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Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:23:27 PM »
I just posted this in a Thread where viewing locations seem to be a scarcity.
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I live on a farm high in the hills.




Would it be worth asking the Farmer if we can use his fields as a regular base for group, or single viewings?




There are some bitmac roads through the estate to nearby housing, so access is not a problem.
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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 07:38:26 PM »
Might be worth giving rough location as to where your at Watson so people
can figure the useability as regards traveling etc.  Don't have to be too specific.
Do you have alot of light pollution where you are at ?


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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2017, 12:07:39 PM »
That's a good idea !

Roughly 1mile east of the A7 and about 2miles north of the new junction leading into Heriot.

The rolling hills block most of the light from Edinburgh.
The light pollution map shows about 4 grades darker than around Dalkeith.
Over by Longformacus is another 2 grades darker.

http://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html
We are in the light green band. Longformacus is in the purple band.
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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 01:29:27 PM »
That map is quite interesting and slightly depressing all at once.
I used to think Harperrig Reservoir was pretty dark, but noticed it has got considerably brighter over the last two seasons (it's bright yellow on the dark sky map).
I would assume it's only worth traveling somewhere else (i.e., further way) for somewhere at least two grades darker.
So, that would be any green area or, preferably blue.
From Bellshill, places like Longformacus are just too far away, so I'm going to be looking at Wanlockhead and surrounding areas.
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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017, 02:40:57 PM »
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From Bellshill, places like Longformacus are just too far away, so I'm going to be looking at Wanlockhead and surrounding areas.
Somewhere around Livingston could be better.

I recently started clay target shooting.
The site (Morton Clays) I use is near MidCalder. The owner might be OK with a night time use. But I know he locks the access gate out of hours.
There is also Morton Fisheries.
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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 04:19:32 PM »
Morton is just over the hill from Harperrig, it gets more light pollution from Livingston than Harperrig. To get better it means going over the next hills, the Pentlands, or as Iain says, SW to Leadhills, or E to Lammermuirs, those for me would have to be a weekend night as it's pretty far out the way for a couple of hours on a "school night"


I'm hoping to get to Harperrig around 12th August for the Perseid meteors, I'll make a post in the right section after this weekend, hopefully we'll get a decent turn out  :)


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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2017, 06:17:39 PM »
Moorfoot farm. Is the place to go. Light meter reading last time was really good.


Only half and hour from Edinburgh.
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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2017, 06:24:22 PM »
Can someone give location details for Harperrig and Morefoot?

If the sky is clear I could go to Morefoot on Sat night.
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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2017, 07:47:30 PM »
http://scottishastronomers.com/forum/index.php?topic=2558.0


Hey. See of of last seasons posts.  It has directions there. Doubt I can make it as I am oncall and have work to do. :(



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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2017, 09:33:21 AM »
I have friends over so wont make it either but its a nice dark site although the moon is about this year so not sure its gonna be that good

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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2017, 10:06:55 AM »
I eventually found MOORFOOT Farm, not moorefoot.
It is shown as 1grade lighter than at home.
If there are no Members to meet up with I'll just stay at home and watch the clouds passing by the unseen moon.

I would approach from Gorebridge through the double bends near Temple along the B6372 and then instead of the sharp right turn take the unamed road straight on, towards Gladhouse reservoir. I think there is a road sign at that sharp turn?
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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2017, 01:51:56 PM »
Yes, sorry.....Moorfoot, not More or Moore.  ;)
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Re: Proposed observing site for the Borders/Lothians
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2017, 08:06:23 AM »
I eventually found MOORFOOT Farm, not moorefoot.
It is shown as 1grade lighter than at home.
If there are no Members to meet up with I'll just stay at home and watch the clouds passing by the unseen moon.

I would approach from Gorebridge through the double bends near Temple along the B6372 and then instead of the sharp right turn take the unamed road straight on, towards Gladhouse reservoir. I think there is a road sign at that sharp turn?


Thats the way to go - I think its signposted