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South Wales Astronomy Group (SWAG) Autumn Star Party 2021


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14 minutes ago, Trikeflyer said:

I’ve just booked fri and sat night In Oaks field  - not sure of my pitch number as booked online but I told them I’m with swag so hopefully near the action. 

@Trikeflyer, I would ring them up and ask for a pitch number. They are very helpful and will probably already have allocated you a pitch - I'm sure everything is fine, but it's best to know now just in case there's been a hiccup.

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X  These are the pitches allocated so far. 

The pitches numbered in Black are hard standing and more suited to caravans.

Those numbered in yellow are grass, more suited to tents.

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, Freff said:

X  These are the pitches allocated so far. 

The pitches numbered in Black are hard standing and more suited to caravans.

Those numbered in yellow are grass, more suited to tents.

 

 

Oaks.jpg

I’ve got pitch 7. Looking forward to meeting everyone. It’s my first time here. Wishing us clear skies 😀

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The numbers are going up, many thanks to you guys for your support after such a disastrous 18 months due to Covid.👍

There are several new faces this time, so fingers crossed that the weather behaves and you can enjoy our near pristine skies. 🔭

Are any of you caravanners, just so I can check on suitable pitches. 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Just had caravan serviced, all OK (not bad for a 23 year old van). Will now be staying, booked for 7th, 8th, 9th on pitch 4 (so no loud snoring Tony).

Will be our first holiday since the start of the pandemic, really looking forward to it.

Mick & Jill

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OK so I just booked pitch #8 with EHU, for 7th through 10th October, 3 nights, I will be using a small ish tent, and will be bringing EQ6-R and 12" ACF SCT and a bunch of the green eyepieces and LPR filters in wheels.

Looking forwards to meeting everyone in the Astro Group!

I had wanted pitch #25 but alas looks like I left it too late, but at least I did manage to grab a pitch with EHU near the group.

Best Regards,

Alistair G.

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Here is the list of those attending so far. If I have missed anyone or have  the wrong details please let me know.

 

freff                                   pitch  3              7th - 9th

mdstuart                           pitch  10            8th - 9th

adyj1                                  pitch  11           7th - 10th

reddross                            pitch  13            7th - 9th

estwing                              pitch  28           8th - 9th   

mapstar                             pitch  27            8th - 9th

swampthing                      pitch  26            8th - 9th

lee_b                                  pitch   14          8th - 9th

lew                                     pitch   6            7th - 8th

dust in time                       pitch  12           7th - 10th

trikeflyer                            pitch  7            8th - 9th

mickD                                pitch   4           7th - 10th

live stream mad                 pitch   8           7th - 10th

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9 hours ago, Freff said:

UPDATE

Here is the list of those attending so far. If I have missed anyone or have  the wrong details please let me know.

 

freff                                   pitch  3              7th - 9th

mdstuart                           pitch  10            8th - 9th

adyj1                                  pitch  11           7th - 10th

reddross                            pitch  13            7th - 9th

estwing                              pitch  28           8th - 9th   

mapstar                             pitch  27            8th - 9th

swampthing                      pitch  26            8th - 9th

lee_b                                  pitch   14          8th - 9th

lew                                     pitch   6            7th - 8th

dust in time                       pitch  12           7th - 10th

trikeflyer                            pitch  7            8th - 9th

mickD                                pitch   4           7th - 10th

live stream mad                 pitch   8           7th - 10th

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Looking forward to meeting you all. 

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On 22/09/2021 at 14:17, Freff said:

UPDATE

Here is the list of those attending so far. If I have missed anyone or have  the wrong details please let me know.

 

freff                                   pitch  3              7th - 9th

mdstuart                           pitch  10            8th - 9th

adyj1                                  pitch  11           7th - 10th

reddross                            pitch  13            7th - 9th

estwing                              pitch  28           8th - 9th   

mapstar                             pitch  27            8th - 9th

swampthing                      pitch  26            8th - 9th

lee_b                                  pitch   14          8th - 9th

lew                                     pitch   6            7th - 8th

dust in time                       pitch  12           7th - 10th

trikeflyer                            pitch  7            8th - 9th

mickD                                pitch   4           7th - 10th

live stream mad                 pitch   8           7th - 10th

Oaks Taken.jpg

It is looking good !!!!!!!

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Where on the map does the group usually put down their telescopes / observe from ? It would be nice to put my EQ6-R onto hard standing instead of having it sinking into the grass and loosing my alignment.

Also, anyone got any more pictures of the skies there and past meetings showing the scopes etc? Would be nice.

BTW I need a North view for Polaris to use my Ioptron Ipolar on.

Regards,

Alistair G.

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7 hours ago, Live_Steam_Mad said:

Where on the map does the group usually put down their telescopes / observe from ? It would be nice to put my EQ6-R onto hard standing instead of having it sinking into the grass and loosing my alignment.

Also, anyone got any more pictures of the skies there and past meetings showing the scopes etc? Would be nice.

BTW I need a North view for Polaris to use my Ioptron Ipolar on.

Regards,

Alistair G.

Most of us set up on our pitch, using 'pads'  under the tripod to avoid any sinking in soft ground. 

Those on hard standing of course don't have an issue. 

If room allows, some share a hard standing with other kind members. 

There should be images posted in past listings, or if not I'm sure someone will post some for you. 

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Hi everyone hope you all have a great time at Pencelli, we've ended up at Kelling again this year but I think this will be the last time we will come here now so I hope we don't get blown away, we hope to see you all at the next meet & catch up as it's been way to long.

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1 hour ago, mapstar said:

Car nearly packed for an early departure in the morning 👍

1 hour ago, mapstar said:

I’m packed too but not arriving until afternoon. First time I’ve been to this one. Looking forward to meeting you all. 
See you tomorrow. steve 

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On 24/09/2021 at 00:48, Live_Steam_Mad said:

Where on the map does the group usually put down their telescopes / observe from ? It would be nice to put my EQ6-R onto hard standing instead of having it sinking into the grass and loosing my alignment.

Also, anyone got any more pictures of the skies there and past meetings showing the scopes etc? Would be nice.

BTW I need a North view for Polaris to use my Ioptron Ipolar on.

Regards,

Alistair G.

When I go I take 3 pieces of wood with me 6" squares and put the tripod on them stops sinking.  I would love to have come hopefully next year. 

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3 minutes ago, wookie1965 said:

When I go I take 3 pieces of wood with me 6" squares and put the tripod on them stops sinking.  I would love to have come hopefully next year. 

Be good to see you next year. Hope you can make it. It’s been a long time since that mini star party with Nick and Shaun in Walton on Trent. 

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25 minutes ago, Trikeflyer said:

Be good to see you next year. Hope you can make it. It’s been a long time since that mini star party with Nick and Shaun in Walton on Trent. 

It certainly will be nice to catch up with you and other friends there Damian who fixed my mount for me (Mapstar) 

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We local astronomers in SWAG really do appreciate you guys who travel long distances to support this small community of stargazers.

I know several who travel half way across the country for just the weekend only to be disappointed by weather, yet you still come year after year. 

I have had a word with the big guy upstairs and the skies area already beginning to clear.

Thank you all very much. 🪐🔭

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