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Replied by michael_murphy on topic 2021 Perseids

If I'm reading the Windy map correctly Thursday night at Kilmichael might be good.

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Replied by johnflannery on topic 2021 Perseids

Hi Paul/Michael, I'm not 100% sure yet what area of north County Dublin might have the best prospects but Mellifont Abbey looks like it might be under clear skies. If only the maximum was last week as I was down in Nenagh then and it looks clear tonight!

Will touch base later.

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Hi all,

The forecast is still not looking good for Laragh or south Wicklow tonight (Wednesday). I am therefore going to head out towards Mullingar directly from home. Really sorry that I will not get to meet up with everyone as originally planned. 

The weather prospects look better in the Midlands up to maybe 1am and it is probably the same travel time as our initial observing site.

Best of luck everyone with any viewing tonight. We can check back tomorrow to see if Thursday night has better prospects for south Dublin and Wicklow.

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

According to met.ie, the Arklow area looks clear for tomorrow night.  Kilmichael is a definite possibility.  Laragh is also showing clear skies.
As for tonight, the Drogheda region shows clear until midnight and cloudy from then on.  The Arklow area looks clouded out.  Mullingar shows clear skies tonight.
We are left with the choices of travelling west this evening or south tomorrow night.  Speaking for myself, I am prepared to wait until tomorrow and head to Kilmichael or the Shay Elliot.

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Replied by michael_murphy on topic 2021 Perseids

Hi Paul,

The weather for tomorrow is looking good so I'm on for waiting.

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

The wind is due to be high tomorrow,  Trooperstown is an option.
If there is a window tonight, I would be up to head to the Sugarloaf, even for a few hours.

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Hi John,
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Very many thanks for keeping a close on eye on the weather for us. I slept poorly last night, so I'm happy to go tomorrow night too. 

In saying that, if people do go out tonight you can count me in. 

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Replied by michael_murphy on topic 2021 Perseids

At the moment there is a window of 2 hours from 10PM at the Sugarloaf this evening.
I'll have a look at the forecast later on to see if it changes.

Tomorrow is looking quite good for Laragh.

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I'm meeting a pal in Bray this evening so I'll text Paul, Darren and Aubrey at 9 with a weather report.

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Replied by flt158 on topic 2021 Perseids

Hello, everyone. 

www.clearoutside.com says it will be clear with low winds from 9pm at the Sugarloaf. 

I have the refractor loaded up since Tuesday night. 

Can we make a decision right NOW???

I am also going to print off Guide 9.1 DVD maps. 

Clear skies from Aubrey. 

 
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Hi Aubrey,

As I'll be in Bray anyway I'm happy to meet at 9.30 at the Sugarloaf.

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Great to hear from you, Michael!

It will cloud over at midnight. 

Right now I'm printing a map of Jupiter. 

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Right, that's me in

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And I have printed off another map for Saturn.
Some nice field stars and moons too nearby 

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How did everyone get on last night with the observing? Aubrey mentioned in a text that the sky was clear at the Sugar Loaf car park.

I went down as far as the Old Bog Road near Milltownpass and had clear skies up to when I left after 1am. There was some ground-hugging mist later in the night and that brought a lot of moisture which regularly fogged up the camera lens. I did not see many Perseids but a handful of them were magnitude +1. Only one was captured on camera going to the lower right of Arcturus. 

I was surprised how few satellites were visible when last year the sky seemed to be crawling with them at the beginning of August.

Fingers crossed for later and another Perseid chase!

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

Hi John

There were five is us, Aubrey, Valerie, Michael, Darren and myself at the Sugarloaf, we stayed until about 2am.  The skies were surprisingly clear for the most part, the Milky Way being really prominent.  The rate of visible meteors was quite low, I would guess that we saw no more than two dozen between us, Aubrey and Darren were busy with their scopes.  There were two spectacular examples that I saw.
I guess all the satellites were down our way as we spotted a heck of a lot of them.
I took more than a hundred images and did not manage to catch one.
Fingers cross for tonight, we are planning to head to Trooperstown to get out of the wind.

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Replied by johnflannery on topic 2021 Perseids

Many thanks Paul. Great to hear you had a good evening observing and the sky stayed clear.

I will definitely join you all later. Just waiting to hear back from Antonio about what he might do.

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Replied by michael_murphy on topic 2021 Perseids

I did one better than Paul. I took 180 images and caught one Perseid.
It's in the bottom left of the image.

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The weather for Trooperstown is still looking promising.
Are still on for meeting at Sugarloaf at 9.30 and traveling on to Trooperstown?

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic 2021 Perseids

I'll be there.

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