MIDWEST SINCE 1986
Weather Permitting, we hold club observing sessions
generally on Friday or Saturday nights. We inform our members of upcoming observing sessions by a mobile phone text.
These club members sessions are held at either of the
clubs observing sites, they are listed below.
|1, Poulnabrone Dolmen carpark in the Burren, Co. Clare
This site is located in the middle of the Burren and affords a very darksky, it has very little light pollution as its far from any town or city.
Its gives a 360 degree panoramic view of the sky with little horizon obstructions. Its accessible all times of the year including frosty/icy nights.
2, Loch Gur carpark, Co.
The club has forged a great working relationship
with the heritage center at Loch Gur, they have a car park right by the lake and
its a great observing site for a nights viewing. It's an easily accessible site
and is sheltered from prevailing winds, the lake provides a stabilizing
influence on the atmosphere which aids planetary viewing.
While nearby, only fifteen minutes drive
directly south of Limerick, it's a dark site with a solid surface carpark, this
site has proven to be safe and convienent and is now the clubs main observing
With the history wrapped up in
the site, going back over 6 thousand years, its worth a visit to go exploring
and treking in daytime.
3, Tountinne Mountain (near Killaloe/Ballina)
This observing site is located
very near the summit of a 457 meter high mountain (44% the height of
Carrantuohill) . From the summit, you can easily see from Limerick right
up to Roscrae and all along Lough Derg, with Ballin/Killaloe been literally
Observing at the summit can be difficult as it can be quiet windy up there,
however there is dirt track very near the summit that allows for plenty of
parking and room for setting up scopes and is abit more sheltered.
The view of the sky up there is amazing with a perfect horizon to the south with
Keeper hill in the distance, its too far away to block any sky. The summit and
observing site are easily accessible using a tarmac road (watch out for the
potholes up there!). The only light pollution up there would be from towns and
cities 10-20-30 miles away on the horizon.
This site is best suited to warmer nights and ones with lower winds, the near
vertical incline of the road in places would make it lethal in icy/frosty
For nights with fog at ground level, this site could be option as its summit
might be above the fog level. Also, for events where a clear horizon is needed,
it would be the place to go.
O'Callaghans Strand, Limerick
The city has revamped the strand
walkway in recent years with good safety barriers and footpaths. We use this site for public outreach nights such as for the International Month
of Astronomy and International Observe the Moon nights, these are public free
events where we bring the clubs telescopes and binoculars for anyone to look
through. It is a light polluted site, but is good safe site for the public.
We are currently
investigating/exploring other observing sites. If you have any suggestions,
please feel free to submit them to the observing director, see the contacts
section for details.
To see reports on some recent sessions check out the
Observing Sessions thread on the Message
Print out an observing log form
in PDF format