but we were going to Sconnie Botland anyway. 

Elan is about an hour away, just have to find a decent camp site.

You can't camp in the Elan Valley, AFAIK. Someone else will be along shortly to confirm.

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Lovely :)  Did you manage to get your collimation checked Ally?  I couldn't make it to Lucksall.

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1 minute ago, Tim said:

Lovely :)  Did you manage to get your collimation checked Ally?  I couldn't make it to Lucksall.

Unfortunately no Tim, weather just didn't play ball. Not sure where to go from here tbh. Don't get me wrong, the views through my scope are really good, far better then any other I've ever owned, it just peeves me knowing that it could be even better. 

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11 hours ago, Ally8446 said:

Yea that's on my list for myself but we were going to Sconnie Botland anyway. 

Elan is about an hour away, just have to find a decent camp site.

You could rough camp...

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23 hours ago, Ally8446 said:

 'why don't we pack your scope' :hello2: This'll be the darkest skies I've ever been to.

That 14" 1/14wave mirror will deliver some visual treats, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Ally and would love a look through one of Norman's finest.

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Excellent news Ally, I bet you had to think carefully about that for about, oh, ten nanoseconds perhaps? ;)

Enjoy, how long are you going for? Hope you get some decent clear skies!!

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21 hours ago, Ally8446 said:

Unfortunately no Tim, weather just didn't play ball. Not sure where to go from here tbh. Don't get me wrong, the views through my scope are really good, far better then any other I've ever owned, it just peeves me knowing that it could be even better. 

Have you thought about one of these? 

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/other-collimation-tools/hubble-optics-5-star-artificial-star.html

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1 hour ago, Stu said:

Excellent news Ally, I bet you had to think carefully about that for about, oh, ten nanoseconds perhaps? ;)

Enjoy, how long are you going for? Hope you get some decent clear skies!!

Going up for a week Stu, really looking forward to it.

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Awesome, have a great time and tell us how you get on.

I think Dark Sky Wales said on one of their field trips to North Wales (Llyn Peninsula?) that they obtained Bortle 1-ish to 2 several weeks ago! Lots of options.    :)

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Good for you.  If it's anything like I witnessed in the middle of the Bay of Biscay Monday night, which I assume was something like bortle 2, then you are in for some kind of treat.  Incredible views, even naked eye.

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1 hour ago, estwing said:

It is very good there Sam if a little awkward to get to.

I have family in Dunoon so will be getting a ferry from Wemyss Bay on the Friday pm, staying over, then driving round to Lochgilphead Saturday. It's a long way from Welshpool to be doing it in one hit ?

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2 hours ago, Ally8446 said:

I have family in Dunoon so will be getting a ferry from Wemyss Bay on the Friday pm, staying over, then driving round to Lochgilphead Saturday. It's a long way from Welshpool to be doing it in one hit ?

Steve drove from Skye to London in one hit!!!!

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10 hours ago, estwing said:

Steve drove from Skye to London in one hit!!!!

:icon_salut: I salute him. That is a VERY long way. This coming from a long serving truck driver :) 

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