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Kelling Heath Spring Star Party 2015


Six members of CMHASD attended the Kelling Heath Spring star party this year and a jolly good time was had by all.

Highlights and funny moments of the trip include; a banjo, a snake, a rubber egg (you will have to ask the members about this), decorating thermos cups with glow in the dark stars and any other object which members felt 'needed' a few stars stuck on it to see it in the dark ;-) seeing 'Red & Ginger' the two red squirrels who live at Kelling Heath, a 'special two part' red bulb ;-) (again you will have to ask the members about this), the light 'switch' incident (again you need to ask the members) and the members being told they were making too much noise again which I think the late Dick Chambers would have been proud of :-)

Also - see what happens when you mention Custard powder in a packet to Simon and ask Keith if he wants a piece of Coffee & Walnut cake? :-)

Unfortunately no observing involving imaging was done as the weather let members down by the time it got dark on all nights and so members watched films & had a good time relaxing in their tent instead. Members did however manage one night to quickly view a few of the Messier objects on member Keith Rickard's 10'' Dobsonian which pleased them.

During the days however, it was fine with plenty of sunshine but it was quite windy :( which meant doing any solar imaging during the day was going to be a struggle - so visual solar observing was done, viewing the several sunspots on the Sun. Members were lucky though, as they did get to view an absolutely stunning prominence, that wrapped itself around the edge of the Sun on Martin's set up - just a shame it was far too windy for him to image it.

The next Kelling Heath Star party is the 'Autumn Star Party' on the 10th to 14th September 2015. It was also announced that there will be the first 'Winterfest Astro Star Party' at Kelling Heath on the 12th to 15th November 2015 - details can be found here at www.winterfestastro.co.uk.

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The beginning of a great few days........
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Starting with a lovely sunny day!
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Keith & Simon getting jiggy with it ;-)
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Nearly there.....
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One tent ready and waiting.....
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The arrival of Mr Sheehan....
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Two out of the four bedrooms ready.....
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One tent with its porch now attached.
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Say cheese......
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The other two bedrooms.
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Keith playing his Banjo!
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Telescopes ready.....
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Keith chillaxing playing his banjo & very good he was too!
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Breakfast is ready!!!!
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Ready for some solar observing....
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Martin doing some Solar observing...
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The special two part red light bulb ;-)
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Keith....
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Simon & Martin walking to Weybourne Station...
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Here comes the Black Prince.
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The Black Prince

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Stunning.....
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The famous 'Royal Train' episode of Dad's Army was filmed at Weybourne Station just over 40 years ago.
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Three trustees....
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This is the lovely Ginger :-)
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And this is Red :-)
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Gorgeous Red enjoying his nuts....
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Martin ready for his banjo lesson.....but what happened next?
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The classic pupil & teacher relationship!
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Amaretto anyone?
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What has freaked Simon out??????????

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Oh my word - This is what Simon found in his bed!!!!!!!!!!!
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Getting ready to do some observing later ...
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Martin is ready....
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Keith setting up his Dobsonian....
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Simon setting up....
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Getting polar aligned......
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Another sunny day :-)
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Some views on a walk to the village of Kelling....
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Looking back at Weybourne station
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Packing up :(
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Keith & Martin wrestling with the tent........
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Still wrestling......
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The tent will just not fit back in the bag!
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If nothing else works....try sitting on the tent to get it back in the bag!
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But the tent gets the better of Keith!
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Man has won & the tent is finally back in the bag!
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And to complete the packing up - the ground sheet is packed away :(



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