Galway Astronomy Festival "City of Stars" Feb 1st 2014

5 years 11 months ago - 5 years 11 months ago #99174 by R Newman
Hi, the committee of the Galway Astronomy club would just like to take this opportunity to invite amateur astronomers from around Ireland to the 11th Galway Astronomy Festival also known as the Western Winter Star Party taking place here in the beautiful city of Galway on February 1st 2014.

“City of Stars" is the theme for the 2014 Galway Astronomy Festival which takes place on February 1st at the Westwood House Hotel with an emphasis on how exploration of the Cosmos has inspired communities and cultures in our city that would not otherwise do so, to think about the Universe. From its humble beginnings in January 2004 to the present day our Astronomy Festival has become Ireland’s biggest annual gathering of amateur astronomers who come here from around the country to meet in friendship and to exchange information, successful stargazing and mutual progress.

Doors open at 9.30am, you DO NOT need to book in advance, Entry ONLY €20

The event will follow the same format as last year with six talks split into two sessions in the morning and evening. A new lunchtime interlude with two mini observing workshops and in the late evening we present the new Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture.

Observing on both nights at a dark sky site outside the city with observing times near New Moon,
and for new arrivals the usual visit to the NUI Galway Observatory will take place at 5.30pm

Speakers

1. Guy Hurst, Editor of "The Astronomer magazine" UK: "The Glory of Globular Star Clusters"

2. Dr Matt Redman, Director of Centre for Astronomy, NUI Galway: "Star formation and Star Destruction"

3. Dr Deirdre Coffey, UCD: "Exploring the Universe: The View from Hubble and Beyond"

4. Tom O'Donaghue: "Cosmic Vistas: The Universe in Colour" www.astrophotography.ie

5. Paul Mohr: "The genius of the Greek naked-eye astronomers: Measuring the Cosmos with dioptra and trigonometry"

6. Michael O’Connell: "From the Big Dipper to the Southern Cross: Observing the southern sky Down Under”

Workshops

7. Paul Byrne: ”Double Stars - Two's Company, Three's A Triple System”

Paul a regular on these boards under the pseudonym of "lunatic" and a double star observing enthusiast, In his workshop he will talk about double star systems and present handouts with a list of his favourite doubles, also an explanation of separation and position angles.

8. Brian MacGabhann,GAC: “Building a DIY solar filter for observing our nearest Star”

Brian will take s through building a solar filter for a refractor, reflector or SCT, with a complete demo and examples of the finsished product).




Optional Astrofest dinner 7.30 pm - Price (€25) Tickets available in the morning

The Sir Patrick Moore Memorial talk by Guy Hurst: "The Astronomer: The First 50 years" celebrating their Golden Jubilee 1964-2014

Since ‘The Astronomer’ was formed in 1964, there have been a remarkable series of achievements which have been published in the magazine and these highlights are given in this talk. As editor since 1975, Guy describes how it feels to be in ‘the hot seat’ when checking and hopefully confirming the many discoveries reported to TAHQ! The liaison with professionals at the Central Bureau (USA) remains a vital service by TA to filter out false alarms.


Trade Stands and info stands

Cosmic Vistas
KTEC Telescopes
Scopes and Space
HITEC Astro
Celestial Light
Astro Art
Clonkill Observatory
More to follow...

Hope to see you there

Ronan Newman
Chairman
Galway Astronomy Club
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5 years 11 months ago #99177 by carlobeirnes
Great line up of speakers Ronan; I’m really looking forward to this event.

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5 years 11 months ago #99178 by Seanie_Morris
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*Stickied!*

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5 years 11 months ago #99181 by nectarine
Sounds great Ronan and I'm looking forward to it already. Can I reserve a stall please to sell a selection of astronomy related books, dvd's etc?
Thanks,
Bernie

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5 years 11 months ago #99183 by StephenK
Line-up is great :-)

Really looking forward to this.

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5 years 11 months ago #99184 by Roy Stewart
Cant wait, Stargazing Live in Jan and this in Feb.. Great start to the New Year.

Cheers Roy :)

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5 years 11 months ago #99219 by R Newman
Hi

Bernie of

Sounds great Ronan and I'm looking forward to it already. Can I reserve a stall please to sell a selection of astronomy related books, dvd's etc?


Yes of course Bernie

Paul Mohr is in the process of finishing a new book on Greek Astronomy for the amateur astronomer community and will be provisionally launching the book during the event, he also told me how he appreciate the courtesy in putting 'professor' before his name, but would be more comfortable amongst the other fine speakers if he was listed with just his name like their's: the brotherhood of astronomers. Well done Paul.

