March 20th Solar Eclipse: What are clubs doing?

4 years 9 months ago #102823 by Seanie_Morris
In an effort to find some collaboration between IFAS clubs, what are the different clubs (and even individuals) doing in Ireland for the Partial Solar Eclipse on March 20th? IFAS will be helping member clubs with promotion and merchandise, This is currently being discussed in the IFAS Reps/Council forum.

Club Reps: Please PM me or Paul Evans your contact details, easpecially if this has changed recently during an AGM.


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Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
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4 years 8 months ago #103090 by DeirdreKelleghan
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I have built a workshop specialy for this partial solar eclipse
Its called "Smiley Face Eclipse " I hope the schools that will take part will hold their own eclipse
viewings on that morning.
Of course this partial solar eclipse is weather permitting , however the learning within the workshop
is weather proof. I have not decided where I will be that morning as yet.

Professor Peter Gallagher ( Trinity College ) has set up a website to coordinate news, information and events
This is it
Eclipse 2015

Follow on Twitter @eclipse2015ie

Deirdre

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4 years 8 months ago #103091 by manic_dave
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I will be running an observing morning in Citywest, we have a good view east.

anyone around who wants to join in please PM me

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4 years 8 months ago #103094 by lunartic
I work in a college and I plan to set up equipment for the students to observe the event. Where can I get my hands on solar specs?

Paul

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4 years 8 months ago #103099 by Seanie_Morris
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MAC is going to run at least one event, possibly two, on the morning.

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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #103111 by dave_lillis
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The club here in Limerick (SAC) will most definitely be running a public observing session for this, its something thats been in the planning for the past few months.
We had considered going up north for it and capturing a greater eclipse, but given the trip distances and the cloud percentages, I'm not sure its worth the long journey tbh.

Frank Ryan, (the clubs PRO) will put up the observing details when he has it finalized, suffice to say that it will involve an observing session where the club and members of the public will all get views of the partial eclipsed Sun through solar scopes on the Friday morning of the eclipse.
We intend to advertise it and raise public awareness of it, including the dangers of the Sun, this is something that cannot be under-stated.

Lets hope the weather plays ball.

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4 years 8 months ago #103117 by DeirdreKelleghan
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Perhaps the events mentioned above should be included on Professor Gallaghers page?
It would bring them some publicity and place them in the one site.
I see there is to be a live stream from Galway, Armagh and Dublin on the day.
Details in Events Eclipse 2015

Deirdre
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4 years 8 months ago #103129 by Paul Evans
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We in the IAA have yet to confirm our events - to be discussed on Weds at a meeting that I sadly won't be at, however as soon as we have the details I'll circulate it here and to the Eclipse 2015 site. Last thinking was for two public events on the morning, one North Coast, one near Belfast. The North Coast has slightly more eclipse, Belfast has greater public exposure and generally better weather.

Whatever else is decided, I will be giving a Public Lecture on the subject at QUB on the evening of Weds 18th March which will cover the science as well as explaining what to see and how to see it SAFELY. We're hoping to get some media coverage to help us along too, and the message has to be safety - this can't be emphasised enough.

I'll confirm our arrangements when they're nailed down.

Paul.

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4 years 8 months ago #103197 by ayiomamitis
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Gents,

We have a mere 46% depth here in Greece and I am seriously considering traveling abroad. London is around 86% whereas Dublin seems to be around 92.5%.

How are the weather prospects in Ireland during mid-March and can you recommend a very picturesque foreground for a somewhat widefield sequence?

I have seen many references to Birr Castle in the past and I was wondering if this is a recommended location. In fact, do the skies permit for star trail work during the evening before the sunrise eclipse and would official permission be required?

Anthony Ayiomamitis
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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #103200 by dave_lillis
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Hi Anthony,
The weather prospects here are not good tbh, the odds are against us getting a clear sky that morning, we wont know for sure until the Thursday afternoon with any kind of certainty what kind of sky we're going to get on the Friday morning.
We have a number of plans in the making to try capture this partial eclipse, if the weather permits, then we're going to observe it from the stone circle at Lough Gur, a neolithic structure, picturesque but not a stone henge.
IF the weather is DEFINITELY looking dicey and is looking better up north, then we're heading up overnight on Thursday night to a better location.
As for the grounds of Birr castle,its a nice location, but the town does add a dose of light pollution,I'm not sure how long exposure star trail pics would come out.

P.S.Lough Gur is a great dark site location, assuming its not blowing a gale, flogging down with rain, snowing.... you get the idea lol

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4 years 8 months ago #103201 by Seanie_Morris
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Weather in Ireland in March is mixed year on year. In 2013, My brother got married on March 22nd, and it was wet and windy with top temperatures of 9 degrees. Yet, in 2011, we had the hottest March in decades with gorse fires on the bog 1km from our home (on March 18th) and had to consider evacuating at one stage.

ayiomamitis wrote: I have seen many references to Birr Castle in the past and I was wondering if this is a recommended location. In fact, do the skies permit for star trail work during the evening before the sunrise eclipse and would official permission be required?


