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OPEN EVENING SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY

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Derbyshire Dave

Hot News! –

 

On Saturday the 20th January the observatory will be open from 7pm to the public for a special evening of astronomy. The theme is ‘In Celebration of Orion the Hunter’.

 

Click below to learn all aboiut it!

 

http://www.chesterfield-as.org.uk/observatory-open-evening/

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Tweedledee

I last visited Barnett Observatory in the early 1970's. I'm sure I actually spoke to Horace Barnett himself.

 

When passing I have driven into Hastings Close just to see the Obsy from the outside on a few occasions since then.

 

Might just pop in on Saturday evening to bring back a few memories. :)

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Derbyshire Dave

Wow. I'm fairly recent, so never met Horace. I've attached a picture of him using the 18 inch in 1960. It's still a formidable scope.. and we have several others.

 

Pete, it would be great to see you there, I'm Dave Frost by the way, not sure whether I've met you at Kelling or other meets. I'll be operating one of the smaller scopes.

 

Horace.JPG

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Bino-viewer

Thats the sort of scope we ought to have had an our DDAS observatory.

Sadly we don't.

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Tweedledee

Cheers Dave. That's a nice old black and white pic. :thumbsup:

 

Didn't need TeleVue quality eyepieces to get good views through that longer ratio tackle, just ladders. ;)

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8472

Ooh - I'll have to see if I can get a passout for this one.

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Derbyshire Dave

Just three night to go. Hoping for clear skies, got a surprisingly clear night hear last night, even with a poor forecast. Forecast not brilliant, but the scope is still a great piece of kit to have a look at. Love to meet (or re-meet!!) any of you who come along. And if it's cloudy retiring to the Nags Heas a few hundred yards away can always be recommended.

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8472

Whoa -  that 18" reflector is a beast!

 

An enjoyable night, overall, with a very good turnout and clear skies.

You've got to be pleased with that, eh Dave?

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Derbyshire Dave

Yeah very pleased Kev. So good to see you there. We had about 75 visitors, plus children, so we’re all chuffed.

The 18 inch IS a beast, obviously it was very busy last night.

Open evening every Friday, so come back and play.. that goes for everyone btw

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