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IAS Astrophotography Exhibition

Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin

11th November - 2nd December 2018.

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The IAS is organising another astrophotographic exhibition to take place from 11 November until 2 December 2018 in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.

There will be sixty new spectacular sky images on show.

In addition, there will be a focus on light pollution with a special display stand organised by Dark Sky Ireland and a public talk, by Prof Brian Espey, about light pollution on Saturday 1st December at 14.00 at the same venue.

There will also be a presentation, by John Dolan (IAS), about getting started in astrophotography on Saturday 24th November at 14.00.

Weather permitting there will also be a public stargazing event within the grounds of the National Botanic Gardens on Thursday 15th November from 18.00 until 21.00. Watch this page for further details.

Right: Photo (by member Brendan Kinch) is of the nebula IC 1396 in Cepheus. It's nickname is the Elephant's Trunk.



IAS Talk

by Ronan Newman

Monday 26th November 2018 (20:00).
Venue: Ely House, 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2. All welcome, free event.

A talk on Noctilucent Clouds, with many of his images.


Members observe Total Solar Eclipse of 9 March 2016 from Indonesia

solar eclipse

Angela O'Connell reports:

A view of totality from the MS Volendam, on the starboard bow, mid-ship. We were located in the Makassar Strait between the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi, about 1½ degrees south of the equator. The sea was surprisingly calm and the ship was steady allowing those of us with tripods to relax and concentrate on the spectacle which lasted 2 min 46 sec approximately. Photo (at left) taken 08:34 (local time), 9th March 2016 with Lumix GM5 on automatic night scene setting.


solar eclipse

Terry Moseley reports:

The solar corona during totality. Photo taken 08:36 (local time), 9th March 2016 with Canon Power Shot with x42 zoom.

The next total solar eclipse occurs in August 2017, only touching land in USA.



Total Lunar Eclipse of 28 September 2015 was well seen by most

lunar eclipse

We were treated to a fine total lunar eclipse.

The photo of the eclipse was taken by J. O'Neill, at 02.21 UT, with a 106 mm refractor at f/8. This was 10 min after the start of totality.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Ireland occurs in July 2018.

Members please report any observations, drawings or photographs to our Director of Observations, Liam Smyth for inclusion in the next issue of Orbit.



Comet Lovejoy 2014 Q2 near Polaris

In late May 2015, the comet passed about 1° from the pole star Polaris. Remarkably, it was still visible (as of 23 May) in binoculars, at just below mag 8. It was an excellent time to image the comet with a fixed camera, as trailing would be slight.

The photo (below) of the comet is by John O'Neill and was taken on 9-10 January 2015 (cropped; 200 mm camera lens). The drawing of 19 January 2015 is by Deirdre Kelleghan, with details appended.

Please report any observations, drawings or photographs to our Director of Observations, Liam Smyth.

comet lovejoy

comet lovejoy


What's on?

2018 Nov 11 - Dec 2 Images of Starlight, Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

2018 Nov 26 IAS Talk, Ely House.

Please see EVENTS/opposite for more details and further events.

If you would like to attend Dunsink Observatory Public Open Nights that are supported by the IAS, you can find more details at Dunsink Observatory.

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