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Stargazers Lounge April 2009 Spring Starparty Chat Thread...

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I'm still new to astronomy and I'm really looking forward to this.

I have a Celestron SCT and I have never used a refractor or a dob.

I would really love to have a peak through either of those.

I'd be willing to offer the use of my Ethos if anyone would let me look through their scope! Pretty please?

Yours grovellingly,

Lulu

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Lulu,

I haven't got any eyepieces yet to go with the WO ED80 Zenithstar I'm bringing along, as I haven't got much portable kit.

I haven't even seen an Ethos in 'the flesh', you'd be welcome to look through this scope!

My first Starparty, I'm really looking forward to it too - be like a holiday for me!

Barry.

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Like you Barry, I rarely if ever look through an eyepiece (shameful really :hello2:).

Also, again like you, my 'kit' is 'bolted down' in the obsy, and in any case, the 12" LX is by no means a portable scope ;). It takes two of us to lift it on and off the pier.

However, I do have pretty much a full set of Series 4000 eyepieces, and one solitary 26mm Series 5000.

That said, I took the ED80 (which I no longer have), up to Kelling last spring, but really didn't use it, as I was more engrosed in the imaging and observing activities of other SGL members.

What I did use a lot, were my 15x70 bins, which made a nice change, because, at home, they never come out of the case (shameful again ;))

It was almost a repeat performance at Kelling in September.

I think Steve's suggestion is very valid, in that at SGL4 you'll get the opportunity to grab a look through a variety of scopes, with a variety of eyepieces. From that, you'll be well informed as to what you think is good for you.

Lulu, I'm sure that you'll have no problem whatsoever, in getting a look through refractors and Dobs. When you get to meet the SGL crowd, you'll discover just what a sociable bunch they are.

Very much looking forward to meeting the usual 'gang' again, and all the 'new faces' that are going to be there. :rolleyes:

Dave

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Because I live close to the site I will bring along my WO 66SD and 4" APO refractor both on a SkyTee alt/az mount. I was also bring along my box of eyepieces (details on my profiles). Lulu you are welcome to use the 4" scope - using an Ethos EP would be interesting for both of us.

Mark

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If I can manage to get a pitch, I'm going to bring along the big 14 inch Meade....no cameras etc.

It'll be available for anyone who wants a peek through a seriously powerful SCT.

Also, if anyone wants any processing tips, I'll be more than happy to help.

Cheers

Rob

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If I can manage to get a pitch, I'm going to bring along the big 14 inch Meade

:rolleyes:, who's doing that for you Rob, Pickford's ;)

Dave

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:rolleyes:, who's doing that for you Rob, Pickford's ;)

Dave

I'm just going to make sure I eat plenty of weetabix that day Dave! :hello2:

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No truss needed....Amanda's been going down the gym 3 times a week....she'll lift it ;)

Rob

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All my kit is bolted down, I was toying with the idea of uprooting it but have decided against. I do have the no longer used ST80 and mount and will bring this instead (more for my lads use than mine)

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Well, it is now confirmed that I am now not able to make SGL4 due to work.

To say I am gutted is an understatement - was really looking forward to meeting lots of new people and ignoring those I already know.

I shall continue to do the organising, chasing of payments, liasing with the campsite - so don't panic!

I hope you all have an excellent time, clear skies and a good laugh.

;)

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dang! Daz - thats a real bummer ;) Sounds like you need a new job more compatible with RL....

Are they sending you away?

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Sorry to hear that Daz, especially after all the work you've put in for the rest of us.

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Not good news Daz, as I know how much you enjoy these events. ;)

Hopefully, see you at Kelling in September.

Dave

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Well! I'll go t'th' foot of our stairs! (as my nana would say).

All the hard work and anticipation and none of the fun - there's no justice in the world!

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I'm sure you will be there in spirit Daz. I just wonder if MiniDaz was coming with you. He will be gutted too if that was the plan.

Hope the reorgansation is going well.

Ron.;)

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pssttt! for the techies, I have confirmed that there is wireless internet on site, just ask at reception. I am guessing it only around the main building, but thats good enough for me....

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Well, it is now confirmed that I am now not able to make SGL4 due to work.

To say I am gutted is an understatement - was really looking forward to meeting lots of new people and ignoring those I already know.

You never know Daz they may still yet make another 11th hour decision ........yet again ;)

BTW you forgot to install our printer:hiding:

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.... there is wireless internet on site, just ask at reception....

WooHoo! ;)

The toughest thing I found about Kielder was being completely cut off from the internet/SGL...

James

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Hi, I live a couple of miles away from the site. I was wondering if it'd be possible to join in without camping (I hate camping - and have a nice soft bed 5 minutes away !!) ?

Rob

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Hi Rob

It shouldnt be a problem as long as you let the Campsite know of your arrival ;)

Welcome to SGL.

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The toughest thing I found about Kielder was being completely cut off from the internet/SGL...

Personally...That would be something i'd treasure!!!!;):D

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