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Dark skies near Selby?

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HI All,

Im located in the village of Hambleton, near to selby in north yorkshire. Are there any 'locals' who know of particularly dark (relatively) areas around selby? I use naburn lock but its far too dangerous to take my little boy whos only 2 1/2, but a budding young astronomer! (last night he wouldnt go to sleep until i had shown him the stars on his ceiling with the startheatre!), he has to say goodnight to the garden and the moon before bed, his response to the moon in the 'scope was a 'aaaah wowww!, nice!'


We have quite common power outages here, one in the winter was on a particularly cold, clear night, such a beutiful sight!

Martin

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Post by A »

Bye eck

I spent a lot of time working in Hambleton village
25 years ago. I had plenty of good observing back
then, so I take it that light pollution has now reached
God's own county.

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Aye, it soon creeps in. Not as bad as my home town of Doncaster, and nowt so bad as leeds, but none the less, anything lower than 10deg is a nono, and with Drax and Eggborough so close you need a favourable wind!

Im right at the back of the village, just fields accross to eggborough (and a few small villages of course), now, if i can just kill the streetlights!

What did you do in the village may i ask? I imaging 25years ago it would be farming related? or maybe the haulage yard?

Once i get my renewable power supplies up and running, we can have as many power outages as they like, and i can get a good view of the heavens!

Martin

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Post by A »

Hi Martin

The answer is yes too both those options.
Back then I was an agent for a French company
that made grain silos and grain driers. I used to
service the the row of grain dryers in the village
(are they still there?).

It must have also been the haulage yard that you speak of,
as there was always lorries turning up. Or is that
something totally different.

BTW, Doncaster A.S. have a dark site for observing
out at Austerfield near Bawtry. Less than 30 minutes drive
from Hambleton. They also have domed observatories
at the activity centre in Austerfield. Just a thought if you
fancy the short dash down the A1M.

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No Silos any more. The haulage yard is also closed, awaiting a load of houses building on it (yet more light pollution), as you can imagine theres plenty of opposition.

I know Austerfield quite well, i helped put on an amateur radio special event station there many years ago at the visitors center. I remember it well because i was operating in the middle of the night, and heard a voice using the callsign 'JY1', i was so tired that by the time i realised it was the king of Jordan the frequency was crammed with stations calling him, and i never got a chance! I never knew there was an observatory there, i dont think there was when we put the station on. I wonder how opening Finningly up as a commercial airfield has affected them.



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Post by A »

Hi Martin

How dare they knock down my silos, it took me 3 months
to put them up. :lol:

The dome at Austerfield has just gone up in the last year,
I think that they have a 12 inch meade in it.

They also have (I think they still do) access to some farmland
a couple of miles from the visitor centre, that is used
as a dark site by the society members.

I was at the airport last week, and things don't seem to be too
bad at the moment.

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Post by joe »

A wrote:How dare they knock down my silos, it took me 3 months
to put them up. :lol:
:lol: That's a shame, A, every village should have a row of silos. :wink:
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joe wrote:
A wrote:How dare they knock down my silos, it took me 3 months
to put them up. :lol:
:lol: That's a shame, A, every village should have a row of silos. :wink:
Hi Joe

I totally agree, it keeps me out of mischief. My silos
were literally a work of art. I built some in a small village
north of Newcastle, this guy was always giving me grief
because I was spoiling the view from his kitchen window.

I found out that he was going on holiday to Australia for 3 weeks.
So on the side that faced his window I painted my interpretation
of Picasso "Guernica" and Edvard Munch "The Scream".

I later found out that when he came back, he just stood
there speechless.

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Post by Mell »

Hi Martin

I live about 40 minutes (depending on traffic) away from you in Malton, just off the A64.

I am a member of Scarbrough & Ryedale AS. We have observatories situated in Dalby Forest. We do a public viewing night once a month, not through summer! Our next one is 1st September. We also have a summer event, our 'Starfest', over August bank holiday this year.

I tend to observe in my back garden or go to the observatories. Have you tried any sites out this way? Have you tried out Towton / Sherburn areas, Towton Moor.

Have a daughter who is 3 who likes looking at the moon. She will look through the 'scope but whether she has the appropriate eye open is another question!
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