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11 years 5 months ago #52184 by Mark-Wynne
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I have just registered for the Lidl special offer email :D . Thanks again for the heads up!

I'm itching lads I need to see further :D there was a lovely clear sky last night :cry:

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11 years 5 months ago #52769 by Vagelis Tsamis
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Hi everybody,

I am from Athens, Greece, 39 ys. old. I am an amateur astronomer, mostly hunting asteroid occultations. Last August I was involved in a successfull observation of an uranian satellite occ. event. My club in Greece is EAE www.astronomia.org.gr/ (sory, only greek lang!).

Why sign-in here? Well, I have visited Ireland 5 ys ago and I loved the country and the people! But a more realistic reason is that I would like to hear and exchange some info and ideas about the eclipse of August 1. We are many amateurs here that try to find a good/better/best scenario for the Novosibirsk expedition!

My greetings to all!

Sparta Astronomy Association / Observations Coordinator
International Occultation Timing Association / European Section, www.iota-es.de/

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11 years 5 months ago #52774 by Frank Ryan
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Welcome to the boards Vagelis.
Your not the only Greek on the boards BTY!

:wink:

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11 years 5 months ago #52777 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome aboard Vagelis (if you had an 'n' in there, you could have been famous... ;)). Say, if you're going to Novosibirsk, mind letting a few of us tag along next August? :D We are trying to do our best as a group (IFAS) to get a troupe over for the sclipse. Here's hoping.

Seanie.

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

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11 years 5 months ago #52782 by ayiomamitis
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Hi everybody,

I am from Athens, Greece, 39 ys. old. I am an amateur astronomer, mostly hunting asteroid occultations. Last August I was involved in a successfull observation of an uranian satellite occ. event. My club in Greece is EAE www.astronomia.org.gr/ (sory, only greek lang!).

Why sign-in here? Well, I have visited Ireland 5 ys ago and I loved the country and the people! But a more realistic reason is that I would like to hear and exchange some info and ideas about the eclipse of August 1. We are many amateurs here that try to find a good/better/best scenario for the Novosibirsk expedition!

My greetings to all!

Small world ... the internet has NO borders.

Geia soy Vaggeli! :lol:

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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11 years 5 months ago #52783 by ayiomamitis
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Welcome aboard Vagelis (if you had an 'n' in there, you could have been famous... ;)). Say, if you're going to Novosibirsk, mind letting a few of us tag along next August? :D We are trying to do our best as a group (IFAS) to get a troupe over for the sclipse. Here's hoping.

Seanie,

A local amateur checked around for pricing and it seems our friends in Russia will not commit to any pricing when it comes to accomodation. I suspect they are looking to gauge with a last-minute announcement.

Any news from your side in relation to a mass excursion?

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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11 years 5 months ago #52789 by Seanie_Morris
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Any news from your side in relation to a mass excursion?


Not wanting to deviate too much from the theme of the thread, but we won't know till around Christmas or thereafter. One of our gang is working through some channels via a Scottish contact who has direct links in Novosibirsk. Fingers crossed.

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

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11 years 5 months ago #52814 by Vagelis Tsamis
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Hi Frank, Hi Seanie, Hi Anthony,

Thanx for the welcome!
Making plans for Novosibirsk is like fever. Here we are a group with very strong bonds between us- Anthony can testify. We go observing very often, thanks to the mild climate and clear skies in Greece.
It would be wonderfull to meet each other in Novosibirsk, or even go together.
Anyway, I think what's of top priority here is to book the air tickets. We will find accomodation one way or another, Novosibirsk is a big city.

PS: I can play the accordeon, hope never dies!

Vagelis

Sparta Astronomy Association / Observations Coordinator
International Occultation Timing Association / European Section, www.iota-es.de/

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11 years 5 months ago #52815 by johnomahony
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I received this link from a former German colleague of mine. Flight from Frankfurt. (36 hour trip)

www.eclipse-journeys.com/2008/journeys/eclipsetour15-2008.pdf

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www.flickr.com/photos/7703127@N07/

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11 years 5 months ago #52817 by michaeloconnell
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John,
Many thanks for the link.
Certainly looks interesting!

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11 years 5 months ago #52818 by ayiomamitis
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I received this link from a former German colleague of mine. Flight from Frankfurt. (36 hour trip)

www.eclipse-journeys.com/2008/journeys/eclipsetour15-2008.pdf

John,

One huge thanks for the link to the PDF dodument. It suits my personal needs absolutely perfect since it is geared for those interested in the eclipse only and without any extended stays etc.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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11 years 5 months ago #52819 by michaeloconnell
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I received this link from a former German colleague of mine. Flight from Frankfurt. (36 hour trip)

www.eclipse-journeys.com/2008/journeys/eclipsetour15-2008.pdf


I just checked Aer Lingus:

You can fly from Dublin to Frankfurt (Depart Dublin 06.50; Arrive Novosibirsk 10:00) on the 31st and return on the 2nd August (Depart Frankfurt at 20:10; Arrive Dublin at 21:15) for €164.75 per person including all taxes and charges.

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11 years 5 months ago #52821 by johnflannery
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€570 to fly from Dublin to Novosibirsk. I always book through www.orbitz.com and plugged in going out on Wednesday 30th July and home on Sunday 2nd of August. Two stops on the way out -- Amsterdam and Moscow.

Many thanks for the info John on the trip from Germany. There was a company in the November Sky at Night magazine ( www.onthegotours.com ) who priced a similar trip at £579 -- it didn't look as if the flight was included so you make your own way to Siberia and meet the tour leader there. They are offering a 4-day trip including accommodation. More expensive to fly from the UK btw!!!

