Dark sky panorama from Tara?

15 years 2 months ago #12102 by cloudsail
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Are there any night sky panoramas taken from the Hill of Tara? I wonder if it would be possible to do this before the planned motorway and nearby flyover are dimminish the night sky view.

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15 years 2 months ago #12103 by shanemcd
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I think thats a very good idea - especially, in the face of the new development.

It would show what has been lost :evil:

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15 years 2 months ago #12104 by albertw
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I'd be surprised if Anthony Murphy doesnt have something over on www.mythicalireland.com

At least the proposed interchange will be using FCO's. Not that they bothered to actually reply to my letter asking about that. Oh silly me, that would have required them to have actually put some thought into the planning of the motorway...

www.taraskryne.org doent appear to have any images at nighttime.

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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15 years 2 months ago #12131 by Keith g
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Cloudsail, I can do the panorama if you get somebody to take the shots. I have a program which can 'stitch' all the photos together, if they are taken on a tripod, say for the same exposure time using the same lens, all you do is rotate the tripod around say 30 degrees at a time and take a shot, move around another 30 degrees, take another shot and so on.

You could then post the shots here in the files section, or e-mail them to me, I could put them together :idea:

Let me know what you think 8)

Keith..

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson

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15 years 2 months ago #12152 by cloudsail
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Cloudsail, I can do the panorama if you get somebody to take the shots. I have a program which can 'stitch' all the photos together, if they are taken on a tripod, say for the same exposure time using the same lens, all you do is rotate the tripod around say 30 degrees at a time and take a shot, move around another 30 degrees, take another shot and so on.

You could then post the shots here in the files section, or e-mail them to me, I could put them together :idea:

Let me know what you think 8)

Keith..


Thanks for the suggestion. I have such software. The trick is to get away for an evening under clear skies get a babysitter for the daughter... I just thought I'd bring it up here in case anyone thinks this is a worthwhile idea. I'm not even sure if the site is open to the public after dark, but maybe someone here has an astroarchaeological license to be there ;-)

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15 years 2 months ago #12153 by cloudsail
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I'd be surprised if Anthony Murphy doesnt have something over on www.mythicalireland.com


I didn't find any there, but great site anyway! Uggh, the photo there of the 2003 aurora would've been even better if the Boyne valley bridge were illuminated properly.

At least the proposed interchange will be using FCO's. Not that they bothered to actually reply to my letter asking about that. Oh silly me, that would have required them to have actually put some thought into the planning of the motorway...

www.taraskryne.org doent appear to have any images at nighttime.


I'll let you know if I get a chance to do this, but I'll bet others here can do much better than I can. My best astronomical camera is still a 50mm F1.4 SLR with slide film.

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14 years 11 months ago #14937 by DaveGrennan
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In was up the Tara direction on Saturday night, well Sunday morning infact looking for somewhere to do some perseid watching. I was dismayed to see that meath coco have stuck streetlights outside the main entrance:( This used to be a great observing site. I remember spending many a happy geminid night up there. The sad thing is meath coco probably thinkt they've enhanced the area!

Regards and Clear Skies,

Dave.
J41 - Raheny Observatory.
www.webtreatz.com
Equipment List here

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14 years 11 months ago #14938 by DaveGrennan
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I should also add that we found a site about 500m beyond the main entrance (just an wide area outside a farmers field). I was there for a couple of hours and although the milky way looked gorgeous, anytime the clouds rolled by you could clearly see them illuminated orange from Navan and Trim (I think). I dont remember it being that bad before. WHat I am saying is Tara is becoming lost to skywatchers anyway.

Regards and Clear Skies,

Dave.
J41 - Raheny Observatory.
www.webtreatz.com
Equipment List here

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