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mitchel1111
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anybody in birmingham have any good viewing points ? where i am there is too much light pollution. would be good if somebody would share there great viewing spot lol cheers

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he best i can do mitchel http://www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk/images/darksky01.jpg looks like wales or scotland mate :)
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Post by markt »

Hmmm, not sure of anywhere locally round me that has any good skies tbh. :?

I'm observing tonight as is clear and best I can get is 2nd / 3rd magnitude unaided eye - quite sad really :(
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Hi - I'm a complete newbie to astronomy but I do know that the Birmingham Astronomy Society do a lot of their meets in Lickey Hills. Could be worth a shot.

If (like me) you live the other side of town, I was over at Kingsbury Water Park recently. I reckon it would get pretty dark around there.

Good luck!

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Post by paulscan »

If I can plug the Birmingham Astronomical Society (just a little). We are down the Licky Hills tonight with a Moon Watch night - part of our IYA events. Could be a good time to pop along to the visitors centre and have a chat.

Other than that, it really depends on what side of town you are, and how far you can travel.

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Post by Spike »

Hi Paul - thanks for the info. I'm tempted to come along tonight but it all depends on how quickly my little "angels" get off to sleep! Some quick questions if I may...

Is there a fee?
Is it OK to arrive late? (It's a good old drive to LH for me.)
My scope has been ordered but hasn't arrived yet. The only kit I've really got is some 10x50 bins and a decent book.
Where exactly is this meeting?

From an interested (north-)Brummie novice!
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Aha! This answers most of my questions: http://www.birmingham-astronomy.co.uk/
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Post by paulscan »

1. There is no fee - but the planetarium is £2 (run by the ThinkTank)
2. Late is good, but we will be packing up at about 10pm - they close the gates then.
3. See http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/lickeyhills.bcc for address. Google or TomTom will give you better directions than I can.

The event is being held in the visitors centre, and outside on the patio. There are some talks, and society and member telescopes that you can look through - clouds permitting. Also a planetarium run by the Birmingham ThinkTank (hense the £2 for that).

Please do come along if you can. I won't be there, but any of the BAS members there will be happy to give you any advice.

Also, perhaps you could come down to the club room at Aston University on a Wednesday night 7:30pm. You can see more of what we do, and meet a few more members.

cheers

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Thanks again, Paul!
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Post by Spike »

Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the BAS do tonight. Rather annoying really, but hey ho. Might go and have a quick nose before I hit the sack!
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