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 Post subject: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:14 am 
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I've heard from Gary that they can accommodate us again on the last Tuesday of this month. Even though it's during their Easter break, the School will be able to stay open late, particularly as the man on duty that evening is interested in astronomy (and a potential BAS Member!).

We'll have switched to BST by then, so sunset won't be until 7:30, but the first-quarter Moon will have joined Jupiter and Venus in the Western sky whilst Mars will be well up in the East, so it should be really spectacular.
And I've put together a little "test target" to give us something to look at even if it's cloudy, so rain is the only thing that could scupper our plans...


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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:40 pm 
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I have put this in my diary, hopefull there will be less cloud cover, I learnt a great deal and ready for more ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:10 am 
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I've heard from Gary that they can accommodate us again on the last Tuesday of this month. Even though it's during their Easter break, the School will be able to stay open late, particularly as the man on duty that evening is interested in astronomy (and a potential BAS Member!).

We'll have switched to BST by then, so sunset won't be until 7:30, but the first-quarter Moon will have joined Jupiter and Venus in the Western sky whilst Mars will be well up in the East, so it should be really spectacular.
And I've put together a little "test target" to give us something to look at even if it's cloudy, so rain is the only thing that could scupper our plans...


Hi Ross, I will try to get over if the sky is reasonably clear....otherwise I will be Thai boxing :D

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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:04 pm 
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Ross,
Anything you need for Tuesday?
I should be there for 7:30 and Gerald and Brian said they would be coming. If this hazy weather continues it looks like the Moon and planets will be the order of the day (or evening) with hopefully very steady seeing.
BTW it seem early for the school to be having Easter holidays - most seem to be the week later.


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 Post subject: Re: Evening observing session on Tue 27-Mar
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:45 am 
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I had a great time yesterday evening, setting up Steve's MX5C camera on his Meade 10" SCT (and getting images of M42 and M51) but can this run of mild and clear-ish evenings last up to Tuesday? The forecasts are optimistic. 8-)
If so, then we should be able to observe the Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mars through a variety of instruments, and maybe even have a look at the Double Cluster and the Orion Nebula too?

We'll set up the School's 127 & 102mm Maksutovs, 70mm refractor and 8" Dobsonian.
Dean will bring our StarWave 80mm ED refractor on the Vixen Sphinx mount, Andy will have our SkyMax 102 & NexStar SLT and Phil will be bringing his 200P & EQ5. And I'll fetch my 15x70 binoculars too.
And I hope that other members will bring some of their own portable gear (but don't forget your batteries for driven mounts).
And if you have any eyepieces you'd like to compare, then bring them along too - but best stick labels with your name on, so we don't get them all mixed up in the dark!

And Callum will bring his webcam and laptop, so we can even try some planetary imaging too!


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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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