A short description of the joys and challenges of astronomy from Colin Henshaw in Saudi Arabia.
First off, a horizon to horizon crisp and frosty Milky Way.
The sky on Anglesey was lovely and clear on Bank Holiday Monday
This was a short session tonight. I took the opportunity catch a break in the clouds and went up to The Gradbach Observing site.
Over a long weekend 14th-17th October, I travelled down to Devon along with Mike C, Peter H, Bill , and Nick W-V to stay with Graham G.
This was a reasonable session with intermittent misty clouds, the NELM down to 6 and a bit. A welcome outing!
Report from St. Martin’s Isles of Scilly darkest and clearest sky I’ve seen.
From Friday 16th to Monday 19th July it was perfectly clear all night for 4 nights.
An observing session was held the previous night at Gradbach Hill
Arrived 12:00. Scope assembled in the evening.
Scope assembled in the evening. Surprise, surprise a clear sky, a brief session hidden behind the wall of the swimming pool revealed mag. 6
Paul Clark and myself paid a visit to Llyn B, on Sunday 2nd March.
I was down on the beach 60kms north of Dubha on the Red Sea last weekend. It is an absolute pleasure to go snorkeling in the sea,
Desperation had set in. A hint of a few hours on Tuesday was enough to brave the conditions.
I managed to grab 3 hours of observing through a gap in the bad weather.
Last Saturday night saw 4 of us down at Llyn B again, this time seeing conditions were perhaps the best we'd ever seen there.
I've just spent the last half an hour outside, enjoying a naked eye view of excellent clear sky,
Don (with the Critchley Meade), Warren and Mike (with Mike’s 10” Dobsonian, 15x80s and Short tube 80 refractor), Colin (with bins.) and Paul
The drive across to Llyn Brenig was tedious. It was early evening on a Sunday.
Well, finding an opportunity for observing between family, weather and the 'flu proved quite difficult.
Saturday 21st October, the forecast was for a clear and frosty night. An opportunity to try and find some really dark sky.
I wasn’t going to write up anything about this trip. I’m sure people have heard enough from me by now however...