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Observing from canary islands


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Do any of the members have short trips to the canary islands (jan - mar) to observe/image the skies from well established dark sites in the mountains? Observing at night and chilling in the shade in the daytime?

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No, but it sounds appealing, especially if someone else has to carry all the kit through the airports :)

Damian Peach the planetary imager often goes all over the world with his kit and he uses a 11-14" scopes. That is dedication, but then that is why he gets some of the best images.

James

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i have never tried this as most of the airlines  hand luggage allowances are too small and i would not trust my scope to the


baggage handlers :wacko:


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Are you planning La Palma, or one of the other 4'main islands' ?

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I don't have any plans. But I've heard of some trips by some groups to e.g. tenerife which seems popular. I had meant with limited kit, small stuff; e.g. camera on piggyback platforms, without platforms but just on tripod; web cams with small portable scopes.

Also, I wondered if anyone knew what the possibility was of visiting an observatory and view someone imaging (if it's allowed thro public visits or by someone knowing anyone that worked there - by private arrangements).

The idea of some observing sessions followed by sitting in the sun or bar and sharing a meal/tapas with a lively astro bunch appealed to me.

There could already be some amateur astronomers like us with kit, living there who might be prepared to let us visit etc. Just a thought.

I'll check the link on bins.

Might make a nice change from the freezing cold observing sessions here at this time

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Just read your report Peter. It sounds amazing. I'd go.

I assume EMS members know of that observatory B&B place in portamao, portugal. Anyone fancy that too?

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