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Roy, Well done for pushing this on.

I'm based in Dublin, but down in the Glen (Core of the Reserve) quite a bit so I know the area. I'm not sure yet if I will be down for this weekend but I hope to be.

A couple of people have asked about viewing locations in the area, and rest assured, there are lots of them (flat open areas, with reasonably close "facilities").

I hope to see you there.

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Replied by johnflannery on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

hi Roy,

Hope you had a good weekend.

Jouke de Ruiter lives on the Beara Peninsula and often comes to the star parties (Cosmos/Galway/etc). I'll let you know if I manage to contact Jouke.

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Nice1 Noel, it would be great
to see there.

@John Flannery

Yah I think I know him now..
Any news on the PM I sent u??

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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Also as I have you there, would you mind giving a talk/workshop


If you would like me to do something, I'd be happy to help. Just let me know if you have a theme or topic in mind and I will work on it.

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Hi Seanie..

I was think maybe something on
Northern Hemispheres Southern Constellations.

I know it sounds wrong , but I think you know what I mean?

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Hi Seanie..

I was thinking maybe something on
Northern Hemispheres Southern Constellations.

I know it sounds wrong , but I think you know what I mean?

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

TO ALL THAT ARE ATTENDING

I was speaking with Stevie from NIAAS and he said
that 5 of them have already booked there rooms in
Skellig Lodge, That's great news guys. :) :)

I have sent an email to Frida from Skellig Lodge
letting her know that we will need accommodation
for about 16 more people, So she is going to get
back to me with all the available rooms that she will have
for that weekend.. Personally I don't mind what type of room
I get as long as I have a bed to rest my head during the day
for a few hours be fore a good all nighter.

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

TO ALL THOSE ATTENDING

I have contacted Frida from Skellig Lodge
and these are they responses..

Hi Frida..

I understand that 5 people have booked there rooms
already for this event in Aug.. I will be looking for accomadation
for about 15 more, So could you please get back to me with your available
rooms.

Kind Regards

Roy Stewart


Roy, are the twins you asked me about for the 15 pp ? Let me know and I will make your booking

All the best

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Ireland.


Tel: +353 (0) 66 947 9942
Fax: +353 (0) 66 947 9947


Hi Frida..

I will be looking for enough rooms to accommodate
16 people..Whatever Twin rooms and en suit you have left as-well
as dorm and bunk rooms.. So basically, what ever you have to
accommodate our group..
I will let them pick there preference, as long as I have a bed to rest
my head I'm fine.

Cheers Roy


will do

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So long story short... I will bunk with any1
as I have no preference.. So I will go ahead and
book whatever rooms are available for us.. Is this okay with
everybody?
Those that wish to share can do so when we arrive..

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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Hi Seanie..

I was thinking maybe something on
Northern Hemispheres Southern Constellations.


Sounds fine to me, I'll get on it! :-)
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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Excellent Seanie, I'm looking forward
to it already..

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Hi Guys and Gals..

I received this email from Frida today
so I said I'd post it up here for you all to
see.. Those who are going I reccommend
you book as soon as possible as they're going fast..

Hello

5 people already booked online.

I have the following available:

1 double ensuite

6 twin non ensuite

2 double non ensuite

3 X 3 beds

All the best

Frida



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Just 1 more bit of news, you can cross off the
double ensuite as I just booked it. So if any wants to
share with me just let me know, I am a snorer but I also
supply ear plugs..

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

OK,
Stephen Kershaw drew the short straw
and is sharing the room with me.

@Stephen
I will bring you a set of ear plugs, so all will be good.

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Got me a bed in the mixed dorm, €32, great price, God help anyone who shares with me. :P

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Replied by johnflannery on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Got me a bed in the mixed dorm, €32, great price, God help anyone who shares with me. :P


Good news Paul! I've just booked a bed in the mixed dorm too ;)

Got that PM from you Roy and no problem to do a workshop/talk ... maybe something on observing the sky with the unaided eye (e.g., learning to really see the sky). My home e-mail is in my signature below if you want to drop me a line.

