Re: LB Obs 2014 Dec 06

From: Greg Roberts via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:39:07 +0200
Possibly getting a bit of topic but it will explain why I will not be 
able to observe!
The latest alert this morning say"unless the power utility manages the 
current electricity situation there is a risk of a total blackout in 
South Africa which can last for WEEKS!"      I guess its one way to 
recover the dark sky and see the milky way again but my system requires 
power - my petrol generator is not powerful enough to include my 
tracking setup to it. This situation is expected to last at least 
another 4 to 5 years and was brought about by the present government 
failing to replace aged and failing power stations with new power 
stations - one scheduled to come on line 5 years ago is still nowhere 
near completion due to strikes and other power stations are now failing 
due to lack of regular upkeep and qualified staff. Unfortunately this is 
not the only problem with South Africa today - the entire 
system-hospitals/education/civil service etc is rapidly failing.

Enuf said and Ill keep quiet from now on - just feel utterly frustrated 
at the inability to do tracking when its clear so please excuse my 
ranting. I could not even follow the complete flight of the recent ORION 
mission !

Greg
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