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Skellig Star Party 2016 Charity BBQ was created by KevinSmith

Hi All

The SSP charity BBQ menu has been released and really looking forward to it. There will be individual meal tickets or weekend passes. The food will be of the highest quality and all profits will go to Barnardos.

To order please comment your choice in this post and pay on the day or book through Eventbrite SSP Charity BBQ and pay through Paypal or Credit Card.

Hope to see you all there.

Clear Skies!




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Sounds really good, working on the August observing guide currently - hopefully can make a Skellig Star Party specific guide :) :scope:

Its a long drive from the North, but worth it :)

Jupiter and Venus will be 4 arc minutes apart on the Sat night (27th), although only visible for around 30 mins after sunset.
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Skellig Star Party Mini Guide (All Times are Approximate)

Sunset will be at 20:40, with Astro twilight ending at 22:45 and not starting again until 04:30.

In terms of the planets on view - Venus and Jupiter are the 1st targets, setting 30 minutes post sunset. On the 27th, the gap between the two is only 4 arc minutes (roughly 1/7th of the width of the full moon).

Mars and Saturn sit close to each other with Antares nearby. Mars sets at 23:30 with Saturn leaving the scene at midnight. Uranus rises just after 22:00 in Pisces and Neptune rises shortly after sunset in Aquarius. The below link provides finder charts for the two planets.

www.skyandtelescope.com/wp-content/uploa..._UrNep16_Finders.pdf

The waning crescent moon will be visible also. It rises in Orion at 01:40 on the Saturday morning and in Gemini at 02:40 the following morning.

The dark skies of Kerry are a perfect place to observe Sagittarius and its numerous deep sky targets.

Details of predicted Iridium Flares and Tiangong 1 passes are below (ISS will not be visible).

Iridium Flares (may change closer to time)

Aug 26, 22:06:28 -8.2 55° 75° (ENE)
Aug 26, 23:22:01 1.0 19° 37° (NE)
Aug 26, 23:31:29 -0.7 22° 39° (NE)
Aug 27, 03:52:39 -7.0 25° 121° (ESE)
Aug 27, 22:00:27 -1.8 55° 77° (ENE)
Aug 27, 23:25:34 -4.3 23° 41° (NE)
Aug 28, 03:46:28 -3.1 25° 123° (ESE)

Tiangong 1 (may change closer to time)

26 Aug 3.1 22:10:40 10° SW 22:12:30 15° S 22:12:46 15° S
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Lucky its not this weekend for SSP, grim weather forecast for the SW - so much so the Ballinskelligs Angling Club have moved their Annual Fishing Competition from this Sat to next weekend :)

One forecast I looked at today for next weekend points to the Saturday night as the best prospect for observing. Forecast probably will change multiple times over the next week B)
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Big thanks to everyone who organised the weekend. This Skellig Star Party is a great event. Keep up the good work :)
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Seconded. Love it. Super work folks.

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Good evening, all.

Would anyone like to share as what observations you had at Ballinskellig Star Party.
I for one would most certainly enjoy that!
Thank you.

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As always great weekend was had ,nice to meet up with friends old and new. Congrats on a job well done by the organisers and thanks to our chef Kevin for fine fare on the lawn!
On the Saturday skies didnt clear till after 1am Aubrey so my plans for The Lagoon , Trifid and Sagittarius went a bit astray!
Brought out the Orion Optics 300 anyway and had spectacular views of M31, M32 and M101, the three of them hanging against a truly dark sky. Spectacular! Also snagged M57 , Ring Nebula, with some colour . M81 and M82 never fail to dissapoint.
Stevie and some of the lads from NIAAS Jonathan and Jason went searching for the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) in Aquarius so I got my first views of this grey ball dangling in the eyepiece. Also showed me Sculptor Galaxy , I think!
Getting late and tired at that stage so away to leaba !

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Thank you, John, for your wonderful report.
1 am is seriously late for observing alright.
And I haven't looked at anything in Sagittarius for 2 decades! So well dome on them.
I take it your Orion Optics 300 is a Newtonian reflector (?)
That is amazing that you saw some colour in M 57.
Plus seeing the Helix is truly rare!
Thanks again, John.
See you at next year's Cosmos.

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Replied by stevie on topic Skellig Star Party 2016 Charity BBQ

Just as a follow on to John's report, we did indeed see NGC7293 (Helix nebula) and the Sculptor galaxy NGC253, also known as the Silver Coin galaxy. I had first seen NGC253 at the SSP two years ago, and these were our two primary targets for the weekend, as they are both difficult objects from up here. I've been trying to see the Helix for the last two months, but have had no luck, always an inconvenient cloud or tree in the way.

There was no observing at all on the Friday night, and we thought the Saturday would be the same, even though Michael kept confidently predicting that clear skies were on the way. Well, he proved to be right in the end. there were clear patches from around 9pm onwards, but the skies opened after midnight, and by 1am, it was clear from horizon to horizon. I kept watching the area where I knew the Helix and NGC253 would be, and once it became clear, we got out the Evo 9.25, as we felt it would be quicker to find things with it than the 12" dob.

The first target was the Helix, and it showed well at just below 80X with the 31mm Nagler and UHC filter. We all took a couple of turns to have a look at this rare object, and John, Ian Morison and a couple of others all had a good look. On to the Sculptor galaxy next, and the view in the same combo, minus the UHC filter, was breathtaking. This is the second best galaxy in the whole sky (in my opinion) after M31, and again, we all took a bit of time to view it. Gordon only knows when we might get another chance!

We also had a look at M74 and then M57. We viewed M57 using Jonathan's 11mm Explore Scientific 82 degree, and also his 6mm Delos, at just below 400x!, The view in the Explore was excellent, and the view in the Delos was surprisingly good given the extreme magnification.

I also enjoyed lovely views of M31 and M32 in John's 12" dob. M31 stretched right across the field of view, and the spiral arms were well seen. The dob I mentioned earlier that we had with us is also a 12" Orion Optics UK, just like John's, and after seeing the views in his, I regretted not being able to get the opportunity to have a spin through Sagittarius and Scorpio, which were both long gone by the time it cleared. Even M11 in Scutum was almost below the horizon by the time we got going. But, there's always next time.

Many Thanks to Roy, Kevin and all the guys for all their hard work organising the event, and a special thanks to Steve for the excellent liquid refreshments on the Friday night. It was great to catch up with everyone again.
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It was about 4 years ago when I had the privilege of observing M 57 at 374X in my 158 mm apo. It was mind blowing!
I seem to remember that M74 is that galaxy in Pisces.
So well done on that one.
And 80X on the Helix just shows what can be done under really dark skies.
Thank you for your report, Stevie!

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