Another speaker during the Festival will be Tom ODonaghue from Tuam, Co Galway but who does his imaging from Southern Spain, a photo of his of Rho Ophiuchi and Antares Nebulae took 2nd place @ the "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" competition in Greenwich see www.astrophotography.ie

BTW if you happening to be travelling on an Aer Lingus flight anywhere in Europe or the World over the next two months check out the Dec/Jan issue of CARA, the inflight magazine whre the Galway Astronomy Festival 2014 gets special treatment. :) :)

Hope to see you there


Ronan Newman
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5 years 10 months ago #99524 by R Newman
Hi again

We have updated our website with abstracts of all our talks and speakers
bio's, also the full program and information on some wonderful trade stands not
seen at any Irish star party before, details of our mega prize draw
will be announced shortly. Please go to www.galwayastronomyclub.ie/index.php/31-...ronomy-festival-2014

Thank you

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5 years 10 months ago #99529 by R Newman
Hi

We are delighted to announce that Apogee Imaging Systems from California will be displaying a large selection of their merchandise at our Astronomy Festival on Feb 1st. They have been supplying cooled CCD cameras to astronomers around the world and are now used in more than 50 countries, from world-class professional observatories to backyard domes where "amateurs" add discovery after discovery every day.

Their cameras have been used for high-end astronomical applications like capturing the first images of optical counterparts of gamma ray bursts, plus thousands of discoveries of comets, near-Earth asteroids, and extra-solar planets.

See them at www.ccd.com/index.html

There will also be large stands by KTEC Telescopes and Scopes and Space.

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5 years 9 months ago #99597 by R Newman
Hi and Happy Christmas

We have one final speaker change to our line up of what will be a very exciting event and at a bargain entry price that wont be beaten of only €20, We are delighted to welcome Tim Puckett of the Puckett Observatory of Atlanta, USA. www.cometwatch.com/ with a talk entitled "The Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search"

Timothy Puckett was born in 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and is an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer with over 30 years experience. Experienced in the field of amateur CCD (digital) astro-imaging, Tim has operated numerous CCD cameras since 1989. He has built several robotic telescopes and is currently operating an automated supernova search patrol and comet astrometry program which uses 60-cm and 35-cm telescopes. His photos of comets and deep-sky objects have been published in books and magazines in several countries, including Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Germany, Australia and South Africa. His work has also been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, BBC, The Discovery and Learning Channels and Good Morning America. Tim is the Astronomy Sales Engineer for Apogee Instruments and a robotic-telescope consultant for professional observatories.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of astronomy, asteroid 32096 Puckett = 2000 KO38 was named in his honour. He is also the recipient of the American Astronomical Society's 2011 Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award. This award is presented for an achievement in astronomical research made by an amateur astronomer.

The Puckett Observatory is a private astronomical observatory located in the state of Georgia, United States. It is owned and operated by Tim Puckett. Its primary observation goals are the study of comets and the discovery of supernovae. To facilitate the latter goal it sponsors the Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search whose astronomers have discovered 280 supernovae. The Puckett Observatory houses two telescopes. The 60 cm (24”) Ritchey-Chrétien telescope was custom engineered and built by Puckett, and took nine years to complete, going online full-time in 1997. The telescope features a new type of hybrid disk/band worm drive designed by Puckett in 1993. The other observatory telescope includes a Celestron C-14 Schmidt-Cassegrain with a Software Bisque's Paramount ME Robotic Telescope System.


The Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search was formed in 1998, with its principal investigator being Tim Puckett. The search consists of a team of amateur astronomers located in the United States, Canada, India, Greece and Italy. Observatories participating in the search include the Puckett Observatory, and telescopes located in Portal, Arizona (Jack Newton), and Osoyoos, BC (Ajai Sehgal). The observatory uses computers to control the robotic telescopes and sends the images to volunteers via the Internet. Each image is manually compared ("blinked") to archive images. At least 40 hours each week are required to run the search operation. Team members have contributed thousands of hours to analyzing the data.

Ronan Newman
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5 years 9 months ago #99625 by michaeloconnell
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Excellent!
Looking forward to that talk.

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5 years 9 months ago #99628 by R Newman
Hi Michael, and your talk sounds very interesting also.

