The IAA observing group's next planned observing session is this weekend at our usual spot down at Delamont Country Park. The forecast for Friday is for rain showers clearing from the west with west/northwesterly winds, but there may be a few clear spells in the evening, I'll check the forecast sometime tomorrow which will be more accurate, so check this forum thread around 6pm on Friday 11th for an update on weather conditions (fingers crossed
Unfortunately, its unlikely I can attend both nights this weekend, so if its on, I'd appreciate you making the effort! But please take care on the roads!
If anyone needs directions to Delamont, let me know, text or ring me on 07808736963
I'd like to take this opportunity to invite any new or non members to join us, if you need any advice on observing or equipment, we'll be glad to help, See you there.
Delamont observing is on tonight. However could will be rolling in towards midnight so observing may be brief. Tomorrow night is looking better so if all are happy, tow night is on as well, a double whammy!
Just checked the weather, looks like there are some clear periods, so observing is on again tonight. Watch out for some frost and take care on the roads! Sorry I can't make it tonight though, we'll try again next weekend, weather permitting!
How did it go last night, I had great skies coming home late last night! Hope it was the same at Delamont? Could someone let me know how many were there on Friday and Saturday night? I'm hoping to have another session next weekend, a Christmas Session, and I'll bring the mince pies, You bring the Santa hats!
I went down for a brief period on Friday but the haze was so bad I didn't complete my set up. You could see some nice stuff but wasn't great for deep sky. Not sure if it cleared up later. Humidity climbed. I had flu so wanted to try and make an effort but didn't get to second session. Really hoping for a nice cold, clear winter sky this weekend I'm itching to get out.
I drove down on the Saturday. I didn’t bother setting up as there were too many clouds, and in any case I was the only one there. I gave it 15 mins just to see if the clouds looked like shifting, or if anybody else would show up, neither or which transpired so I just left. Then arrived home only to find clear skies over Belfast. Typical! lol
I went on Friday night, there were three others there. It was quite cloudy, though there were still a few stars visible. The sky just seemed to be getting increasingly cloudy, so I went home around 11.
Thanks for letting me know how it went last week, unfortunately the weather wasn't great and it doesn't look too good for this weekend either, so I'm afraid we'll have to cancel this weekend and hope for clearer skies in the new year.
Keep an eye out for the ISS with Tim Peake aboard, and try to spot comet Catalina in the pre dawn sky above Venus. If you know of anyone buying a Telescope for Christmas, make sure you point them in the direction of the IAA and the observing group for expert guidance!