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Science in the Park - Saturday 29th June

Michael Morris
 

At last Thursday Practical Astronomer meeting I stated that the forthcoming 'Science in the Park' outreach event at Priory Park, Malvern was on Sunday 9 June - this was incorrect.  The event is actually on Saturday 29th June.

20190524 RE: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Christopher J Baddiley
 

Hello Michael and everyone,

 

We are recently back from a Far East cruise, flying to Tokyo, then starting at Hong Kong, Vietnam three cities, Singapore then a second, visiting Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, returning to Singapore and back; away for about a month. Susy then went on to Guadalajara to see family for a further week and has only just returned and recovering. Susy with her heart failure and me with my increasing back problems didn't stop us .  We are here until early August and then away for over a month.

We didn't sign up for the National space Centre with uncertainties about plans and Susy's ups and downs previously and general health.

 

I have had a word with her and she's actually quite keen to come to the National spacecentre at Leicester on the 22nd, although I know that I didn't say we would and haven't paid any deposit.

 

No matter if it's not practical, but we are happy to come along, discount or no discount, that doesn't matter.

 

The problem is that neither of us are good at driving any distance, I can only just make it to Worcester, never mind anything else. Susy’s driving is better than mine, but after her heart failure and even well before, it is limited; so we would prefer to be passengers if possible.

 

I suspect there aren't enough cars for lifts for everyone who is committed going.

 

If we are causing a problem. Just forget it, otherwise we would like to come.

 

Come back to quite a lot of problems, especially with central heating failure. Looks like the borehole water pump has failed. Camera and lens separately failed on the trip , and now parts of the hi-fi has done the same. House roof problems as well as the Observatory floor and roof collapsing. Plenty to deal with.

 

Regards Chris

 

 

 

 

 

From: worcesterastro@groups.io [mailto:worcesterastro@groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Morris
Sent: 22 May 2019 22:30
To: worcesterastro@groups.io
Subject: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

 

Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Address: National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS

Tel: 0116 261 0261

https://spacecentre.co.uk/

The quickest and easiest route from Worcester on a Saturday morning should be M5  >  M42  > M6 Southbound > M69 to Leicester.  Travel time by car is estimated to be around 1 hour 30 minutes. 

The National Space Centre is located just off the A6, two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester’s inner and outer ring roads. Brown road signs with a distinctive rocket logo will direct you from the arterial routes around Leicester.

They have over 400 parking spaces in our car park, including 23 enhanced accessibility spaces, charged at £3 pay and display for the whole day.

Our aim is to meet by the main entrance to the Space Centre at 10:00 am, so we recommend you aim to leave Worcester no later than 08:15 am.


Itinery

We will be met at the reception by a member of the Space Centre Staff at 10:00 am.  Your admission will include a free Night Sky Tour planetarium show at 11:50, finishing at 12:20.   We need to all be at the planetarium by 11;40am.  I suggest that we meet up at the ‘Booster Café’ on the site for lunch at 12:30.  We will nominally plan to leave at 3:00 pm.

Lift sharing

In order to save money, we are not planning to travel by coach. Instead we plan to lift share.  There are 16 people booked for the visit.  So we need will need 4 people prepared to offer lifts to two other people each.  Chris Livingstone (South Worcester) and Michael Morris (North Worcester) will both be offering lifts.  So first off, we are looking for at least 2 (preferably 3) additional people who are prepared to offer lifts members to and from Leicester.  Please will you contact either Michael Morris via this message board or on his mobile (07446 222545) to let him know who can give lifts and who needs a lift and what area you live in.  We could do with getting this sorted over the next 14 days (by 6th June).  We will then put people in touch so that they can make arrangements for the day.

The people who have paid their deposit are.
Chris Livingstone
Michael Morris
Mark Ward
Gordon Law
Tony Dean
Alamgir Khan
Jonathan Fligelstone + 1 Guest
Stuart Gregory + 1 Guest
Debbie Schep
Andrew Schep
Bob Cole + 1 Guest
Margaret White
Ruth Hardman

It would be nice if those being given a lift to the Space Centre were to offer the driver a contribution towards fuel costs (Typical fuel cost for this 154 mile round trip would be about £17 + £3 a car to park.  So, for a car for 4 people this would equate to about £5 a head).

