Sugarloaf Observing on Friday 20th Dec

7 months 4 weeks ago #108044 by michael_murphy
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The Dublin stargazers are meeting at the Sugarloaf car park on Friday 20th Dec at 8PM.

As the event is weather dependent, Check back here after 6PM to make sure that the event is going ahead.

Michael.

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7 months 4 weeks ago #108045 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Sounds good to me Michael.

Fingers crossed the weather cooperates.

See you then,

Darren. 

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7 months 3 weeks ago #108060 by flt158
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Does anyone have an update on the weather for Friday night?
We all know it will be very cold.
But will the sky be reasonably clear for us guys who relish hardships?

Aubrey.
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7 months 3 weeks ago #108061 by michael_murphy
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The weather is not looking great at the moment.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #108062 by flt158
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It seems fog is going to be a problem, Michael.
And the dew that accompanies that is very nasty to refractors and SCT's.
Let's keep checking the weather.
But we might have a natter all the same.

Aubrey.
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7 months 3 weeks ago #108063 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Ah no! I was looking at MET Eireann today and they showed clear skies at 7pm, followed by partial cloud from 8pm onwards. Wind was low too. I got all excited thinking Friday was going to be a runner, but never considered the possibility of fog. Let's hope the forecast improves.

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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7 months 3 weeks ago #108064 by flt158
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And unfortunately it is highly likely I won't be at the Sugarloaf at all.
I appear to have a slight bad feeling at my throat.
I am taking everything for it.
After all who wants to be ill for Christmas?
Lots of hot drinks too.

By the way, Darren, reflectors are better at coping with dew that all other telescopes. All you need do is to keep looking at your eyepieces and finders.

Recently I gave all my eyepieces a thorough clean. A few of them needed it. So I'm ready for action again at some stage.

Kind regards,

Aubrey.
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7 months 3 weeks ago #108065 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Sorry to read you're feeling under the weather Aubrey. Hopefully, you feel better soon. Funny, I noticed how the eyepieces, and most notably the Telrad, suffered more from the dew than the primary mirror did when out observing in cold weather. 

Chat soon, 

Darren. 
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7 months 3 weeks ago #108066 by michael_murphy
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The meetup is going ahead.  Hope to see you there.

Michael.

IFAS Secretary.
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7 months 3 weeks ago #108067 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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That's great news Michael. I will be there between 8:30pm and 9pm.

See you then, 

Darren. 

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7 months 3 weeks ago #108068 by michael_murphy
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It was great to see you Darren, thanks for the biccies.

Michael.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #108069 by flt158
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What did people observe?
Just wondering.

Aubrey.
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7 months 3 weeks ago #108070 by michael_murphy
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Hi Aubrey,

I had technical issues and only managed the Orion nebula.

Michael.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #108071 by flt158
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Thank you Michael.
M42 is always outstanding!
Would you believe I was looking at your spectacular image of it at the back of Sky High for 2019?

Kind regards,

Aubrey.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #108072 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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michael_murphy wrote: It was great to see you Darren, thanks for the biccies.

Michael.


You too Michael...I won't lie, I had a couple of those fallen biscuits on the way home. As you said 5 second rule and all that ; ) 

Thanks to you and Ben for helping me better understand the benefits of different types if scopes. 

I hope you and yours have a great Christmas, and that we'll have many clear skies during 2020.

Kindest regards, 

Darren. 

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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #108073 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Aubrey, 

I hope you're feeling somewhat better today. You were missed last night, but you were there in spirit as we had a look at some double stars in Ursa Major. 

Added to that, I managed to get to observe Messier 35. You might recall that I started to sketch it from my back garden earlier in the week, so I was excited to continue it under the dark sky of County Wicklow. Well, it looked magnificant: So bright; so rich, and so colourful. But by the time I put pencil to paper the clouds blew in, and that was that. 

We also managed to get quick look at Messier 45 through my f/8 XT6 parabolic Newtonian Reflector. Using a 32mm Plossl the 'Seven Sisters' filled the eyepiece, and the main stars were only gorgeous. I may have seen some nebulosity around Merope, then again it may have been dew on the eyepiece!

So, while it was a rather short session, we did see some nice sights, plus the chat was great!

I hope you and Valerie have a lovely Christmas, and a peaceful New Year! Thanks for all your support, encouragement, and advice throughout 2019, and here's to many clear nights during 2020.

Kindest regards, 

Darren. 
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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #108074 by flt158
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Thank you for your kind comments, Darren.
I am at the white mucus stage now. (Sorry about the detail)
So it's Neil Med morning and evening right now.
The paracetamol stage is over.
I'm still indoors all the time.
And to think we have lots of clear nights coming up.
I'm quite sure my current Cassiopeia sessions are over for a few weeks.
The "W" will be high on the northern sky at the end of January 2020.
I reckon that will be the time to return to this splendid constellation. 

Congratulations for your detailed observation of M35, Darren.
You might not realise but there is a double star within the outskirts of M35 and it is very easy to see. STT 135 has an orange primary. The secondary is probably white.
There is no problem seeing it at 40X.
You will find its information on www.stelledoppie.it

M45 is by far the brightest open star cluster in the sky. And I'm sure you did observe nebula around Merope. I have to observe it some time.

Can I take it you did observe Mizar and Alcor on Friday? Mizar was my first ever double star way back in 1977. No wonder I have been keen on them ever since.

May I wish you, Darren and Michael, a very happy Christmas and clear skies for 2020!!

Let's overeat for the next few weeks!
Sure we'll lose it all in January 2020!

Next week I will start the usual summary of best observations of 2019.

Christmas Blessings from Aubrey.
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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #108076 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Good morning Aubrey, 

And very many thanks for your message. It sounds like you're over the worst of it, so hopefully you'll be 'right as rain' come Christmas day. 

Also, thank you for informing me about the double near M35... I like your description of it: Orange primary next to a white(ish) star. Along with NGC 2158, I'll keep an eye for it next time. 

I believe we did observe Mizar and Alcor during the meet-up session. Amazing to read that you first split it back in 1977...thanks for sharing that with us.  

I'm looking forward to reading about your observational highlights from 2019 too. 

Take care, and here's to recharging our batteries (metaphorically and literally) over the Christmas period so we're energised for many a clear night in January. 

Darren. 
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