Observing Programme 2016-17

 

At Delamont Country ParkKillyleagh, Co Down 

IAA Observing

The IAA observing nights are planned with a degree of flexibility to accommodate our variable weather. The first preference night is usually a Friday and will be chosen to coincide with a particular event - eg a meteor shower, first quarter Moon or moonless sky. An update will always be shown on the IAA Forum  to indicate whether the session is going ahead. This is generally updated at 6pm on the Friday evening concerned. If the weather is uncooperative on the Friday, the second choice evening will be the Saturday. Again, the forum will be updated at 6pm to give a go/no-go decision based on the weather. Finally, if both nights are washouts then we will have a go on the second choice weekend!

The sessions are designed to cater for all levels of capability and beginners of all ages are most welcome.

We will usually have one of the IAA's 12" or 16" telescopes available for viewing of Deep Sky objects and members will bring a range of telescopes suited to viewing different objects. Some times there's a Fry-Up in progress before the sky darkens - bring your own frying pan, bangers, bacon etc!

Check the Weather Forecast for Delamont Country Park here......

Dates:-






 

1st choice

Fri-Sat

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2nd choice

Fri-Sat

Sept 2016

23rd-24th

 

30th-1st Oct

 

October 

21st-22nd

 

28th-29th

 

November

18th-19th

 

25th-26th

 

December

2nd-3rd

 

30th-31st

 

Jan 2017

20th-21st 

 

27th-28th

 

February

17th-18th

 

24th-25th

 

March

17th-18th

 

24th-25th

Messier Hunt

April

21st-22nd

 

28th - 29th

 

All dates provisional - subject to amendment, other venues TBC

Notes:

1. It is important to check the IAA Observing Forum here..... and Facebook at 
 
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/irishastro/ at 6pm on above dates to confirm go/no go.
 
 
2. We will arrive between 7.00pm to 9pm, depending on time of year.
 
 
3. Observing sessions will be held on the first date on the month shown, with Friday being the main night.
 
 This will change to Saturday if the weather is poor on Friday night.
 
4. If the weather is poor on the first Friday and Saturday nights in the month then the 2nd choice dates later in the
 
 month will be used.
 
5. Wear warm clothing/footwear and bring something hot to eat/drink.