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Old 08-10-2010, 08:37 AM
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according to my special forecast it will be clear tonight - and tomorrow night as long as the NEster doesnt blow it should be good as the skies are clear in the west
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:49 AM
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Cant make it this year not only did work conspire against me for Thursday/Friday I recently dislocated my shoulder had enough trouble pitching the tent and and setting up the EQ6 with 2 good shoulders.
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Wish I was there too. Started the grain harvest today .....
Chris, John & Anna, going to miss you this year, won't be the same without you.

Chris hope you make a speedy recovery with your shoulder mate.

Here's to next year.

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Old 08-10-2010, 10:00 AM
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See you this arvo Mike. We missed you last night. Fred and Samerski wouldn't bloody shut up!
How many times did Fred bag me...and wide field images
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:27 PM
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i probably wont be there tonight but i will be coming up tomorrow regardless.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:21 PM
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Well... how's the sky at IISAC?

In Sydney tonight it's cloudy - although Jupiter is peering through occasionally.
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Old 09-10-2010, 07:14 AM
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Last night was another 'social' night. But today is looking the most promising, it's breaking up a bit and the forecast looks 'ok' for potentially some clear skies tonight.
Let's hope so!

Had a great few hours last night chatting with RB, Gary Kopff, Mai, and Mark Suchting. Has been fun, but hoping for clear skies tonight!
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:23 PM
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well - according to 7timer
the lostock eskies might be shut and the scopes getting a workout instead

lets hope we get a positive report from Mike in the morning

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Old 10-10-2010, 01:20 PM
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Last night was BEAUTIFUL! Clear for about 5-6 hours between 8:30/9pm and 3am.

A fabulous way to finish a great star party.

Will have more reports when I get time! Hopefully others will post their reports and pics soon!
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:17 PM
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Just a couple of shots I took there. Great Party Mike! Well done.
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:12 PM
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just got home after a short stint in the hunter valley. The weekend was great and the last night was unreal. Chris talked on dark matter and Fred talked about space biology. I saw tuc 47 with the naked eye, very cool. Thanks mike and all involved.
A big thanks to mark s for all the help
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:35 PM
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We got home about 3pm, and have now unpacked the car and trailer.

Thoroughly enjoyed it again as usual (I didn't last year, but that was UNusual!). The skies were glorious on Wednesday night and last night. Good company, of course, and a thoroughly enjoyable time despite a dickie knee and 2 cloudy nights.

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A great 3 nights with great people, despite the weather. Iceman and the IISAC volunteers have again put on an excellent astro camp - well done! Looking forward to the next one, Hopefully I'll manage more than one 10minute sub next time.

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Old 10-10-2010, 07:14 PM
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Fantastic weekend.

I had a fantastic weekend, despite the weather on Friday night. Well done Mike and all the others who pull it all together.

Over the weekend I had various conversations with various people on different topics, and I know some thought I was having a lend of them at the time, so here are some links to some of the things that I mentioned or said I'd on forward.

Physics for Future Presidents - this is a uni course, which you can listen to podcasts of the various sessions - I can't remember which semester / year I listened to as it was a few years ago, but for those who I was discussing it with (Fred V and others), it is well worth a listen.
http://muller.lbl.gov/teaching/physics10/pffp.html

DSLR damaged by a laser - links to some videos of cameras being damaged by lasers - it made news back in July this year and you should be able to track down other references if you still dont believe me.
http://blog.iso50.com/photography/5dmarkii-damaged/

10 pack RED LED lights - US$4.42 delivered - for those who asked where I got the "throw away" RED LED lights that I lent out to a few people last night. They are great value (sub 50 cents each delivered!)
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.12160

Canon Lens Coffee Mug - for the camera geeks who liked my Canon lens coffee cup - this is also from Deal Extreme. They also have a thermos version.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.41966
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.45404

Hopefully that's all of the things I promised to send links to. Sorry for doing it to the whole group, but easier then trying to remember precisely who asked what, etc.

I'll post some photos over the next week or so.

Cheers
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i had heaps of fun, despite my initial hopes for lots of clear skies and imaging. great to keep meeting new folks and catching up with others again. pity the travel from melbourne is not so easy or i'd be here every year! kaz says it was the best star party she's ever been to

thanks all, and a huge credit to mike salway for the amount he puts into this.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:24 PM
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it was great catching up with some folk i havent seen for a while during my short visit. Pity i missed Phil's and Al's talks
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Yeh was another great IISAC thanks Mike et al

Things I liked most were, the views through Rod's 20" Dob Mary Rose in good seeing (having recently worked on NGC 1365 as an image it was great to be able to make out so much of it visiually), Guy Fleming's single 10min sub on the LMC (the total product of three nights), RB's Guiness, Dave Houghs peformance of a travelling car boot equipment demonstration and..... Freds hair....it was everywhere you looked

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Keep the happy snaps coming!
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:46 AM
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Thanks to everyone ,great talks and plenty of vendor sales .it was great to catch up with old friends and make some new ones,glad you had sat night clear for a time i left early so i made the official sacrifice
well done mike be back next year
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:02 AM
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I had a great time at IISAC2010.

After a very wobbly last 3-4 months in my personal life, my motivation for astronomy and organising IISAC has been very low - but now I'm glad I persisted. It was a lot of fun.

It's a shame Thursday and Friday were clouded out, but after the high expectations that Saturday would also be clouded out, it was a very very pleasant surprise when it cleared around 8:30/9pm and we got 6 hours of clear skies. A great way to end the star party.
The views through Rod's 20" SDM were fantastic.

I guess the one benefit of cloudy skies is that there was much more socialising and chatting, and it was great to catch up with so many old and new friends.

A few thanks:

- Thanks to our Guest Speakers - Phil Hart, Al Sheehan, Chris Lidman and Prof Fred Watson. All were entertaining and educational. It was fantastic to see Fred get the guitar out later and serenade us during dinner

- Thanks to the sponsors - Andrews Communications, Wildcard Innovations and Australian Sky&Telescope. I appreciate your support.

- Thanks to the fantastic people who helped out during setup and cleanup, especially Al Sheehan, David and Kerry, Ric, Logan, Monte and anyone else I've forgotten (sorry!). It was really appreciated and made my job a lot easier.

- Thanks to Fred V (bassnut) for generously bringing along and setting up his PA system. It makes a real difference to be able to communicate to those on the bottom field as well as around and bottom house. You're a legend!

- Thanks to RB for doing the photography on Saturday!

- Thanks to Al Meehan for the screen printing.

- Thanks to the Gresford RFB for their excellent catering as usual. 3 course meals for $15! What great value, and great tasting too!

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone!

I'll be posting a link to the feedback form sometime today, so please take the time to provide feedback, as it will help me with the next IISAC event.

I'll post some pics in the next day or two.

Cheers
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