Observing Programme 2017-18

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 Barbeque in progress before the sky darkens - bring your own 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 2017

15th/16th

 

22nd/23rd

 

October 

20th/21st

 

27th/28th

 

November

17th/18th

 

24th/25th

 

December

15th/16th

 

22nd/23rd

 

Jan 2018

19th/20th

 

26th/27th

 

February

16th/17th

 

23rd/24th

 

March

16th/17th

 

23rd/24th

Messier Hunt

April

20th/21st

 

27th/28th

 

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.