What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!

12 years 4 months ago #42564 by dave_lillis
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Hi Conan,
Welcome! :) the meeting in April is an open meeting, so we have no set topic, people can bring in their scopes if they need help or answers to questions regarding them, so this is really perfect timing for you! see
http://www.shannonsideastronomy.com/meetings.htm

Are you based in the city or out under a nice dark sky ?

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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12 years 4 months ago #42581 by Frank Ryan
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Hi Conan.
Welcome to the IFAS boards!

You should definatly come along to the meeting!
I was in the same boat as you last year and I cany believe how much
I've learned since!

The guys and gals here on the IFAS boards are all great.
Between here and the Club you'll be flying it in no time.

My Astrophotography
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12 years 4 months ago #42586 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome to the Boards Conan!

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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12 years 4 months ago #42625 by ConanMcDonnell
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.....

I'm in the Corablly area with some street lighting but my parents are in Castleconnell which has much darker sky's.

I'll definitely try to make it to the April meeting and bring my scope.

I need some info on motor drives and camera mounts and I'm using "starry night pro plus 5" to speed up my very limited knowledge of the constellations. :?: :?: :?: :)

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12 years 4 months ago #42758 by mikkelbo
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Hi,

Being new to both the board and to Ireland, I'd also like to say hi.

I am Danish and moved to Limerick back in November to start working for a space company in Limerick. I have a master's degree in Astrophysics and Astronomy from 2001 from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

I don't have much experience with telescopes or backyard astronomy, but I'd like to rekindle the fascination. My main interest will probably be astrophotography and the more scientific aspect of astronomy. I have already signed up for Dave's AOP and I got hijacked into SAC last week :wink:

I don't have a scope, but I do have a lot of dSLR gear which I would like to put into good use. I hope to "piggyback" myself to other people with scopes for the first few months, but if I keep the interest I'll probably buy a motorized mount for my dSLR.

Cheers
Mikkel Rasmussen

Mikkel Bo Rasmussen
SAC

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12 years 4 months ago #42759 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome along Mikel! Say, what's this 'space company' that you work for, out of curiosity? And what does your work entail, what with a Masters in Astronomy. :)

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
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12 years 4 months ago #42762 by mikkelbo
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Hi Seanie,

Welcome along Mikel! Say, what's this 'space company' that you work for, out of curiosity? And what does your work entail, what with a Masters in Astronomy. :)


The company is called Rovsing Ireland Ltd. and is owned by a Danish company, Rovsing A/S .

Currently I work on an archive for the Galileo navigation system . The archive is going to gather all the communication between the ground stations, and we also collect data from the satellites themselves. (After they get up there, of course).

Before moving to Ireland I worked for Rovsing A/S out of Bremen, Germany. There I worked on the ESA Columbus module for the ISS. I was first part of the so-called "On-Board SIVQ" team. (I'll leave it up to you to figure out what that means :wink:). After that I was part of the ground engineering team. Here I helped finishing and installing the High Rate Data Processor for the Columbus module. It has been installed in Cologne, Noordwijk, Toulouse, and Naples with reference systems in Bremen and Copenhagen.

I do not use my astronomy background at the job. It is more software engineering I do.

Cheers
Mikkel

Mikkel Bo Rasmussen
SAC

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12 years 4 months ago #42765 by Frank Ryan
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I got hijacked into SAC last week :wink:


There's no turning back now dude!!

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12 years 3 months ago #43658 by dmolloy
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is there anybody out there...... well just beamed down to this forum and do know a couple of names.

I am a new convert (year or so) but have an interest in all I dont understand. have a "chemist scope" and a 15 x70 pair of binos - I get more use out of these than the scope would like to buy a dob.

any way hello to everybody

declan

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12 years 3 months ago #43659 by dmcdona
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Hi Declan - glad to see you aboard! How did you come across the site if you don't mind me asking?

Glad the bins are helping satisfy your thirst for knowledge. As far as scopes go, I find it hard to understand my own system at times - its full of gadgetry, a bucket load of aluminium and lots of software. Now a Dob... That would be sweet - point and go!

However, there are folks on the boards here more eminently qualified to answer your question than I - so I'll refer them onto you - I just couldn't do your question the justice it deserves.

Cheers
Dave

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12 years 3 months ago #43661 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi Declan,
welcome along to the IFAS Boards! What part of Laois are you from? There are some other members here from the Laois area (as well as Offaly! ;)). Anything we can help you with, all you have to do is ask!

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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12 years 3 months ago #43667 by Matthew C
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Welcome to the Boards Declan! You know once your here you can never leave! EVER! :twisted: :wink:

I really wanna get a big pair of binos like that! as for a dob, there are lots around! Lots of sites with good prices!

Skywatcher dob,8" stright to your door,€315! :wink:

http://www.optical-systems.com/product_info.php/n/SkyWatcher_Dobson_2001200mm_Classic_Telescope/products_id/2626?osCsid=db86e5a169bcc092f63c96a6ba4548aa

Welcome again!
Matthew

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. . . .
T. S. Eliot
A wise man....

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12 years 3 months ago #43683 by michaeloconnell
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is there anybody out there...... well just beamed down to this forum and do know a couple of names.