We also have well known Galway based Amateur Astronomer and a professor in geology; Paul Mohr who will be talking about his new book due in the Spring entitled “A String of Pearls: A Brief history of Greek astronomy”

Thanks

Ronan Newman
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5 years 9 months ago - 5 years 9 months ago #99671 by R Newman
Please see our new Promo movie for our Feb 1st Astronomy Fest at



Put on the head phones and turn up the volume

Only watchable on lap/desktops, You tube will not let it be viewed on other

Ronan Newman

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5 years 9 months ago #99674 by R Newman
For ipads, phones tablets etc see vimeo.com/83172183

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5 years 8 months ago - 5 years 8 months ago #99881 by R Newman
Astronomy Plans written in the Stars


Don’t miss the West of Irelands biggest Astronomy gathering taking place in Galway “City of Stars” this Saturday at the Westwood House Hotel starting at 9.15am.. Last year over 80 people attended this one day spectacle of spectacle of stars, planets and space while this years event is our first international event with speakers from the US, UK and Ireland. For directions and Accommodation see www.galwayastronomyclub.ie/images/stories/astrofest10/accom.pdf

If you have not seen our 3 minute promotional movies see it at vimeo.com/83172183

The Festival will follow the format of six talks split into two sessions in the morning and evening. A new lunchtime interlude with two mini observing workshops, a Free Public Talk at 4pm, An excellent raffle, a visit to the NUIG Observatory and in the late evening our annual Astro-Fest dinner followed by the Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture and if your still awake an astronomy/general knowledge table Quiz or Observing.

Friday January 31st 2014

If you are arriving the evening before (Jan 31st) why not join us upstairs above the main Bar at the Westwood House Hotel for a free social reception and as a focal point for people where you can meet fellow amateur astronomers meet some of our guest speakers. Weather permitting at 9.30pm we will be heading out to the observing site at Brigits Garden Celtic Park which is only 18km from the hotel. www.brigitsgarden.ie


Saturday February 1st 2014
Doors open 9.15am

The Festival is not a ticket event, you DO NOT have to pre-book a place, we have a large function room so just arrive that morning for registration and we hope you enjoy your stay in Galway.


Speakers include


Guy Hurst is arguably one of the leading figures in British amateur astronomy, president of the Basingstoke Astronomical Society and editor of a UK-based magazine; "The Astronomer" since 1975 that celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.

Timothy Puckett is from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and is an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer with over 30 years experience in the field of amateur CCD imaging, Tim has operated numerous CCD cameras since 1989. He has built several robotic telescopes and is currently operating an automated supernova search patrol and comet astrometry program which uses 60-cm and 35-cm telescopes. Tim is the Astronomy Sales Engineer for Apogee Instruments and a robotic-telescope consultant for professional observatories

Paul Byrne is an experienced amateur astronomer from Ballybrack in South Dublin who has a passion for double stars
He uses a 110mm WO Megrez telescope that is truly a thing of beauty. In his workshop he will take us through a list of his favourite doubles and explanation of separation and position angles of Double star systems as well as presenting handouts on the best doubles.


Michael O’Connell is one of Irelands most prolific amateur astronomers and has held past positions as chairperson of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies. His observatory consists of a remotely operated 2.7m dome which includes a 16" SCT on a computer controlled equatorial mount for astrometric observations and a 5.5" Apo refractor with various solar filters for solar observing. He received his observatory code (I87) from the International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Centre in 2010

Tom O’Donoghue is a native of Tuam, Co. Galway and has been interested in astronomy since childhood and is one of Europe’s best deep sky astro photographers. Tom will explain in detail how he put’s the images together, from the equipment set up to the complex processing steps involved, for further info see www.astrophotography.ie

Paul Mohr was born in England in 1931 and was educated at Manchester University. In 1957 he established the Department of Geology at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. In 1977 he was appointed Professor of Geology at NUI Galway and retired in 1996. In his talk Paul will explain how the Greeks displayed a remarkable talent in the field of observational astronomy as they attempted to build a model of the Universe that could account for their observations and show how they explored all imaginable alternatives and solutions for the various astronomical problems they came across. Paul’s new book “A String of Pearls: A Brief History of Greek Astronomy” is set for release in late 2014.

Deirdre Coffey is a lecturer of Astronomy and Space Science at UCD School of Physics where her research is in the field of star formation and protostellar Jets. In this talk Deirdre will outline some of the major achievements of the iconic Hubble Space Telescope and look at its life, from its uncertain beginnings to the rich legacy it leaves behind in its old age, and to the next generation James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) scheduled for launch in 2018. www.jwst.nasa.gov/‎

Brian MacGabhann is a native of Galway who developed a keen interest in Astronomy and especially the technical side during the late 1970’s, He was largely inspired by the writings and by a letter from the late Sir Patrick Moore. His workshop will take the audience through the building of a solar filter for a refractor, reflector or SCT, with a complete demo and examples of the finished product.

