12th January 2012
Club Observing Session/Meeting
The club held this years
first meeting with an observing session looking at Jupiter from the
grounds of Mary I college.
It was very well attended with over 20+ club members there, using the clubs
telescopes we all had a good look at Jupiter
and the 4 Galilean moon along with the great red spot !
Many thanks also to Roy and Shea
for bringing their 8" Celestron SCT and 4"Borg refractor, we also had
a look at several
deep sky objects such as the Orion nebula.
27th January 2012
Club Observing Session
Conan kindly donated his back
garden for a club observing session in Adare co Limerick. Those who were early
were treated to a real treat with Venus, the crescent Moon and Jupiter forming a line in the western
sky. Those at the end of the night observed Mars and Saturn rising in the east., for more click
31st January. 7th, 14th, 21st February 2012
The club gave a series of 4
talks to the Crescent Comprehensive School in Limerick, It was primarily aimed at
4th year transition year students with a view to promoting astronomy and raising public awareness of the
club. This was run by the clubs PRO, Roy Stewart with Gerry Garvey, Shea Morrisey
and Simon Kenny.
If you know of a school that would be interested in a visit by the club, please
contact Roy Stewart, see the contacts
page for his details.
2nd February 2012
Club held its annual
AGM, which involved the election of the clubs committee, financial report and
See contacts for the new committee members
10th - 11th February 2012
European Astrofest in London
Gordon and Dave headed over to
the European Astrofest in London for the weekend. It consisted of 2 floors of astronomy
related shops and general lectures. See the
discussion on our bulliten boards, click here.
For more information on the
event, click on European
"Right click" and
"view image" on any of the images to enlarge..
We arrived to a snow filled Stanstead airport in the early hours of Friday
Dave meets Mr Nagler and the "family", Gordon weighing up the odds of
getting this scope on the flight back as hand luggage.
Dave meets John Mason, Patrick Moore and Brian May in the book signing event.
Gordon and Dave take in the sights in London city center in the minus 8 celsius
So that was it, a great 2 days, we took in numerous lectures and equipment
stands, one worth doing again.
11th March 2012
Stand at the Limerick Radio Club
The club had a stand at
the Limerick Radio Club Rally at the Radisson hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick.
The event was pitched as a general Radio, Electronics and Hobbies Exhibition.
for more details.
31st March 2012
While not strictly a club event,
Earth Hour is a world wide event that highlights the use of artificial light at
night time. It promotes the intelligent thinking of the use of lights by asking everyone to
turn off all non essential outdoor lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Anyone who looks at the sky in a city will know what the
effects of light pollution are.
See http://www.earthhour.org/ for more
1st-7th April 2012
Global Astronomy Month (GAM)
The club ran a
series of observing nights at O'Callaghans strand during the first week of
The planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn were visible as well as several star
clusters and the Moon.
We had club telescopes available at the event, many showed up to make this a
for more details of this world wide event.
3rd May 2012
Club talk by Brendan Alexander (http://www.donegalskies.com/)
Brendan very kindly came all the
way down from Donegal to give us a talk on widefield astrophotography, he showed
many of his own images, went thorugh the equipment he uses and discussed many of
his own experiences and exploits in the field.
It was a very entertaining and informative talk,we hope to meet up with Brendan
again in the future
6th June 2012
Transit of Venus
The club had planned to do an
early morning sunrise observing session to watch the last half an hour of the
transit. Plan A was to go up to Garran point and gain an extra half an hour of
observing time of the transit with the IAA. Plan B was to go to Skerries and
gain about 15 minutes extra. Failing that we were to go to Tountinna mountain by
Killaloe hoping that we'd be above any haze or fog. We got to Tountinna and
found that the summit was in the the cloud layer. Unfortunately most of the
country was clouded and very few people saw it, Using the web, it looked like it
might clear towards Shannon, we got there and it was still cloudy, we didnt
unpack the telescopes we had with us. So unfortunately this time around we
didn't see any of the transit, unlike back in 2004 where club members saw most
of it. The next one is in 2117, so if the club is around, maybe the then club
observing director will try and hold an viewing session for it :)
The hardy club members who attended were Dave Lillis, Frank Ryan, Conan
McDonald, Tom Walsh, Roy Stewart and Simon Kenny.
Club member Michael Johnson had to foresight to book a last minute flight to
Oslo where he managed to observe the transit.
August - September 2012
The following interviews were
organised to promote the Burren StarParty and International Observe the Moon nights,
and discuss the recent death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the
Moon. Limericks Live 95FM, Roy
and Simon spoke to Gillian Devlon live on air at 9.40am on Wednesday the 29th of
August. Tipp FM, Simon spoke to
Tom Hurley on our upcoming events on Monday August 27th.
Clare FM, Roy will speak
on this station in the week before the starparty
14th-15th September 2012
Burren Star Party
The club held its
annual years starparty up in the dolman carpark, in the Burren, county
The weather on Friday was indicating it might be clear, all we got were 5-10
minutes of clear skies at hourly intervals.
When it was clear, the milkyway was amazing, the constellations were lost in a
blizzard of stars.
Saturday was clouded out, hopefully we'll have better luck as the year
progresses with observing sessions.
For more details see here
22nd September 2012
International Observe the Moon
night (IOM) 2012
The club held a
public observing session in conjunction with the internationally run IOM2012
Club telescopes were available at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick
city. A number of passerbys got a good look at the Moon before it set, it was a
good night and we look forward to running it again.
for more details
4th October 2012
John Flannery (SDAS), out of
Many thanks to John for coming
down from Dublin and giving us a great talk on "The Outer
Solarsystem", it was very informative and we look forward to having John
down with us again
1st November 2012
John Keane (KAC), out of town
John drived up to us from Tralee
through treacherous weather conditions to give us a great talk on "The
Hubble Space Telescope", many thanks John and we hope to see you again soon
11th December 2012
Dave Lillis on Limerick's
Live95FM discussing the end of the world on December 12th or 21st.
Dave was on the Joe
Nash morning show at 9.20 in the morning in a light hearted discussion about
the Mayan calander, impending end of the world and how it could take shape, fun
was had by all