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Replied by Frank Ryan on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

For those of you that just can't get by without a pint while traveling abroad....





Believe it or not this is in Novozirbesk!
Is there anywhere left!?
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Replied by michael_murphy on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

You need to be careful about the Irish Pubs in Russia.

I was in one in St Petersburg and they were showing cricket and had a string quartet playing classical music in the corner.

I didn't have the heart to tell them that this isn't exactly what you get in a typical Irish Pub :D

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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Thats gas !! :lol:
We might give it a visit if we get there at all.
If they're showing cricket, I wont be staying too long in there.
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Replied by jhoare on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Apparently there's more than one: www.allsiberia.com/novosibirsk/pubs.htm
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Replied by ayiomamitis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Following up with the same link, there are at least four hotels - www.allsiberia.com/novosibirsk/Hotels.htm - with three of the four having over 200+ rooms which is encouraging (?) for us.

However, not a single reference if they have internet access or not. :?

Also, no email addresses are specified so that we can inquire about accomodations and pricing. :?
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Replied by dmcdona on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

If they're showing cricket, I wont be staying too long in there.


Even if its Ireland? Do, do, do the funky chicken...!

Not sure what the Ferret is though :?

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I'd need alot of pints in me first :lol:
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Replied by ayiomamitis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Dave,

Looking at your signature I note a 20" Obsession ... awesome dude!!!

Can I assume it will be used for hires high power lunar/planetary work and, if so, what camera did you have in mind to go with this wonderful scope?

Anyway, many congrats on the new toy.

I have a killer scope coming my way as well over the next couple of months ... serious aperture, serious focal length and most certainly serious optics! :wink:
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Hi Anthony,
This scope is purely manual so imaging through it is very difficult as Saturn goes through the toucam field view in 2.5 seconds. Here is a post for the Dob
www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6248&start=0
We managed to get a quick one of Saturn through it.
www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6331

to be honest, for now I'm going with non-imaging with this scope.
So, what are you getting your hands on ??
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Replied by dmcdona on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

So, what are you getting your hands on ??


Yes, please *do* tell :wink:
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Replied by ayiomamitis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Dave,

This is awesome and I am delighted for you. If possible, get an Argo Navis when the budget permits it and you will be able to do VERY serious solar system work with this fine instrument. Was this a local purchase or did you get it stateside?

Let's wait for Friday and the start of NEAF in the US and at which point in time I may just be able to spill the beans on my forthcoming "baby". :D
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Replied by Frank Ryan on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Just wondering was there any more news about this expedition?
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

I heard we'll here at this years WSP.
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Replied by dfnsk on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

hi all,

i found there questions without answers about cost of such trip. One-way ticket Msk-Nsk cost as cheap as 3600RUR at s7.ru and more. Any way, 10 000 RUR for Msk-Nsk-Msk will be quite enough.

Accommodation. There are about 5 big hotels and many small. 24h with breakfast in *** will cost about 100euro. You can find cheaper variants as well, especially in campaign.

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I making now internet project NovosibirskGuide.com - information about Novo for foreigners. There will be some eclipse information, as well. I read this topic and found out that info about climat, accomodation, places for observing is needed. You can ask me, if some other information needed and i'll write about it.
In the end of September the site will be ready, but, if someone plan his tour now and need more info, i can reprint texts there.
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Replied by ayiomamitis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Accommodation. There are about 5 big hotels and many small. 24h with breakfast in *** will cost about 100euro. You can find cheaper variants as well, especially in campaign.

Unfortunately these hotels do not have any electronic means to contact them and it is both surprising and frustrating.

I can live with 100 euro no problem .... airline tickets to and from Russia are quite cheap and the total fare (two-way) will be under 700 euro (at least from Athens).

Is Seanie coming? How about my ex-buddy Carl?
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Replied by Frank Ryan on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Under 700 Euro sounds good!
I hope it's the same if not better from Ireland.
As for acomodation,
I'm sure any of you lot wishing to post up images of the eclipse
asap will need broadband as a priority.

I'd like to try and both experience the eclipse and photograph it
without compromising on either.

