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 Post subject: How about a local star-party?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:25 pm 
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The star-parties at Kelling Heath are certainly a great experience, but it is a long way to travel, so Glenn and I were discussing the possibility of organising something much closer to home, which more of our members could get along to - perhaps near enough to go just for a few hours one evening? :idea:
It need not necessarily be a really "dark-sky site", but just somewhere darker than Bolton, with a convenient nearby hostelry to provide food, drink and warm shelter - somewhere we could go at short notice, when the weather was suitable. :)

Alternatively, if we were to go somewhere further afield (where the skies are darker), it would need to be a place where we could stay overnight, and this would probably need to be booked in advance, irrespective of the weather. In the past, there have been overnight weekend trips to a church hall in Haverthwaite (at the bottom of Coniston), but this site is now getting overgrown with trees. :(

So does anyone have any ideas?
To aid your deliberations, here's a section of the Dark Skies map for this area:
File comment: Light pollution around Lancashire - the bluer the colour, the darker the sky
lancsdarkskies.JPG [ 122.31 KiB | Viewed 2892 times ]

we need to get away from the orange and yellow, and out toward the greens and blue - but remember that the weather is often wet in the Lake District and Pennine moors!

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