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8 months 1 week ago #112125 by Neil40
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Hi all, I hope everyone is well.I was wondering if there are any dark sky places around/close to Dublin. It doesn't have to be super dark. Just better than my back garden. There are spotlights on 24/7 from an ambulance depot 3 metres from my back wall so its pretty bad. 
I just want to take a few images so ill have my cpc 1100/camera and laptop and only my skinny little brother to defend me from potential robbers. 
I dont drive so he is my lift. I plan to go on Thursday as I am working all weekend. Thanks in advance for any suggestions

Neil.
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8 months 1 week ago #112127 by michael_murphy
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Hi Neil,

If you are on the Southside the Sugarloaf car park is a good spot. Nice horizon and reasonable dark looking South. It can be very windy up there tho'.

if you are willing to travel a bit further, Trooperstown wood car park near Laragh is good. It's darker than the Sugarloaf but with a more restricted horizon. It does have the advantage that it is shielded from the wind.

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8 months 1 week ago #112128 by Neil40
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Thanks for that Michael. I know this is probably silly but would Viewpoint on the outskirts of Dublin be any darker? I presume not because it literally overlooks the city. I haven't been there in many years so I can only remember the city lights.
Although the Sugarloaf may be the best option. The wind does worry me a little. You would think a heavy scope like a cpc 1100 would not be affected by the wind. But even moderate wind makes the image shake while taking video.

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8 months 1 week ago #112129 by michael_murphy
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Hi Neil,

Where is viewpoint?

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8 months 1 week ago #112130 by Neil40
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Sorry Micheal I was out. Viewpoint is a small car park where you can look at the whole city of Dublin. All the light that comes from the city. It is only about a 20 minute drive from Drimnagh which is where I am. Its a very pretty view of Dublin but I would think that it may not be the best place to imagoe. Ill probably need to go a bit further out.

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8 months 6 days ago #112138 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Neil,

The biggest issue with setting up at viewpoint is the traffic...headlights from the other cars cause real frustration...that spot Michael mentioned at Trooperstown is a great spot. I think I remember there's another spot at Saint Kevin's Dunganstown, Dunganstown West, Dunganstown, Co. Wicklow.

If you do head out tonight I'm looking forward to seeing your images.

Clear skies,

Darren.
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