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10 years 4 days ago #101208 by johnflannery
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Got me a bed in the mixed dorm, €32, great price, God help anyone who shares with me. :P


Good news Paul! I've just booked a bed in the mixed dorm too ;)

Got that PM from you Roy and no problem to do a workshop/talk ... maybe something on observing the sky with the unaided eye (e.g., learning to really see the sky). My home e-mail is in my signature below if you want to drop me a line.

I was thinking that people might like to trek over to Valentia and visit the Skelligs interpretive centre (I was impressed by it when last there a few years ago). Also, we could have a look at the Tetrapod fossilized footprints on the far side of the island. If the weather is good we might get a trip to the Skelligs themselves.

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10 years 4 days ago #101210 by Roy Stewart
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Nice1 guys..

@John Flannery.

A talk on viewing the night sky with the unaided eye sounds good to me, I'm sure something like that would extremely informative.. Thank you very much.

Cheers Roy

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10 years 4 days ago #101212 by Roy Stewart
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skynotes wrote:


I was thinking that people might like to trek over to Valentia and visit the Skelligs interpretive centre (I was impressed by it when last there a few years ago). Also, we could have a look at the Tetrapod fossilized footprints on the far side of the island. If the weather is good we might get a trip to the Skelligs themselves.

John


I think that's a great idea for early Saturday
as for the Tetrapod footprints I know that they're
still closed off to the public after the big storm in Feb
but I also know that you can see them with a good set
of binos that I'm sure alot of us would have..

Cheers Roy

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10 years 4 days ago #101213 by Lino

skynotes wrote:

I was thinking that people might like to trek over to Valentia and visit the Skelligs interpretive centre (I was impressed by it when last there a few years ago). Also, we could have a look at the Tetrapod fossilized footprints on the far side of the island. If the weather is good we might get a trip to the Skelligs themselves.


If you are looking at a trip over to Velentia, it would be worth stopping in the Glen (also in the core of the reserve) to scout another good location (the beach in the Glen is a great location for observing from (sheltered from the road), with plenty of parking and camping space and a couple of B&B's in the area for accommodation as well). Also consider a stop at the Chocolate Factory (also in the Glen) for a coffee or hot chocolate - a favour stop of mine after a swim (incidently, they are also mentioned on the Kerry Dark Sky site, so they might even facilitate a future event - good parking, with a view of the southern horizon, but close to the road so car headlights would be a problem.

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10 years 3 days ago - 10 years 3 days ago #101215 by johnflannery
Replied by johnflannery on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014
Thanks Roy/Noel for that information about the area ... I hadn't realised the Tetrapod footprints were closed off due to February's storm. We never really saw the full effect up in Dublin but my brother working in Shannon said they were all ordered stay indoors and away from windows that day by the company's safety officers.

Cheers Noel for that extra info about the Glen and what to visit. Chocolate constellations, now there's a Dark Sky marketing idea ... remember folks, you read it here first ;)

Found this contact page for Julie ... www.darkskiesconsultant.com/dark-skies_i..._consultancy_005.htm

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10 years 2 days ago #101221 by lunartic_old
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We don't appear to have a title for the weekend, might I suggest The Skelligs Star Party? Or perhaps, Roy's Romp? :laugh:

Paul

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