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    Fri 18/03/2011 21:05 - 21:30 UT
    53º8'N, 2º13'W
    Gear: Meade 10x50 7º Bins
    Seeing: 3/5, Transparency: 4/5

    So, first light report for a newly-found (well, rediscovered) dark site (well, darkish) in the rural area near to our home.

    We scouted it out a couple of days ago, and decided to take just the binoculars tonight, as detailed viewing of anything other than that magnificent moon was just going to be impossible.

    Yes, there's horizon-level light pollution here, but nowhere near as bad as the back garden, plus the site is a wide lay-by where we can stay close to the vehicle, but on a quiet-enough farm lane that means we should not often be disturbed, at least until harvest time.

    So, took in the moon on its last night before fullness - what a marvellous sight, showing super ray structure and well defined maria and other features, even in the 10x50's.

    Had a quick tour of some of the brighter stars, so Nic could get her eye in with the 8x40 9º Fumotos: Arcturus, Sirius, Castor, Pollux, Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, Bellatrix and Vega.

    Then spent a bit of quality time with old favourites M42, Pleiades and Hyades. Caught the briefest of glimpses of M31, but the moon was really destroying any proper chance of observing it, even with averted vision.

    Still, a most fruitful half hour - Bracken the dog even stayed quiet and patient in the car - and confirmation that the site should be good enough to warrant taking the main scope away from home.

    We enjoyed ourselves immensely - thank you for letting me share our evening with you.
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    A dark site is a treasure, glad you have found a good one.
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    Thanks for a great report Mark!

    Sounds like a perfect night of viewing.
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    am still looking one for my scope! taking the scope up to the mountain is not the easiest but definitely worths it!

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    Hey Mark.
    I use a similar place over here at times. It might be worth your while to get in contact with that local farm and mention what you are doing just so they are aware of your presence... Farmers and country people can get nervous when cars suddenly stop in lanes...
    Great report Mark..thanks.
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    Good advice Dublin - I come from within the local farming community, although not the in trade myself, but I will certainly mention it to some of the nearby landowners when I see them.
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    Nice report, wish I could find a dark sight, although where I live isn't to bad.

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    Sounds like a wonderful evening! Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks for the report. I'll be waching it from my light polluted back yard. But not sure it will make a diffrence. A full moon is bright enough!
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    Great report, sounded like a fun night!

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