Sugarloaf Friday 17th

1 month 1 day ago #109124 by michael_murphy
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Hi All,

The Dublin Stargazers are meeting at the Sugarloaf on Friday 17th July at 21:30.

Michael.


WELCOME BACK!

This being our first post COVID-19 lockdown meetup I think it would be prudent to add some guidlines for this event.

i) As we will be together for several ours, I would request all continue to stick to social distancing guidlines.
ii) Use of other peoples equipment is definately not recommended. In the light of this I would request that only members that have their own equipment should attend.

The sky will be relatively bright as it's still summer, but Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be visible later on in the evening so it might be worth bringing whatever scopes you have that would best suit these objects.

How to find us:

Take the M11 out of the city until you reach the village of Killmacanogue. Take the turn-off for Glendalough and the R755 immediately after the first petrol station on the N11. Cross over the flyover towards Rockey Valley. After 4.2 k you reach the top of the hill and you pass the the Sugar Loaf Mountain on the left you turn left along the L1031 and reach the Sugarloaf carpark on the left after 750m

Provided clear skies are forecast, the plan is to meet at the Sugarloaf carpark at 9.30pm.

Astronomy in Ireland is a cold weather activity, so is really important to wrap up well. Bring warm clothing, especially a hat, coat and gloves, and ideally a hot drink and a snack. It can get very nippy up at the Sugarloaf especially towards the end of the evening even though it may seem relatively mild when you are setting off.

Remember this meetup is weather dependent and you must check back to the site at 6.00pm on the day to confirm that this meetup is going ahead.

If you wish to attend this meetup you must RSVP so we can have some idea of the numbers going. If you RSVP and you find you then cannot attend can you please notify us by changing your status to not attending

If you have a telescope then you are most welcome to bring it, or if you have binoculars.

Looking forward to meeting everyone on the next observing session.

IFAS Secretary.
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1 month 1 day ago #109126 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Very many thanks for providing this notification Michael - you can count me in!

Clear skies,

Darren.
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1 month 22 hours ago #109127 by lunartic
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Here's hoping for clear skies, I really want to observe Ophiuchus, Sagittarius and Scorpius before they disappear.

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

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1 month 20 hours ago #109128 by flt158
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Hi Michael.
It's wonderful to know we have the opportunity to get back to the Sugarloaf Car Park after such a long time.
And a big thank you for the guidelines.
I sincerely hope all folk will adhere to them.
If the skies are clear on 17th July, I will be very keen to observe all 3 planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
It would be a real honour and a privilege to observe all 7 planets in one year once again.
Especially as I have observed Venus and Mercury thus far.
Uranus and Neptune can wait until the autumn.
But getting back to the guidelines: how will we prevent passers by from asking to have a look through our telescopes?

Clear skies from Aubrey.
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1 month 20 hours ago #109129 by michael_murphy
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flt158 wrote: Hi Michael.
But getting back to the guidelines: how will we prevent passers by from asking to have a look through our telescopes?


We'll have to put a bit of thought into that.  My first instinct is that we just have to say 'sorry,  COVID.....'

Michael.

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1 month 3 hours ago #109132 by flt158
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I thank you for that assurance, Michael.
It would be nice if Phase 4 would come before then.
Perhaps we could simply say to the passers by that the following time they could have the freedom to view through our scopes.

By the way, I very much hope we do have some clear nights before then!!
There appears to be no sign of clear skies over the weekend. How sad.

Best regards from Aubrey.
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2 weeks 2 days ago #109196 by michael_murphy
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Hello All,

As cloud is forecast for the evening this event has been cancelled.

Michael.

IFAS Secretary.
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2 weeks 2 days ago #109197 by lunartic
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It's on for tomorrow night, instead.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #109199 by flt158
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Hello all.
I will be in the Sugarloaf Car Park at 21.30.
My car is still a dark blue Skoda Fabia Combi.

Let's hope the skies will be clear!

Aubrey.
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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 1 day ago #109201 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Aubrey, 

It will be great to see you and other observers tonight. I'm really looking forward to it. And I've a new scope to try out...I can't think of a better way to give it its first light than with those who helped me get started in the hobby - see you later! 

Kindest regards, 

Darren. 
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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 1 day ago #109202 by flt158
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Has anyone given any thought regarding informing the Gardaí in Roundwood and telling them we will be in the Sugarloaf car park until after midnight?
I'm just thinking about safety.

Clear skies from Aubrey.
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2 weeks 2 days ago #109203 by lunartic
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A new scope?  Sorry, you are banned from attending.  New scopes attract cloud, see you at the next session.

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #109204 by flt158
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Ha Ha Ha!!!
I had forgotten that golden rule!

Aubrey.
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2 weeks 1 day ago #109208 by michael_murphy
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Hello All,

The event for this evening (Saturday) has been cancelled due to poor forecast.

We will try again tomorrow.

Michael.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #109209 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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lunartic wrote: A new scope?  Sorry, you are banned from attending.  New scopes attract cloud, see you at the next session.


Sorry gents - it does seem that cloud is rolling in. So, it does seem that there's something in that omen after all. I see on the 'meet-up' page that Ben is considering pushing out tonight's meet-up until tomorrow. 

Is that the consensus: are we meeting tomorrow night instead?

All the best,

Darren,

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2 weeks 1 day ago #109210 by flt158
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Dearie, dearie me!
And I have everything in the car.
Someone needs to tell us what is happening.

Aubrey.
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2 weeks 1 day ago #109211 by flt158
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Dearie, dearie me!
And I have everything in the car.
Someone needs to tell us what is happening.

Aubrey.
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2 weeks 1 day ago #109212 by flt158
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I have looked at www.clearoutside.com  
And they are saying we ought to have 50% clear skies for tonight Saturday. 
Sunday night will be almost 100% cloudy!

Aubrey. 

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2 weeks 1 day ago #109213 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Aubrey,

Well, I'm happy to go down for hour and see what it's like. If the sky is good I'm happy to stay for a few hours. I'm equally happy to wait until tomorrow too.

So, either way I'm happy : )

Clear skies,

Darren.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #109214 by flt158
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I will see you tonight so, Darren.
See you at 21.30.
Thank you for your reply.

Aubrey.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #109215 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Excellent, and if you like I can let the Gardaí in Roundwood know we'll be out.

Kindest regards,

Darren.
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2 weeks 1 day ago #109216 by lunartic
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I plan to drop down, there will be cloud, but also clear spells, we should see something.  Comet Neowise will be visible in the early evening.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #109217 by flt158
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That's great, Darren. 
You are a true gentleman!

Aubrey. 
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2 weeks 1 day ago #109218 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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lunartic wrote: I plan to drop down, there will be cloud, but also clear spells, we should see something.  Comet Neowise will be visible in the early evening.


Brilliant - see you later Paul!

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2 weeks 1 day ago #109219 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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flt158 wrote: That's great, Darren. 
You are a true gentleman!

Aubrey. 


Not at all - Just delighted to back under a dark sky with everyone.

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