Outlook brighter for tonight

Sky clears to the westAn early evening shot of the sky to the west gives some hope that there will be some clear skies again tonight and we will be able to do some observing.

Hopefully that will please deep sky expert observer Owen Brazell who is here and who told me I was being too negative this morning and would put people off coming!

The attendance has swelled considerably today with many amateurs having to put up their tents in the rain. Trade stands have been busy setting up too ready for the open days this weekend.

Ian sets up his tentAnother arrival was Ian Morison, from Jodrell Bank, who is also a visual observer and telescope expert. Despite not bringing the poles for his tent, Ian rather impressively managed to jury-rig his temporary home into a stable and habitable structure. The picture shows Ian working on the inner tent.

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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