Anyways, one thing I was mulling over was to give this eclipse a miss and go to the Canaries in March for some serious deep-sky observing (yes, another attempt at the Messier marathon -- without hitting the pub beforehand!)

The reason for skipping it is the fact that the 2009 solar eclipse is the BIG ONE and anyone considering that will need serious cash to get to Japan/China plus maybe buy that Takahashi on the way back :D

any thoughts on giving the 2008 eclipse a miss?

John

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11 years 5 months ago #52823 by ayiomamitis
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Hi John,

The German folks from the above link also have very attractive pricing for China the following year.

Unless something dramatic happens, I sincerely hope to make it to both of these events. No question the big one is in 2009 in the event someone is in a position for only one such excursion but it would be really neat to nail both eclipses ... they are so rare and ever so dramatic.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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11 years 5 months ago #52824 by ayiomamitis
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PS. I remember about a year ago when I tried to get pricing on my own and the travel to/from Athens was around 450 euro. I really believe that this eclipse is doable even for the most constrained budgets (ex. Seanie and his wedding expenses).

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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11 years 5 months ago #52826 by johnomahony
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I received this link from a former German colleague of mine. Flight from Frankfurt. (36 hour trip)

www.eclipse-journeys.com/2008/journeys/eclipsetour15-2008.pdf

John,

One huge thanks for the link to the PDF dodument. It suits my personal needs absolutely perfect since it is geared for those interested in the eclipse only and without any extended stays etc.


No problem Anthony. If you like I can PM you a contact in the German group-you may be able to tag along. I don't think they have made firmplans yet. He is a former colleague of mine but used to work at the Berlin observatory. I managed to get a tour of the observatory (even though it is was closed to the public) last time i was in Berlin. Amazing to see the bullet marks in the telescope but it survived the bombing.

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11 years 5 months ago #52844 by michaeloconnell
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Hi everybody,

I am from Athens, Greece, 39 ys. old. I am an amateur astronomer, mostly hunting asteroid occultations. Last August I was involved in a successfull observation of an uranian satellite occ. event. My club in Greece is EAE www.astronomia.org.gr/ (sory, only greek lang!).

Why sign-in here? Well, I have visited Ireland 5 ys ago and I loved the country and the people! But a more realistic reason is that I would like to hear and exchange some info and ideas about the eclipse of August 1. We are many amateurs here that try to find a good/better/best scenario for the Novosibirsk expedition!

My greetings to all!


Welcome Vagelis. Hope you find your time enjoyable and useful here.
Good to see that you can go observing with your club very often - you are fortunate to have so many clear skies down there in Greece. Would your club's members have many large telescopes? What's the light poillution like?

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11 years 5 months ago #52875 by Vagelis Tsamis
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Hi Michael,

I am happy to share some info about my club, since I am the observing coordinator. Well, we have about 150 members. 40-50 of us are the more active (mountain observation). Most people have 10" SCT or Newt. Many have 8" dobs. Some ATM'ers have built 10", 12", 14", 16" & 20" dobs. The "killers" are 3 Obsessions, two 15" and one 18", and an ATM 16".
You can see some pics at astronomia.org.gr/Coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=6 and at
astronomia.org.gr/Coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=5&page=1
We are priviledged to observe from an excellent site at 1.450m, where there is a mountain refuge. So we can use it both at summer and winter.
Although Light pollution is worse than some years ago, it is not a big problem yet. Typically we observe from fairly dark skies, 5.5mag or 6mag stars visible with naked eye.

By the way, please take it for granted that if anyone of you guys wishes to visit us anytime, at New Moon, is more than welcome!

Greetings,
Vagelis.

Sparta Astronomy Association / Observations Coordinator
International Occultation Timing Association / European Section, www.iota-es.de/

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11 years 5 months ago #52895 by dave_lillis
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Hi Vagelis,
welcome, those are great loink with some excellent image, I especially like this one
http://astronomia.org.gr/Coppermine/displayimage.php?album=5&pos=11
We dont have your weather but we do what we can on the observing side of things.
I'd really like to go observing at your observing site some day. :)

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IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

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but what a way to go. :)
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11 years 5 months ago #52913 by michaeloconnell
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Thanks for the info re the club's observing activities.

Someday (next year perhaps??) some of us might take you up on that offer of joining you for an observing session. I've been thinking alot lately of going on a dedicated astronomy trip for a few days to a good observing location (La Palma for example). It would also be great to head to Greece sometime and have almost-guaranteed clear skies and see objects from a lower latitude in the company of our Greek friends.

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11 years 5 months ago #52923 by Vagelis Tsamis
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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


Sparta Astronomy Association / Observations Coordinator
International Occultation Timing Association / European Section, www.iota-es.de/

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11 years 5 months ago #52924 by michaeloconnell
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Vagelis,

During mid-summer, what time does it get dark?

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11 years 5 months ago #52926 by Seanie_Morris
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Vagelis,

During mid-summer, what time does it get dark?


That far south (Greece) it stays dark a little longer than us I'd say.

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11 years 5 months ago #52933 by Vagelis Tsamis
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Hi,

In mid June astronomical twilight ends at about 22:45 local time(evening) and starts at about 04:15 local time (morning).
The times for mid July are 22:40 & 04:30 and for mid August 22:05 & 05:05.
(We are at 37 degs LAT, 2 hrs ahead of UT)

In Ireland?

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International Occultation Timing Association / European Section, www.iota-es.de/

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11 years 5 months ago #52934 by michaeloconnell
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Ah, so you get a few hours observing time.
During mid-summer here, we only get about 1-2 hours of really dark sky max.

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