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Open Invitation to EAE Summer Star Parties-Mt Parnon, GREECE

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In June usually we are 10-15 observers, 60-120 in July and 40-80 in August.

Everything else being equal, August is best because nights are longer whereas June is worst because nights are shortest.
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27th - 31st August
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depart dublin at 2:30pm; arrive athens at 8:30pm
depart athens at 9:30pm; arrive dublin at 11:55pm

I'd prefer to leave dublin later going out and leave athens earlier comin g back. will check for more flights.
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oh dear god, I'm only seeing this now!!
am I going?? do I have 2 arms?? the answer to both of these questions is the same, a profound YES.!!
Vagelis, this is a fantastic opportunity for us cloud ridden rain soaked astronomers and I look forward to meeting all our Greek fellow astronomers when we go over there. :P

The spirit of this invitation is what the astronomical community is all about, a mutual interest that brings people and places together that might not have ever happened otherwise. :)

From what you're saying, it sounds like July is best,
more people = more scopes to look through.
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Dave,
I was wondering when you 're going to reply.
You are welcome!
Yes, July is the "mother of all Star Battles", but of course, some of you can come in June, some in July and some in August.

--- Now I am leaving Athens for a traditional 3-day holidays, involving flying the kite, carnival shows, eat octapus and kalamari, etc.. I will be back on Tuesday. See you all ---
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, eat octapus and kalamari, etc..


I am drooling at the mouth already. That is all we eat when we go to Crete. In fact, that is why we go to Crete. I can see my wife coming to one one these events - just for the food. (Only find octopus occasionally here)

(non astronomy related-sorry Seanie :wink: )
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Hi Vagelis,
Do you think it would be possible to get a lift back to the airport on the Monday? (July 7) Or do most people leave on the sunday?

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Our plans is to pick you guys up from Athens Airport (or perhaps Athens city) on Wednesday 2nd July / Thursday 28th August, so we can arrive at the observing site the afternoon or the evening.
As for departure, most support team people do have to drive back to Athens on Sunday 6th July/31st August, but yes, sure, somebody can give a lift to one or two people back to the airport on Monday 7th July/1st September.
In June, as I said, the support team will be smaller, since June is not a typical holiday month, as is July and August. 2 of us can get a day off (Friday) in order to drive to Parnon Thursday afternoon, so we can give a lift to no more than 4-5 people.
In July and in August, maybe up to 10 people.
Is that ok with you?
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Armagh astronomer Tolis Christou is very likely to come, probably in July :D
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Hi everybody,I want to wellcame you to Parnonas mountain at June,July and August.But before that time,I will be in Ireland from 25/4 to 1/5.I will stay at my aunts place at Knockaskeheen,Lisdoonvarna and on 1/5 in Dublin.I hope that I will meet same of You fellows,so we can discuss about you trip to Greece(and my favorite,cosmology).
Sorry for my terrible English.
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Welcome along Leonidas, thank you for your invite to Greece. I won't be able to meet you myself, as your journey over here is somewhat out of my way, unfortunately.

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Hi Leonidas! :D

Hey guys, leon is my friend.
He is our secret agent, and he is coming to Ireland on an important mission (appart from visiting his beloved aunt): to collect information and check you, if you can qualify for Parnon.
So be NICE ... :D
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Welcome Leonidas!
Yes, I'd be interested in meeting you in Dublin.
Let us know your travel plans and we'll meet somewhere.
BTW, looking forward to seeing all you guys this summer.

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Looking forward to seeing you, too, Michael!

... ... ... ... ...
News
We have 1 Irish visitor for July and 1 for August so far (that I know of).
... ... ... ... ...
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:D Hi guys,dont warry,I am not a spy,everybody who has a teleskop is o.k. for me.If there is a starparty during the time I will be in Ireland,I am interresting to meet you fellows there.I am used to meet people in the dark,under the moonless sky.
Happy Eastern to everybody.
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:D Hi guys,dont warry,I am not a spy,everybody who has a teleskop is o.k. for me.


We don't mind Greek spies, we've seen The Guns of Navaronne...

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I still cant believe it,but next Wednesday I will be in Ireland!I am very ecxiting about that.I hope to meet same of You guys.I dont know any details about my plans now,I will know more then I arrive at my aunts place,in Lindoonvarna.My handy no is 00306974463730.
I hope the weather will not be very rainy.
For sure,I will be in Dublin on the 1 Mai.I hope that I can visit an observatory during my staying in Ireland.
:D
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hi Leon!
translation help:
same, means = some
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gays, means = guys


:D I fixed it for him...
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Lindoonvarna.
:D


Do you mean Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare? that only up the road from us, kinda...
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I'm good at throwing stones. :lol:
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:arrow: News:
2 Irish friends for July and 1 for August so far (hey, where is the rest?)

Just to tempt you, 2 of our club ATMers will bring along their home made dobsonians: Aris his 16" :D and George his 20" :shock:

16 " F4.5 ATM Dobsonian, Aris Milonas
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20 " F4.5 ATM Dobsonian, George Nikolidakis
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Hi Dave,You are wright,Knockaskeheen Lisdoonvarna,Co Clare is my aunts andress.
You must forgive my teribble English,I hope I will do better next week in Ireland.
Yesterday at 2 am,Athens time,we were able to observ Antares and the Scorpion constellation.That means that summer is coming,and Parnonas mountain is waiting for us to be there at moonless nights to enjoy the beauty of the night sky.
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Vagelis,

I might be able to make the June meeting.

Still waiting to get my leave of absence stamped by 'er indoors (aka. wife) and I have a bunch of air-miles to cash in with Air France (DUB-CDG-ATH). I'll see if I can arrive in Athens on 5th June and depart on 9th. Should I bring a sleeping bag and tent?

Thanks for the invite.
Clear Skies,
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John, you are welcome!
Let me know about the final date & time of your arrival and departure flights.
Yes, of course, you can bring a sleeping bag and a tent, if you like.
You also have the option to stay in the refuge, if you wish.
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