The IAA's next scheduled observing session at Delamont Country Park is planned for the 20th-21st February, which is our second choice for observing this month. Due to showery conditions forecast for this weekend, prospects for this Friday are about 50/50, so check this forum again on Friday afternoon for an update on that. At the moment, Saturday evening looks a bit better.
If its on I'll also text to anyone who has given me their mobile number. But if its cloudy we'll aim for Saturday, fingers crossed Clear skies
As you may have guessed, observing for 20th Feb is cancelled due to cloudy conditions and a yellow warning for an occasional snow shower! As Keith points out, tomorrow night is looking better with mostly clear conditions for the early part of the evening, so we'll aim for that, please check this forum around 5pm for an update.
I always use the BBC weather website www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655984 Its usually very accurate up to about 24 hours in advance, all of their info comes directly from the met office, but the BBC website is much easier to use imo.
Aww bal*s had telescope loaded up and all as its been looking good here all evening, but I hadn't checked any forecast so dont know what it gives, time for a cold can of something nice and she's ready to roll for tomorrow if its clear.
I was travelling through from Downpatrick and it was cloudy but fast moving. Would have been alright on clouds but seeing would have been very poor with the high level of moisture knocking around. 2000 to 2300 looks fantastic on Saturday night though.
If anyone reading this has a collimator to bring on Saturday I'd be super appreciative if you could bring it along.
The weather is looking reasonable for some observing tonight, so Delamont is "ON" for the 21-2-15. According to the BBC weather, there should be a few clear spells and some cloud, with temperatures about +3 to +4 degrees.
Usual rules apply, wrap up well (especially feet!!) and bring something to eat/drink etc. If you are new to our observing sessions at Delamont, please try to arrive no later than 8pm as other observers will be trying to get their eyes dark adapted and not spoiled by car headlights etc Also, please ask any of our regular members and experts on observing, they will be more than willing to help you find your way around the sky and enjoy the views through the telescopes etc
Primary targets will be Comet Lovejoy, Jupiter, and the winter nebula
astrom32, I'll have my collimator which you can borrow tonight.