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    Posted: 02 February 2020 at 21:14
Originally posted by Tricky01 Tricky01 wrote:

ok, with no further votes, we do 28th March. Could a mod start up a discussion thread there so we can work out exactly where a ours near Oxford we end up? TIA


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2020 at 21:32
So I have 28th cemented in the family calendar, so have the whole day to enjoy taking photos. Sunrise is 5:51am which might be a challenge (though if anyone else fancied it, I could be tempted). Sunset of 6:34pm is more palatable. So assuming no super early risers, perhaps we aim to meet around 10am? Iím easy about where. Iím not too fussed about centre of Oxford, but surely must be some nice spots on outskirts. Didcot railway centre was also mooted and happy to spend a few hours there, perhaps after lunch before heading somewhere nice for sunset and then possibly a well earned bite to eat and beer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2020 at 22:45
Depends on what you want from Oxford, really. Architecture, people, history, the Thames, University, Town ... it's all here. Outskirts can be a bit dull, but some parts can be interesting - Cowley Road is full of life, Port Meadow is a huge flood plain & the canal and railways run nearby.

For sunset, the Photographers Ephemeris is useful, see here, which should be set up for a local hill that has views across the city towards the sunset, if that can be expected in late March?

Didcot has a 'spring exhibition day' on 28/3, which means it can be explored at leisure. Tickets are £5.85 online. See https://didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/product.php/47/spring-exhibition-day.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 February 2020 at 21:23
Any place around the area will do but yes meeting at 10am is preferable to sunrise.

It would be nice to have some company from/to London. If there is company I am happy to drive and if not I'd prefer public transport (by which I mean a place with good public transport connection would be ideal but not necessary for me).

I will be mostly inactive for the next month or so (out of the country) but I am interested in taking part even if I don't reply.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2020 at 17:59
Exciting I love DMs (ask Bob J). For flexibility Iíll drive down. When we decide on where to meet any local knowledge on car parking would be very welcome. Does Oxford have city restrictions I should know about like many cities nowadays to discourage car use?

Iíve never been to Oxford so I will be more than happy to do whatever others suggest.
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Oxford has expensive city centre parking but a number of Park and Rides around the ring road. Happy to advise when a plan is formulated!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2020 at 08:11
Thanks Howard.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote greek_alpha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2020 at 22:33
I missed the discussion in the general UK and Ireland topic , but I am glad I didn't miss this topic too.

If I may, I would like to join you all in Oxford. I will be coming from London by train.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2020 at 13:56
Iíve been looking into surrounding area for sunset and even some Astro stuff as light pollution drops off quite dramatically to the west and moon set isnít too late. For sunset, it looks like there are hills to the west that might give a nice view of Oxford bathed in orange and red - google earth 3D mapping appears to show that but incline might not be enough / too few clearings to get a good shot perhaps? Any of the locals able to pas judgment or recommend another view?

So daytime destination Iím easy about, but Iím thinking to try:
Higgins copse - to west of oxford for sunset (18:33, so aim to be there 17:00 to have time to find good views)
Bourton on the water for stars from moonset (22:57, so aim to be there 22:00ish, since moon should already be pretty low. Also gives time for a pub dinner somewhere between the two)

Day time though Iím easy, but perhaps aim to meet around midday? My sunset/moonset ambitions make a 10:30 start less attractive :) (though I could always catch up with those eager to start early)

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For astro/stars, light pollution is only one aspect. The other is clear sky and being in the UK I like your optimism
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2020 at 15:06
My apologies up front but Iím dropping out of this planned DM. For the same reason I have reluctantly decided not to visit the NEC in a couple of weeks for The Photography show. Why? To minimise any unnecessary risks in the current Coronavirus situation.

This is a personal decision based on the fact that I am in my 70s, I have had a triple heart bypass and I take prescribed heart protection drugs for the rest of my life. I intend to live as normal a life as is practical but unnecessary travel and taking part in large events will have to stay on hold until we have a clearer picture (excuse the pun) of what fate awaits us in the UK.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2020 at 16:16
I'd not heard of Higgins's Copse until today. If it is where I think it is on the hill besides the A420 going down into Oxford from Swindon. See this OS map here. There doesn't appear to be any access and the view, southwards would be of the suburb of Botley - which is as ordinary as it gets, I'm afraid.

I have a pass for Wytham woods just north of Higgins, if it's woodland you want. You'd have to be out by dusk, I'm afraid (it's University land and a SSSI, more at https://www.wytham.ox.ac.uk/). My pass would be good for a half-dozen people. There's a pub in the village of Wytham which might be a meeting place.

I'd have thought that for sunset you might want a view westwards, where the sun is going down. In Oxford that would point to South Park, which has views across the spires of Oxford to the sunset over the hills to the west.

Photographer's Ephemeris link here.

On 6 April 5 years ago we had a nice sunset





So a good day on 28/3 should afford similar views. However, as Nandbytes observes nothing is guaranteed with British weather. On the plus side there are several pubs close to South Park that do food, and the coach to London comes through this part of town.

The west of Oxford isn't so picturesque. This was taken from North Hinksey, about a kilometre or so from Higgins's Copse



Further out, at Boars Hill, there is a great view of Oxford, but it is much more distant. I made this 14 years ago on a point and shoot Olympus, but if you click through to Flickr you'll see it clearer.



Finally, I'm not that keen to go all the way out to Bourton on the Water for some night sky, but I am keen to try some astrophotography and would welcome the chance to learn. Just to the north east of Oxford is Otmoor, where there an RSPB reserve. Otmoor is fairly empty and very flat - and not hugely lit. CPRE organised a starcount last year (2020's results are not available yet) - see here for national results, and in the 'night blight' view looks pretty promising.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2020 at 16:23
Brian makes a good point. I have already decided not to go to the Photo Show, and I'd reserve my view on getting together on 28/3 closer to the time.
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Well, we've been instructed at corporate level to halt all local, regional and international travel for the time being, together with restricting visitors to all business sites unless they are there for business critical purposes. In addition, in the Q&A that goes with the corporate statement, there is a question about vacations and meetings of groups - the message comes across clearly that the Board see it as being only just a small step too far to prescribe that people do not take leave etc., but only by a small margin. It's a very worried World out there at the moment and I can fully understand Brian's point - those at risk need to take care.

Keep safe everyone and best regards, Neil.
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