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17 years 8 months ago #33613 by fguihen
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im getting a scope soon enough, but i currently live in stillorgan, and have no car. viewing in stilorgan will be limited with light pollution and travelling far is difficult without a car. are there any star parties weekly where a bus of people head out or anythiing? if not , theres not much point in me getting a scope.

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17 years 8 months ago #33616 by Macros42
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There are light pollution filters you can get to improve the viewing. I've no experience with them myself but maybe others here have?

Steve
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17 years 8 months ago #33618 by albertw
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Your best bet would be to try and make it to a south dublin astronomical society meeting. Perhaps someone there lives near you and could give you a lift to observig sessions.

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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17 years 8 months ago #33624 by Seanie_Morris
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Those light pollution filters cost a pretty penny! They work akin to Ha (Hydrogen alpha) filters on the Coronado PST - they are sensitive to certain elements and their absorbtio/emission lines. The typical light pollution filter will then typically absorb the nanometers of light that create the wavelength of Sodium (orange) light.

fguihen (whatever the heck your name is! :P), perhaps if you are thinking about meeting other like-minded astronomy hobbyists, why not start promoting yourself as such, you know, with a notice in e.g. your local Centra notice board and so on...

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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17 years 8 months ago #33634 by lunartic_old
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South Dublin Astronomical Society are having their next outing on Saturday October 20th at Cloon Wood in Wicklow. I live not too far away from Stillorgan, in Ballybrack, I have never gone out with SDAS before, though I have been to Cloon Wood. Contact me through IFAS and I'll see what I can do.

Paul

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17 years 8 months ago #33647 by Silversurfer
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You may be pleasantly surprised at what you can see even in Dublin's light polluted skies. I'm very new to this hobby and last night I was able to view the Andromeda Galaxy, M13 and the double cluster through my refractor from the city centre with a gibous moon nearby, in a common garden with lots of local lighting, would have be nicer from a dark site, but still viewable.
South Dublin Astronomical Society as recommended by Paul are a pretty friendly group and may be able to help you getting to sites, they have a meeting tomorrow night (Thursday 5th Oct)in Gonzaga college, Ranelagh

Also try this web site Urban observer they've some advice for observing from the urban environment.

Finally you could think about investing in Binoculars instead, they are lot more portable than a telescope.

Martin

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