Stargazing and Perseid Meteor Shower

  • August 2, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Kal's House

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?

When
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.

Location
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.

Camping
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!

Equipment
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.

Be Aware
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.

Alcohol
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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I've changed the location to my house, I'll set up the telescopes in the garden and if you're interested in coming then email/message me for my address, I live 0.5miles from Penallta Parc. I can give lifts from Ystrad Mynach station and lifts home at the end of the night.

    August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So what's the plan? Are we taking a rain check and going to the pub or still sticking to the original plan?

    August 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Current forecast says clear skies until midnight (http://www.bbc.co.uk/...­). Since most people backed out, we could go to a pub (in cardiff?) or I could set up my telescopes in my garden for a few hours (0.5m from the original location). (I don't mind giving 1-2 people a lift home at the end of the night)

      August 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also I don't mind picking people up from the station when they get there.

      August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since I've had no contact from anyone here I'll assume that nobody is coming. If you're still interested then message me through here :)

    August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rain forecast pushed back to 3am, partial cloud forecast 9-midnight.

    August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rain still forecast this afternoon and all of tomorrow and the wee hours of Sunday morning.

    Anyone fancy going to a bar or something in Cardiff? Juno Lounge or something?

    August 1, 2014

  • David

    Hi all - I'm new to this group, definitely interested in doing this. Last I saw the weather forecast wasn't great during the day but clear skies forecast for the evening. If it did happen, is anybody else still planning on camping? I have one and everything, just a bit nervous about camping where I shouldn't (technically) be.

    July 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Since weather prediction isn't always accurate I'll wait until the day before and see what they say about the forecast, I'm not comfortable taking my telescopes out if it's damp or muddy however. That won't stop me faffing around with binoculars if it's clear.

      July 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Latest weather forecast is thunder and lightning for Friday/Saturday - if the forecast doesn't change then shall we just meet in Cardiff for a wee drink?

    July 29, 2014

  • Ranjit

    Don't Kill me please :( I am gonna have to pull out :( ... family thing so I am gonna have to be there instead :( and my other weekends are pretty full :(

    July 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No worries!

      July 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Balls just booked flights to Spain so not going to make this now.

    July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's a summary of what the local council said. "The road leading up to the main car park and events field remains open 24 hours a day" & "There is a no camping policy across the whole site." This basically means parking is fine but anyone wishing to camp will need to stealth camp.

    July 18, 2014

  • Greta

    Hi, I cannot come to this date, probably the next one at the end of August.
    However I don't have either a car or a tent so I should find someone who wants to share.
    I have found this nice and short BBC video about the Perseid shower, for those who are interested and like me are not experts :)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/universe/collections/the_night_sky_spring_summer#p00jn0pr

    July 15, 2014

    • jules

      i have a spare one man tent for you but i have no car so maybe we can go via train together. it up to you tho. i`m not a monster lol, i just like to help people. i have a small dog if you dont mind him. lol! if you think of going we can go together. it only an idea and i know you dont know me or i know you. so if you dont want to i understand. adam

      July 15, 2014

  • jules

    can you please let me know where and when, also i have a small dog can he come? i have no car and would need to get a bus also. can you please let me know. thank you

    July 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just updated the details, also a 2nd date put down for those who aren't available. Your dog can come, just make sure you clean up after it and we don't want him/her peeing on telescopes/tents/sleepin­g people :P Anything else then just ask.

      July 15, 2014

    • jules

      okay kal lol ! i will look at the the dates my friend and will let you know. thank you for getting back to me.

      July 15, 2014

  • Ranjit

    If I can have a date it would be awesome - Dont really mind camping at all - like you say - if it chucks down a pub would be great too - That Parc Penalta looks cool - a pub nearby would be ace (I am on a no-drink challenge at the mo so not really a big deal for me but may be nice to chill out there if the sky is too cloudy) I would need a lift though if someone would be so kind - have u guys decided on a date yet?

    July 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Saturday 9th august would be better for me.

      July 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can give someone a lift from Ystrad Mynach station. Sorry about the date Wyndsor but I'm in Norway that particular week.

      July 15, 2014

  • jules

    camping would be a very good idea.

    July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, please re-read the description and provide feedback. I want to know your preferred locations from the ones I've suggested, camping preferences or anything else. Also since the showers occur over a longer period and peak August 12–13 there is no reason why this can't actually be multiple nights, I have no problem doing this 2-3 times between July 17 and August 24.

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't mind what date, and destination I would prefer is penderyn ,just because it's easier to get to from home. :-). Would like to v

      June 28, 2014

    • Ranjit

      I don't Drive so am gonna need a lift - Caerphilly would be great as I live in Cardiff but then with a lift who knows ...the skies that limit!!

      July 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wondering, do any of you own a telescope and/or binoculars?

    Binoculars are pretty awesome for stargazing btw!

    June 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well it's my dads,but he will not mind I think he's also got a pair of binoculars .

      June 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great stuff Wyndsor! now to figure out where we're going :P

      June 23, 2014

  • Marty D.

    Checked and I'm double booked on that day. Sorry.

    June 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd be interested in a different date :)

      June 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Suggest some dates then lol

      June 21, 2014

  • Nate B.

    This sounds pretty fun. Where is it going to be though?

    June 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's something we need to decide on really, I prefer somewhere up past Merthyr or Brecon but it depends on how we can organise to get there. Caerphilly mountain has also been suggested, the view wouldn't be as good but it's easier for us to get there.

      June 18, 2014

  • sue

    Caerphilly mountain is an amazing place for viewing

    June 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Caerphilly mountain is ok but Brecon is better, much less light pollution, although the final location can be decided on later.

      June 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shit was it a year ago we did this last time? Seems like about 3 months ago.

    June 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was quite a a while ago, maybe 2 years?

      1 · June 6, 2014

  • sue

    I'd definitely be up for this and have a reflective telescope

    June 6, 2014

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