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RobertM

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Darkish site near Orpington
« on: Jan 23, 2015, 16:35:50 »
I'm thinking of taking my star adventurer out tonight if it stays clear.  Does anyone know a place that's suitable within 10 miles or so ?

Somewhere not too exposed and free of car headlights ideally.

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #1 on: Jan 23, 2015, 16:44:58 »
I would be interested in joining you. Also in Orpington. I use Cudham and Otford as dark sites (with some limitations).

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #2 on: Jan 23, 2015, 16:51:15 »
Big if. According to the Met Office app you have about an hour. However tomorrow night...
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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #3 on: Jan 23, 2015, 16:55:21 »
Big if. According to the Met Office app you have about an hour. However tomorrow night...

Ah yes, just looked at the satellite :(

Tomorrow night might be better :)

Thanks Kenny, there is a possibility for tomorrow evening.  I'll only be going for an hour or two max - I don't want my nadgers frozen !

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #4 on: Jan 23, 2015, 16:57:44 »
I believe the sports field next to the pub in Cudham (where we had a christmas meal a couple of years ago - can't remember the name - Blacksmiths ?) is pretty dark and is also used by another society.

The carpark is locked but can be accessed by a key held by the pub (also by the same key as high elms)
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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #5 on: Jan 23, 2015, 17:13:09 »
Thanks Mick

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #6 on: Jan 23, 2015, 17:35:10 »
Yes, it's the Blacksmith's Arms. That's the Cudham site I use. Parking in the pub carpark is also allowed as long as a) you spend some money in the pub and b) you don't use up all the parking spaces.

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #7 on: Jan 24, 2015, 10:52:42 »
p.s. I just heard there is open public access to Knole Park 24x7 though no car access after dark. But usable if you have portable kit like DSLR and tripod or a small scope and don't mind humping it 1/4 mile.

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #8 on: Jan 24, 2015, 15:46:40 »
I'm probably going out observing / exploring tonight. Appears Doug and Rose may be too. Anyone else near Orpington looking for some dark skies tonight?

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #9 on: Jan 24, 2015, 15:57:44 »
Where and what time ?

I'll most likely only be there for an hour or two and not too late.

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #10 on: Jan 24, 2015, 16:12:19 »
Depends on your target. I'm flexible. Comet Lovejoy will be due south around 6.30pm (it's highest point), good viewing of Jupiter from 7.30ish, but the Moon won't set until 10-ish.

I also want to walk into Knole Park (no cars allowed) to see what the viewing is like, taking my DSLR, but I could do that afterwards.

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #11 on: Jan 24, 2015, 16:22:54 »
If all else fails I'll be at the Rising sun Twitton ( TN14 5JR ) the garden there is pretty good as are the refreshments. I'll be taking my binos anyway. Kenny can you make a note of the light pollution in knowle while you're  there.
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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #12 on: Jan 24, 2015, 16:25:17 »
where is Knole Park? Thks

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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #13 on: Jan 24, 2015, 16:55:44 »
where is Knole Park? Thks

Right at the top of Sevenoaks town on the left as you head towards Tonbridge.
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Re: Darkish site near Orpington
« Reply #14 on: Jan 24, 2015, 17:03:22 »
I don't think we've agree venue yet.

Doug / Rose were talking about the Recreation Ground at Otford (where I am right now actually):
Otford Village Memorial Hall
http://goo.gl/maps/RpXgR

Cudham is another dark site. Fewer headlights while the pubs are still open but the pub carpark light is bright.
The Blacksmith's Arms
http://goo.gl/maps/kb5gH

Knole Park is in Sevenoaks but no car access after dark.
Knole House
http://goo.gl/maps/Fi4Q0

Rising Sun (Mark's local)
The Rising Sun
http://goo.gl/maps/k4YfB