I'm thinking to try and get together a stargazing and meteor shower evening. Last time we camped out for the night and I brought with me a telescope, any suggestions are welcome.
I'll make this clear: this event would be weather dependant.
If we get to the day and it's raining then maybe we can just meet in a pub somewhere and laugh about getting rained off?
As per the above shown date - there will be a minimum of two dates for this event. The Persied showers take place roughly between July 17th and August 24th - they will peak around the 12th August.
Parc Penallta (official site), Easily accessible by car, train or bus. Slightly further up the valley, approx 7 miles from Caerphilly. You need the Rhymney valley train to Ystrad Mynach if you're coming that way. Tesco and chip shops less than 15-20 minute walk away - about 5mins by car. Lots of space to camp and ample parking
Not sure if camping is authorised there but they don't check and I used to camp up there growing up - but I have contacted the council to look into this.
See official council website for transport links.
Public transport doesn't run in the night, at least the last time I checked so if you're not going to be able to get back in the middle of the night, then consider camping out. If you're like me and you have a leaky tent then you can always sleep in your car!
If you can bring your own binoculars or telescope then that's a bonus, otherwise it's no big deal, just take it in turns with other people if they're willing to share. Shooting stars can be seen with just the eyes so not a problem. If we're camping then a tent maybe needed unless you can organise to share with someone else.
I highly recommend a torch, although please make sure to bring something to dampen the light - I suggest any red LED torch/lamp that you can get your hands on. It takes the human eye 20-30minutes to re-adjust to the night sky once it has been hit by torch light, please be considerate.
Anyone that brings a telescope etc, it is at your own risk - if somebody damages it then I won't be responsible, likewise if you are using other persons equipment please take care of it - a telescope is a delicate scientific instrument and can be very easily damaged.
I have no issue if you want to have a can or two or a wee drinky of anything else (moar wine plez?), but please be considerate in your consumption of alcohol - we're going to be in a location that isn't ideal for drunks and nobody wants to spent their night babysitting a drunkard that gets lost in the dark and twists their ankle.
If I've missed anything out or if you have a question then please ask below.