 

On the day. members each need to pay Michael a further £1 and guests a further £6 to cover the admission price.  However, if 2 or more people pull out of the event we will lose our group booking discount and a further £4 a head will be due. :-(

Re: IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Jonathan Fligelstone
 

Dear Tony,

Yes it will be fine to give you a lift to the space centre. I have also arranged to give Gordon a lift too, so I have a full car now. Thanks for letting me know your phone number I will contact you  nearer the day to confirm the time I will collect you.

Best Wishes,

Jonathan.

On 24 May 2019, at 12:31, Tony Dean via Groups.Io <ajhpdean@...> wrote:

Hi, Jonathon...
 
Could I ask you to take me to the Space Center, please?
I live in Worcester (22 Chelmsford Drive) & my phone number is 01905 769227.
 
Thanks... Tony Dean
(e-mail: ajhpdean@...)
 
===================
 
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:52 PM
Subject: Re: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.
 
Hi Michael,

Thanks for organising trip. I'll be driving from Malvern and can offer two people a lift.

Jonathan.

Re: 20190524 RE: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Gordon Law
 

How about you drive to Great Malvern station and catch a train?

 

ABW

 

G

 

From: worcesterastro@groups.io [mailto:worcesterastro@groups.io] On Behalf Of Christopher J Baddiley
Sent: 24 May 2019 16:19
To: worcesterastro@groups.io
Subject: 20190524 RE: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

 

Hello Michael and everyone,

 

We are recently back from a Far East cruise, flying to Tokyo, then starting at Hong Kong, Vietnam three cities, Singapore then a second, visiting Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, returning to Singapore and back; away for about a month. Susy then went on to Guadalajara to see family for a further week and has only just returned and recovering. Susy with her heart failure and me with my increasing back problems didn't stop us .  We are here until early August and then away for over a month.

We didn't sign up for the National space Centre with uncertainties about plans and Susy's ups and downs previously and general health.

 

I have had a word with her and she's actually quite keen to come to the National spacecentre at Leicester on the 22nd, although I know that I didn't say we would and haven't paid any deposit.

 

No matter if it's not practical, but we are happy to come along, discount or no discount, that doesn't matter.

 

The problem is that neither of us are good at driving any distance, I can only just make it to Worcester, never mind anything else. Susy’s driving is better than mine, but after her heart failure and even well before, it is limited; so we would prefer to be passengers if possible.

 

I suspect there aren't enough cars for lifts for everyone who is committed going.

 

If we are causing a problem. Just forget it, otherwise we would like to come.

 

Come back to quite a lot of problems, especially with central heating failure. Looks like the borehole water pump has failed. Camera and lens separately failed on the trip , and now parts of the hi-fi has done the same. House roof problems as well as the Observatory floor and roof collapsing. Plenty to deal with.

 

Regards Chris

 

 

 

 

 

From: worcesterastro@groups.io [mailto:worcesterastro@groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Morris
Sent: 22 May 2019 22:30
To: worcesterastro@groups.io
Subject: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

 

Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Address: National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS

Tel: 0116 261 0261

https://spacecentre.co.uk/

The quickest and easiest route from Worcester on a Saturday morning should be M5  >  M42  > M6 Southbound > M69 to Leicester.  Travel time by car is estimated to be around 1 hour 30 minutes. 

The National Space Centre is located just off the A6, two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester’s inner and outer ring roads. Brown road signs with a distinctive rocket logo will direct you from the arterial routes around Leicester.

They have over 400 parking spaces in our car park, including 23 enhanced accessibility spaces, charged at £3 pay and display for the whole day.

Our aim is to meet by the main entrance to the Space Centre at 10:00 am, so we recommend you aim to leave Worcester no later than 08:15 am.


Itinery

We will be met at the reception by a member of the Space Centre Staff at 10:00 am.  Your admission will include a free Night Sky Tour planetarium show at 11:50, finishing at 12:20.   We need to all be at the planetarium by 11;40am.  I suggest that we meet up at the ‘Booster Café’ on the site for lunch at 12:30.  We will nominally plan to leave at 3:00 pm.

