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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 21:10:04 EDT
Subject: Carnfunnock 31 July; Argory, 11 Sep

Hi all,

1. Another reminder about the ever popular, and ever sunny (well, at least 
some of the time!), IAA Solar & Sundials day at Carnfunnock Country Park, Drains 
Bay, just N of Larne, on Sat 31 July, from 2 - 5 p.m. As well as a large 
selection of telescopes for showing & imaging the Sun, there will be a tour of the 
Park's fantastic collection of Sundials, amd Derek Heatly will be there with 
his meteorites, space memorabilia, & the latest on his NEXT trip - this one 
really will be into space! There's a cafe on-site, or you can do a barbie - 
there are picnic tables with BBQ stands.
   Normal admission charges apply, unless you are an IAA member bringing a 
telscope, in which case you get in free. ALL are welcome.

2. Some of you will also remember the excellent IAA 'Telescope/ Solar day' we 
had last year at The Argory, a National Trust House & Garden between Moy (Co 
Tyrone) & Portadown. It was so popular that they have asked us to do it again. 
But there's one problem - the date is Sat 11 September, which is the day we 
are already booked to do a similar event at Mount Stewart, near Greyabbey, Co 
Down.

I initially said 'No, we couldn't do both', but they were so disappointed 
that I eventually said I would at least ask for volunteers! So, who could go to 
The Argory, that afternoon, with a telescope capable of showing the Sun safely 
to the public? In other words it needs to be a Coronado or similar, or to have 
a Baader Astro-Solar filter or similar, or to be set up for projecting the 
Sun.
   If it's cloudy but dry, you can show distant birds on the treetops etc. If 
it's wet, you can just set up the telescopes in a big Marquee. I can provide 
some exhibition material, and a 'Soho' CD. 

We can arrange for free refreshments for you - they have cold & hot drinks, 
burgers, hot dogs etc.

I remember that Ron Patterson, & Terry Murphy, among others, were there last 
time - could you go again? But we would need a few more than two or three! 
Also, we can't deplete the numbers at Mount Stewart, as that was arranged first. 
But I know we have plenty of members in the Armagh, Dungannon & Portadown 
areas....

Could any volunteers to go to the Argory (even if you haven't got a 'solar' 
telescope, you could still help out) from about 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat 11 Sept 
please let me know by return. 

3. BTW, did ANYONE see the asteroid occultation on Tue/Wed night? 

Thanks,

Terry Mosleey










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