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

I was speaking with Will Gater and let him know we had planed a trip to Kerry for the dark skies.
He sent me the below as a guide for things to see in the southern part of the milky way.

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Hi Dave

Yeah, here you go - I've labelled one of my recent Milky Way shots for you with some of my favourite objects in that region. The Lagoon from dark skies is very special (as are most of the objects I've labelled to be honest). The Pipe Nebula (a huge dark nebula) is a nice one to tick off from a dark-sky site too.

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

Nice1 Dave..

Think I might print it off
and laminate it as a to do
list for the weekend..

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By the way, I saw something on TV last night that reminded me of another item worth seeing - the petrified forest uncovered by the storms earlier this year (close to / between Ballinskelligs and Waterville).
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Replied by lunartic_old on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Just got the six o'clock news, the weather report for Saturday night is not promising, they are predicting heavy rain spreading across the country in the early evening. Still, weather forecasters are as accurate as economists and it will probably turn out to be clear.

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yeah its going to lash. Friday night is the only chance
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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Ye shower of negative nannies..
We'll have a Craic come Hell or High water..

Accuweather once told me it was raining NOW
at my location... Couldn't be more wrong as I had the scope
pointed at some of the clearest skies that year..
So the best weather forecast is a window and look out.

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

Suntan lotion - check
Sun Glasses - check
Bucket, spade and fishing rod - check
Hat/Cap - check
After Sun lotion - check
BBQ - Check
Telescope - check
Reading material 'Optimism for Dummies' - Check

Is AA Route Planner (Tralee and then anti-clockwise on the ring of Kerry to Ballinskelligs) more reliable than Google maps (Kenmare - Waterville - Ballinskelligs) for directions. It shows the Tralee route at least 40 min quicker?
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Replied by lunartic_old on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

If last night was anything to go by, I'll be bringing thermal long johns, ski pants, parka, winter hat, snow boots and thick gloves, flipping heck it was cold. :pinch: I had to check the calendar that it was still August, I thought it was November.

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Is AA Route Planner (Tralee and then anti-clockwise on the ring of Kerry to Ballinskelligs) more reliable than Google maps (Kenmare - Waterville - Ballinskelligs) for directions. It shows the Tralee route at least 40 min quicker?


It depends on where you are coming from Kevin. I'm travelling from Dublin (via Limerick / Adare / NewCastleWest / Abbeyfeale / CastleIsland) to Killorgan and then counter clockwise around the ring. If you were coming from the Cork direction, then definitely Kenmare - Waterville - Ballinskelligs. But if your coming from North Kerry / Limerick / ...
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Replied by manic_dave on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Weather is showing Friday night to be clear, from 6pm through till Saturday morning at 7am.
But its going to be brass monkeys, thermals and whiskey lads!
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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Okay yall..
Just 3 more Sleeps, make sure
you have your check list done up
and all signed off before you leave
cause once you're down in Skelligs
it's too late..

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

Cheers Roy!

I won't get down 'til at least 9pm as something has come up which means I can't leave Dublin 'til about 4pm.

Have the workshop done up and the talk/demos will last about an hour.

Just to give a taster, my talk is based around the idea of Joe Orman's list linked to as a pdf in the first paragraph on the page at www.aeromoe.com/_100nakedeye.html (which is the author's slightly different take on the list). Another version is at darkerview.com/wordpress/?p=8713 and a good book on the subject is Fred Schaaf's "Seeing the Sky".

Safe journey everyone and will see you all on Friday,

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Forecast now showing possible observing on both nights! It will probably change again.
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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Nice1 john..

By the time you get down we should
all be staring at Saturn setting in the West.
Nice1 about the Talk/Workshop really looking
forward to it..

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

By the time you get down we should all be staring at Saturn setting in the West.


Hope to get there in time to catch the ringed-planet and Mars. I noticed there is an ISS pass on Saturday evening that bisects the two planets ... should be a nice sight.

Heavens-Above also lists a bright Iridium flare after 4am on both Saturday and Sunday mornings in the head of Orion (near lambda Orionis). That should be quite dramatic too for astro-photographers.

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

Amazing skies last night
The Gods decided to be kind..
Some excellent pics were take
of the Milky-way stretching across
South-western sky.

Keep posted for images by
Dave Connolly, John Flannery
Paul Byrness.. Some amazing images
Taken..

Also a big thank you to all that attended, it's always good to see a full car park filled with car and a garden filled with Scopes.

Just 1 last THANK YOU to Kevin Smith for his very tasty BBQ last night and again this morning, we'll done Kevin and I hope you raise a lot for Barnardos..

Looking forward to the talks today and some more observing tonight, should the God's be kind enough to grace us again with clear skies.

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

Some cracking images taken last
night of the Milkyway seen from Skelligs
Lodge... #SkelligStarParty

Images By John Flannery

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

Brilliant, well done guys, hope you get more of the same tonight! A bunch of us in the IAA are at an outreach event in the Sperrin Mountains tonight and the forecast is looking very good!

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What a wonderful event it was. Grassroots! Thanks Ronald for organising this.
An the BBQs! BBQ for breakfast was a first for me.



















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Kevin you made the party with your BBQ skills. You looked after us all. Well done!!!!!


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

Just on the way home now. What a great weekend, two hours sleep a night, skies that defy description, fantastic company, bbq food, a quiz, pints in the pub.
A huge thank you to Roy for organising the event, to Kevin for the barbie and Frida and her staff at the lodge.
Book early for next year folks, this is going to be huge.

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

What a wonderful event it was. Grassroots! Thanks Ronald for organising this.
An the BBQs! BBQ for breakfast was a first for me


I've been called worse things than RONALD..lmfao.
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Replied by Roy Stewart on topic First "Skelligs Star Party" August 22nd/23rd 2014

Ok Guy's and Gal's..

Hope everyone got home safe and sound..

That's It, the Skelligs Star Party has come to an end,
and what a weekend it was..

Where do I start? Maybe with a few mentions and thank yous.

1st to Stephen Kershaw(my beautiful assistant) for all his help
and for sponsoring the wonderful prizes for the table quiz, Cheers Mate.

To Dave Connolly for some of the best tasting sweets in a jar(hope the heads OK)

A big thank you to Seanie Morris and John Flannery for their
very interesting and informative talks, well done guys.

to Frida and the wonderful staff of the Skelligs Lodge
for their hospitality and giving all us crazy astronomer
the freedom of the lodge for the weekend.

To everybody who took time from their busy
schedules to make the very long journey
to the far south west..

And last but not least to Kevin Smith and his lovely wife
Liz aka: Jamie Oliver and Dehlia Smith for the BBQ
Friday evening,Saturday Morning and again Saturday evening #AllMyCaptainMorgansGone

So all that's left to say now is.... BRING ON NEXT YEAR

I really don't need to mention the night sky, the Pic's do that for me.

Cheers Roy

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Clear really dark skies Friday night, 60,000 Gannets and a pod of Dolphins Saturday, loads juicy burgers courtesy Kevin all weekend and half bottle Captain Morgan's to wash it all down.
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