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I'm very pleased with the toilet tent I've bought to cover my dob however.

Andrew

Just make sure no one has mistaken this for the loo in the wee small hours - could get messy :D

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Hehe just wrote a little Mac utility that means I will not need to tape red acetate to the screen :D Toggles the desktop between normal and red only!

Fitted the lantern with red acetate too.. next up is the torch and then off for the week's food shop!

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Just a heads up for those who may of thought about bringing the rods along and doing a spot of fishing on the river... I've checked with the site and they operate a Closed Season until June 15th - Less luggage to bring then !

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This is my camping list!

TO DO BEFORE

Find location co-ordinates

Set Polaris transit point?

Charge batteries

Check tent!

Clear camera cards

TELESCOPE CHECKLIST

Mount

Tripod

Weights

Eyepieces

OTA

Finderscope

Tube rings

Mounting plate

Accessory tray

Hand control (go-to)

Power source – BOTH PARTS!

EQUIPMENT

Scope and accessories!!

Red cellophane

Screw drivers (for collimation)

Jotter pad and pen

Tent Mallet

Camp table – with a rim so stuff doesn’t fall off!

Cover for scope – one that can be secured in windy weather

Stool - for midgets like me to stand on when the eyepiece is a bit high!

Power pack

Camping chair + recliner

Red light torch

Thick floor roll or blow-up mattress – with foot pump preferably

Head torch

Good-quality sleeping bag

Allen keys

Duvet

Watchmaker’s screwdriver

Lamp for tent

Pale sheet – I put under scope in case I lose something small!

Camping stove? – can’t do without my tea!

Gardener’s kneeling pad – for polar aligning

Cooler for food?

Spirit level (and compass for us beginners!)

Golfing brolly

Car hairdryer

Pillow

Batteries for anything!

Sellotape

Camera: body, lens, T-ring, filters, card reader?, cable, charger

Elastic bands

Extra battery and card for camera

Mobile phone & charger

Star map or planisphere

Laptop, cables, mouse, mouse mat

Glasses chord – for those who wear glasses so you don’t have to keep putting them down!

General extension lead

Camping extension lead (with integral RCD)

Marker pen

Alexxx

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The other end of the scale could be

Binoculars

Sleeping bag

Car

:D

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Spent the day washing a rather dirty motorhome. Couple of repairs and filled the water tanks to the brim!

Kit is ready to load, just need to make sure I bring clothes!

Picking up some real ales and malt whiskies tomorrow!

Whatever the weather it is going to be a party!

Regards

Chris

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Hi All,

Just to let our climbers know, I will be bringing some gear for sale which is in the for sale section.

Let me know if you are interested as I have it on another forum

Also have a Giottos MH 5001 tripod head and a couple of Nikon 2 x teleconverters in the for sale secion. All will be brought with me if not sold before.

Best regards

Chris

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Did anyone catch the Coutryfile weather forecast for the week ahead...

I hope its wrong especially for the early arrivals :D

Billy...

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I'm so glad of my ickle VW camper after looking at that weather forcast, oil filled rad = toasty warm and dryness.

Although Metcheck did forcast clear skies for me this evening 48hrs ago and its totally overcast now so we still have hope!

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there is always hope based on the weather forecasting accuracy in the UK.

They couldn't even predict the weather we had yesterday in todays forecast!

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Not had chance to seal the brand new tent - hope todo this tuesday as soon as I get there (early afternoonish). Fingers crossed for 4-6 hours of dry weather.

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I don't bother looking at metcheck....it's always hopelessly wrong for my neck of the woods.....the BBC weather is much more accurate.

Edited by RobH

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Hi Rob,

Interesting that. I wonder if it is how we interprete the forecast? I find Met Check to be more accurate than the BBC!

However, when Met Check get it wrong they are usually so way off that I reckon it is some bright spark having a laugh. I spotted -100+ degs over the cold spell!

I believe but cannot confirm that they get their information from the same sources.

Best regards

Chris

Edited by G2EWS

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I collected comparison data on Metcheck and the Metoffice for over a month. The Metoffice was the winner by a country mile. Mind you, a month's worth of data is nothing in meteorology.

Martin

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At last, my excuse for not going to SGL6, the good old British weather.......

Wonder if the children will let me get away with that one :D:icon_scratch:

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Hi Rob,

Interesting that. I wonder if it is how we interprete the forecast? I find Met Check to be more accurate than the BBC!

Chris

I reckon it might be because I live about 100 yards from the sea, in what seems to be a bit of a microclimate, making long range accurate prediction very tough.....the beeb get it right more than most though.

TBH...I don't take much notice of forecasts, I just look at Sat24 and see what's coming.

Edited by RobH

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Hi,

Wednesday will be really wet according to both the BBC and Metcheck.

Looking at the EA Flood area maps I noticed that the campsite is on the map as a flood plain for the river.

Change the wellies for waders!!!

I was thinking of visiting a number of National Trust properties to stay warm and dry.

Cheers

Adrian

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Yup BBC giving rain rain...and I think a bit more rain....I think I'll set up a collimation station in my tent :D I don't fancy putting the new tent up in the rain though :)

Never mind....at least I'll be in good company, I'll just have to adjust my rations to include more wine!

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As a weather person for the last 20 years I can confirm spells of wet and windy weather UNTIL Friday when I am arriving.

I will bring with me a mild flow of air up from the Azores. Sunny spells for the prominences and clear spells for the cassini division and more importantly no rain after Friday morning through until I leave on Sunday!

See if I am better than metcheck or the met office!

Mark S from Bristol

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