Hi all. My partner and I are planning to come tonight and we're bringing an 8" Dobson. I've done very little observing in the past other than planets so hope to see some DSO this evening! I'll also be bringing a DSLR also to get some milky way shots. My partner may want to stay in the car with a kindle, unless I can tempt her out.
We haven't been before, is there anything we should know in advance or any tips people can give with regards to what other equipment we should bring?
Hi, if you're going to try using your dslr, you probably know that a tripod is essential. If you have aany binoculars, bring them too. Uranus is reasonably placed, and can be seen naked-eye if you have good sight, but the binos make it easier, and can be used for a lot of other things. I'll bring a spare bino-tripod adapter your'e welcome to try. Anthing battery operated, make sure the batteries are new/fully charged. Other than that, just creature compforts. A camping chair, one of those collapsible ones, is very handy if you have one. AS is a small camping table. Warm clothes, esp.shoes/boots, thermal inserts or maybe two pairs of socks - feet do get cold standing around the carpark. Woolly hats, gloves etc. Also refreshments - a flask or two for tea, coffee or soup, some sandwiches, biccies. A red light of some sort is quite important; some head torches have a red option, but if you don't have one, an ordinary torch with some red cellophane ('Roses' sweeety wrapper?) sellotaped over the front would do, or even just red felt-tip on the front lens. Just before we leave a white light is useful for checking the ground in case we've dropped anything. Can't think of anythinng at the mo, so see you later. Danny