Bedok-South SKYWatch StarGazing (Tuesday 30 April)

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Bedok-South SKYWatch StarGazing (Tuesday 30 April)

Post by rcj » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:24 pm

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SKYWatch aims to foster the universal appeal of Astronomy through ad-hoc stargazing sessions that is open to everyone. It seeks to promote observational astronomy and astrophotography, through the sharing of knowledge, inspiration, and the sky.

Next SKYWatch 30 April 2013 (Tuesday) TONIGHT
Time 2200HRS
Location Bedok South Amphitheatre (see map below)
Contact 8two3three3seven98
Event Nature OPEN TO PUBLIC


Accessibility: The site can be assessed from the nearest MRT of Tanah Merah, or via public bus No. 48, 12, 229, and 38. No.48 will get u closest to the site (drop-off at the coffeeshop).

Information: There are generally two sites in this area condusive for stargazing. Based on the satellite map below adapted from Google Earth, the Bedok South Big Field offers unobstructed views of the sky in most directions. The smaller site, denoted "Amphitheatre" (accessible next to Blk 170, 165) is on concrete ground, with availability of seats and electricity. However the lights will only be switched off after 10PM. The second site offers the convenience of electrical power and casual stargazing. Sky coverage is restricted mainly to east and north with moderate tree heights going up to 30-40 degrees. Whether you stay in the east, or elsewhere, do come and join us!

Geographical Coordinates (for Amphitheatre): Lat 1.320437 N, Lon 103.946714 E



Map of Siglap - Bedok South
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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by Airconvent » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:33 pm

The amphi-theatre looks good. Solid ground and electrical power and probably more importantly, toilets! Looks like a good obs location Remus! And the 10pm is not an issue ..."astronomers DO IT late at night! "
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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by rcj » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:21 pm

Update: event as scheduled, weather permitting. Please sms/call before coming to verify status. So far, we have catalysm, shirox, mooey, lqx, Jonarsh, melcolm, mike, etc coming.... reckon at least 4 setups to be tested and for public viewing. will throw in some drink treats, and possibly eats later in the night! clear skies!
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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by rcj » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:03 pm

yes, will see how it goes tomorrow night if weather is good Richard. Do drop by if u could too.
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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by Airconvent » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:02 pm

Thanks Remus. I had planned to join in to check out the place but after a whole afternoon at the PC Show, don't really have any photons left to emit..
Will join the next one. Do share your review and photos of the place and event after trying it out. :)
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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by wind2000 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:27 pm

Hi

I am newbie, I am at the site but no one yet. :( but definitely clear skies.

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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by Airconvent » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:14 pm

mmm..so what happened to the event? Any obs report ? Is the Site the "next best thing" :)
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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by rcj » Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:18 pm

Hi Richard and rest,

Last session on Friday went well. Skies cooperated, and towards 11pm, it was near cloudless. A few newbies came, along with veterans, and those heading to Mersing this Friday. Kelvin also helped to take a group photo, that he may upload here. Following on, we had Melcolm and Mooey staying overnight till 6 the next morning for some DSO imaging. I went back to the site for some testing the next night, also fairly clear but clouded out towards midnight.

Perhaps the next session, we will have it at the huge nearby field for more unobstructed views. Kelvin remarked that the south was quite good from there.

Also, many thanks for all who have turned up. Do come again.

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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by cataclysm » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:04 pm

A good prep session for the coming Mersing trip indeed. Here is the group photo.

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Re: Siglap-Bedok-South Stargazing Session this Friday (8 Mar

Post by Airconvent » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:55 pm

Thanks for the report, Remus and Kelvin!
The site looks good. I take it the lights at the grandstand are the ones that will be turned off at 11pm?
That big refractor mount looked like 2 Terminator eyes...eerie! :)
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