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9 months 3 weeks ago - 9 months 3 weeks ago #106171 by ayiomamitis
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Greetings to my Irish buddies!

I received a promotional email from RyanAir due to my subscription and was taken away by the photo of the Malahide Castle they included in their promo letter.

I have a couple of questions for the group: how is the light pollution at Malahide just norrtheast of Dublin and is there public access to the exterior grounds around the castle for possible widefield work at night?

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9 months 3 weeks ago #106172 by flt158
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Hi Anthony.

Maybe some north side Dublin amateur astronomer would like to check out this particular site for some of us.

We are always interested in alternative observing sites in Ireland.

Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Clear skies,

Aubrey.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #106173 by ayiomamitis
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Hi Aubrey,

I had a look via Google Earth and there should be some workable darkness for widefield work owing to the fair amount of trees and open grounds. The estate itself is 260 acres in size from what I recall with lots of green all around.

With a slight placement to the right of the walkway leading to the main entrance, one should have the pole right over the center of the castle, thus leading to a very picturesque framing and composition.

RyanAir has really good deals which pop up here and there, thus making a quick trip to Dublin very much a doable excursion.

Before I forget, there is also a shipwreck on one of the beaches to the east of Dublin which I would love to visit as well (one all-nighter at Malahide and a second all-nighter at the beach with the shipwreck).

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9 months 3 weeks ago #106174 by flt158
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All we need is clear skies, Anthony.
We have had nothing but overcast conditions for the last 4 weeks continuously.
Paul and I visited Lough Dan on Friday night and all we had was a 100% cloudy sky.
As far as I can remember the last clear night we had on the east coast of Ireland was Saturday 1st October.
The only pleasing thing about it is we have had very little rain.

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9 months 3 weeks ago - 9 months 3 weeks ago #106175 by ayiomamitis
ayiomamitis replied the topic: Malahide, Co Dublin ... light pollution?
No question clear skies is the #1 prerequisite.

Not that we are perfect with the weather here in the southeastern Mediterranean but our stretches of bad weather are certainly much shorter than yours.

I just checked my notes and the shipwreck I refer to above is about 1200 meters east of Baltray (County Louth) and literally on the beach. The ship was the M/V Irish Trader.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #106176 by Kinch
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You can see the wreck on Google earth....if you have not done so already...

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9 months 3 weeks ago #106178 by ayiomamitis
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Hi Kinch,

I am aware of a fairly good sample of images related to the shipwreck including the one above (of course, thanks for the image). According to a blog entry dated nine months ago and which I stumbled upon over the weekend, it seems the sea washed away whatever remnants of the wreck were still available.

In other words, wreck (and photography at night) no more. :-(

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9 months 3 weeks ago #106179 by Kinch
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Next weekend I'll be in Blackrock (Co. Louth).....not too far up the coast. I'll check re what's is left of the wreck (if anything) and report back here by Tuesday of next week.....unless someone else can let us know beforehand.
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9 months 3 weeks ago #106183 by ayiomamitis
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Many thanks for the possible scouting mission!

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9 months 2 weeks ago #106208 by johnomahony
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As you mention, there are some great Ryanair deals Dublin to Athens. I was in Athens three weeks ago visiting the city, day trip to Delphi and two days on Hydra. The return ticket was €110.
Well worth the trip.
I couldn't get over the amount of graffiti though-especially on the walls of the College of Fine Arts-and it wasn't the students!!
Best of luck planning a trip over.

The Lord giveth, the Revenue taketh away. (John 1:16)

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9 months 2 weeks ago #106209 by ayiomamitis
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Hi John,

RyanAir gets a lot of bad press and, perhaps, justifiably so but their pricing on airline tickets is basically second to none. The price you quote for your trip is indeed very good and such good deals do come up quite often (not just for Dublin-Athens).

As for the graffiti, it is a residue of modern-day society and especially here in Greece. It really saddens me since nothing is sacred ... not even stunning marble statues such as those near the Academy of Athens. I really do not understand the adrenaline rush these idiots experience in destructing works of art such as statues or even just plain walls, buses, train coaches etc. It is simply part of the anarchy which best describes modern day Greece and under the guise of "total democracy".

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9 months 2 weeks ago #106210 by Kinch
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I had a beautiful morning walk on the beach at Baltray last Friday - so glad I went.
The wreck is still there but according to one local person I spoke to, the storms last winter caused the bow of the vessel to topple. It was obviously quite a small vessel ....as per the photos. One other young photographer was there that morning....taking some photos for a school project. (Good for me because you can now get a good sense of scale on what is left of the wreck).



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9 months 2 weeks ago #106211 by ayiomamitis
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Many thanks for going to the trouble to visit the area. It seems the photogenic opportunity is now gone. This is unfortunate since such incidents make for stunning foregrounds.

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