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jamespels

Peak Star Party Lives Again! 21 - 24 October

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Shane thanks for the views through the big dob. I won’t forget the view of the Orion neb in a hurry, better than some photographs I have seem.

I know I was sending quite a few people up to you and thank you for your time and patience with the number of visits to your dob, you are a great ambassador for our hobby. :)

how nice of you to say so Paul - I really enjoyed it and I was also taken aback by M42, just stunning. I enjoyed people's positive reactions which makes all the time I spent putting the scope together well worth it. :D

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Jaffascope... seemed like a good use for the newly rebuilt TAL mount!

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More pics and a few video clips to follow. Please post links to any pics you don't mind sharing on here - thanks!

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Many thanks to Moonshane for getting the real TAL scope collimated - can we offer you out as a service next year?!

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havent got a clue how to link my photos but as i said before anyone can look at the album, next year i will definately take more as well lol

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hi James

Nice Jaffa scope! Would work well on Mars as it contains its own orangey filter.

I'd be happy to offer advice and help to anyone wanting collimation tips next year. It would probably work better if we booked time during the days as it could then be done either in small groups or one to one depending on demand. Perhaps we could book times towards the end of the days as that way people's scopes will be ready for use that night assuming the skies are playing game.

It will also ensure I brush up on my theory as well! I should stress I only know about collimating Newts and anything else is beyond me. And even with newts I feel only like a competent amateur rather than anything like a specialist :D

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havent got a clue how to link my photos but as i said before anyone can look at the album, next year i will definately take more as well lol

hi Kerry Ann here's a link to your album Stargazers Lounge - KerryAnn23's Album: PSP 2011 oooh, I see my scope is in it!

just go into it and then copy the link in the space bar at the top of IE or whatever you use for internet.

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hi James

I'd be happy to offer advice and help to anyone wanting collimation tips next year. It would probably work better if we booked time during the days as it could then be done either in small groups or one to one depending on demand. Perhaps we could book times towards the end of the days as that way people's scopes will be ready for use that night assuming the skies are playing game.

It will also ensure I brush up on my theory as well! I should stress I only know about collimating Newts and anything else is beyond me. And even with newts I feel only like a competent amateur rather than anything like a specialist :D

Your too generous Shane - I wasn't being even half serious! Still, I think a collimation workshop would be really useful to people if the offer still stands come next year. While mine is now nicely set up I haven't got a clue how to do it myself ("turn to page 1 of Astrobaby's guide..." is about it!).

J.

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Sitting at work.......(Bored!), now well rested after two nights decent kip in a real bed! Just wanted to add my own thanks to James and all the team for their efforts in putting on a great event! The quality of the speakers and their talks were worth the weekend on their own! Nigel The Cosmic Whirlwind was most entertaining! I really should have dragged my sorry ass out of my sleeping bag on the Friday night, I looked out at 1.00am and again at 3.00am and now realise that was probably the best skies the weekend had to offer.......bummer! Had I done so, I would have undoubtedly got more out of the Sat night session which cloud cruelly cut short, not a good time to discover that my fave EP doesn't suit my new scope........bummer again! So somehow I missed out on all the PST action by day and the chance to gaze through any other scopes too, but at least I now have a better idea what suits my set up. I did manage to add two Messier objects to my short seen it list, The Ring Nebula I picked up in my 4" Frac and also M110 in Andromeda in my 6" RC.

Nice to meet so many friendly folk, with a shared interest. Esp Nightfisher!

Roll on next year! .........Turn off the quarry lights.......PLEASE!

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Your too generous Shane - I wasn't being even half serious! Still, I think a collimation workshop would be really useful to people if the offer still stands come next year. While mine is now nicely set up I haven't got a clue how to do it myself ("turn to page 1 of Astrobaby's guide..." is about it!).

J.

no worries at all James and I'd definitely be willing next time round.

if you are ever passing near Stockport do give me a shout and I'll gladly give you a rundown.

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thanks moonshane,il remember that but at least you have done it for me this time lol, id love to no how to collimate mine even though it was done for me 2 minutes after i bought it. its definately something people should know x

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Who's tent??

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Just a quick snap with my phone!

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I'm sure somebody will be REALLY upset about that picture, Angela!

I'm sure that pack of jaffa cakes hasn't been seen recently anywhere...

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just a foot note from myself, when i arrived i discovered the lens cap was missing from my tal100, i looked every place in the car but no sign, until i got home and unloaded, there it was, phew.

a couple more pics

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Woo hoo! My Tal is famous! I was surprised on Saturday to see another 2M half way down the field, though.

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Your too generous Shane - I wasn't being even half serious! Still, I think a collimation workshop would be really useful to people if the offer still stands come next year. While mine is now nicely set up I haven't got a clue how to do it myself ("turn to page 1 of Astrobaby's guide..." is about it!).

J.