With an entry fee of €20 for adults, only €10 for student and free to U12 this is an event not to be missed




Our Monster Draw with prizes worth over €2700

1. CELESTRON - Omni 127XLT

2. A 12 month subscription to the BBC Sky at Night magazine

3. A 12 month subscription to "Astronomy Now" Magazine.

4. A 12 month subscription to "Astronomer” Magazine

5. A 6 inch dobsonian Skwatcher Telescope

6. Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian telescope

7. A iPad mini which is just incredible

8. Meade ETX-80AT-TC Backpack Telescope




A 4 person Table Quiz with some lovely books for the winning team like "Turn Left at Orion", "Comic Challenge”,” The Sky at Night - Answers & Questions from Across the Universe" and "Philip's Guide: Star & Planets"


For more information call Ronan Newman on 0868434003
Web www.galwayastronomyclub.ie

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Twitter: Secretary ‏@GalwayAstroclub

Facebook: www.facebook.com/galwayAstrofest

Hope to see you there


Ronan Newman
Organizer
Galway Astronomy Festival



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5 years 8 months ago #99882 by Roy Stewart
Really looking forward to this,
Got the B&B booked, Scope is all
polished and collimated.. All we need
now are some clear skies on the Friday
and hopefully Saturday also.

See ye all next week.

Cheers Roy :scope:

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5 years 8 months ago #99947 by Seanie_Morris
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Best of luck to Galway AC for their big event today!

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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5 years 8 months ago #99954 by michael_murphy
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very enjoyable day. Thanks to all at Galway Astronomy Club.

Michael.

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5 years 8 months ago #99968 by eansbro
Ronan, Marcus and all the team at Galway Astronomy Club,
I had a wonderful time at the Festival.
All great talks and the exhibition was the biggest I have seen this year.
The prizes were all high quality and a huge range of them.
Great to meet others and make new friends.
The food was brilliant.
This was the best Galway Astro Fest in all the years I have attended.
All I can say for those who missed this one make sure you put this in your calender for 2015,
you will not be disappointed.

Eamonn
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5 years 8 months ago - 5 years 8 months ago #99972 by StephenK
What a brilliant Astronomy Festival.
Congratulations to Ronan, Brian, Marcus and all at Galway Astronomy Club,
First for the invite to attend and display our range of products , and secondly, for looking after us when we were setting up, and throughout the day.
Thanks also to Roy, for the great help.
We had some great chats with a great many people, and we loved nothing better than yapping astronomy,and about astronomy equipment.
We heard a few of the talks, and gladly handed over our raffle prizes to delighted winners at the end.
And to top it all off, we stayed on for Brian's Table Quiz, formed a team with Dave and Yvonne from Dublin Stargazers group, picked an awesome team name, had a good few laughs, and luckily, our brilliantly named "Team Brian MacGabhann" won :-) with no bribes and or cheating :laugh:
Looking forward to next year already!

Stephen Kershaw
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5 years 8 months ago #99975 by lunartic
Many thanks to all at the Galway Astronomy Club, all were incredibly friendly, it was great to see Carl and Stephen with their fantastic range of equipment for sale, I had to keep slapping my hand away from my wallet :laugh: .

I'd like to echo Eamonn's comment, if you missed this year, get there next year, you will not be disappointed.

Paul

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

Rich Cook
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5 years 8 months ago #99978 by Roy Stewart
Great day of Astronomy talks and gadgets..
A big shout out to all the committee of the Galway
astronomy club for putting on a great show..
Excellent speakers on the day and fabulous trade stands..

Unlike lunartic, I did end up putting my hand into my wallet.
So I do need to say thank you to Carl and the guys from
Scopes and Space for all there help.
And a special thank you to Stephen and Vicky of Ktec telescopes
for all your generosity and helping remove me from the cash in my wallet...(Worth every penny).

The only problem I see now for the guys of the Galway Astronomy Club
is: How do you better that next year? I offer ye my services.

Cheers Roy :scope: :)

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5 years 8 months ago - 5 years 8 months ago #99979 by stevie
Many thanks to all at the Galway Astronomy Club from the NIAAS guys

Great weekend, fine talks, superb displays (that 16" Orion go-to!!!), lovely dinner, excellent conversation, and Geraldine even won an ipod mini!

What more could you ask for?

Looking forward to the next one already.

stevie

Secretary NIAAS
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5 years 8 months ago - 5 years 8 months ago #99987 by carlobeirnes
Hi all,

I just want to give a big thank you to everyone at Galway astronomy club, on what a was great weekend. I want to give Ronan and Markus and the rest of the committee a big thank you for inviting us. As Scopes and Space is just seven months old this was our first big out door event and the response form everyone was overwhelming, for that I can’t thank everyone enough.

Ronan, I have to admit it you got me good after dinner, with this is Carl’s life, I nearly died in my seat when you started showing the old photos of back in the day it was so funny. BTW Myleene klass asked me to say hi. Thanks again for the award I really appreciated it.

To everyone who attended the event I want to say a very big thank you for your very kind words. It’s you who make the event possible and very memorable; it was a pleasure meeting every one of you. There is not much more I can say buy roll on Galway Astrofest 2015.

Clear Skies,

Carl.

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