Kelling Heath hit by deluge

The sun in hydrogen-alphaSorry, I’ve been a bit slow in catching up with events. Sunday was another good day weatherwise and I managed to take the accompanying shot of the sun taken in the morning with a Nikon Cooolpix through my 70mm Solarscope.

The trade stands were gone by Sunday, to the disappointment of a couple of visitors who had got the impression that they would be here for the entire weekend. But there was another full afternoon of talks in Kelling Heath’s function room and the Society for Popular Astronomy’s stand was again on display.

As a keen supporter of the SPA, which is now Britain’s biggest astronomical society, I was delighted to hear the comments of Martin Lewis, an active and experienced observer who gave a lecture on his own “trade secrets” at the camp.

Martin Lewis with his telescopeMartin, pictured, from St Albans has a very fine, home-built 20-inch reflector which he calls Fossil Light. He told me he was very pleased to be an SPA member, particularly because of the benefits of the society’s discount scheme for members. He has saved £50 on just his latest purchases of two eyepieces – not bad when the SPA subscription is only £15 a year!

Like Gain, Martin is interested in deep sky objects and spent his time here observing clusters of galaxies when sky conditions permitted.

Sunday night was cloudy and it began to rain heavily, not stopping until more than 24 hours later! Parts of East Anglia suffered flooding and Kelling Heath got very wet.

Today, Tuesday, the sun has broken through at last and it looks like being a pleasant day with, hopefully, some clear night skies to come. Sadly, most campers have now left and just a hard core will be left to enjoy them.

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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