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11 years 5 months ago #52935 by Vagelis Tsamis
Replied by Vagelis Tsamis on topic What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!
That's really exotic! 1-2 hrs!
Well, u have no excuse now, start making plans for Greece!

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11 years 5 months ago #52937 by artyfarty
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This is really a good idea. We can organize it and have a great time. Maybe next spring or summer. This spring we will organize for the first time a Messier Marathon for southern Greece observers. An interesting bonus is a view of Omega Centauri.
In summer time things are much more safe as regards the weather. The site is Mt. Parnon at LAT 37deg 16min, 3hrs drive from Athens. We usually count 60 - 100 observers. Most of us prefer mountain camping (me included), and there is an option to stay either in the mount refuge (30 beds), where the charge is really minimal, or at hotels 40 min drive from the observing site.
I and a handfull of people use to visit the site EVERY single month of the year, regardless the weather, with or without telescopes, unless there is winter snowfall and the road is closed. But in the summer months it is a paradise there.
Well, it is up to you! You are all welcome!

Vagelis


Sounds like a nice trip, all I need to do now is convince herself that I should be allowed go :? Difficult but not impossible.

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11 years 5 months ago #52939 by johnomahony
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Don't forget the mozzie repellant...............and the portable scope.
What is the largest scope anyone has ever brought on a plane?

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11 years 4 months ago #52947 by dave_lillis
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If that's not a loaded question, I dont know what is :lol: :lol:

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IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
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11 years 4 months ago #52948 by ayiomamitis
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If that's not a loaded question, I dont know what is :lol: :lol:

Dave,

I can already see you at the check-in counter with your 18" .... "I promise to disassemble it on the plane and store it in the overhead cabin" and "no, no, no, it is not a weapon of mass destruction" ... :mrgreen:

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11 years 4 months ago #52950 by ayiomamitis
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Sounds like a nice trip, all I need to do now is convince herself that I should be allowed go :? Difficult but not impossible.

Make it here just once and you WILL be back every year. The Milky Way looks like one serious overhead "cloud" running from the northeastern to the southwestern horizon. :D

If you think you know the constellations inside out, you WILL be lost once you look at the sky from Mount Parnon .... so many stars that you do not know where to begin and where to end.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
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11 years 4 months ago #52953 by dave_lillis
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If that's not a loaded question, I dont know what is :lol: :lol:

Dave,

I can already see you at the check-in counter with your 18" .... "I promise to disassemble it on the plane and store it in the overhead cabin" and "no, no, no, it is not a weapon of mass destruction" ... :mrgreen:


18?, :lol: :wink:
i'll tell customs its for shooting down spy satellites. :lol:

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 4 months ago #53012 by Seanie_Morris
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Make it here just once and you WILL be back every year. The Milky Way looks like one serious overhead "cloud" running from the northeastern to the southwestern horizon. :D


Can't wait to se it at your gaff Anto! So far, no reference to bears and Greek porcupines for me, so that must be good news... ;)

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11 years 4 months ago #53492 by cherylkarma
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Would just like to say hello, and quietly check out whats going on in the northern sky, I did post yesterday regarding the colorful object that swept across the Tipperary sky on the evening of the 25th Oct, which is how I found you all.

A small bit about myself, Im an Aussie, living in Ireland on & off for the past 8 years, self employed pc tech, but qualified as a Network Admin, always looking skywards, have been lucky enough to see both the Southern & Northern lights, and Halleys Comet in the 80's plus many other awesome sights, usually just being in the right place at the right time! I have a small telescope which I am still learning to use, right now I am living in a rural area with a very good unlimited view to the sky with no interferring artifical lights.

Cheers for now.
Cheryl

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11 years 4 months ago #53498 by voyager
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Would just like to say hello, and quietly check out whats going on in the northern sky, I did post yesterday regarding the colorful object that swept across the Tipperary sky on the evening of the 25th Oct, which is how I found you all.

A small bit about myself, Im an Aussie, living in Ireland on & off for the past 8 years, self employed pc tech, but qualified as a Network Admin, always looking skywards, have been lucky enough to see both the Southern & Northern lights, and Halleys Comet in the 80's plus many other awesome sights, usually just being in the right place at the right time! I have a small telescope which I am still learning to use, right now I am living in a rural area with a very good unlimited view to the sky with no interferring artifical lights.

Cheers for now.
Cheryl


Welcome aboard Cheryl, great to have you here. Sure sounds like you have a great place to observe from, I'd give anything for some dark skies!

Feel free to ask any questions here, we're a friendly bunch and only too happy to help!

Clear Skies,

Bart.

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11 years 4 months ago #53528 by dave_lillis
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Hi Cheryl,
Can I ask where in Tipperary are you (without giving a complete address).
You might not be too far from us in limerick, Shannonside AC might be your nearest club, if so you're more then welcome to come along if your interested.
As for Qs, all you need do is put them up.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 4 months ago #54097 by cherylkarma
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Hi Dave & crew,

Thanks for the welcome, I guess the closest, biggest town to me would be Cashel, close enough anyway, without giving too much away mind you, not a member of any astronomy group, although I do gather a couple of friends and a couple of bottles of Jacobs Creek & head outside on appropriate evenings, although Im the only one patient enough to use the telescope. Its only after Ive done the hard work that we hear the ooooo's and ahhh's. :D

Cheers Cheryl

PS Where abouts in Limerick? I wouldnt mind catching a meeting or two perhaps.

