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Old 16-09-2017, 12:58 PM
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Mangrove Mountain Tonight

I know it is short notice, but I am going to hit the mountain this evening.

Anyone who wants to make an appearance is more than welcome. Gate should be open after 4:30pm.
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Old 18-09-2017, 09:10 AM
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Well, it wasn't all too bad. I went up with a back complaint... not the best start for a night with a relatively heavy scope set.

The wind backed right off just after dark, but there were streamers of cloud, right where I was wanting to view (of course). I did see a few nice sights, but I was mostly up there to get a handle on using the wedge. Pretty good first up, and having a digital protractor makes things a lot more accurate.

I stayed until around 8:30. My back was getting worse with the cold, and I still had to pack up, so I called it early.

And there was the very rare sighting - during daylight hours - of the elusive beast known as the Deeno. Cunning disguised as a carpenter-by-day. It was good to catch up for a chat.
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Old 18-09-2017, 01:10 PM
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Thanks for the update Shane.
Sorry about you're back pain.
I would've come up but I was away on a family outing till late.
Have to catch up next time.

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Old 18-09-2017, 02:08 PM
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Hi Andrew,

No worries. The back pain has been there since I was 15 - Grape Picker's Back is what our family calls it... the joys of being involved in a family vineyard.

It was pretty nice up there. But looking at Jupiter and Saturn, there was a lot of atmospheric action going on.

Still, it was nice. The boys over the road had their garage band up and running, and they were pretty good, too. So I had a soundtrack while I was setting up.
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Old 22-09-2017, 03:56 PM
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Although this is past. Is the mangrove mtn site open to visitors When it is open?
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Old 23-09-2017, 12:22 PM
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The actual site is the Mangrove Mountain Pony Club, on Wisemans Ferry Road.

It is gated and locked at the front of the driveway, however there are a number of us locals with key access.

Generally, if a thread here is started, it is usually done by a keyholder. Myself, Allan_L, nobby2, GTB_an_Owl and I believe a couple of others have key access to this site. When we have a night on, then yes, all are welcome.

Also, the new moons normally (but not always) mean that the Pony Club and the co-tenant Jump Club do not have events on. We have had at least one occasion where we have turned up to a paddock full of horses and there riders, doing a weekender there.

Further, I believe that Geoffro put out feelers to the Gliding Club, on Bloodtree Road. Geoff, has anything come of that so far?
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Old 23-10-2017, 08:27 AM
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Anyone up tonight? I don't wanna waste what might be the only good night of the month!
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Old 24-10-2017, 11:20 AM
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Hi Alex,

This Saturday might be a good night to head up. During the week is harder, as I don't recover in the mornings after, like I used to, and I have to work.

Anyway, if you are interested, keep an eye on this thread. On Saturday early afternoon, we usually make a final decision based on the weather.

If the weather is good, I'll be heading up.
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Old 24-10-2017, 10:33 PM
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Hi Shane,

I never knew of this, just stumbled across just now.
Anyway, Im planning/hoping to be visiting the Central Coast 'my home town' come Autumn. Campervanning on 'friend's' property on Peats Ridge Rd for a couple/few weeks ?

I should aim for a new-moon period,, &,,, hope for clear weather, touch wood !
Hope these events are still on then, if you don't mind a visit, maybe with a few strangers tagging along for an hr after all, it's only a stone's throw away
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Old 25-10-2017, 11:53 AM
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Hi Bob,

Visitors are always welcome.

As things get colder, these events become a little more frequent, as the cooler weather often allows for better seeing.

And Peats Ridge Road is one of the accessways to Central Mangrove, so you will be most of the way there anyway!

March might be a conflict though. @Allan has Tak Attack IV (A New View) pegged in for March new moon. It's only a 3.5-hour drive inland, so if that is your planned date, then I'm sure a convoy is not out of the question...
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10-4, copy, Rubber Duck

We haven't a date set yet, will be more a spontaneous act & I Wont have an imaging rig, just camera/tracker soo, dont need to go 3.5 hrs, Lol
Will see closer to date

Cheers ...
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Old 27-10-2017, 04:56 PM
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10-4, copy, Rubber Duck

We haven't a date set yet, will be more a spontaneous act & I Wont have an imaging rig, just camera/tracker soo, dont need to go 3.5 hrs, Lol
Will see closer to date

Cheers ...
Bob, it would be a pleasure to meet you buddy.
I'll keep an eye out on this thread and will make a special effort to attend the night that you visit the Pony Club.
I'm a near by resident so I won't want to miss the chance to meet up with you.
Send me a PM as well when you know you're coming.



PS Shane, I'll bring some of my new toys next time ....

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Old 29-10-2017, 11:53 AM
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Looking to shoot down the ISS?

I reckon they would read you loud and clear, just with your old toys!
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Old 29-10-2017, 01:57 PM
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Looking to shoot down the ISS?

I reckon they would read you loud and clear, just with your old toys!
Nah, but maybe just change it's trajectory a bit.

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Old 18-11-2017, 07:04 AM
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November New Moon

No PC tonight, again
forecast 100% cloud cover and possible rain periods.
The cycle continues.
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Old 19-11-2017, 06:13 PM
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Hi all, Just an update on the Glider Club proceedings.
Unfortunately there are no developments and I have had no reply to my letter to the club after a few months of waiting and prompting for an answer.
I guess its once again, back to the "drawing board".

Geoffro.
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Old 21-11-2017, 05:51 PM
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That's a bummer, Geoff. The location was excellent.

Thanks for the update.

Perhaps this Saturday at the Mountain?
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