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Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« on: March 15, 2015, 03:42:41 PM »
Hi Folks,


I know most of you will already have plans to observe the eclipse but thought I'd throw out an invite to any CSOG'ers still looking for somewhere to observe. Me and James will be doing a bit of outreach at Kirkliston Primary (the school where I've organised BBC Stargazing Live events before), we'll be setting up from 8am on Friday morning.


If you don't have a location in mind feel free to join us, we'll have a PST, Herschel Wedge (white light) on 100ED, and Baader Filter (white light) on a 150P and plenty of solar eclipse glasses. We'll also be showing the kids how to do pinhole projection to observe the eclipse safely.


Feel free to come along with or without a scope as you can use the equipment we have, just let me know if you are coming though as I need to let the school know.  :)


Cheers
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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2015, 11:25:59 PM »
Sounds good. I'm hanging off until I know what the weather is going to be like. Already told my boss I might take the day off.
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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2015, 01:13:04 PM »
It's a shame Kirkliston isn't in Wales :(
Not even sure if I'm going to even bother with it now that the weather up here in Scotland is going to be so cloudy - thoughts?
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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2015, 02:25:45 PM »
i made a filter for my scope and with the remains of the film i made a good few hand held solar scopes for my kids and their class as they are planning to watch it at school....however Carol on the weather is none too happy about the cloud cover so i will attach my camera to the scope and click away in the vain hope of catching something..unless it rains.....i dont fancy waiting until 2090!
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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2015, 04:44:41 PM »
I am tempted to get up and drive to Arbroath.. last forecast showed broken cloud..
 
I may get up, check the weather at that time and make the final choice.
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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2015, 06:10:48 PM »
That's a good call Killie.  I might do the same.  I'll PM you my mobile.  Text me if you do head North.
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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2015, 08:29:29 PM »
Some of the forecasts have now deteriorated for Arbroath but I will check in the morning. Most annoying thing is most seem to show it worse between 9 and 11... seriously!


Northumberland may be an alternate but I have to make sure I go somewhere that I can get back home by 1.30pm from which limits me!



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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 10:14:27 PM »
I've been following this page :

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/events/partial-solar-eclipse#?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Events_SolarEclipse&tab=map&map=ScreenTemperature&zoom=5&lon=-4.00&lat=55.58&fcTime=1426712400

...and it's looking pretty ******* dire, as usual for this ******* country and it's ******* weather.

/rant over

It really is uncanny, how, when a specific astro event occurs, we suddenly get the most extreme non-astro-friendly conditions, and absolutely smack-dab on the very day of the event. This afternoon was showing a possible blue-ish patch over the Arbroath area, which has now turned to crap, and the entire country now seems to be enveloped in clag, for the entire duration, and the rest of the day. "Northumberland may be an alternate" Yeah, I've now been eyeing-up Berwick on Tweed as a possible, but that'll doubtless change before tomorrow morning.

OK, rant is now over. Honest. Blah.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2015, 10:16:24 PM by Takahashi »

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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2015, 11:30:38 PM »
I think we'll be OK. I mean, how many times have we planned a night after a clear forecast and it turns out cloudy, it must work the other way too surely  ;D

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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2015, 09:17:14 AM »
Iain and I have clear skies in Dundee
« Last Edit: March 20, 2015, 12:57:30 PM by Killie »
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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2015, 10:21:46 AM »
Got some decent glimpses in amongst the passing cloud

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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2015, 12:54:05 PM »
Well done Lorne.  Very similar for us at Glebe House.

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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2015, 06:51:53 PM »
I ended up going to East Wemyss with Iain (Kerr), and it was fantastic. Beautiful day, and (hopefully) some good shots and maybe a video.

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Re: Solar Eclipse Observing @ Kirkliston Primary
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2015, 07:42:22 PM »
Dundee was a great venue for Killie and I today. We had lits if dog walkers coming up and asking for a look through the solar eclipse glasses. Will try to post pictures over the weekend, although its a busy one with a Stargazing Live event taking place at New Lanark on Saturday and Sunday nights.
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