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...Same flights...
...single room..

OK Dave. Done.
I have made reservations for all 4 of you.
Looking forward to seeing you in July!

BTW, what's the story with toilet facilities?
Do we look for the nearest bush?

Well, not exactly the nearest ... Please!
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Frank, I was thinking of how to piggyback a camera to Yanni's scope.
VMC 200L tube seems to have nothing to put a camera on.
Maybe I can lend you my Vixen Weight Shaft Camera Bracket for mounting your camera on the weight shaft of the HEQ5. Just have to check with Yannis if this can be done. I guess there will be no problemo.



What do you think? Do you have another solution?
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Vagelis,
thanks for the offer.
Hopefully I wont need it as I'm going to order an
Astrotrac tomorrow.
(all I needed was a good enough excuse!)

Also,
what is the situation with regards to power?
I'd be hoping to be able to re-charge a few AA size and the Cannon camera ones.
Would this be possible?

Oh and on the lack of showers...
This works a treat...
Used one for 4 months in the South of France one long hot summer!
store.sundancesolar.com/sosh5ga.html

As for sleeping in the refuge.
I for one would much prefer to sleep in a tent.
So I'll take your advice on that one.

I'm gonna try and travel as light as I can,
just bring the bear essentials.
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what is the situation with regards to power?
I'd be hoping to be able to re-charge a few AA size and the Cannon camera ones.
Would this be possible?

Yes. We can recharge in the refuge.

Oh and on the lack of showers...
This works a treat...
Used one for 4 months in the South of France one long hot summer!
store.sundancesolar.com/sosh5ga.html

Yes. I use these at Mt Parnon regularly.
Better shower than at a 5-star hotel!
Bring yours!

As for sleeping in the refuge.
I for one would much prefer to sleep in a tent.
So I'll take your advice on that one.

OK
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Oh and on the lack of showers...
This works a treat...
Used one for 4 months in the South of France one long hot summer!
store.sundancesolar.com/sosh5ga.html


Ah, that's very clever! Doubt I'd be able to get my hands on one in time for Greece at this stage though, unless some camping shops here in Ireland would sell them, would they?
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Guys,
Interms of equipment, this is what I'm bringing,
7x50 binoculars + tripod, redlight+ small atlas book.
canon 300d for day pics.
I might bring my olympus OM1 if I feel like it, been mechanical it should be hassle free for to set off the shutter and let if go for half an hour or even beyond an hour if its dark enough. Might be nice to get some circumpolar shots at that altitude.
BUT, this trip for me is primarily observing, to see objects in the far southern sky in decent scopes, I can take image of the sky on any holiday.
I'm going to sit down this weekend with the atlas and make a list.

What are the rest of you doing ?
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Mike.
You can get those showers in Argos.

Dave.
I too have been planning a little.
I've been very busy workwise lately so I'm only getting a small while
here and there to sit at the PC and select a hit list.

I'm pretty much hoping to spend the lions share of our limited time there observing as much as possible.
It'd be a total waste to spend the entire trip imaging
when we have a fantastic opportunity to select targets we simply will never observe from Ireland.

In terms of astro gear.
10X50 Binos.
Sky atlas.
Canon 350D.
various lenses & accessories.
Tripod.
&
Astrotrac

all this will fit nicely into my Lowpro travel bag:
www.frankryanjr.com/lowepro_camera_bag.jpeg

(CARRY ON!!)

and one small rucksack with the tent / bag and clothes etc in
as checked luggage.

Dont forget your sunblock! :D
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Guys,

About those showers, they are cheap and are sold everywhere here, don't worry, I can provide some to you, if it's difficult finding them.
When I said to Frank "bring yours", it's because their volume is tiny.

About your observing lists, let us know of it. I, Yannis and Leon can do some homework and prepare our telescopes for these objects. And we can add some more objects.

Dave, DO bring 100 ASA slide or negative, because you will have at least 3 1/2 hours :D
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Well here is a DSO list in excel that I've made for
Greek astrophotographers, so it will be easier
to make a schedule for Parnon weekend.
Select from the filters month (July) and
you'll find whats up on the 22.00 Greek time.
Then you may select from filter the constellation
or the DSO you are interested for and make your program.

www.astrovox.gr/files/IE_Astrovox_DSO_List.xls

See you soon!
"Joker in the pack"

ps. Frank, I'm glad you bought this astrotrac and i'll have my telescope
for the whole night :lol:
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Of cource,my teleskope will be there for all you new friends of parnon mountain.Dont worry about anything,it will be a great time for all of us. :D
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Wish I could go again in July.

