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While checking for the directions to the Shay Elliot memorial I noticed Roundwood Cemetery .
There is a car-park outside so it might be worth a look at some stage.
There is a house nearby so there could be some lights.

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That's a great find Michael... I'd love to give it a try some night.

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Replied by Paul-Byrne on topic Roundwood Cemetery

Looks to be a good spot.  Maybe not in winter, Roundwood gets some icy roads.
Roundwood, Kilmichael, Shay Elliot, Sugarloaf and 
​​​Trooperstown, I think we have all weather conditions covered.
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Hi guys, hope all is well.

I have stopped by Roundwood Cemetery before but discarded it as an observing location as it was a busy enough road despite the wide open area outside the walls. There are some streetlights too. Inside the Cemetery would be better but you'd probably have to get the okay from someone.

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Thanks John,

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Hi All,

​​​​​Following on from recent posts here, but prior to reading John's message, I took a spin out to the cemetery to get a feel for what it would be like as an observing spot.

In addition to what John mentioned, the trees surrounding the car park are higher than I thought. So objects low on the horizon are out. I also noticed that carpark itself showed doughnut-shaped rings from cars messing about. Shame really because the car park is big and flat, and I can't imagine wind would be a much of a problem as the car park is surrounded on all sides by trees, walls or hedgerows. In saying all that, I would be happy to give it a go some night, and if it didn't work out Trooperstown and Sugarloaf are only short drive away. 

One last thing.... Anyone interested in making a plan for Saturn's opposition next week? No worries if not, I just thought I'd ask. 

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Hi Darren,

Pity about Roundwood.

I'm on to meet up for Saturn. Opposition is on Monday morning at 7AM.
Which day do you want to meet up on, or will we watch the weather?

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That's great news Michael! I'm fairly flexible with days and times. So, I'm happy to work around when suits you. And I agree, we'll keep an eye on the weather. 

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Do you have a location in mind?
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As it's Saturn I was planning to go to the Sugarloaf.

At the moment, Monday is looking like the best night but after midnight.

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Sounds good to me... Let's hope the weather holds up - I've a new eyepiece to try out
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This evening is looking good with 10PM being the clearest.

Do you want to meet at the Sugarloaf at 9.30? Saturn will be at 5 degrees at 10, 8.5 at 10.30, 11 degrees at 11.

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That's great news...see you at 9:30pm then.

All the best, 

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Replied by flt158 on topic Roundwood Cemetery

Hello, Darren, Michael and Paul. 

I'm sorry I wasn't with you on Monday night. 
I had the sniffles, but I'm okay now. 

How did you get on with the most spectacular planet Saturn?

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Hi Aubrey,

It was a great evening and mostly clear up until midnight when the clouds rolled in.
Saturn and Jupiter both put on a good show despite being so low down.

I also took in M57, M31, M3 and Albiero.

We had a member of the Garda with us. He was at the car-park as there had been a spate of burglaries during the fine weather.

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Thank you, Michael. 

I didn't think anyone would bother with M 3 at this stage. 
I imagine it is very high up these nights in August.

I wonder what the others observed.   

Maybe next time I will join you.

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Hi Aubrey

I had my 20x90 binoculars on an alt-az mount.
I observed both Jupiter and Saturn, three moons of Jupiter observed and I believe I saw Titan, not 100% certain.
Looking on high, I scanned the region of Cygnus, starting at Deneb, I attempted to observe NGC 7000, no joy.  Moving down to Sadr, I saw M29, this region of Cygnus is awash with stars and they can be overwhelming.  Albireo was next, easily split in the binoculars into their beautiful colours.
I continued down the Milky Way and alighted on M11, which was distinct and wedge shaped.
Sagittarius was low on the horizon, I bagged M22, but little else as the seeing in that part of the sky was poor.
I turned to Cassiopeia before the clouds rolled in and managed a quick tour without really alighting on any particular object, just enjoying the views.
I caught a single Perseid just before the cloud came in, it was long and white and bright.  Hopefully, an omen of things to come.

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Hi Aubrey,

Sorry to read that you were feeling unwell of as of late, but glad to hear you are on the mend as it will be great having you back at the meet-ups.

Unfortunately, I spent most of the night wrestling with my equipment: If it wasn't the finder acting up, it was trying to balance the scope on the uneven surface. In saying that Saturn, and Jupiter looked very good at several times throughout the evening. Of course we had to contend with both planets being fairly low in the sky, but from about 11pm conditions had improved enough to pull out some detail on both planets. For example, I could observe all of the following Jovian features: Equatorial Zone, North and South Equatorial Belts, and the North and South Tropical Belts and Zones.  What is more, there were times when for a just a few seconds the planet was sharp enough in the eyepiece to see some Festoon! And speaking of eyepieces, I did get to use my new Orion 5mm Edge-On Planetary eyepiece, which provided 250X, but the sweet spot for the night was 100X. One last thing: Four Jovian Moons were all observed to the West of the Planet. What was striking was seeing Europa and Io so close together. They flanked the Western limb of the planet with Ganymede and Callisto further out West.

In terms of Saturn, 100X was again the sweetspot. It being at opposition I had hoped to observe some nice detail, but the best I could do was make out the Cassini Division. Considering the weather forecast over the next few nights is grim, it might be a week before I get another chance to observe the 'Ringed' planet.

That's my lot for now, enjoy your week and we'll  hopefully see you for the' Perseids' next week.

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Thank you, Paul. 

Those 20x90 binoculars are the business for sure. 
I'm so glad you are getting good use out of them. 
I have observed M 29. 
M 39 which is also in Cygnus is a big favourite of mine. 
NGC 7000 is seriously difficult to see.alright. 
M 11 and M 22 are always wonderful sights. 

Very best regards to you, Paul.

Thank you, Darren, for your kind thoughts.
I much better now - thank you. 
You have given us super reports on both Saturn and Jupiter. 
Seeing Jupiter's 4 moons on the the same side must have been most appealing!
It's also very good to know there is plenty of belt activity is visible in your super Newtonian -  including at least one festoon.

Many congratulations to you, Darren! 
  
Clear to you all from Aubrey. 
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Hi Aubrey, 

Very many thanks for your kind words. Those Moons looked very good alright. I am looking forward to spending more time observing Jupiter and Saturn over the next month. I'll be bringing the scope down to Glenmalure next week... The sky will be really dark... Once we can see it 
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