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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:46 am 
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For those who haven't been to the School before, the access to their Science Block car-park is up this unlikely-looking back-lane:
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which is further along from the main School entrance.


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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:01 am 
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You could have fixed the fence :lol: I have the phone covered so will be there to help out

See you there

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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar - UPDATE
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:55 pm 
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Satellite pics show very little cloud around at the moment:
http://www.sat24.com/en/gb?ir=true
so we should get a clear sky tonight :D

Gary has ordered some more pasties for us, and advises that the little Newtonian 'scopes which they've bought for their GCSE pupils have arrived, so we'll be able to try those too.

And David suggests that we leave some space clear at the Eastern side of the car-park (i.e. next to the buildings) as this gives the best view low down to the West, for seeing Jupiter & Venus.
Then we can move out to the playing-field later, to look at Mars and more distant objects.


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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:30 pm 
Sorry if this has been covered, is there a postcode for the school???
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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:36 pm 
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Got this from their web site
Sharples School Telephone

Hill Cot Road 01204 333 253

Astley Bridge Fax

Bolton 01204 333 250

BL1 8SN

See you there

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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:44 pm 
Cheers Bill
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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:50 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: 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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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
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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_area/sharples2.png


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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
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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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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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