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Sugarloaf observing

2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #107201 by flt158
Hello all.

I am going to be totally blunt about this.
It just is not possible for me to observe the evening planets from my street right now.
I probably have seen the last of Venus for 2018.
Jupiter has gone behind the trees.
Both Saturn and Mars are too low.
So the only way I have any hope of seeing any planets is to travel to the Sugarloaf Car Park.
If this coming Friday night is clear -can any of you join me?
I can also meet up with anyone on another night.

Clear skies from Aubrey.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #107203 by mykc
Hi Aubrey.

I'd be interested in observing at Sugarloaf this weekend, either on Fri or on Sat night depending on the weather. It's been a long time since I was there.

Mike.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #107204 by flt158
Hi mykc.
Something tells me we have met sometime in the distant past.
But yes, let us both keep an eye on the weather between now and then.
I don't mind a Saturday evening if that suits you.
Although I am up early on Sunday morning.
So Friday night is better for me.
I'm just starving to do some planetary observing.
I do thank you very much for expressing an interest.
And you don't need to observe the planets if you so wish.
I will stay in touch using this website.

Clear skies from Aubrey!

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2 months 2 weeks ago #107205 by mykc
Hi Aubrey.

Yes, we met on a couple of occasions at the Sandymount public outreach sessions. Weather permitting, this will be the first opportunity to use my new 120mm refractor at a (relatively) dark sky site, so I am looking forward to observing a variety of targets including the planets. It's not often that so many planets (and Vesta) can be observed in one session.

Mike

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2 months 2 weeks ago #107206 by flt158
See what you make of this weather forecast for Friday night, Mike and everyone else.
"Mainly dry with variable cloud cover. Cooler and fresher than the last couple of nights".

There is no forecast for Saturday night for the moment on www.met.ie

I will ring around a few others to see what they are thinking.

Aubrey.

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2 months 1 week ago #107207 by flt158
As the skies are going to be cloudy on Friday night, we will cancel our observing, Mike.
But we will see about Saturday night later.

Aubrey.

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2 months 1 week ago #107208 by mykc
Yes, the forecast is not promising. Here's hoping for better luck tomorrow.

Mike

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2 months 1 week ago #107209 by michael_murphy
Hope to see you tomorrow evening, what time do you plan to meet at?

Michael.

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2 months 1 week ago #107210 by mykc
It would be great to have another person, thanks Michael. There is no definite plan yet. The sky does not get dark until after 10pm. Would that be a reasonable time to meet?

Mike

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2 months 1 week ago #107211 by michael_murphy
I'd aim for 9.30. It will give enough time to set up before it gets too dark.

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2 months 1 week ago #107212 by mykc
9:300 is good for me. Fingers crossed for clear skies.

Mike

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2 months 1 week ago #107213 by flt158
Hello, Michael and Mike.
There seems to be good news for Saturday night.
Both the BBC and Accuweather websites are suggesting there will be quite good clear skies tomorrow night.
So perhaps we ought to give it a go!
Sunset on Saturday is at 9.15 local time.
I'll be at the Sugarloaf car park at 9 pm if not before.
I am up quite early on Sunday morning so I won;t be out too late.

Clear skies from Aubrey.

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2 months 1 week ago #107214 by michael_murphy
Good to see both of you last night - pity the weather didn't co-operate.

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2 months 1 week ago #107215 by mykc
Thanks for coming out last night Aubrey & Michael. Although the clouds were frustrating, I enjoyed the observations that were possible through the gaps. Here's hoping for better luck next weekend.

Mike

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2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #107216 by flt158
I also most certainly had a most marvellous time.
After I saw my first green star in Mike's achromatic refractor.
Rasalgethi is a very beautiful binary.
The secondary was definitely green.
It is always blue in my apochromatic refractor.
But isn't that what astronomy is all about?
Having great fun looking through different people's telescopes.

Perhaps we will do it all again next Friday.
Why not join us?
I should also mention Be and his dog Toby.
If you can come along next Friday night, you will be most welcome.

Clear skies from Aubrey.
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2 months 1 week ago #107217 by bclewis
Nice to meet you all at the Sugarloaf last week and thanks for all the advice and sharing your knowledge. Hope to see you on Friday if it's clear,Toby and I are usually out most nights so look forward to seeing you if you can make it. If you are planning to go I might bring up my own telescope and get it to co-operate! Thanks Ben
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2 months 1 week ago #107218 by mykc
Hi Ben. It was good to meet you (and Toby) last week.

The forecast for Fri night is promising, so I hope to get out again and I would be happy to try to help with the mount alignment problem that you are experiencing. All going well, I plan to get to Sugarloaf around 9:30. Anyone else interested?

Mike

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2 months 1 week ago #107219 by michael_murphy
Hi Mike,

I'm on for that. See you at 9.30.

Michael.

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2 months 1 week ago #107221 by flt158
Hello, everyone.

If it is reasonably clear I will come along too.

By the way, last night (Wednesday) I did have a brilliant night observing from my back garden.
More on that later.

Aubrey.

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2 months 6 days ago #107229 by bclewis
Thanks Mike, that would be great! The only thing that occurs to me is that I don't have a battery pack yet, having always used the scope connected to the mains, I forgot to check if I have a car adapter. Anyway I will bring it up either way, if I can find an inverter today I will buy it.

Ben

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2 months 6 days ago #107230 by mykc
Hi Ben. I'll bring an inverter. I may also have a spare cigarette plug lead, which would be simpler.

I may be a bit later than planned folks, possibly 9:50.

Mike

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2 months 6 days ago - 2 months 6 days ago #107231 by flt158
Hello, friends.

I have just loaded up my scope in the car.
Once I have had my dinner, I will head out for the Sugarloaf Car Park.
I ought to be there at about 9 pm.
All my websites are promising clear skies for Friday night.
I am only starving for Saturn!
There is also something special happening at Jupiter.
More on that later.
Sunset occurs at 21.03 Local time.

Aubrey.

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2 months 6 days ago #107232 by bclewis
Thanks very much Mike, that will be great. See you later on, probably around 9.45.

Ben
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2 months 6 days ago #107233 by michael_murphy
See you all later - I'll be there at 9.15.

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2 months 5 days ago - 2 months 5 days ago #107234 by michael_murphy
Great evening last night, It was good to see everyone.

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