Nevermind - I'll have 2 weeks in Fuengirola from July 14th. Maybe I can get a good Southern view from the beach at night, and practice some more photography on Sagitarius and Scorpius.

Hope all my Greek buddies are keeping well, and not missing the Bushmills too much.
Clear Skies,
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John, we all had a great time in June, and all of us who met you, we are all missing you.
Kyriakee sends you her most warm greetings!
You will always be welcome, summer or winter, anytime of the year.
Have a good time and take care!
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Oooh nearly there and I'm getting all excited. I managed to buy a small tent for just €20! Not exactly Irish weather proof, but should do nicely to keep the greek flies at bay and somewhere to stash the gear during the day. I've secured a compact sleeping bag and an offer of an ETX-70. Somehow the thought of bringing a small scope, when all those big dobs will be about makes me feel light bringing a small apple to an orchard! So for me the bring list looks like

Tent, sleeping bag, walking shoes, modded 350D and lenses, some sort of camera tracking platform. Brim hat and plenty of suncream!

I can hardly wait. Come on wednesday week, hurry up!
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and not missing the Bushmills too much.


Don;t worry John, we'll make sure they don't have to 'do without'. I also have another very nice tincture in mind to bring (Purely for medicinal purposes of course!)
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You guys, with your super-dooper tents, I hope you are wiser than John, who had a tiny little problem...

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Dave, don't worry bringing an ETX-70. I 'll probably bring a small scope too, ETX-125 (for space gain).
An alternative object list for us small aperturers is Carbon Stars (tons of them) which are my favourite hunt, especially since Yannis (Joker in the Pack) came up with THE list: www.astrovox.gr/forum/download.php?id=6415
I have already entered 20 of them as "User Objects" and I am waiting for the feast.

But in any case, you will all have 2-3 telescopes 8-10 inch for your own observations, and of course, occasionally you can view targets through every large dob or refractor you can spot around.
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You guys, with your super-dooper tents, I hope you are wiser than John, who had a tiny little problem...


Yeah, how could he be so remiss as to go all that way when the crescent moon was in the sky :roll: :roll:
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Seriously, could you guys do any more for us? Really, I'm flabbergasted by the generousity of our hosts. All I can do is ensure that you will not want for any liquid refreshment of the Irish kind while we are there!

Really guys I cannot thank you enough!
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Gotya Dave!!!
I just knew you were going to comment on the Moon :twisted: he he he
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You lads are really going out of your way for us.
I was thinking of bringing a telescope, but then I thought why? since there will be scopes there alot bigger then anything I can bring, so now I'm thinking of eyepieces...
Is there any point bringing eyepieces??, I've seven ultra wide angle eyepieces that might be useful, namely
meade 14mm UWA
5mm,7mm,9mm T6 naglers
22mm T2 nagler
26mm, 31mm T5 naglers

If someone there already has these, then there isn't much point in me bringing them, I'd like to contribute by bringing something to this and give people a chance of using them before they might go out and buy one.
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Dave hi,
the available eyepieces are:
Naglers 7, 9, 13, 17, 26, Panoptic41 and WO UWAN16mm.
All the other have a lot of different brands we may use.
If anyone has to bring the N12T4 so I could have the chance
for a trυ :roll:
Thanks in advance!
We are all excited of this July weekend and we are waiting
of meeting you!

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Thats great stuff,
Sounds like the only one that might be worth bringing is the 31mm, it would
be interesting to do a comparison between it and the panoptic do you think ?
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You can add a Meade 4000 UWA 6.7 and a Kokusai Kohki UWA 13mm (my UWA eyepieces)
But my favourite is a Celestron Ultima 35mm.
Sorry, no Naglers...
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My very favourite eyepiece is the one with no eyeball attached :lol:
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Interesting, a 6.7uwa, I'd be interested to see that one in action.
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