I was thinking that people might like to trek over to Valentia and visit the Skelligs interpretive centre (I was impressed by it when last there a few years ago). Also, we could have a look at the Tetrapod fossilized footprints on the far side of the island. If the weather is good we might get a trip to the Skelligs themselves.

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Nice1 guys..

@John Flannery.

A talk on viewing the night sky with the unaided eye sounds good to me, I'm sure something like that would extremely informative.. Thank you very much.

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I was thinking that people might like to trek over to Valentia and visit the Skelligs interpretive centre (I was impressed by it when last there a few years ago). Also, we could have a look at the Tetrapod fossilized footprints on the far side of the island. If the weather is good we might get a trip to the Skelligs themselves.

John


I think that's a great idea for early Saturday
as for the Tetrapod footprints I know that they're
still closed off to the public after the big storm in Feb
but I also know that you can see them with a good set
of binos that I'm sure alot of us would have..

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I was thinking that people might like to trek over to Valentia and visit the Skelligs interpretive centre (I was impressed by it when last there a few years ago). Also, we could have a look at the Tetrapod fossilized footprints on the far side of the island. If the weather is good we might get a trip to the Skelligs themselves.


If you are looking at a trip over to Velentia, it would be worth stopping in the Glen (also in the core of the reserve) to scout another good location (the beach in the Glen is a great location for observing from (sheltered from the road), with plenty of parking and camping space and a couple of B&B's in the area for accommodation as well). Also consider a stop at the Chocolate Factory (also in the Glen) for a coffee or hot chocolate - a favour stop of mine after a swim (incidently, they are also mentioned on the Kerry Dark Sky site, so they might even facilitate a future event - good parking, with a view of the southern horizon, but close to the road so car headlights would be a problem.

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Replied by johnflannery on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Thanks Roy/Noel for that information about the area ... I hadn't realised the Tetrapod footprints were closed off due to February's storm. We never really saw the full effect up in Dublin but my brother working in Shannon said they were all ordered stay indoors and away from windows that day by the company's safety officers.

Cheers Noel for that extra info about the Glen and what to visit. Chocolate constellations, now there's a Dark Sky marketing idea ... remember folks, you read it here first ;)

Found this contact page for Julie ... www.darkskiesconsultant.com/dark-skies_i..._consultancy_005.htm

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Replied by lunartic_old on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

We don't appear to have a title for the weekend, might I suggest The Skelligs Star Party? Or perhaps, Roy's Romp? :laugh:

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Hi Paul. .

I have an events page on Facebook called Ballinskellig Astrocamp 2014 if ye wanna go with that??
I also like Roys Romp but I think it might send out the wrong impression about the weekend, although it might open up a lot of possibilities for me..lol

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Hi all..

I just received a PM from Michael Murphy letting me know
that when he tried booking a room online that it came up
that they were fully booked.. This is because they have pre-booked
most rooms for us attending" Ballinskellig Astrocamp 2014"(Guess we'll go with this name).

For those of you still to book a room I recommend that you call them up and
tell them it's for this event.. I know they a few dorms and single rooms left.

Also i got an email from Frida saying that can use the living room on Saturday
to give our talks and workshops, so anybody out there that can get their hands
on a projector for the talks it would be really appreciated.

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Replied by michael_murphy on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Thanks Roy,

I've booked a bed in one of the twin rooms.

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Replied by johnflannery on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

get their hands on a projector for the talks


hi Roy,

If Frida (or anyone) has a large flat-screen monitor/TV we can probably hook the laptops up to that for the presentations instead of an actual digital projector. For the size of the group that would probably suffice?

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

That makes sense John,
I'm sure there would be a
TV there for us to use.
I'll bring a HDMI cable with me.

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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

@Paul(lunartic)

The more I look at it the more
it sounds right.. Yah I really Like
THE SKELLIG STAR PARTY..
So yah that name gets my vote.

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