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While talking to John Flannery the other night, we got into the subject of the Perseids and where would be a good observing site, John suggested the Shay Elliot memorial on the road to Glenmalue.  He told me there is a big car park and great views.
www.google.ie/maps/place/Shay+Elliott,+U...d:0xee458cdbc434ce5f
The moon is a waxing crescent and will set early.  Is anyone up for a trip on the night?  It is a Wednesday night.

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Count me in Paul.

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Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic 2021 Perseids

I'm up for it too - thanks Paul!

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Replied by flt158 on topic 2021 Perseids

I should make it too. 

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

How about we meet in Laragh village around 8.30?  There is a small shop called Celtic Crafts in the village, next to the pub with a car park, we can meet there before moving on.
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Sounds like a plan,  See you there.
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Replied by flt158 on topic 2021 Perseids

Hello everyone. 

Does that road to Laragh have a number? 
(I just need reminding). 
Which direction do a need to find coming from Ranelagh. 
Can I take it the N11 is no use?
Maybe coming from Stepaside would be better. 

It's still a great idea to meet up at 8.30 pm on the Wednesday evening. 
I hope to bring both Valerie and the scope. 

Very best regards from Aubrey. 

 
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Hi Aubrey,

The road is the R755. It's the road that you take to the Sugarloaf but keep going to Roundwood rather than turn to the Sugarloaf.

Once in Roundwood, keep going on the R755 and you will end up in Laragh.

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

If the Wednesday weather is too bad, we can try for the Thursday.
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My monthly guide information for this year's Perseids was taken from the IMO Meteor Site and they have the peak night Thu/Fri 12th/13th - 20:00 to 23:00 Summer Time peak window. 

cal2021.pdf (imo.net)
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Cheers for that post Paul about meeting for the Perseids.

A spot I've used before is accessible by travelling from Hollywood on the R756 (Wicklow Gap Road) towards Turlough Hill. You then turn down the L8353 and about 1 km from there is a large open area. There is a forestry barrier but the site has an impressive horizon and the road little travelled.

www.google.ie/maps/@53.0650983,-6.462514...7i16384!8i8192?hl=en

Antonio Martin-Carillo and I went to Turlough Hill last year for the Perseid maximum and the two of us used the Shay Elliott Memorial Car Park a couple of times when Neowise was around. There is one main car park at the Shay Elliott site but also a wide open space across the road. The plateau there certainly helps and it is a pretty dark location.

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

I have been checking out various websites for weather forecasts for Wednesday and Thursday nights.  On both nights we will have torrential rain, passing showers, partial cloud and clear nights.
You have to love the consistency.

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Thursday night is looking to be the best bet at the moment.

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

We can come to a decision on Wednesday.

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Replied by flt158 on topic 2021 Perseids

......... Or maybe Tuesday?

Either way I'm free for Wednesday or Thursday. 

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Replied by johnflannery on topic 2021 Perseids

It looks like there are all sorts of weather predictions at the moment for both Wednesday and Thursday but the night of August 12/13 seems to be our best bet presently. 

North county Dublin for Wednesday night is showing a clear patch on www.windy.com

Thursday evening our potential site outside Laragh is showing clear skies from 11pm to about 3am.

As Paul mentioned, we can study a charts a bit more on Wednesday.

We had foggy conditions last year in Dublin city for Perseid maximum but www.windy.com showed potential clear spells around the Wicklow Gap. We plumbed for the car park at Turlough Hill and were rewarded with great skies until moonrise - the elevated site put us above the surrounding mists. Driving home we encountered the fog just a few miles from our observing site and were immersed in it the whole way back to Dublin. 

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Hi John,

Very many thanks for providing us with this update. Fingers crossed their forecast is right.

Clear skies (hopefully)

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Oh, the fickle Irish weather :-)

All the various forecast models are now pointing to Wednesday night being clear for the Perseids in the Dublin/Wicklow area and Thursday experiencing cloudy skies until around 1am. That could still change though!

So, is anyone on for going out on Wednesday evening somewhere? I'll have a look at the map later as the Sugarloaf Car Park might possibly be too light-polluted for photography due to looking NE over the coastal towns. I was thinking Five Mile Point on the coast but it could be windy there. We can keep an eye on the forecast models tomorrow though.

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Hi John,

I'm on for Wednesday. We could still try for Shay Elliot and if it's too windy move to Trooperstown?

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Replied by johnflannery on topic 2021 Perseids

Perfect! Many thanks Michael.

We can all meet beside Lynham's Pub/Hotel and Celtic Crafts in Laragh on Wednesday evening at 8:30pm and then head up from there to the Shay Elliott Memorial Car Park. 

I was talking to Antonio and he said the forecast models he works with are all showing Wednesday night as clear too. He will travel down with me to the site.

My notes for August are now up on the Irish Times website at www.irishtimes.com/news/science/space/pe...-fireworks-1.4643620

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

Just watched the weather in RTE, Wednesday looks to be our only option. The rain passing through throughout Wednesday will help the seeing by clearing some of the muck out of the air.
If the wind is up, it will be worth losing some of the sky at Trooperstown to get protection, we will still see plenty of meteors.

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See you all in Laragh on Wednesday night so!

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Replied by johnflannery on topic 2021 Perseids

Morning everyone.

Most of the forecast models on windy.com are showing cloud on Wednesday evening in the area we plan to observe.

As a result, rather than drive to Laragh, I propose we meet at 8pm on Wednesday at the Circle K garage in Kilmacaneogue on the southbound stretch of the N11.

From there, we can make a decision to press ahead with the original plan to head to the Shay Elliott Car Park, plumb for the Sugar Loaf Car Park, or maybe even go north of Dublin where it does seem to have a chance of clear skies. 

I will log back in at 3pm after having checked the latest forecasts and asked someone else for their opinion about the weather prospects.

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

Whereabouts to the north are you thinking of, John?
The better views are to the north-east, from south of the city there is always Dublin to contend with in that direction.

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Replied by michael_murphy on topic 2021 Perseids

The weather does look better north of Dublin.

I went to Mellifont outside Drogheda a few years ago.

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