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From: TerryMoselat signaol.com
Date: 8 January 2008 21:25:08 GMT
Subject: Astro Swap Shop / Bring & Buy at IAA meeting, Quadrantids

Hi all,

1. IAA MEETING: I forgot to mention that we will also be having a 'swap
shop' / 'bring & buy' / 'bazaar' (or bizarre?) at the IAA meeting on
Wednesday 9 January, at 7.30 p.m. sharp, in the Bell Lecture Theatre,
Physics Building, Queen's University, Belfast (main campus). So bring
along some cash or your cheque book, and any items that you no longer
need or use - accessories, eyepieces, software, books, even whole
telescopes: you might pick up a bargain yourself, as well as getting rid
of some items you no longer use.

The main agenda will be a twin speaker 'Members' Night' aimed mainly at
beginners: I will talk about and demonstrate using binoculars, and David
Stewart will talk about astrophotography. Admission free, including
light refreshments.

2. QUADRANTID METEORS EXCELLED!  I've just been sickened by a colleague
in work who told me he was in West Cork on the night of the Quadrantid
maximum, didn't even know about the shower, was up in the middle of the
night (about 4 a.m.), looked out the window & saw a beautiful clear sky
& right away saw a fireball. So he kept looking, and says that he saw an
average of one meteor every 30" for a period of about 15 minutes, before
he got too cold and went back to bed! And that was just looking out the
window at a relatively small area of sky! They were definitely Quads, as
he described them as coming from the NE. He also saw one sporadic, going
in the opposite direction. Even allowing for some exaggeration, that
means the ZHR must have been about 100! And if his quoted rates are
correct, it must have been well over 100! Meanwhile in the North we were
being heavily snowed upon!

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley

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