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Helen

SGL6 - Don't forget the......

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All these lists are very sensible indeed.

I intend to take a camping stove and I'm going to cook a nice hot meal on Saturday night, of the stick-to-your ribs variety.

There'll be hot chocolate too and the possibility of bacon sandwiches in the day.

What every male astronomer needs is an ample woman, who will:

  • cook warming food to tuck into
  • occasionally appear with a hot coffee at the eye piece
  • act as a living hot water bottle at 4am. (How lucky is Ian??!)

And what will be my heat source?

Well...the magic of the night sky...good company...the fascination of images created on site...(and maybe a bottle of gin and a fan heater;)).

HehHeh!, there'll be a long queue at your caravan Lulu :D.

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HehHeh!, there'll be a long queue at your caravan Lulu :p.

I'm willing to offer round the drinks and nibbles...but acting as a hot water bottle at 4am to anyone else?...Ian might not be willing to share...:D:(

ps We're in a tent now, Ron, but it's comfy, so be sure to pop round for a cuppa.

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I'm willing to offer round the drinks and nibbles...but acting as a hot water bottle at 4am to anyone else?...Ian might not be willing to share...:D:p

ps We're in a tent now, Ron, but it's comfy, so be sure to pop round for a cuppa.

I accept your invite, and it will be nice to see you again :(.

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@malc-c.... save it as Word 2003 version (.doc) and you can attach..

My packing list has two tick columns - one for assembly into the conservatory, one for when it has been packed into the car!

Don't forget...

Spare batteries

Spare USB leads

Hot air blower

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Mine will be:

Tent

Air bed + bed pump

Reflective sheeting

Sleeping bag

Duvet

Lantern (red sheet adapted, solar/12V/230V rechargeable brightness adjustable LED)

Maglite torch (red adapted) + rechargable AA batteries + AA battery charger

Oil Radiator heater

16A hookup

Wind break

Stove + fuel

Kitchen table

Bowl

Chair

Water holder

Flask

Cafetere (travel one that's insulated and doesn't have glass)

Food..

Towels

Layers of clothes

Phone + charger

Then worry about the equipment!

Beer.. travelling in the front passenger footwell, the opposite end of the car from the scopes etc.

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The ones people tend to forget are Bin Bags

You would be surprised how many ickle animals sniff out food at night and rip the bags outside the tent to get at it (plus the make a temp scope cover)

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Each welcome pack has a bin bag in it :D but you might want to bring extra...

Helen

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I wonder if its possible for me to forget my 8 year old son, would certainly make for a more peaceful weekend! :D

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Each welcome pack has a bin bag in it :) but you might want to bring extra...

Helen

:D , What else does the Welcome Pack have in it ???

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I wonder if its possible for me to forget my 8 year old son, would certainly make for a more peaceful weekend! :D

Don't tempt me with idea's like that or I'I be off on the boat sailing for the weekend.....

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:) , What else does the Welcome Pack have in it ???

Welcome Pack has the following:

- Welcome note

- Local information sheet (pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, medical facilities, things to do, local attractions)

- site plan and details

- Name badge

- Tent badge (in a poly pocket to keep it dry and some string to attach it with!)

- Meal vouchers

- Timetable of talks

- Guide to night sky (planets, space station, iridium flares)

and the Bin bag :D

Helen

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Hello Helen.

Can you stick a name badge in my pack for Amanda too....she's Galathea on the forum.

Thanks

Rob

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Welcome Pack has the following:

- Welcome note

- Local information sheet (pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, medical facilities, things to do, local attractions)

- site plan and details

- Name badge

- Tent badge (in a poly pocket to keep it dry and some string to attach it with!)

- Meal vouchers

- Timetable of talks

- Guide to night sky (planets, space station, iridium flares)

and the Bin bag :)

Helen

....and I forgot :D

A COMPETITION :)

Helen

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Hello Helen.

Can you stick a name badge in my pack for Amanda too....she's Galathea on the forum.

Thanks

Rob

Will do :D

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A COMPETITION :D

Intriguing...

Contemplating bringing a bottle of Naga sauce for the BBQ.. :) :)

Edited by NickK

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....and I forgot :D

A COMPETITION :)

Helen

"Who forgot the biggest item?"

"Who invited the clouds to the Star Party?"

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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

Head torch

Good-quality sleeping bag

blow-up mattress – with foot pump preferably

Reflective ground sheet (emergency foil blanket)

Foam bed roll

Heat pads

Duvet

Allen keys

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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co-ordinates. Latitude: 52.02179. Longitude: -2.63073 ...kev

Hello Kev, I just realised your about 5 miles up the road from me! We'll have to look each other up at SGL6 for a tea/coffee/beer/whisky/jaffa cake **delete as appropriate** be good to meet a "local".

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....and I forgot :D

A COMPETITION :)

Helen

Oh NO. Not who can eat the most jaffa cakes?

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A bit of advise for anybody new to camping.....:D

"Pack the things you want first , last. "

Ie if you can unpack your scopes last as you dont want to be climbing over them or leaving them on the ground whilst you try to get to your tent.

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A bit of advise for anybody new to camping.....:D

"Pack the things you want first , last. "

Ie if you can unpack your scopes last as you dont want to be climbing over them or leaving them on the ground whilst you try to get to your tent.

Great advice....remember it may be raining, so have your tent and waterproofs easy to hand and you can get them out quick.

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