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9 years 2 months ago #103995 by Seanie_Morris
Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic COSMOS 2015 - 17th to 19th April 2015
That weekend was chosen for a number of reasons. Neill got most of them. Plus, it's nestled between 2 bank holiday weekends (2 weeks apart either side). We usually try to have it close to when there's no Moon, but we also considered that maybe a 1st Quarter Moon might not be so bad (for once), as we hope more members of the public will attend, and having an easily accessible target like the Moon on show might encourage observing.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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9 years 2 months ago #103996 by flt158
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There will possibly be some of us fuming at the fact we have our Moon in the evening sky, but I for one will certainly not mind. The Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers very regularly study the Moon at Sandymount every month, and a lot of people stop by and are amazed by the spectacular sight of all the craters, mountains, rilles and a whole host of other extra goodies.

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9 years 2 months ago #103997 by Neill
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The moon would only interfer with the deep sky observers looking for the really faint fuzzies and guys looking to take hours of exposures of the deep sky objects. The site does suffer from light pollution issues on 2 sides (North & West), so probably it is not suitable to do either of the above. Its perfect for planetary observing and the brighter deep sky objects. The observing at COSMOS is an add on to the talks etc rather than the central focus, i.e. down in the Kerry party in August. The event is a great tool for MAC to get more potential members, i.e. the use of Irish TV and people love looking at the moon!
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9 years 2 months ago #104000 by Seanie_Morris
Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic COSMOS 2015 - 17th to 19th April 2015
Want a job on the MAC committee, Neill! :D

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Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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