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    Default An observatory all to ourselves



    All,

    My daughter and son-in-law came from England to visit us in the south of France this week.
    They were here only for a few days but I got our local observatory to open up especially just for us on Wednesday evening.

    I've attached a recent photo of our observatory, showing the work in progress in building our new hall at the rear. Its now finished and is used for lectures and exhibitions etc. The bigger dome at the front houses our 510mm telescope.

    You might imagine that with just four of us and a brilliantly clear sky that evening, we had an excellent time.

    With the computer swinging the telescope accurately and efficiently we had an amazing three hours looking at all manner of celestial sights.

    The Veil nebula, M57, M31, M32, M110, M45, Jupiter, NGC6402, M13, Alberio, Mizar and Alcor, the double cluster in Perseus, to name but some. Naturally our big scope has a nice selection of high quality Televue eyepieces.
    Amateur astronomy doesn't come much better than this!

    I've done the opposite though. I've stood with a friend on his balcony with a very restricted view, in a red zone, using a small scope and had a great time.

    How lucky we are to have such a great hobby. Tell me about some of your notable viewing sites.

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    Default Re: An observatory all to ourselves

    Alec you much have "some" pull to have them open up the observatory just for you and a few of your friends... Thats Cool....

    The Local County Board of Education had a ribbon cutting deal last week for a 15 foot dome with a C14 and a solar scope mounted inside intended for school children usage but with planned open to the public nights ...

    Mush have been 200 people that attended the ribbon cutting...and maybe 15 people could actually be squeezed inside ... needless to say NOBODY got to look thru the scope...

    Entire thing was funded by a local business man not public funds...

    All I can say is I'm glad you enjoyed the evening... The first night the local observatory will be open to the public is the 16th of October ...I do not plan on going over...because I bet there will be a lot more then 15 people present.. I'll wait a few months
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    Alec...that is a dream come true, would be for me. I live 20miles from Arkansas Sky Observatory (Dr. Clay) on PetitJean Mt. over looking the Arkansas river. Trying to get a invite...wish me luck. Thank's for sharing and Clear Skies. Bart
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    Default Re: An observatory all to ourselves

    Great to hear of your wonderful time with your daughter and son in law. Dark sky viewing is always such a pleasure.

    You asked about our special sites. Here at my house, I fight a loosing battle with Athens ... Sagittarius is now gone for the year drowned in an orange glow... However, at our mountain village home five hours away by car my cow pasture viewing spot is fantastic. M31 is an easy naked eye object. I don't get to go there often enough.
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    Default Re: An observatory all to ourselves

    What an opportunity. Good for you.
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    That's really cool!
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