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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2005 06:13:21 EDT
Subject: Perseids BBQ, KAS Star Party

Hi all,
 
1. Perseids BBQ.  All are welcome at the IAA 'Perseids BBQ', on the  evenings 
of 11/12 and/or 12/13 August, weather permitting. This will be held at  the 
Big Collin picnic area on the B 94, Ballyclare to Broughshane Road. It's  just 
on the North side of Big Collin hill, about 5 miles N of  Ballyclare. (That's 
in the triangle between Ballymena, Larne and  Newtownabbey.)  
It's a proper picnic area with tables & seats, and  parking. Park your car by 
reversing in at right angles to the road, so you can  drive away again 
without blinding others with your lights. And don't leave the  car in reverse gear 
or the reversing lights will come on with the  ignition!
   It's totally free: we supply the cooking facilities - you  bring your own 
food, drink, cutlery, crockery, cups, glasses etc. We'll start  cooking about 
7.30 p.m., finishing by about 9.30 p.m. to allow for cooling down  & clearing 
up before observing.
  For meteor observing just bring your eyes, warm clothes, a lounger  or a 
waterproof mat & sleeping bag, and a flask for later on if you want.  Bring a 
notebook & pape, or a dictaphone, if you want to record your  observations. Try 
photography too if you like: full details are in the July  issue of STARDUST.
   If you want to do some telesopic observing as well, fine:  there won't be 
much to see apart from the usual items until Mars gets up to a  fair height at 
about 02.00.
  It will be a 'red torch only' rule from darkness onwards, so you  don't 
ruin others' dark adaptation.
   WEATHER: If it's clear we'll be there on Thursday 11th.  If it's totally 
cloudy we won't. If it's partly clear we'll probably be there  for the BBQ 
anyway. If it's only slightly clear, ring me on my mobile 07979  300842 any time 
from 6.00 p.m. onwards (NOT before then please!) and I'll try to  advise.
   The same rules apply on Friday 12th. If by great good fortune  it's clear 
on both nights we'll be there on the Friday evening too! 
   The EAAS may be there too, but I think only on the Friday  evening.

 
2.     "On Saturday 13 August  (weather permitting) Kildare Astronomy Society 
will host its first public star  party when it presents "A Night With The 
Stars" with all proceeds in aid of  Special Olympics Ireland. This event will 
take place at Kill International  Equestrian Centre, Co Kildare and will run from 
approximately 8.00pm until  midnight. You are all invited to attend and would 
be more than welcome. We will  post a map on the  
www.irishastronomy.org  forum for  anyone interested in coming along on 
the  night."
 
Clear Skies,
 
Terry  Moseley

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