Mission control established at camp

Skylog HQ at Kelling HeathYour reporter’s coverage of events Kelling Heath did not get off to the most auspicious start when a delay in leaving London, combined with dreadful traffic through the east of the capital, led to his arrival at the campsite shortly after sunset yesterday.

Despite my best efforts, it soon became clear that setting up an unfamiliar tent was not going to be successfully achieved in darkness. So after repairing just in time for a bar meal, I spent the night in the car(!), waking occasionally to follow the passage of the stars and rising of the crescent Moon.

Daybreak saw the tent successfully erected (I hope) and the photo (which Blogger won’t let me upload at the moment) shows that is was swiftly converted into an editorial office thanks to a camping table and my Mac Powerbook. There is wi-fi in the bar area (not free) which will be very useful.

A few amateurs are already here and I got to meet one of the organisers, who was cycling around to check everything was OK. The site is set to fill up closer to the weekend.

I am impressed by the luxury nature of camping these days. Some tents are equipped with computers, microwave ovens and all manner of other electrical gear. That helped me make a swift decision to abandon my little gas stove and call in at nearby Cromer for a microwave (£25) and a kettle and toaster for around £5 apiece.

Observing conditions are not looking great for tonight after a windy day which was warm when the sun came out. There is also the threat of gales, apparently the remnants of a hurricane on the other side of the Atlantic. Must go and check those guy ropes!

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

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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