Lift sharing

In order to save money, we are not planning to travel by coach. Instead we plan to lift share.  There are 16 people booked for the visit.  So we need will need 4 people prepared to offer lifts to two other people each.  Chris Livingstone (South Worcester) and Michael Morris (North Worcester) will both be offering lifts.  So first off, we are looking for at least 2 (preferably 3) additional people who are prepared to offer lifts members to and from Leicester.  Please will you contact either Michael Morris via this message board or on his mobile (07446 222545) to let him know who can give lifts and who needs a lift and what area you live in.  We could do with getting this sorted over the next 14 days (by 6th June).  We will then put people in touch so that they can make arrangements for the day.

The people who have paid their deposit are.
Chris Livingstone
Michael Morris
Mark Ward
Gordon Law
Tony Dean
Alamgir Khan
Jonathan Fligelstone + 1 Guest
Stuart Gregory + 1 Guest
Debbie Schep
Andrew Schep
Bob Cole + 1 Guest
Margaret White
Ruth Hardman

It would be nice if those being given a lift to the Space Centre were to offer the driver a contribution towards fuel costs (Typical fuel cost for this 154 mile round trip would be about £17 + £3 a car to park.  So, for a car for 4 people this would equate to about £5 a head).

 

On the day. members each need to pay Michael a further £1 and guests a further £6 to cover the admission price.  However, if 2 or more people pull out of the event we will lose our group booking discount and a further £4 a head will be due. :-(

Re: 20190524 RE: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Michael Morris
 

Hi Chris
I'd be happy to give you and Susy a lift.

Re: IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Michael Morris
 

Hi Rod
Sorry, Rod I somehow missed you off the list.  Yes, you have paid a deposit.  So there is now one more.

20190527 RE: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Christopher J Baddiley
 

Hello Mike,

 

Really great, Susy and I are very grateful for your generous offer. We will come to your house at whatever time would like. As we haven't yet paid for anything, If you want any money in the meantime, let me know. Otherwise, we will pay all when we see you.

 

Regards Chris

 

From: worcesterastro@groups.io [mailto:worcesterastro@groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Morris
Sent: 27 May 2019 11:31
To: worcesterastro@groups.io
Subject: Re: 20190524 RE: [worcesterastro] IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

 

Hi Chris
I'd be happy to give you and Susy a lift.

FOR SALE DMK 21 Firewire camera

Michael Morris
 

Imaging Source DMK 21 AF02 Firewire 1/2"chip CCD mono camera 
 
Ideal for lunar and solar astrophotography.
High quality 1/4" CCD chip 
Comes with: 
1.5 metre 6 pin - 6 pin FireWire cable
5 metre active FireWire extension lead
6 port Powered Firewire hub
PCI Firewire card (Untested)
 
PLEASE NOTE THIS CAMERA USES FIREWIRE CONNECTORS, NOT USB CONNECTORS.

Asking only £30.
 
 

FOR SALE Celestron Alt-Az Mount

Michael Morris
 

I've got a Celestron Alt-Az mount for sale which has two parts missing.
 
  • No plastic cover for Az worm screw
  • No tripod screw assembly (the bit at the top you use attach the lens/telescope)
Other than this it is in very good condition!

You can find pictures at https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/336231-celestron-alt-az-mount/
 
I'm looking for £25.

Re: FOR SALE Celestron Alt-Az Mount

Peter Crowther
 

Hi Michael

 

I will take the tripod, funnily enough, my old Vixen (similar Alt/Az) has a broken mounting plate.

 

Can collect tomorrow evening if not could you bring it to the next WAS at SMITE?

 

Thanks,

 

Peter

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Michael Morris
Sent: 03 June 2019 09:59
To: worcesterastro@groups.io
Subject: [worcesterastro] FOR SALE Celestron Alt-Az Mount

 

I've got a Celestron Alt-Az mount for sale which has two parts missing.

 

  • No plastic cover for Az worm screw
  • No tripod screw assembly (the bit at the top you use attach the lens/telescope)

Other than this it is in very good condition!

You can find pictures at https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/336231-celestron-alt-az-mount/

 

I'm looking for £25.

