From: TerryMoselat signaol.com

Date: 27 August 2010 01:07:38 GMT+01:00

Subject: 2x lecture, BSP, Dublin Event, WSP, IMO, ISS, For Sale, Mars Hoax, Neil A, BCO.


Hi all,

 

1. THE GREAT COSMIC PUZZLE: -  IAA/QUB DOUBLE PUBLIC LECTURES AT QUB, 31 AUGUST. The Astrophysics and Planetary Science Department at QUB and the Irish Astronomical Association are jointly hosting a free double public lecture in the Larmor Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, QUB, Belfast. This event, arranged by Professor Stephen Smartt, has been planned to coincide with a major professional conference on Pan-STARRS, but that is open only to registered professional participants.

   The double public lecture is free, but admission is by ticket only! These may be obtained from the IAA by emailing iaaphilat signgooglemail.com or dannymcollinsat signbtinternet.com, or alternately if you at Queen's they can be got from the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Department. See: http://star.pst.qub.ac.uk/ps/cosmicpuzzle.html

   The two speakers are each world-renowned experts in their fields, and very good speakers, so this is a treat not to be missed!

   Prof Carlos Frenk, FRS, Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, University of Durham, will give a lecture entitled "From the Big Bang to the Universe of Galaxies", and Prof Chris Stubbs, Chair of the Department of Physics at Harvard University, will speak on "The Accelerating Universe: A Crisis for Fundamental Physics". Don't be intimidated by the titles - these lectures will be aimed at a non-specialist public audience.

  The event will be from 7.15 to 9.00 p.m.

   Remember, it's free, but admission by ticket only, so apply right now!

    More details of the talks and speakers are on the IAA website: www.irishastro.org and on:

http://star.pst.qub.ac.uk/ps/cosmicpuzzle.html


2. BURREN STAR PARTY, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, Sep 11: This event is hosted by the Shannonside astronomy Club. See www.shannonsideastronomyclub.com

For details about the venue, see: http://www.logueslodge.ie/about.htm

 

3. MAJOR ASTRONOMY MEETING, RIA, DUBLIN Sep 23-24: This event, organised jointly by the Royal Irish Academy, the Astronomical Science Group of Ireland, and the RAS, is a major conference, at mainly professional level, but of interest to keen and knowledgeable amateurs. As well as the main conference, there's a public lecture on the evening of the 23rd. Admission is free, but by ticket only: see: www.ria.ie for more details, and booking tickets for both the conference and the public lecture.

 

4. WHIRLPOOL STAR PARTY REVIVED, 8-10 October!  Thanks to excellent work, mainly by Tony O'Hanlon & Mike Murphy, the famous Whirlpool Star Party is being revived this year. It's back in its original venue in Dooley's Hotel, in Birr, Co Offaly. As Ireland's longest running star party, many many astronomers in Ireland were sad to see that it did not take place last year, for reasons which I'm not going to go in to.

 A full programme of excellent speakers is nearly complete, and full details will be available soon. So mark this W/E in your diaries now!

 

5. IMO CONFERENCE, ARMAGH: The latest programme for the International Meteor Organisation Conference at Armagh on 16-19 September is at: imc2010at signarm.ac.uk. More details on special arrangements for IAA members soon. For details of the preliminary list of talks and posters see: http://www.imo.net/imc2010

 

6. ISS PASSES, + JUPITER: The International Space Station has now started a series of evening passes. With Jupiter now well up in the late evenings it's interesting to compare just how bright the ISS can be compared with the giant planet. And if you have a telescope, look at Jupiter itself - notice anything odd? One of the two major cloud belts, the South Equatorial Belt, has almost completely disappeared! It makes Jupiter look very 'lopsided'! It will reappear again, but when? - Keep watching over the next few months, and see! Predictions for your location are available via www.heavens-above.com

 

7. OTA for Celestron 9.25 inch SCT: For Sale

9.25" Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly

2350 mm focal length (f/11)

Celestron's premium Starbright XLT coatings

6x30 Finderscope

Visual Back for use with 1.25" accessories.

Dovetail rail compatible with CGE mount etc

25mm Plossl eyepiece (94x) included.

Star Diagonal.

Lens cover.


Condition like new.


Asking price reduced to €875,


CONTACT: John O'Neill, vsnat signeircom.net, Phone 01-8431603 (Rush, Co Dublin).

 

8. NORTH DOWN TELESCOPES: STOCK CLEARANCE: Contact Dr Andy McCrea: s.mccrea980at signbtinternet.com

 

Item

 

Number

RRP, £

NDT Price, £

Small Mounting Plate (OVL)

15cm,  #549

2 (Black, White)

9.99

9.99

HEQ5 Mount  (Ex Demo, new boxed))

Carries 18kg

1

499.00

420.00

Medium Dovetail Bar (OVL)

21cm, #758

1

14.99

14.99

Meade DSI (With Autostar Software)

New, boxed

1

350.00

200.00

Olivon Visionary Binoculars

10x50 FF2

1

59.99

45.00

Olivon Elinor Binoculars

10x50 HRW

1

193.00

145.00

Olivon Prophecy Binoculars

10x42 HRW

1

285.00

199.00

Olivon Prophecy Binoculars

10x50 HRW

1

319.00

239.00

Olivon FZ Binoculars

10x50

1

213.00

150.00

Skywatcher HEQ5 Mount and SS Tripod

New Boxed, # 20739

1

499.00

449.00

17Ah Battery Power Station

 

