Starting from the picturesque village of Hemingford Grey again (previous post) but heading in the opposite direction, ending up at Houghton Mill, a working 18th Century mill. What a great way to arrive!
And once again, the best views are to be had from the river approach.
Ah what a joy it is to turn up in a sleepy Cambridgeshire village, pump up the ol' kayak and get paddling.
Apart from the pleasure of being on the river, I'm discovering 2 other big benefits of kayaking: a) you are away from people, and b) you get to see a place in a way that's not possible from the street.
The land opposite these pictures is private, so these views are only available if you are actually on the river. Click on first image to see it full size:
I said I'd be posting regularly again but it's been silent on 4AoS for ages. What's occurring? I've been away on a family hol in the wilds of North Yorkshire where there's no internet, at least not in the little village where the holiday house was.
York, Whitby (the abbey), Goathland (where Heartbeat is filmed), Danes Dyke (fossil hunting): you name it, I've been there and done it. Daily postings from now on, this time I promise.
I made a dozen for the eclipse on the 20th (best one in the UK since the full one in 1999) so if anyone wants one, let me know and I'll post you one. Don't try it yourself with normal dark materials, eg exposed film, sunglasses or dark foil. The nasty rays will still get though and eye damage will result. Using any normal optical equipment will result in instant and permanent blindness. Regular 4AoSers are too intelligent to do this of course, but i's worth mentioning, as many are blinded this way everty year.
I wasn't sure whether to post this here or not, but since my father appeared on the blog on many occasions, and was a daily visitor to and regular contributor on 4AoS, I thought those who don't already know would like to know:
Dad passed away peacefully at home in his sleep yesterday, after a long battle against cancer. He will be sadly missed and will leave a huge hole in the lives of all who knew him well.
I'd like to thank the amazing work of the Nurses and Assistant Nurses who helped us look after him - every one of whom went so far beyond simply providing care in so many ways - thus allowing him to realise his last wish, which was to spend his final days at home in comfort, dignity and peace.
Oh dear, apologies to regular 4AoSers for the week-long lack of posts.
The sad fact is, I haven't posted because I have nothing to post about. I now have to get up before 6.00am every day, to be out the door at 6.15am to drive to work, then I get home at 6.00pm, if I'm lucky. My only hobby at the moment is jigsaws. It's not always easy after a 12 hour day but UniM and I manage at least an hour every night:
Here's my video of the triple shadow transit of Jupiter's moons. (see previous post)
I've had a long week, and really needed a lie in but there was no way I was going to miss the triple, so got up at 4.30 this morning like a child on Christmas day and was so excited to see clear skies. It took me quite some time to realise that the wobbly blob I was looking at through the scope was in fact Jupiter. Visually, I couldn't see a single shadow, on the screen, one was faintly visible. I hoped that things might improve over the next hour and a half but seeing got worse, with pieces of Jupiter appearing to fly off from the main body.
I don't think I've ever come away from a session before without a single usable image, even as a record shot.
I have to be up by 6 every morning and then face an almost 2 hour drive to work, so you might think I'll be having a lie in tomorrow, but no I'll be up at 4.00am to view the (on average) once in a decade spectacle of 3 moon shadows on the surface of Jupiter at the same time. The next one is in 2032, so grab it while you can.
Hopefully the weather will hold. The BBC says it's going to be fine first thing but they regularly lie make fundamental and inexplicable errors regarding future - and indeed current - weather conditions.
And here's the timings for the various events. UK time is UT:
* Callisto's shadow enters disk - 9:11 p.m. (3:11 UT) * Io's shadow enters disk - 10:35 p.m. (4:35 UT) * Europa's shadow enters the disk - 12:28 a.m. (6:28 UT) ** TRIPLE TRANSIT from 12:28 - 12:52 a.m. (6:28 - 6:52 UT) * Io's shadow leaves disk - 12:52 a.m. (6:52 UT) * Callisto's shadow leaves disk - 2:00 a.m. (8:00 UT) * Europa's shadow leaves disk - 3:22 a.m. (9:22 UT)
- See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/dont-miss-jupiters-shadow-trifecta/#sthash.IWihx65y.dpuf