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Graham

The Scopes at La Palma.

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Stunning pictures Graham. :thumbsup:

 

Such a pity you couldn't get inside. I'm sure you were gutted.

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It's on my to do list to go there Graham. Awesome photo's and it looks like a lovely place to visit.

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Great pictures Graham.

La Palma is on my Bucket list too ; i've been to 4 of the other Canaries.

Did you have a direct flight there, or did you have to change somewhere ?

 

Was it as windy as Fuerteventura was i wonder ? (i was there in August)

That made any sort of astro imaging very difficult.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Tweedledee said:

Stunning pictures Graham. :thumbsup:

 

Such a pity you couldn't get inside. I'm sure you were gutted.

 

Gutted was not the word as I had arranged to get a personal tour of the William Herschel telescope . :(

Went up on three occasions but to no avail.

Going to go back and try again.

 

1 hour ago, Doc said:

It's on my to do list to go there Graham. Awesome photo's and it looks like a lovely place to visit.

 

It is an unbelievable place.

Total number of residents is only 86,000.

I saw more cars driving back from Gatwick than I did in the whole week I was there.

You certainly need a head for heights one of the gorges you drive up has a drop of 800 metres straight down and the edge is a foot from the road. :o

 

14 minutes ago, Bino-viewer said:

Great pictures Graham.

La Palma is on my Bucket list too ; i've been to 4 of the other Canaries.

Did you have a direct flight there, or did you have to change somewhere ?

 

Was it as windy as Fuerteventura was i wonder ? (i was there in August)

That made any sort of astro imaging very difficult.

 

 

 

It is a direct flight.

They only have half a dozen flights in and out all day.

It is no where near as windy as Futerventura. I was there at Easter.

The skies are incredibly dark as there is a total ban on lights above 1000 feet and a total ban on large commercial companies or businesses on the island.

If you get up onto one of the many designated Astro viewing points in the mountains the starlight is so bright you can actually see to walk around.

You have got to go it is amazing.

I will definitely be going back .

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Fascinating place and very nice pics Graham. Just a shame you didn't get to go inside. :)

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Great photo's Graham, sure is a long way up!! :o

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Its a great place for astro(thats why they have scopes there ) I went up a good few years ago and like Graham did not get the tour due to maintenance work I think they said.

Have they put any barriers on the roads ? I hope not, nearly half the fun was the reaction of the then GF panicing because of the drop.

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2 hours ago, Brantuk said:

Fascinating place and very nice pics Graham. Just a shame you didn't get to go inside. :)

 

It is a brilliant place Kim.

Next time :2thumbsup:

 

 

 

1 hour ago, Ron Clarke said:

Great photo's Graham, sure is a long way up!! :o

 

You are not kidding Ron.

Just to give you an idea this was taken from the roadside on the way up.

 

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34 minutes ago, Ibbo said:

Its a great place for astro(thats why they have scopes there ) I went up a good few years ago and like Graham did not get the tour due to maintenance work I think they said.

Have they put any barriers on the roads ? I hope not, nearly half the fun was the reaction of the then GF panicing because of the drop.

 

They have a single Amaco  barrier at the edge but as there is not a lot behind it except air I doubt it would stop much  :lol:

This tickled me.

Taken at one of the many Astro viewing points.

 

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Great pics Graham, a shame they wouldn't let you play with the big toys, next time maybe. :)

 

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2 hours ago, BAZ said:

Great pics Graham, a shame they wouldn't let you play with the big toys, next time maybe. :)

 

 

Thanks BAZ. 

Yes next time. 

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7 hours ago, Graham said:

It is a direct flight.

They only have half a dozen flights in and out all day.

It is no where near as windy as Futerventura. I was there at Easter.

The skies are incredibly dark as there is a total ban on lights above 1000 feet and a total ban on large commercial companies or businesses on the island.

If you get up onto one of the many designated Astro viewing points in the mountains the starlight is so bright you can actually see to walk around.

You have got to go it is amazing.

I will definitely be going back .

 

How about an EMS 'society trip' to La Palma for a few days ??

What do you think Moderators ? At least it would be a bit warmer than Belper & Wymeswold ! :lol:

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Nice to see the telescopes very nice photoe's Graham I with Rob it would be nice to go out there together

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Cracking pictures.

I remember going for a walk at the top of Mount Teide on Tenerife, my heart was bouncing off the inside of my ribs after about 200 yards and back then I was an amature bicycle racer.

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