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    Default Clear Skies in Wales!



    Just returned from our annual holiday in Wales. Despite some complaints about the size I took one of the telescopes in the vague hope that we might actually have some decent weather. The real problem is that it is not properly dark until well after 11:00pm. The advantages are that if you go onto the sea wall (assuming there is no wind) then there is an unobstructed western horizon. It is also blessed with very little light pollution.

    I managed to get one evening's viewing in on the 22nd.
    I had wondered if it would be possible to get a glimpse of Mercury but the sky was just too bright and a thin band of cloud just on the horizon curtailed that. In the growing dusk Jupiter and Saturn were easy targets, with Saturn in particular looking very good.

    Various passers-by stopped and chatted to see what I was doing and all were wowed with the view of Saturn. Without exception none of them had realised that it was visible to the naked eye as a yellow spot. Being able to see it with with rings simply astounded them. All-in-all, a really great evening.
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    Default Re: Clear Skies in Wales!

    glad you could get in these views and let others enjoy to see them also. It still surprises people that they can really see Saturn in the sky or even Jupiter. I was asked the other afternoon while just setting up, could I get a view of the Earth from space will my telescope, they wanted to see it. I tried to explain this is where we live, they said they saw it on the internet so it should be visible. These were college educated people.
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    Default Re: Clear Skies in Wales!

    Thanks for sharing, Mark - nice that you were able to wow the locals!
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    Maybe a bit of James Bond with a mirror out in space is needed........
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    Default Re: Clear Skies in Wales!

    Sounds like a fine evening, Mark! I've heard lately that Wales has been rather stubborn with her clear skies. Glad you managed to catch one!

    I was sharing Saturn with a few neighbors last week and one of them mentioned that it looked fake.
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    Default Re: Clear Skies in Wales!

    Nice and glad you got to "wow" some people ! So which scope did you take that got the complaints???

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    Default Re: Clear Skies in Wales!

    Nice one. Always good when you get a reaction from others. I'll vouch for Wales weather! I live right on the English/Welsh border and have managed 2 sessioins in the past month!
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    The MAK127, it travels the best and I can get everything in the padded Manfrotto backpack. We were staying in Fairbourne, south side of the Mawdach estuary.
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    Default Re: Clear Skies in Wales!

    Nice night out Mark. I have some relatives in Wales and also in Somerset.
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    Default Re: Clear Skies in Wales!

    A very pleasing session Mark.
    The dark site sounds pretty cool.
    I amagine hearing the sound of the ocean....a lovely backround to a session in the ocean of the universe.
    I am glad you got the opportunity!
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