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14-11-2011, 08:37 PM
Hi all, just interested to see if any takers for this Saturday night 19th.
Moonage doesn't come up until about 1:50 on Sunday morn.
OK all you closet astro people, dust off the scope and lob.
See yaz there.:) Weather at this stage looks reasonable.
14-11-2011, 10:05 PM
i won't be available for the 26th - so this might be my last chance till january
perhaps we might think of the xmas party ?
15-11-2011, 06:52 AM
Weather permitting. Hopefully get to use my new 12" Lightbridge which arrives today.
15-11-2011, 07:59 AM
there goes the weather
15-11-2011, 08:45 AM
I laughed when I read this. My 12" lightbridge arrived on Friday.
Will see you there.
15-11-2011, 08:46 AM
What a great Idea
15-11-2011, 01:14 PM
I'm being tempted..... :confuse3:
15-11-2011, 02:02 PM
Ill be there.. but scopeless.
Had the hernia operation last week, all went well.. no lifting for a couple of weeks at least.. so me, not having a scope there, should keep the weather fine and some huge, world stopping, astronomical event should happen while we are there lol.
15-11-2011, 03:45 PM
A BIG hit from something, perhaps.
Best place to be :thumbsup:
Alien's will land, later when it clears
16-11-2011, 03:16 PM
Went for a ride up to the Pony Club this morning.
Pleased to report that it is still there.
Also, the gate can be opened with our key.
No building work was being performed, all the fences and gates have been erected.
Hard to tell if the Clubhouse has been finished, as it was locked of course, and our key does not open the locks on any of the doors. But all seemed to be finished from what I could see.
Access to the main observing field can be had through a big new gate just before the clubhouse. The "back" access we used to take is also again open to traffic if your preference lies in that direction.
I am hoping our wise one can convince pony club management to allow us to have a key to access the clubhouse facilities. It would be nice to be able to warm a pie and brew a cuppa again (like the good ole days).
At the very least, could you please organise a key for us to access to the Toilet facilities? Please?
As for this Saturday, I am working towards getting there. The forcast looks tempting but not overly. Clear skies with increasing cloud after 10pm, may be dewey. (Huey and Luey undecided :) )
Actually, the graphic indicates that FRIDAY could be the better choice if anyone is interested?
17-11-2011, 09:15 AM
Cool. Feeling keen.
Hope the weather plays nice!
Wonder if hauling the scope around had anything to do with it?
Take it easy Andrew.
17-11-2011, 01:28 PM
I have a carfull of interested newcomers who want to come up - probably the "get lost in the dark" and "get bitten by the mozzies" types? We'll make the call tomorrow afternoon re the weather Saturday night.
Probably cannot do Friday night.
18-11-2011, 08:03 AM
OK, starting to look like it's a "goer". When will the gate be open on Sat afternoon, please?
18-11-2011, 12:55 PM
I've got a key Eric, along with several others. I'm looking to get there between 6:30 and 7:00. Some others with a key may want to get there a little earlier to set up though.
18-11-2011, 01:09 PM
Still think 7timer favours tonight over Saturday.
I may try for both nights.
A few other variables in the mix so no guarantee.
Any word on the key to facilities?
18-11-2011, 01:14 PM
Hoo Hoo......Hoo Hoo...? Calling Mr Owl. Come in Mr Owl. ..Over.:P
18-11-2011, 02:01 PM
there was another meeting this week Al - but have not heard back from Justine
18-11-2011, 02:54 PM
Allan, Weather Underground is predicting fog for all tonight (Friday).
18-11-2011, 04:28 PM
Well, if there's fog there won't be any rain....just ask Rod!!!!!
18-11-2011, 05:20 PM
Clear tonight, but those blue dots on B Panel mean "Very Wet".
I guess that is what Fog is represented by.
I thought it meant DEW.
Looks good at the moment though.
18-11-2011, 05:58 PM
OK, I'll watch this thread but I'm going to aim for departure by about 5pm, so arrival around 6:15pm Saturday night. Two cars. Only a little C8 for me so I can carry a passenger - maybe 4 or 5 in the other car. So hopefully you guys can be generous with a group of newcomers to stargazing - my scope won't be enough for them. :thumbsup:
18-11-2011, 08:08 PM
I'm quite keen to try to make it tomorrow night (Sat) as well.
19-11-2011, 10:13 AM
Ill be there before sundown as well, I would say around 6. Thats my goal anyways... see how we go.
19-11-2011, 11:34 AM
Hey Early Starter Guys:
If you get there before a key holder, you can still access the site from the side gate (down the fire trail).
But remember to shut that gate once you come through it.
Clear skies ;)
19-11-2011, 11:40 AM
I'll be there around 6, I have a key
19-11-2011, 01:45 PM
Beaudy Geoff! And I'll remember that side gate, Allan - I'll look for it tonight so I know.
19-11-2011, 09:59 PM
Hope you guys have a great night. I have just arrived home from about 2 weeks in Byron Bay.....had I been around earlier I would have come up.
20-11-2011, 02:44 AM
Thanks everyone. Especially for looking after the group of colleagues and friends I brought up for their first real taste of stargazing.
It was good to get to know a few more a little bit more. Perhaps I'll even start to lock names to faces in my leaky brain!
Upper level cloud finally brought us to a halt around midnight. Otherwise, it was nice conditions.
20-11-2011, 12:31 PM
Great to catch up with everyone
I always seem to learn something
Rick the master collimator showed me again how it is done :thumbsup:
20-11-2011, 01:22 PM
It was a great turn out, nice to chat to a few people, particularly thanks to Andrew (sorry I dont know your nick here) who showed me how to align using the polar scope on my HEQ5, and what to look for when looking through the scope :)
There were quite a bit of high clouds and light reflections from Sydney, got worse towards midnight, so most people packed up & went home. Looking forward to more of these outings :)
Managed to take some quick shots of NGC2070 & NGC253, will post it on the deep sky photography section.
20-11-2011, 02:06 PM
yes not a bad roll up considering.
glad all the new comers had a good time and hope to see you all again.
bugger about the late cloud - but i guess we were lucky to get what we did.
20-11-2011, 02:12 PM
Great to catch up with everyone again and nice to meet all the new 'Clubbers'. Not the quality of sky we ordered but plenty to see just the same.
Where was that Kombi fella? We all missed the quantity of meteors and satellites he spies so consistently.
Maybe catch up again just before Christmas for another gathering?
20-11-2011, 02:54 PM
YES, It just was not the same without the comforting sound of coffee grinders.
I am sure I heard from Dob Alley ... "How's the serenity!" :P
Still I had a good time re-bonding with my BT100 Giant Binos.
And it was nice to be observing after midnight in short sleeves.
20-11-2011, 08:34 PM
Sorry I missed this trip.
I went out with my Wife for a quiet Date.
I have been working like a Trojan all week, and I thought I had better spend some time with the family before they forget who I am....
Glad you all had a good night without the Coffee Grinders there.
20-11-2011, 08:40 PM
Thanks everyone for a great night, shame the viewing was so sub average.
Good to ,eet all the newcomers... Victor, considering the wind and cloud.. Those images are fantastic!
Hoping to be able to take a scope up if we try again next week, hope some of you are up to it!!
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