I am a new convert (year or so) but have an interest in all I dont understand. have a "chemist scope" and a 15 x70 pair of binos - I get more use out of these than the scope would like to buy a dob.

any way hello to everybody

declan


Hey Declan!

Great to see you finally made it online! Hope you find the place useful.

Regards,

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12 years 3 months ago #43694 by dpower
Ah Declan!!

good stuff. I was wondering when you'd make an appearance. Welcome.

Mikkel. Cool job! Welcome.

Dave Power

IFAS web team

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12 years 3 months ago #43872 by dmolloy
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thanks everybody for your welcome... in answer to dmcdona i found the site by surfing in my lunch hour... hungry for knowledge... but sad to see our winter skies slowly deminish sob sob

anyway does anyone have an opinion on the 10 in meade lightbridge? it looks handsome and reviews are medium good. I dont think there are any dealers in Ireland, looks like a good scope to travel in a hatchback, or have I been seduced by its novelty value?

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12 years 3 months ago #43874 by dave_lillis
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While over at the UK astrofest in London a few months back, I came across the various lightbridge scopes, all the sizes. I have to say I was happily surprised by their sturdiness and quality. I'd say go for it, but I'd bet you'd be upgrading from the 10" to a bigger aperture, I know I would.
The 12" is excellent value for money, while the 16" is a tiny bit more then I'd expect given the cost of the smaller scopes, then again, we all know that mirror costs go up literally exponentially with diameter.

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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12 years 3 months ago #43882 by albertw
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I dont think there are any dealers in Ireland,


There are. You can check out the list of dealers that people here have used at www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5573

Cheers,
~Al

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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12 years 3 months ago #43923 by dmolloy
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thanks for that info on dealers, will look into it (pardon the pun)



time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas

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12 years 1 month ago #46046 by artyfarty
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Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to say hi before I start annoying you all with Newbe questions :?

I'm 34 living in near Carlow (Kildare side), I've just finished an MSc in Learning Technologies which has managed to take over my entire life and almost cost me a divorce :D I'm finally able to play with my Soligor MT-910/4.5" telescope which I got from Santa (after many hints!!!). I have to say I was blown away when I first seen the moon and Jupiter through it and although its probably not the best telescope money can buy it was enough to capture my imagination. I even managed to get some decent moon photos at the last eclipse with my digital camera held up to the eyepiece (which his the area I'd love to expand into).

To any other newbe's out there I'd strongly suggest downloading the free Stellarium planetarium package to help you get started on what can at first seem like a really complicated subject, it makes identifying the wonders of the night sky very easy for a beginner... did I mention it completely free!!!

I've a few quick questions for you if someone can help.
  1. Anyone from KAS know what's happened to your website, it seems to be off-line. I was hoping to join some of the upcoming meetings.
  2. I was trying to add my avatar (Picture of me and Neil Armstrong :D ) Has this feature been turned off along with the HTML option?

Equipment: Mark 1 Eyeball; Soligor 4.5" Newtonian Reflector; GSO 10" f/5 Dobsonian; Skymaster 15 x 70 Bino's and Canon 400D

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12 years 1 month ago #46048 by voyager
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I was trying to add my avatar (Picture of me and Neil Armstrong :D ) Has this feature been turned off along with the HTML option?


Hi! Welcome aboard!

If you want to set an avatar you have to host it on the internet yourself somewhere and then add the URL to the image into your profile. We don't allow avatar uploading, just remote linking.

More on avatars here: www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=2555

I think most people use photobucket or similar to upload their avatars.

Bart.

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12 years 1 month ago #46050 by albertw
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I've just finished an MSc in Learning Technologies which has managed to take over my entire life and almost cost me a divorce :D


Glad to hear it worked out for you!

Today I'm at home on a nice fine day, having taken a day off work. And I'm sitting indoors at the laptop logged into to computers in australia trying to get a simulation of pulsars to match up with surveys, like I've been doing for weeks now with very little to show for it. I'll be really happy when this MSc is over!

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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12 years 1 month ago #46057 by artyfarty
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:shock: I know EXACTLY how you feel. Just remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it's NOT a train coming to hit you.

Equipment: Mark 1 Eyeball; Soligor 4.5" Newtonian Reflector; GSO 10" f/5 Dobsonian; Skymaster 15 x 70 Bino's and Canon 400D

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12 years 1 month ago #46081 by dave_lillis
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Hi and Welcome!
I knew he looked familiar ! How did you get to meet Neil Armstrong?
I've become a rejuvenated moon fan recently so I've a renewed interest in all the Apollo missions.
BTW, I'm gonna call you Art if that ok . :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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12 years 1 month ago #46085 by michaeloconnell
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Is that you on the left or the right? :wink:

Welcome to the boards!

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12 years 1 month ago #46096 by artyfarty
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I knew he looked familiar ! How did you get to meet Neil Armstrong?

He was the main speaker at the M$ Office 2007 and Vista launch this year, my organisation were used to highlight a project using the new software so we got VIP tickets and the VIPs got to meet and speak to him during the launch :D I have to say he was a fantastic speaker and very funny too.

BTW, I'm gonna call you Art if that ok . :lol:

That's fine just don't call me Farty :oops:

Equipment: Mark 1 Eyeball; Soligor 4.5" Newtonian Reflector; GSO 10" f/5 Dobsonian; Skymaster 15 x 70 Bino's and Canon 400D

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