Quadrantids early morning hours of January 4th

3 weeks 3 days ago #108121 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi all,
Did many of you get to observe the Quadrantids in the small hours this morning? I got home from a gig at 03:10hrs, and despite the very hazy sky conditions, over 12 minutes, the Quadrantids were rockin' it! There appeared to be two meteor radiants: the Quadrantids and what looked like #Cancerids criss-crossing them.

Hazy sky, limiting magnitude around +3, average of 6 meteors per minute observed from Roscore, Blueball, Tullamore, which may have just been a burst, as a little later it fell back to around 3 per minute. But that's only what I could observe due to the Haze and limiting magnitude.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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3 weeks 3 days ago #108122 by R Newman
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Hi Seanie and Happy New Year to you. Good to see you here on what used to be a very busy forum 10 - 15 years ago.

Got a quick clear window around 2am near Galway city centre where I live, back garden facing north, similar limiting magnitude but only caught one Quadrantid meteor before the cloud came rolling in again off Galway Bay, definitely the Cloudiest City in Ireland.  Still thinking of getting a meteor camera though.

Clear Skies

Ronan   
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3 weeks 3 days ago - 3 weeks 3 days ago #108123 by flt158
Happy New Year to you both, Seanie and Ronan.
I still look up to you both as true amateur astronomers.
That sure is great dedication to stay up to observe those Quadrantids, Seanie. Congratulations! 
A few years ago Valerie and I saw one bright Quadrantid.
Such memories last!

I'm still as busy as ever observing with my William Optics 158 mm F/7 apochromatic refractor which is now over 10 years old. It definitely is going to be the telescope I will always use for the rest of my days. I do my utmost to inform everybody as to what I am observing. (Cassiopeia is a most extraordinary constellation.) I will be reporting as to what I  observed on Friday 3rd January 2020 tonight.

By the way, I would encourage everyone to get this brilliant website back as busy as it was in days of yore. New people have come on board -including one great guy called Darren. His enthusiasm is second to none.

Clear skies,

Aubrey.
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3 weeks 3 days ago #108127 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Seanie,

I was delighted to read that you observed some meteors during the early hours this morning. I had a quick peek through my window at approximately 00:20 UT, but the sky in South Dublin was covered in cloud, so I went to bed. I wonder did anyone in Dublin managed to catch a glimpse of any meteors.

Clear skies,

Darren.
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3 weeks 3 days ago #108128 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Ronan,

At least your effort to stay up late was somewhat fruitful. After all, one is better than none! : )

I hope you don't mind me asking, but what is a meteor camera, and how does it differ from a regular DSLR? 

Many thanks, and clear skies to you,

Darren.
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3 weeks 3 days ago #108129 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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You're very kind Aubrey, and as I said before it is easy to get excited about the night sky in Ireland because of people like you and the rest of lads who help beginners like me to get started with this brilliant activity. You are all so generous with your knowledge and equipment. And the Sugar loaf sessions you organise are an excellent way for people to get to a dark sky to see the wonders of the universe.

Clear skies,

Darren.
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3 weeks 3 days ago #108135 by R Newman
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Hi Thanks for the reply Aubrey and Darren

First to Darren I am not too well up on the cameras but details can be seen at ttps://www.imo.net/resources/metrec/, there are several amateur astronomers in Ireland who have Meteor Cameras who are part of the Nemetode group who meet every September see www.nemetode.org/

Aubrey there is the annual meeting of the Deep Sky Section of the BAA coming on March if your interested, I have booked my ticket for the event, will be my second BAA event in 6 months the last being the NLC/Aurora/Solar meeting in Scotland last October.  www.britastro.org/node/19170

Would be nice for more people to get involved on the website again for the 2020's and away from Facebook, is their 2 Facebook pages? Maybe the committee would consider a all Ireland IFAS convention similar to the UK FAS event fedastro.org.uk/fas/convention/convention-2020/

Thanks

Ronan
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3 weeks 2 days ago #108136 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Ronan, 

Very many thanks for for letting me know about the group in Ireland by posting a link. Looks like some very interesting work being done by those guys. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 

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3 weeks 2 days ago #108139 by flt158
Hello again, Ronan.
I don't do Facebook.
But I am very keen on attending Cosmos in April 2020.
Who can I contact about that without using Facebook?

Kind regards,

Aubrey.

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3 weeks 2 days ago #108140 by michael_murphy
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Hi Aubrey,

I put the dates of COSMOS on the front page of the site. Can you let me know if you can't see it?

Michael.

Midlands Astronomy Club hosts its annual COSMOS 2020 Star Party from April 3rd to 5th at the 4 Star Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone, County Westmeath

IFAS Secretary.
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3 weeks 2 days ago #108141 by flt158
Yes, Michael!
I do see Cosmos on the front page.

However It only shows Cosmos for 2018.

But if I go to "contact us" and after that "Get in touch with us", can I book for Cosmos for 2020?

Thank you very much, Michael.
Perhaps I will sort it out on Monday.

Kind regards,

Aubrey.

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3 weeks 2 days ago #108142 by michael_murphy
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Hi Aubrey,

The dates are correct, I confirmed them with Midlands. I don't believe that you have to book in advance. I never have.

Michael.

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