Mullaghanish?

5 years 2 months ago - 5 years 2 months ago #104174 by derek0207
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Has anyone been up here?
Looks like there is a road to the top. Not sure.
Should be dark and the altitude would help too.

www.google.ie/maps/place/Mullaghanish,+C...d8f7!5m1!1e4!6m1!1e1

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5 years 2 months ago #104181 by eansbro
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I wasn't exactly at that location.
I was just to the south near Coolea and Gougane Barra area.
I was there about 3 weeks ago for 5 nights.
The sky was non light polluted and very dark.
The transparency was good.
I could see down to at least 6th mag.

Eamonn

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5 years 1 month ago #104205 by derek0207
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Thanks Eamonn,

I discovered there is a gate at the start of the access road anyway. So there is no way to get up there with a car.
www.google.ie/maps/@51.966012,-9.157952,...o36QXbf9g9l782YA!2e0

Pity, I was curious if the altitude would help, even though its only 600m

Derek

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5 years 1 month ago #104211 by eansbro
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Derek,

Their is another mountain called Nowen Hill at a height of 600m (1800 ft) you might be interested in exploring.
This is south of Ballingeary.
You can drive up to a certain height and then you have to walk the rest because the incline was so steep.
I suppose you could drive to the very top if you have the right vehicle.
I was up there many times with other astronomers to do astronomical observations.
It was possible to bring up an 8 inch SCT telescope.
We had tried a 7 mountains in both Counties Cork and Kerry including Mount Gabriel at 1300 ft.
Gabriel has an access road all the way to the top. Although a significant advantage having a road,
the downside: we found more fog and cloud, because it was on the coast (oragraphic uplift of warm air)
However, the best one we found was Nowen Hill.
I used to observe from there during the winter. The transparency of sky was good.
We determined we could see down to 7.2 magnitude with the naked eye. We determined this by selecting known stars at 7th and 8th magnitude.

Eamonn
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5 years 1 month ago #104212 by Seanie_Morris
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eansbro wrote: However, the best one we found was Nowen Hill.
I used to observe from there during the winter. The transparency of sky was good.
We determined we could see down to 7.2 magnitude with the naked eye. We determined this by selecting known stars at 7th and 8th magnitude.


That is impressive, and rarely seen from this island. That would enable one to theoretically see Uranus with the naked eye. I would love to see a nightsky down to that magniude from Ireland. The best I have seen that low in magnitude was on the edge of the Sahara.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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5 years 1 month ago #104216 by derek0207
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Wow, thanks for all that info Eamonn!!
I'll go exploring those places thats for sure.

Another place that I've been is the top of Seefin in the ballyhoura mountains.
www.google.ie/maps/place/Unnamed+Rd,+Co....8c30!5m1!1e4!6m1!1e1

It was a long time ago (~15 years) and I remember the sky was very dark. There is a gravel road to the top. Must try here again soon, although nearby towns of Mallow and Charleville have grown in the last 15 years so it may not be as good.

7.2 magnitude is very impressive. As well as a dark sky you need good eyesight too!

Derek

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4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago #104534 by derek0207
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Eamonn,
I went to Nowen Hill last night, well, not to the top but as close as I could get with my car.
Very dark sky there. Took some milky way snaps. (couldnt attach so posted on twitter
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(ok looks like I cant post twitter links either.... Lets try upload again.... )

With 11x70 binoculars I viewed...
M81&82
M51 ( I think I could detect spiral structure!!)
M101
M13
M31
M33
M11 & scutum star cloud

I'd like to go again with a telescope and not on my own. Its pretty creepy there.
Derek
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4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago #104646 by Fermidox
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derek0207 wrote: Another place that I've been is the top of Seefin in the ballyhoura mountains.
www.google.ie/maps/place/Unnamed+Rd,+Co....8c30!5m1!1e4!6m1!1e1

It was a long time ago (~15 years) and I remember the sky was very dark. There is a gravel road to the top. Must try here again soon, although nearby towns of Mallow and Charleville have grown in the last 15 years so it may not be as good.


I've been up Seefin a couple of times Derek, but purely for terrestrial sightseeing.

The track must have deteriorated a lot over the last 15 years because I don't think you could take a vehicle up there now, halfway maybe but then the erosion gets too bad.

Stunning location but I'd imagine the seemingly constant gale would make it difficult setting up equipment etc -



Finbarr.

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4 years 11 months ago #104653 by derek0207
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Finbarr,

Yes its windy up there :-) I remember that I didnt spend too long up there that night.

Pity about the road. I remember it being a bit rough but it was possible to drive up with no problems.

Derek
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