1

88.00

55.00

Celestron Hyperion Eyepiece Adapter

14mm Fine tuning ring

1

16.00

8.00

Dual red/white LED Torches (OVL)

#741

2

15.00

15.00

Cheshire Collimating Eyepiece (OVL)

#930

2

25.00

24.00

Cheshire Collimating eyepiece (Meade)

Second Hand

1

49.00

30.00

BCF Dew Heater Tape

530mm long

1

23.00

15.00

AWR Tech Heater controller unit plus adapters for multi output

12V

1

55.00

49.00

Meade LX200R Serial cable (10m)

RSLX200R10

1

22.00

19.00

Infinity 76p Telescope

76mm telescope

2

35.00

35.00

Laser collimator (OVL)

#119

1

45.00

45.00

8x50 Right Angled Finder plus adapter

Orion UK

1

85.00

65.00

Meade f3.3 Focal reducer

Ref: 07567

1

128.99

110.00

EQ5 Mount polarscope

#117

1

35.00

35.00

Standard Tripod Binocular Adapter

 

2

15.00

10.00

Meade Eyepiece Filter

 

 

15.00

12.00

Moon Filter

Eyepiece fit

4

15.00

10.00

Canon EOS Digi T Ring

 

 

15.00

12.00

‘T’ ring to 1.25” Univ. adapter  (Celestron)

Fits camera T ring to telescope draw tube

1

18.00

18.00

90 Degree Diagonal (OVL)

#375

1

35.00

35.00

Baader Astro Solar Safe Filter

 

10

15.00

15.00

Meade 25’ Power cord extension

07043LF

1

27.00

18.00

Olivon Strong Carbon Fibre Tripod

 

1

255.00

150.00

 

9. MARS HOAX: Warning: The Mars Hoax is back again! As I'm sure all of you know, Mars isn't going to appear huge & bright in the night sky on August 27th. And certainly not as big and bright as the Full Moon! This originated when Mars really was very close to the Earth on 27 August 2003, the closest in fact for the past 60,000 years. I actually broke that story (but not the comparison with the Full Moon!) way back in 2002, not thinking that it would be regurgitated each year in late August, seemingly ad infinitum! FULL STORY at http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/25aug_marshoax/

10. POSSIBLE NEIL ARMSTRONG VISIT: Ken Willoughby (of the Yorkshire Ast Soc, whom many of you will remember from previous Whirlpool Star Parties) is hoping to get Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11: First Man on the Moon, for you young readers!) to do an event in Yorkshire, comprising a private dinner with Neil, with photo opportunity etc. Estimated ticket cost about £100. To which we would have to add travel & accommodation. He wants to know how much interest there might be from Ireland in attending such an event, probably next spring. More details from him at: ken.willoughbyat signbtinternet.com. One option would be to combine it with a W/E visit to some other astronomical attractions in GB. If you are interested, contact him directly.

11. BLACKROCK CASTLE OBSERVATORY EVENTS: Friday September 3
First Fridays at the Castle Free Monthly Event:  Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork hosts open nights on the first Friday of every month with inspired activities for visitors of all ages.
  6 – 8pm Watch Out! It's an Asteroid!
Enjoy one of our family friendly workshops (every half hour).
  8.00pm Dave McDonald – Celtic Rock
“Celtic Rock” - is a presentation that looks at the place of asteroids within our solar system and precisely how one should go about looking for them. It covers both the historic discovery of Metis back in 1848 and the recent discoveries made by Dave McDonald and also Dave Grennan of Raheny Observatory, Dublin. The presentation is geared towards all levels of Amateur Astronomer - from newcomers to experienced and all those in between.
   Enjoy stargazing with Jupiter and Capella visible from 9.30pm. Weather dependant!
 See http://www.bco.ie/firstfridays
   Friday September 3 – November 5
 New Photography Exhibition: Astronomical Use of Cameras by Denis Walsh
   
Denis Walsh is a scientist who has for many years been taking photographs of the night sky. He started teaching astronomy with Blackrock Castle Observatory two years ago, and has since honed his skill with long exposure and telephoto work. Astronomical telescopes have proved phenomenal in the field of photography, as cameras have in astronomy. Some examples of Den’s results will be on exhibit at BCO, they are educationally themed and technically detailed, as well as aesthetically uplifting.
   Friday September 24
6 - 9pm Our award-winning interactive astronomy exhibit Cosmos at the Castle is open until 9.00pm and free to the public.
8 - 11pm Gaze at Jupiter next to a full Moon with performance astronomers and the Cork Astronomy Club.
8pm - 1am Enjoy the sounds of Music of the Stars with musicians and DJs playing at the Castle Bar & Trattoria.
    Saturday September 25
 Movies by Moonlight - BCO members Film Club
 8pm 2001: A Space Odyssey (PG)
Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest. 
   €5.00 is the admission on the night, pre booking is essential. Members can bring a guest along for the show. Non member tickets are €7.50
http://www.bco.ie/moviesbymoonlight
   For more information on these and future events at Blackrock Castle Observatory
call us  00 - 353 - 21- 4357917, email infoat signbco.ie or visit www.bco.ie/upcomingevents

That's all folks! Phew once again!

Clear Skies,

 

Terry Moseley

 

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