In 1999 I was on a boat off the French coast and I didn't even have
binoculars, just a pair of eclipse glasses!
It was great to be able to take the whole event in without having to worry
or concentrate on equipment etc...

I did take one or two though...
(With a 35mm film instamatic :roll:.)
One was of the shadow just before it hit the boat which was cool.
the other was during totality..
I grabbed my (now wife) and turned our backs to the eclipse and
took a 'self portrait' kinda shot and that turned out awesome.
Our two cheesy heads together and a 'black hole' with a ring of light
around it just above us.


So I'm hoping to approach this eclipse in the sort of same manner.
(not by grabbing people and saying 'cheese' but..)
Just trying to get interesting wide field shots that give a feel for the moment.
There is a lot of emotion packed into just a few moments and
it'd be interesting to see can this be captured on film.
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Replied by ayiomamitis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

I'd like to try and both experience the eclipse and photograph it without compromising on either.

Frank,

With 2.5 minutes totality, I suspect it would be difficult to capture totality in all its grandeur with a series of exposures and also at the same time enjoy it. I base this on my experience from last March.

However, with around 7 minutes totality in 2009, things there do seem much more reasonable and doable.
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Anthony,
With abit of preparation and the right equipment and plan, you can image it and see it at the same time. I used a 2" flip mirror for this, without it, it would not have been possible.
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Replied by Frank Ryan on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

I don't plan on taking any 'detailed' shots thru a scope.
I just plan to get some 'arty farty' ones :wink:
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

We'll lets be honest about this here, I don't think I'll discover the meaning of life or derive the grand unified theory using any eclipse images I'll ever take, :lol: but I do think you need to plan it out and know/practice what you're going to do.
I knew for certain what exposure settings I needed to have before and after totality as I had experimented at home in the previous weeks on the Sun, I made educated guesses for totality itself, I also made sure the mount would carry the scope with and without the filter (the filter weight can shift the scope, so you'd better know about it before hand).

You only have a few minutes (2-3 in Russian case) to get it right, if you don't prepare, you'll get blurred,cropped over/underexposed images which will be no use to anyone, or maybe only a small few good ones, much less then you bargained for given the effort in getting the equipment to site.
I know you said you're not going to use a scope, I would still do abit of practice on clear skies just after sunset to try and get a mimic of an eclipsed skies brightness. I would leave nothing like that to chance.
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Replied by dfnsk on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Unfortunately these hotels do not have any electronic means to contact them and it is both surprising and frustrating.


they do, mostly. But in russian :). Look there - www.novosib.ru/hotel/ , they all have emails, but i think the best way is to call them.


Barberskum, most hotels here don't have brodband, but it isn't a problem, because in city centre there are plenty of wifi zones.
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Is Seanie coming? How about my ex-buddy Carl?


You bet! Anything to catch up with you and annoy the hell out of you Anto (you know, 'accidentally' knocking over your tripod, stepping on one of your lenses, a proper 'mooning' in front of one of your exposures during totality!)

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Replied by ayiomamitis on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Is Seanie coming? How about my ex-buddy Carl?


You bet! Anything to catch up with you and annoy the hell out of you Anto (you know, 'accidentally' knocking over your tripod, stepping on one of your lenses, a proper 'mooning' in front of one of your exposures during totality!)

:D

This is AWESOME! I will be laughing for the next 24 hours!

If this is the kind of treatment and company I should be expecting from Seanie (no surprise here), I wonder how much futher my ex-comrade Carl will take matters. :?
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Replied by dfnsk on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Hi, guys, finally i've done it :D
NovosibirskGuide.com - virtual Novosibirsk Guide - has been launched. There is no need now to spend time with google trying to find out information about Novosibirsk - everything is there. The content of this website is absolutely exclusive and was created especially for NovosibirskGuide.com. On the one hand we’ve tried to describe the city as fairly as possible, and at the same time we’ve used the information that is available only for Novosibirsk insiders.

p.s. Special eclipse 2008 section available!

How do you find it? If you have some advices, notices or questions - write to me!
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

Thanks for sharing this dfnsk (what's you real name?!). How many other forums know about your guide? What has demand been like (do you know) for accommodation, observing sites, etc?

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