If you do come over, I'm less than 20 minutes away from Birr Castle, got a spare room too! ;-)

Seanie.

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4 years 8 months ago #103203 by ayiomamitis
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Dave and Seanie,

Many thanks for the feedback.

It is quite unfortunate the eclipse was not during a much better period of the year and which would have led to a really neat trip to Ireland! Nevertheless, I did some background research on Birr Castle and I am quite interested in a visit anyway at some point, for some very dramatic results can be produced involving the rising sun/moon and perhaps star trail at work as well with careful ISO and exposure selection.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
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4 years 7 months ago - 4 years 7 months ago #103248 by Frank Ryan
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Sorry I'm late to this but had to finalise things.

Shannonside Astronomy Club will be holding a public event for the eclipse in partnership with The Lough Gur Heritage Centre.
On the morning of the event we with gather inside the Great Grange Stone Circle .
Free event as per the norm, we will provide guided viewing with club scopes fitted with solar filters.
Shannonside have already sent a press release to all local papers and radio stations with a feature to appear in the Limerick Leader the week before, primarily to highlight the dangers associated with solar eclipse viewing.

Anthony, because of SAC's long history with Birr having run the Whirlpool Starparty there for many years we know the area quite well. Although we do not run an event there any more, I have taken many shots there on many occasions, long exposure and startrail. The location is heavily light polluted so it would be a challenge to say the least.
Here is a shot of the Leviathan I took a few years back. (processed to remove as much orange glow as possible)

I'll see if I can dig out any others to give you a better idea.

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4 years 7 months ago #103251 by nectarine
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As you know, DAS is no longer an active club, but I plan on setting up shop just off Dungarvan town square that morning for a bit of sidewalk astronomy. Eugene Burke will join me I hope.
On a good note, there is positive talk of DAS getting going again - will keep you posted.....

Bernie Foley
IFAS Treasurer
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4 years 7 months ago #103254 by nectarine
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Don't forget that all paid up clubs (re: membership) will get 100 free solar shades before the eclipse.
It is really important that you all let me or Seanie know asap where you want your shades sent!
Thanks, B)

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4 years 7 months ago #103271 by ayiomamitis
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Frank Ryan wrote: Anthony, because of SAC's long history with Birr having the Whirlpool Starparty there for many years we know the area quite well. Although we do not run an event there any more, I have taken many shots there on many occasions, long exposure and startrail. The location is heavily light polluted so it would be a challenge to say the least.
Here is a shot of the Leviathan I took a few years back. (processed to remove as much orange glow as possible)


I'll see if I can dig out any others to give you a better idea.


Frank, many thanks for the feedback. Such a shame not being able to use the very photogenic Leviathan as foreground for any such work due to light pollution!

Anthony.

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4 years 7 months ago #103388 by markdj
I will be making a google map of public observing locations for the UK and Ireland available on my website stronge.org.uk this week.

I have put together the information I have currently.

www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zfzVFEizh4aE.kofp4XTq7dlQ

If you need anything changed or added, email me mark at stronge . org . uk
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4 years 7 months ago #103389 by Paul Evans
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That's a genuinely useful piece of work Mark - you seem to have ours pretty much right.

Well done,

Paul.

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4 years 7 months ago #103391 by Frank Ryan
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Nice job Mark.
Shannonside Astronomy Club will be holding the observing inside the Grange Stone Circle (not at the visitors centre)
Grange Stone Circle Location

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4 years 7 months ago #103392 by DeirdreKelleghan
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Excellent idea !!
St Cronans Stargazers will be at St Cronans National School Bray , Co Wicklow.
I have given other eclipse glasses to several schools who will let kids view if its clear.
All school groups I have dealt with over the past few weeks will view online if its cloudy.

Best
Deirdre

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4 years 7 months ago #103395 by markdj
Found it Deirdre.

Any suggestions on what website to post to for mainland uk astronomers to get linked up?

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4 years 7 months ago #103396 by Paul Evans
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There's a selection of UK sites part way down the page here.....

irishastro.org/links

You may find GB is a lot more spread out than Ireland though.

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4 years 7 months ago #103400 by Fermidox
Wow, the local long range looks promising ;)


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4 years 7 months ago #103401 by Paul Evans
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That is impressive, although looking at my local circumstances this far away I can get any outlook I want just by picking the right forecast!

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4 years 7 months ago #103402 by stevie
NIAAS will be holding an observing session at Belfast Zoo, not Knockagh monument as originally planned.

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