Questions about Wednesday's meeting

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  • #5964

    ianpwilliams
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    Hi everyone

    I am a complete newbie to astronomy, so much so that I haven’t even bought any equipment yet, but I am planning on buying a telescope and mount. I’ve done a huge amount of research, and I’m really taking my time over it, and I’ve decided that it’s between two particular mounts (the Skywatcher EQ5 and HEQ5), and between two (or technically four) different scopes (the Skywatcher 150P, 150PDS, 200P, 200PDS). There are of course several factors that come into it, including price, weight, location, what I plan to do with it, how I plan to upgrade in the future, and so on.

    So I was hoping to come along to this Wednesday’s meeting to see if I could talk to a few people about it, and maybe get some views and opinions. And if it was possible, I did wonder if any members would be likely to have any scopes set up, not necessarily any of the ones above, but maybe similar apertures, just so I could get an idea of what can be seen (although can you see much at 7pm-9pm at this time of year?).

    Also, as I sadly have no car (I will be a back yard stargazer), my only option for getting there would be public transport. I’m in Edge Hill, so my only train option would be Edge Hill to Widnes, and then a taxi to the observatory, which is quite a long journey, and quiet expensive (but worth it I think). But I wondered if anyone knows of any buses from Liverpool which stop any nearer to the obervatory than Widnes train station?

    #5972

    Colin Murray
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    The 7a runs in the evening (6 runs during the day) and runs along the bottom of Pex Hill, there’s a bus stop just outside the entrance and it runs every hour, it runs along Edge Lane as well. But the train would be a better option, it’s only a 3-mile walk from Widnes to Pex Hill, it should take about half an hour, any fit person can walk it.

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    #5979

    ianpwilliams
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    Thanks, I’ll look into that.

    #5980

    ianpwilliams
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    Is anyone likely to be there tonight, with the weather forecast being cloudy?

    #5981

    ianpwilliams
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    Never mind, I’ll be heading over next week (regardless of the weather).

    #5982

    David Galvin
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    Ian, the Observatory is always open each Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00 regardless of the weather conditions.

    #6052

    Whatsthematter
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    Hi.
    I tried to get to the observatory last Wednesday and couldn’t find it. This was with the aid of a sat nav (what chance of finding the Andromeda galaxy). I wanted to follow up on my request to join the association. I filled in an on line form but have heard nothing after more than a week. I would be approaching the obseratory from Knowsley on the A5082. Can anyone assist?
    Dave

    #6053

    David Galvin
    Administrator
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    Hi Dave, sorry that you did not find us, we were there honestly. :-)
    If you are coming in from Knowsley (Tarbock Road roundaabout) then continue along through Cronton pass the Unicorn Pub / chippy, straight on towards the mini roundabout and pass the garden centre on your left. A little further on you will pass a single house (left hand side) and then a left turn dircetly opposite the 6th form collage. Look for the wrought iron fencing and head straight up the hill until you find the large ooden building with the shiny aluminium dome on its roof. That’s us.

    Sat nav post code= WA8 5QW
    Map and details : http://liverpoolas.org/2012/05/28/about-the-leighton-observatory/
    Regards from Dave Galvin.

    #6057

    Whatsthematter
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    Hi Dave.
    I will look out for the landmarks and should make it this time. Will there be any one there who can help me with joining the association? Is there someone who I should ask for by name?
    Hope to see you Wednesday.
    Dave

    #6058

    Brendan Martin
    Administrator
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    Hi Dave, ask for me, Brendan, I will show you around.
    See you Wednesday
    Brendan

    #6059

    Whatsthematter
    Registered user
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    Thanks Brendan. I’ll see you there.
    Dave

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