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2024 Scotland's Spring Galloway Premier Star Camp.

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Hi everyone.


🌌Confirmation, these dates are now fixed and agreed with camp site owners.🌌


As usual I am announcing the dates as soon as practical so that people who need to give employers very early dates for holidays can do so.



Scotland's Premier Star Camp during the Spring (March) 2024


It will be held at Drumroamin Camp Site.

(1 South Balfern, Kirkinner, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, DG8 9DB 

Between Friday 8th and Tuesday 12th March. 


(The New Moon is on Sunday the 10th March)  

And as before, these dates still and will attempt to contain a weekend,

so hopefully most people may attend if at work during the week days.


Location: Drumroamin

Latitude: 54.83253

Longitude: -4.45677


New Moon March 2024 for Newton Stewart

Moon phase details for Sunday, March 10, 2024

• Moon Phase: New Moon - 09:02 am ↑

• Illumination: 0%

• Moon Age: 0.47 days

• Moon Angle: 0.55

• Moon Distance: 363,497.115 km

• Moonrise: 07:08 am

• Moonset: 06:33 pm

• Sun Angle: 0.54

• Sun Distance: 148,630,707.719 km

• Sunrise: 06:48 am

• Golden Hour Ends: 07:37 am

• Golden Hour Starts: 05:22 pm

• Sunset: 06:10 pm

• Length of day: 11h 21m



This means that observers and imagers are still able to view/image some days before

and after the New Moon without moonlight pollution affecting them as shown above.



Some time ago I was asked by an SGL member if I had any information regarding

the Past/Long-Term Weather around the Wigtown/Newton Stewart area.


I try my best to pick when I think we may get better weather, errr.... crossed fingers!


So below is what I have found so far, I hope it is of some interest as to how and why

 I picked the dates that I have following these data and others on line.


For example February might seem a better month for the Spring event, longer nights and possibly colder,

but it can be a wetter month, especially in early February.

March is supposedly drier, but then it has shorter nights and so loses dark hours to either view or image.

Therefore late February to early March seems the better time.

But, it all depends upon the New Moon dates available and where they fit in the month.

Also I try to see if I can fit in the dates as close to a weekend as possible.

Lesley also opens up the camping area just for us and excludes the general public,

so these dates have to bear in mind her opening dates!



Some interesting information for Wigtown.

(Precipitation and Temperatures)



Dates of the Star Camp picked because of likelihood of best weather combined with hours of darkness, i.e. not February longer nights but more chance of rain!!


The warmest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 14.5 °C | 58.0 °F. At 4.2 °C | 39.6 °F on average, February is the coldest month of

the year.





As always those wishing to attend a day or so early and/or stay longer can request this with Lesley at the time of booking!




Hope to see you all there.

Best wishes


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On 26/01/2023 at 23:36, estwing said:

Dob mob will be pleased to support this event 

Glad to hear it 😀

How are you doing?


I posted these Spring dates so as to keep my promise to post a year in advance wherever possible.

As I said, I have to firm up the dates ASAP. So please bear that in mind. I am pretty sure it will be OK though.

I also have the dates for the 2024 Autumn Star Camp sorted, but I will await Lesley's Ok before posting them.

I am concurently busy with several other projects and did not want to forget to let everyone know the proposed dates ASAP.

It should only be a few days hopefully to confirm everything.


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