At PSP 4 (Rivendale) we had a mount clinic. That was very useful.

Collimation is easy. You need to buy a Cheshire Eyepiece from Bern.

Accessories @ Modern Astronomy

Once you have it. You'll wonder how on earth you managed, with out one.

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Managed my first full nights sleep since starting with the set up of PSP 2011 last Wednesday:).

Already now to do it all over again for PSP2012 there have been e-mail exchanges already with the marshals on what we may be doing to improve things for next year….

Just to show a few more pics here are some Richard has taken… Look at some of those bottle rocket captions. *Peak Star Party 2011 by R & A Knisely-Marpole

The Peak District Dark Skies group (PDDS) will be running a few more evening events and we will publish these on our website very soon (Just adding the finishing touches to it).

Shane thanks for the views through the big dob. I won’t forget the view of the Orion neb in a hurry, better than some photographs I have seem.

I know I was sending quite a few people up to you and thank you for your time and patience with the number of visits to your dob, you are a great ambassador for our hobby. :)

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone for the generosity you all showed with the purchase of badges and raffle tickets to aid our cause against light pollution in the peak district. It’s very pleasing to find a group of people who all not only share a passion for what they are doing but also care enough to do something to preserve and improve it. You all made the event what it was and I look forward to seeing you all next year. :o:hello2::p:hello2::hello2:

Paul, its George :D Anyway, we bought about 8 raffle tickets and went home on the Sunday not knowing what to do with them. My Uncle and Auntie (People I was with) have returned to the campsite today with their children for some camping. Any idea of what to do? :D

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Paul, its George :) Anyway, we bought about 8 raffle tickets and went home on the Sunday not knowing what to do with them. My Uncle and Auntie (People I was with) have returned to the campsite today with their children for some camping. Any idea of what to do? :D

Hi George, the raffle draw was at 1:45 after the first talk - sorry if you missed the message but I did tell everyone I saw as I went round with them in the morning!

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Ah, I'm glad someone got me (of is that Jess) in a pic, Jules. I forgot to get the G10 out :) I can see me and my scopes poking out behind James' Tal :D

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Your not the only one Paul, I forgot to take any photos as well... :D

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Hi all,

Just to add my thanks (and those of the National Park Authority) for all the hard work that James, PaulC, PaulB, Richard and Angela put in to making the PSP2011 an amazing success.

I've just done some 'back of the envelope' calculations, and we estimate that PSP2011 made an impact of between £20k-30k on the local economy! In these tough times, it looks like astro-tourism is a winner for Dark Sky locations.

I wish I'd been able to lug my 16" LX200 down to the site, but it is sleeping in its box until I get my observatory up and running (even I have to navigate the planning intricacies of the National Park). Maybe next year we can arrange a trip to it if it is built and there is interest.

I'm also keen to run some 'organised' trips out to places such as Arbor Low and Nice Ladies Stone Circle next year; there was some interest this year but I think a minibus would have made the trip a lot easier.

Thanks again to everyone that came along, it was great to meet you all!

John

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Looks like we all made a BIG impact on the Peak District.

It's great reading so much positive feed back, and I think it's made it all worth while.

I'm already looking forward to PSP 2012, and I am also planning on doing a couple more star parties during 2012.

PSP has wetted my associate Paul Canon's, appetite for star parties.

The skies over there are fabulous. And it'll be a long time before I forget the views of Messier 42 with my William Optics 66 and 10x50 glasses, that I (we all had) during those early hour's on Saturday.

I only regret getting up so late, and not staying around watching for those breaks after midnight on Friday.

The BBQ was also a great success. I throughly enjoyed it, as did Paul.

Then afterwords it was great just relaxing, GOTO'ing, around the sky using MK1 eyeball and my 10" with its new Baader 13mm Hyperion.

Next year. I will be doing some imaging.

Thanks again James for all the work, and for finding such a great site.

Roll on PSP2 :D:hello2::):hello2::o

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Yes I cant wait either! :D

I know its early days but would a spring and autumn PSP be viable?

I know I would attend both!

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Yep, I was saying to Darren, who froze himself into hibernation on Friday night, that spring would be good.

Hey! I got a good coating of aviation fuel on my mirror for free!

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This did happen in the early day's off PSP during the early 2000's.

There were two. One in March and November.

Both where freezing cold, and they were soon canceled because of the weather and lack of support.

Before this event. I went to PSP 4 and PSP 5. PSP 4 was in the middle of November. I well remember waking UP to find hoarfrost in my tent.

PSP 5 was a wash out.

I think one PSP at Shallow Grange a year, is more than enough.

But I could be wrong :D

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Yeah I'd be up for a bi-annual PSP. A whole new sky for spring!

I think we could have a poll say 10 months in advance to gauge the interest and go from there. Should leave enough time to sort the event if there is enough interest. Just an idea :D Of course it's prolly a bit late for this coming spring...?

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