In mid-September, AstroSoc drove down to Exmoor National Park, a national dark sky reserve, for the annual AstroSoc camping trip 2016! We stayed at Westermill Farm, in Exford. On our first night we had a great BBQ, and later met some members of the Exmoor Stargazers in the local pub. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy for any observing!

The second day, we drove out to the coast, to the beautiful villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, and climbed along the cliffs to Castle Rock for a picturesque lunch spot! We then walked along the river gorges to Watersmeet, where we stopped for ice cream. We then enjoyed a few drinks and a lovely meal at The Crown Hotel. Eventually we drove back to the farm, where we were delighted to find clear skies! The full moon was bright, but we managed to spot a couple of wonders: the double-double system, and the ring nebula. Nathan Adams got an impressive photograph of the ring nebula, using the society’s 10″ reflector.

The next day we drove back via Bristol, stopping off at the Museum & Art Gallery. Eventually we returned to UoB, tired but full of memories of a great weekend!

 

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Nathan’s photo of the ring nebula: Canon 550D & 10″ Newtonian reflector, 8s exposure