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11 years 4 months ago #54099 by johnflannery
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The Deise group in Waterford wouldn't be too far away either Cheryl.

www.deiseastronomy.com/

I didn't see any follow-up on the meteor but maybe drop Astronomy Ireland a line and see if they have received any reports? I think their report e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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11 years 4 months ago #54100 by dave_lillis
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From Cashel, drive to Tipperary town and take the main road to Limerick, its about an hours drive or so, I'm not too familiar with the roads in that area, there might be a more direct route.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 4 months ago #54110 by cherylkarma
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Oh I know how to get to Limerick, just wondering really which side of Limerick, as in whereabouts? I would think from where I am Waterford would be closer.

Cheers Cheryl :)

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11 years 4 months ago #54115 by nectarine
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Hi Cheryl & welcome!
If you don't mind a bit of a drive, you'd be more than welcome next time Deise Astronomy Club holds an observing session (they are quite infrequent recently though so have a look at our website and I'll pm you if we have a meeting coming up). I live between Dungarvan & Clonmel & also have lovely dark skies - managed to get outside last night for my first look thru' the scope at Comet Holmes (thanks to clouds, clouds & more clouds) but it was worth the wait as it's a magnificent sight.
Happy viewing & hope to meet you sometime soon,

Bernie Foley
IFAS Treasurer

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11 years 4 months ago #54135 by JenSinc
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Hi all!

Just a quick hello to introduce myself. My name is Jen, Im originally from Dublin but living out in Kildare just over 3 years now. Im very new to all this, have always had an interest in astronomy thanks to my Dad and holidays in Wexford under very dark skies!! I have a small telescope but to be honest I havent really put it to much use yet, at the level Im at I find my binoculars much more useful.

Anyway, hope to talk to you all soon
Thanks, Jen :)

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11 years 4 months ago #54138 by voyager
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Welcome aboard Jen!

I've had a descent telescope for years and I still use my binoculars much more. They're just so handy to grab and head out. Setting up a telescope is just so much more hassle!

Bart.

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11 years 4 months ago #54145 by JenSinc
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Thanks Bart,

Yeh the whole setting up the telescope didn't go too well so just thought I'd leave it a while until I had a better idea of what I was doing anyway, getting there, slowly!!

Jen

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11 years 4 months ago #54181 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi Jen, welcome along! What part of the county of Kildare are you in? If you browse through these boards, you have many options depending on your location (TAS, IAS, KAS, SDAS even). And what kind of a 'small' telescope do you have?

Seanie.

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11 years 4 months ago #54195 by JenSinc
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Thanks for the welcome Seanie

Im in Newbridge? Im not sure which of the clubs Im closest to, am always up and down to Dublin though so wouldn't be a problem getting there.

My telescope is a Bresser Skylux, 70mm I think? It was a present, I'll get around to figuring it out soon!

Regards
Jen

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11 years 4 months ago #54205 by Seanie_Morris
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That Bresser is a fab little instrument, mount and all, for the price (I'm not going to tell you as it was a presnt! :P). I'm actually looking for a tube from one (again!) myself.

TAS gets a member or 2 from your neck of the woods now and again. You're kind of half-way between us and the Dublin gangs (IAS and SDAS). Have a look to see where they next meet (location-wise) and you'll soon know if it is near on your travels.

Seanie.

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Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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11 years 3 months ago #56239 by Dread
Hello everyone. I've just joined the board after lurking around for a few days, mainly to get the lowdown on the Lidl offers. I've been using binocs for a long time (Carl Zeiss Jena 10X50s) and decided to go for the Bresser 102R. It looked like a good deal and having got a loan of a Meade ETX70 for a few days I figured I wanted something with a little more aperture.

I spent an hour or so this morning assembling it and set it up outside. Not being very patient and knowing Venus was well away from the sun I decided to hunt it down. It didn't take long to find it and so my first observation on my new scope was in daylight :shock:.

After dark I did a few more hours observing picking up M31, M42 and of course Mars. I was able to make out some detail on Mars at 200X. I'm a bit surprised at the weight and bulk of the scope and am wondering how I will be able to lug it to some dark sky. A street lamp to the West and Cork to the south have my sky spoiled. I really only have a half decent view to the east :( .

Anyway, that's my story so far. I'm looking forward to hearing from you and well done on your fabulous site.

Declan

Down with vwls.

Declan
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11 years 3 months ago #56253 by dave_lillis
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Welcome Dread, gald you like the site, if you have any questions or anything to ad, just post away.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 3 months ago #56304 by XULYKS
Hi guys! My name's Greg. Just recently turned 22, and looking forward to an electrican apprenticeship come January.

Went and got a Skylux from Lidl yesterday, and after a night of viewing last night, I'm itching to get back out again. Cloud cover is a problem tonight, but hopefully I'll be looking forward to some clear skies in the coming days :)

Lots of fantastic info on the site, I'll be sticking around ;)

Greg ;)


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