 

Re: FOR SALE Celestron Alt-Az Mount

Michael Morris
 

Hi Peter, it's yours. Tomorrow evening is fine. Shall we say 7:45pm? I'll PM you my address.

Re: IMPORTANT Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Alam K
 

Just to say that I'll be driving to the National Space Centre from Rushwick, around the corner from our Crown East site, and can give a lift to others.

Please get back to me as soon as possible if you would like a lift.

Best wishes,

Alamgir

Upcoming Event: Member's Contributions Evening - Thu, 13.06.2019 8:00pm-9:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Member's Contributions Evening

When: Thursday, 13 June 2019, 8:00pm to 9:30pm, (GMT+01:00) Europe/London

Where:Lower Smite Farm - see website for details

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Description: Member's Contributions Evening
A series of very short talks given by members about a wide range of topics.

Upcoming Event: Member's Contributions Evening - Thu, 13.06.2019 8:00pm-9:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Member's Contributions Evening

When: Thursday, 13 June 2019, 8:00pm to 9:30pm, (GMT+01:00) Europe/London

Where:Lower Smite Farm - see website for details

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Description: Member's Contributions Evening
A series of very short talks given by members about a wide range of topics.

Upcoming Event: Visit to National Space Centre, Leicester - Sat, 22.06.2019 10:00am-4:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Visit to National Space Centre, Leicester

When: Saturday, 22 June 2019, 10:00am to 4:00pm, (GMT+01:00) Europe/London

Where:National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS

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Description: We are organising a group visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester on Saturday 22 June 2019.  If we can get 15 people (or more) attending we have an entrance fee of only £11.50, instead of the usual £15 (or £12 for concessions) + a planetarium show.  Furthermore, the society has decided to offer a further £5 discount for every WAS member who wants to attend.  This means the total cost to each WAS member will be between £10 and £6.50. 
You can find more about the excellent National Space Centre at https://spacecentre.co.uk/
We are not planning to have a coach, instead we will organise car sharing nearer the time.  Travel time from Worcester would normally be around 1.5 hours (just under 80 miles).
To secure a space (no pun intended) we need £5 cash deposit paid to us not later than our next main meeting on Thursday 14th March.

Clear Skies

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Talk by Peter Crowther in June 2019 introducing his first attempts at wide field astrophotography

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Stargazing Live - 15th July 2019

Michael Morris
 

Just as a heads up the BBC will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landings with a special Star Gazing Live programme.

Excitement is mounting as we approach the 20th July 2019 -- the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landing. 

Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will return to our screens in a BBC Stargazing Special on the 15th July. The BBC are also showing a feature length documentary "8 Days to the Moon and Back" on 17th July. More details of these and their other programmes can be seen at this recent BBC press release: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/moon-landings-50

Visit to Space Centre - UPDATE

Michael Morris
 

Hi Folks
Unfortunately, due to illness, I'm not going to be able make it to Space Centre on Saturday ;-(
Rod Stewart (our Treasurer) has very kindly agreed to step in to help with co-ordination with the Space Centre on the day - Thanks Rod.
In the meantime, I was supposed to giving be a lift to Chris Baddiley and his partner Susy and to Ruth Hardman.  Is anyone else available to give Ruth or Chris and Susy a lift?

I'll try and post a reminder about the arrangement for the visit before Thursday  
Have a great trip.

Michael Morris

Re. The trip to the Space Centre

Tony Dean
 

Hi, folks...
 
I was sorry to hear of Mike's (or his daughter's) health problems. Let's hope they're both back in circulation as soon as possible.
 
Jonathan Fligelstone kindly offered to give a lift to the Space Centre (and hopefully a lift back!), but I'm willing to give up my seat for any of the people left without a lift. Given my ability to shuffle the 100 metres in 15 minutes flat, I would be playing catch up most of the time. If any one of the three members still needing a lift wishes to avail themselves of the offer then please keep me, Jonathan & Rod Stewart posted.
 
Tony Dean
 

Re: Visit to Space Centre - UPDATE

Alam K
 

Hello Mike,

I'm able to give a lift to 3 people.  Get back to me as soon as possible if they want to come along in my car.

Best wishes,

Alamgir.