Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by Amartin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:44 pm

Cheers Bill
Andy

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by DRatledge » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:50 pm

Parking,
In order to leave space in front of the science block it might be helpful if those not bringing/carrying telescopes park on the road and walk in. It's only a 100 yards or so.

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by gtalbot » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:19 pm

Hi All,

Just want to say a massive thank you to all the people that came to Sharples School tonight!

It was a fantastic turnout and the skies were incredibly clear!

Thanks also to Ross and Dave who helped organise the event for us!

Hope to see all of you again very soon!

Gary
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Sharples School

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:43 am

Amartin wrote:Sorry if this has been covered, is there a postcode for the school???
The postcode is shown on the map in our Members' Area:
http://www.boltonastro.org.uk/members_a ... rples2.png

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:54 am

What a fabulous evening! :D

I lost count of how many 'scopes we had set up, but there were at least a dozen, including both the School's Maksutovs, their Dobsonian and one of their table-top Newtonians.
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Early-evening planetary observing on 27-Mar
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Once the Sun had set we were looking at the Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Mars through all the 'scopes, and then the Pleiades, Orion Nebula and Double Cluster when it got dark.

Our new StarWave APO refractor and Vixen Sphinx mount proved a very potent combination, providing stunning detail on Mars (using a 6.3mm eyepiece and Barlow lens), as well as wide views of the Pleiades and Double Cluster (with a 26mm 2" eyepiece) - and even a glimpse of the Andromeda Galaxy.

And it was the ideal self-help forum for our Members, including coaching on 'scope set-up, star alignment, collimation and even webcam imaging (thanks, Carl) and an opportunity to compare different 'scopes and mounts side-by-side.
We explored methods of using GoTo 'scopes to observe the Moon and planets before it was dark enough to see the stars, and then once darkness fell Martyn and I proved the 2-star alignment process (using Sirius and Mizar) with the School's SynScan AZ mount, after which it successfully pointed itself at Mars. 8-)

Many thanks to Mukesh, Gary and Martyn for their help (and refreshments).

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by DRatledge » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:29 am

Can I also add my thanks to Mukesh, Gary and Martyn for hosting the event - plus all those who brought their scopes along. What a great selection we had. The pasties were good too!

The site proved excellent with the school blocking out local lighting extremely well. Weather was just like Kelling Heath in September!

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by bholmes » Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:10 pm

It was a really good evening and a great opportunity to take a peek at the sky through a lot of scopes that I have never tried before and pick up some valuable advice. Many thanks to the school and society for organising the evening and the refreshments. I hope that it can be repeated on a few more summer evenings.

Thanks again to all involved

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by gtalbot » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:51 pm

Hi all,

If anyone has any other photos from last night please could you post them on here or email me talbotg@sharples.bolton.sch.uk as we would like to use them in our newsletter/display in school.

Thanks

Gary

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by Aboardman » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:19 pm

Hi all i would like to thank you for the invite to Sharples school, as a newcomer to astronomy and the society the help and advice from the members was great! It wasn't just the students that learnt a thing or two.
Thank you
Andy :D

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Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:02 pm

Callum has just posted these pictures of Venus and Jupiter which he took from the School using our Philips webcam on the back of his NexStar127:
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And thanks to Carl for helping him with the settings for his first attempts at planetary imaging.

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