Observing Programme 2018-19

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 2018

 

 

 

 

October 

5th/6th

 

12th/13th

 

November

2nd/3rd

 

9th/10th

 

December

7th/8th

 

14th/15th

 

Jan 2019

4ht/5th

 

11th/12th

 

February

1st/2nd

 

8th/9th

 

March

1st/2nd

 

8th/9th

 

April

5th/6th

 

12th/13th

 

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.