What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!

8 years 1 month ago #90734 by peterako
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Welcome Will!

Looks like you may have brought some clear skies with you :)

Keep this up and you'll be a very popular forum member!

Some very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable people here.
(I'd be a friendly one rather than knowledgeable one)

Peter

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8 years 1 month ago #90923 by Jabberwocky
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Hello all from Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

Looking for help and advice. Been interested in astronomy since I was a kid and having bought a telescope a couple of years ago (Meade ETX-70AT) and having a few false starts/frustrating attempts at getting the thing to work last night I cracked it (sort of). Must admit I'm not really totally understanding all the functions and just sort of pointed and experimented (which was all well and good but defeating the purpose of the autostar thingumybob).

Anyway, if anyone can give me any advice/simple directions/a smack round the head it's be appreciated. Honestly, the simpler the better. :)

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8 years 1 month ago #90925 by peterako
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Welcome!

Loads of very experienced and helpful people here, you've come to the right place :)

As a relative noobie myself I'd be glad to impart the small bits of experience I have!

Just ask!

Not sure what the Meade is (eg... is it GoTo?).

But a first point of call should be stelarium .

It's my first port of call before a night out with the scope!

Clear skies!
Peter

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8 years 1 month ago #90926 by Jabberwocky
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Hi. Yeah it's one of those 'go to' ones. I've had a look and found a decent vid on YouTube which has cleared things a bit. I'm a bit more in tune as to what I should be doing anyway - so I'll have a go tonight (clouds permitting).

There's a great app I have on my iPhone that I've been messing with, it uses the GPS type feature and you just point it at the sky and it shows you exactly what you are seeing.

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8 years 4 weeks ago #90950 by John_Walshe
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Really should move this thread over to beginners forum at this stage.<- Moderator?
Hi Jabberwocky,
I found this site (from Mike Weasney) to be very handy for all things etx70 astronomy.customer.netspace.net.au/default.htm

Enjoy
John

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7 years 9 months ago #92039 by Helios
hello my name is dave,

after viewing this site for a while now i thought id say hi,
i am originally from dublin but moved to Donegal/ leitrim area about ten years ago. The area I live in is as rural as you can get and far away from any of the dreaded dublin light pollution.
My main interests up to now have been mostly armchair astronomy books and books on basic physics/ astrophysics, my practical viewing has mostly being done with binoculars .

my daughter of has recently got interested in the hobble and as such santa brought her a small 76mm telescope for xmass, but the daft bugger didn't do enough research first and the viewing is not great.

so now im hoping he might be able to save up and get us a better one.

after recently becoming unemployed after working for 10 years of night shifts, im finding alot more time for viewing.

we have being trying to find a club near us for a while now but to no avail, so if anybody can point us in the right place it would be appreciated,

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7 years 9 months ago #92056 by Keith g
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Hi Dave , you're very welcome along :) I see that there are at least 3 of you now around the leitrim araea hoping to start a club, try this recently posted thread here:

www.irishastronomy.org/index.php?option=...1769&Itemid=40#92047

Keith.

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson
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7 years 8 months ago #92384 by donnellan.brendan
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Hi everyone my name is Brendan im from Athlone just starting out in astronomy with my old binoculars and a star chart. Ive always been interested in astronomy from a very young age and i had a hudge intrest in the now complete shuttle program i even traveled to florida for (atlantis) sts 117 launch and by coincidence i was there for the launch of kepler on the delta 2 B) unfortunately ive found any news articles and coverage from nasa to be a little informationless sort of stupified :S as such so my intrest in nasa these days is pretty poor, this has led me to dig a little deeper in my own intrests in how the universe works. I will be purchasing a telescope soon :lol: so i would quite like to attend some observing nights and try`out some beginner scopes to get a handle on what exactly i want.

So anyway any heads ups for events will be appreciated.

Thanks loads, Brendan.

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7 years 8 months ago #92389 by tony h
Hi Brendan, and welcome. Check out Sugarloaf Observing Session
Saturday Night in Announcements and Club News, Unfortunately
I can’t make it myself as I have the flu.

Tony
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7 years 8 months ago #92452 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome to IFAS Brendan, hope you find our humble abode of help!

Keep an eye on www.midlandsastronomy.com for your nearest club, the Midlands Astronomy Club. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month for our public lectures and meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday for observing at our site in Clonminch outside Tullamore (that's our organised calendar. We also hold events throughout the midlands (including Athlone, twice last year) so we do get around where possible. If you got any questions about the club, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just ask here.

:)

Seanie.

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

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7 years 8 months ago #92457 by donnellan.brendan
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Thanks a mil Seanie il be joining on the 6th.

Brendan

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7 years 8 months ago #92463 by Seanie_Morris
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We'll look forward to meeting you then, Brendan.

