Sugarloaf Friday 18th December

1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #109773 by lunartic
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Hi all

A meeting to be held at 8.00, all welcome.

www.meetup.com/The-Dublin-Stargazers-Gro...&fromEmail=275144969

Paul

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1 month 1 week ago #109776 by michael_murphy
Replied by michael_murphy on topic Sugarloaf Friday 18th December
If it's clear earlier on in the evening I'll head up for 4.30 to catch the conjunction.

Michael.

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1 month 1 week ago #109777 by flt158
Replied by flt158 on topic Sugarloaf Friday 18th December
Excellent idea, Michael.

It looks like we will be having early dinners during next weekend.
I'll join you at 4.30 pm also.

Anyone else??

Aubrey.
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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #109779 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Gents, 

You can count me in. It will be great to be back at the Sugar Loaf again. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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1 month 1 week ago #109797 by michael_murphy
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Hello All,

The weather is not looking promising for this evening so I will not be heading up to the Sugarloaf this afternoon.

I will (weather permitting) head up tomorrow and Sunday for 4PM.

Michael.

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1 month 1 week ago #109799 by flt158
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Good decision, Michael.

I will be completely free for Sunday 20th and Monday 21st.

Clear skies from Aubrey.
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1 month 1 week ago #109801 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Michael,

I'm good for tomorrow and possibly Sunday. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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1 month 6 days ago #109807 by RandomPillars
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Hey folks. Im going to put all these little eggs here into a singular basket and just plump for Sunday. If weather is good, I'll see yous all then. There is a good SW view at the Sugarloaf carpark, yes? What's the story for Monday though? Surely that's the day we all want clear skies.

Cheers, 

Sean

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1 month 6 days ago - 1 month 6 days ago #109809 by michael_murphy
Replied by michael_murphy on topic Sugarloaf Friday 18th December
Hi All,

I'm heading up this afternoon (Saturday 19th).

Michael.

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1 month 6 days ago #109810 by flt158
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You might get clear skies, Michael.

But I'm sorry I have music to sort out for tomorrow.
I have to go to my church now for quite a number of hours.

Sunday late afternoon I am free.
Who is going up then?

Aubrey.

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1 month 6 days ago #109811 by lunartic
Replied by lunartic on topic Sugarloaf Friday 18th December
I'll be up there after 4.00, Michael.

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1 month 6 days ago #109812 by flt158
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Hello, Michael and Paul.
Were you able to see Jupiter and Saturn on Saturday night?
I'm only bursting to find out!!

Aubrey.
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1 month 6 days ago #109813 by lunartic
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Hi Aubrey
It was looking a little iffy to begin with, the cloud looking like it would spoil the show.  They made their appearance eventually, Jupiter visible to the naked eye first, a little later Saturn was seen.  I used my 20x90 binoculars, three of Jupiter's moons were seen, there was no sign of Titan.
There were a good number of people there, I left a little after 5.00.  The Wind was strong and it was cold.
Paul

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1 month 6 days ago #109814 by michael_murphy
Replied by michael_murphy on topic Sugarloaf Friday 18th December
Hi Aubrey,

As Paul said it was a successful (if cold) evening.

I'll be there tomorrow at 4.

Michael.

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1 month 6 days ago #109815 by flt158
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That's great news from you both, Paul and Michael.

Massive congratulations to you both!!

I'll be up at the Sugarloaf for 4 pm on Sunday with the scope and 6 layers of clothing on.

We seem to be promised clear skies again for tomorrow Sunday.

Very best regards from Aubrey.
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1 month 5 days ago - 1 month 5 days ago #109819 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Very many thanks Paul, and Michael for your reports. The only thing I can add to them is that I managed to spot a 4th Moon, but I'll have to confirm whether it was one of Jupiter's. 

I observed it at 138X. Through the 9mm eyepiece, which has a 66 degree AFOV, I had both planets in the eyepiece. 

Looking forward to seeing them again this evening. 

All the best, 

Darren. 
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1 month 5 days ago #109820 by michael_murphy
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Hello All,

The weather is looking good so I will be heading up. See you at 4.

Michael.

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1 month 5 days ago #109821 by flt158
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Valerie and I are having a quick lunch.
Then we will be at the Sugarloaf at 4 pm.

Come on now! Who else is coming??

Clear skies are guaranteed for today Sunday!

Aubrey.
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1 month 5 days ago #109823 by RandomPillars
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I will be there about 5.15. Hope im not too late.

Sean

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1 month 5 days ago #109825 by lunartic
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I got a great view from my front garden.  With the 10x50 binoculars they looked wonderful and easily split with the naked eye.

Paul

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1 month 5 days ago #109826 by RandomPillars
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Been and gone. Sorry i didn't get to speak to any of you. Had my two boys there and there was so many people there, i didn't want to be dragging them around to hunt yous down.

Nice view of them from the Sugarloaf. Hope you all got a good look. Hopefully talk to you all soon enough. Have a great, clear Christmas and New Year. 

Sean

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1 month 5 days ago #109827 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Delighted to hear that Paul. It seemed like the conditions were better tonight. The view from the Sugar Loaf was great. It is a surreal feeling seeing Jupiter and Saturn in the same FOV. I wonder if the weather will play ball for us tomorrow. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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1 month 5 days ago #109828 by lunartic
Replied by lunartic on topic Sugarloaf Friday 18th December
This is Ireland, Darren, what do you think?

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Rich Cook
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1 month 5 days ago #109829 by mykc
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Thanks for all the reports, sorry that I can't join in the sessions - just oo busy at the moment.

Lucky with the weather in Dublin this evening.  The conjunction was great, even from my home in the southern suburbs. I took a few shots with a telephoto lens anf the one below is the best of a bad lot.  It shows Callisto, Ganymede and Europa very faintly, with the two planets overexposed, though the elliptical shape of Saturn is clear.  It's striking that Staurn is not much futher from Jupiter than is Callisto.  The forecast for tomorrow is not so promising so it's unlikely that I'll get another shot tomorrow.

Cheers,
Mike

Skywatcher 120 mm ED on a CG5 mount.
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