:-)

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

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7 years 8 months ago #92503 by Lepr4ch4un
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Hello

I'm new to this forum so I decided to say hello, So hello. :)

I'm from Northern Ireland and to be more specific Londonderry and i was just wondering whether there is any other keen astronomers in the surrounding area. I am aware there is the NIAAS whom meet close to belfast every week and some weekends for a meet up, however it is a great drive from me for the night, so I was wondering if there was anybody in the surrounding are whom would like to meet up some night. :D

I have been chatting with some people in the NIAAS forum and there is a good number of people whom would like to meet up and i have a couple of mates who are also keen in the hobbie :)

I have been looking for a telescope too, as you don't get much enjoyment with only your eyes :L :scope:
So i have been keeping my eyes out, if you have any telescopes, I will be happy to negotiate prices if its a good solid scope for someone who's new to this hobby.

Thanks
Jack Gibson

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7 years 8 months ago #92511 by dmolloy
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welcome Jack, from all us at Midlands Astronomy Club. Im sure the folks at NIAAS will be up for some observing sometime soon. Its a wonderful time of the year to turn binoculars or telescope to the sky- so don't delay, and don't rush into buying a telescope either, till you have a chat with club members :)

Declan Molloy
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7 years 6 months ago #93612 by Joeg
Hi
I just bought my first telescope-Skywatcher 200 Dob. Thanks damo636. I just enjoy reading the different topics at the moment & hope to be more involved at a future date.
regards
Joeg

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7 years 6 months ago #93615 by mjc
Joe - I wish you the best with that.

There are keen dobsonian users on the forum - and others with good expertise
so don't hold back if there are questions you need answering.

The Skywatcher 200mm Dob is fine scope. You'll probably be on the lookout before long for better eyepieces and maybe a moon-filter. When it comes to eyepiece choice there are definitely people here that can give advice.

You may also want to learn to how to collimate it to get the best out of it.

Clear Skies...
Mark C.

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7 years 6 months ago #93620 by dave_lillis
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Hi Jack,
I think there are some guys in donegal on the forums here, the northwest could do with a club to think bout it....

Hi Joe, I hope you enjoy the site, there is a treasure trove worth of stuff to trawl through, and lots of people with a dob, so any questions, just ssk. :scope: :bigshock:

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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7 years 6 months ago #93686 by Pikaia
Hi All,
Just thought I would say hello, I have being browsing the forums for a while now and thought it was time to join in. I am from the Athy Area and recently purchased a second hand scope from adverts.ie (Celestron 9.25). I was wondering if there was anyone in the area who could make sure I was setting the scope up correctly so that I get maximum enjoyment from it.

Thanks
Brendan

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7 years 6 months ago #93688 by Seanie_Morris
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Pikaia wrote: Hi All,
Just thought I would say hello, I have being browsing the forums for a while now and thought it was time to join in. I am from the Athy Area and recently purchased a second hand scope from adverts.ie (Celestron 9.25). I was wondering if there was anyone in the area who could make sure I was setting the scope up correctly so that I get maximum enjoyment from it.

Thanks
Brendan


Hi Brendan,
Welcome to our little home! I don't know anyone personally near Athy, but if you get no luck in that area, you could always try and make a trip to Tullamore for one of the Midlands Astronomy Club lectures. We get newbies all the time asking about setting up scopes they just got.

Seanie.

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

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7 years 6 months ago #93689 by dmolloy
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Hi brendan, and welcome to the boards, I live in Ballylinan about 4 miles from ya

have you checked out the scope?

pm me if you like

Declan

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7 years 6 months ago - 7 years 6 months ago #93691 by Pikaia
Thanks for the welcome. Seanie I just might take you up on that,sounds like there might be abit of banter at it :-). Declan I have just dropped you a mail or pm, im not sure the phone has a mind of its own.
Thanks
Brendan

Here is the link to the scope I bought Declan:
touch.adverts.ie/telescopes-binoculars/c...-with-extras/1180727

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7 years 6 months ago #93692 by dmolloy
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sure brendan, looks like a nice piece of kit, very fancy pansy. My own gear is strictly mechanical - such as Dobsons but come to our club meeting and Im sure we can get a tune out of it :whistle:


I will pm you so you can give me a call

BTW we meet first tuesday of every month in tullamore and weather permitting do some joint observing when we can on saturday nights - when the weather permits

Declan

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7 years 6 months ago #93780 by mrs-tical
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Hi all,
my name is Amy
I've been interested in stargazing for a while now but never did anything about it until now,
i got my first telescope in Jan but haven't used it much at all (too much light pollution on my balcony)
i'm very new to all this and don't know where to start.
i live in Dublin and was wondering if there are regular spots where people go,
Parks are the only places i could think of but they're all locked up at night so any suggestions would be very welcome

thanks in advance :)
Amy

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7 years 6 months ago #93785 by michael_murphy
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Hello Amy,

The Dublin Stargazers are meeting up on Saturday in Wicklow.

Michael.

IFAS Chairperson.
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7 years 6 months ago #93792 by mrs-tical
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Hi Michael,
Thanks very much for the info
regards
Amy

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