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Visit to Dunsink Observatory

hi all,

Following the successful trip to the Observatory earlier in March by the Group we are holding another Open Night for people to come along on March 28th (please note, there is NO open night now on the 20th).

Open Nights are FREE and a map to Dunsink Observatory can be found at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25805353/PDFs/DunsinkObservatoryDirections.pdf

There is a limit of 70 people for this meetup.

Dunsink Observatory is Ireland's oldest scientific institution and was founded in 1785. From here, the time standard for Ireland was set for many years and a number of world-renowned scientists have taken up the post of Director over the last two centuries.
Weather permitting, visitors can view celestial objects through the historic Grubb refractor telescope and some smaller telescopes set up by volunteers. Visitors can also attend audio-visual presentations and lectures on a wide variety of topics in astronomy, including a short talk on the history of Dunsink Observatory. There is also a question and answer session on all your astronomy related queries.

People may need to car pool to get to Dunsink as there is no direct bus service (the nearest stop is on the Navan Road, leaving you will about a 20 minute walk up Dunsink Lane).

Contact me (John Flannery) on[masked] if you need any more information about Open Nights at Dunsink Observatory.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    John - many thanks for a very interesting visit and talk at Dunsink last week - would certainly love to go some time again, when the sky is clearer and the air not so cold! Lovely house and great talk

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • johnsdas

    hi everyone,

    Hope you all had a nice Easter. Many thanks for all the kind comments and it was great see you all along on the night, despite the skies being cloudy. We can try set up another evening for after the Summer when hopefully the weather will have improved! Apologies Caterina that you were not able to get access when you arrived. I've sent you a private message about this. talk to you all soon,

    John

    April 2, 2013

  • Caterina

    sorry Guys, I couldn t find the place...I arrived 45 minutes later but nobody could ear me and open the door..I hope you enjoyed, Happy Easter!

    March 29, 2013

  • Peter H.

    This was my first meetup with an online group and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I met some really lovely, thoughtful and helpful people and I learnt some really interesting things about how astronomy affects Time. I am interested in seeing some Northern lights also as they look great to me :). Thank you John for giving us your time and sharing your knowledge with us and thank you Geraldine for driving us there and back :). It was lovely to meet you all and I hope to see you all again sometime :).

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Meetup was very informative and the people were warm and friendly which distracted from the cold temperatures. John was a walking book of knowledge and very interesting to listen too. I'm looking forward to my next Meetup.

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry. Wont make it this evening. Just out of work and wont make it out in time.

    March 28, 2013

  • Samantha

    coming down with flu this morning so won't make it, thanks for lift offer John, enjoy the night.

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it :c , could not get a lift

    March 28, 2013

  • David M.

    Cant make it this time. Have a great evening.

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • MARTINA

      Sorry, but good, cos you do have a long country road drive home. :-)

      March 28, 2013

  • MARTINA

    Hi Guys, I had to opt out last week but still have friends going. Just to let you know, the snow is quite bad in Castleknock this morning.(High ground). It is driveable, but where there is no grit, it's completely white. I'd say the lighting will be perfect with the snow up at Dunsink tonight, but for me heading out the door, comfort is coming before fashion.

    March 28, 2013

  • johnsdas

    hi all,

    Looking at the snowy conditions earlier today it looks like winter weather will continue to grip the country for a bit longer. However, we can keep an eye on http://www.met.ie and hope for clear skies on Thursday!

    A short history of Dunsink can be downloaded from http://imqs.ie/resources/pdf_archive/Dunsink%20Oservatory.pdf ... Dr Ian Elliott is a former staff member of the Observatory. I'll be giving the lecture on Thursday night and will also give a little background history of Dunsink. We'll also have tea & coffee available.

    Wrap up well as the night will be quite cold. The lecture room is heated but the main telescope dome is not. See you on Thursday,

    John

    P.S. ... I'll be driving through town from Donnybrook at 5:45pm. I can give a lift to 3 people (4 at a squeeze) so PM me if you need one. I can arrange to meet you outside Jury's Hotel in Christchurch at 6pm. My number is[masked]

    March 27, 2013

    • Samantha

      Hi John, I'm looking for a lift if there's one still going... will text too. Samantha

      March 27, 2013

  • Samantha

    Hi, I know it's last minute but if there is anyone coming from city centre or along the route to dunsink, could i get a lift?

    March 27, 2013

  • Joe

    Samantha hi .Have to cancel out as will not have transport Joe

    March 27, 2013

    • Samantha

      No problem Joe, thanks anyway.

      March 27, 2013

  • Michael S

    Sorry, can't make it

    March 27, 2013

  • Maria

    Unfortunately i lost my lift ....and even the weather is not the best...i just hope there will be another occasion!

    March 27, 2013

  • Joe

    Have to cancel out

    March 27, 2013

  • Samantha

    Hi, I'm coming from the city centre and am without a car...can i get a lift with anyone? Thanks.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Samantha

      Thanks alot Joe, see you there. I'll keep a look out for Maria and i'll be at the station doors unless I hear different. Samantha

      March 27, 2013

    • Maria

      that's fine. See u inside the station then (it could be very very cold outside!!! :) Thanks a lot Joe!!! Can you send me yr number for any inconvenient...or just because can be easier to meet :)

      March 27, 2013

  • Maria

    just a question for the organizer....if it will be cloudy like today maybe we should postpone :(...how could we observe stars in that case??? Anyway if it is confirmed i will come anyway astronomy talks could be interesting as well..just that's a pity!!...:(

    March 26, 2013

    • johnsdas

      hi Maria, the weather really is the big unknown but if there are gaps in the clouds or thin cloud then we should be able to look at the Moon. Jupiter is on view at the moment as well and a fine sight in the main telescope at Dunsink. I'll be doing the talk but will first give a little background to the history of the Observatory. If there's any subject or question about the Universe, etc. you'd like me touch on in the talk just let me know! John

      March 27, 2013

  • Maria

    Hey Guys...really like to join...just is there anyone leaving from city center, or near clontarf dart station??? I've no car :((((

    March 17, 2013

    • Maria

      that's perfect! Thanks :)))))) how will I recognize you? :)

      March 18, 2013

    • Samantha

      Hi Joe, I'm coming from the city centre and am looking for a lift, any chance I can meet at Clontarf too? Samantha

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am driving from Dub15 if anyone need a lift.. or can pickup in navan road

    March 22, 2013

  • rosaleen k.

    Such a pity but I now find I cannot make this one

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes please - I missed out on the previous visit. Will be driving from Lucan/Blanchardstown if anyone needs a lift.

    1 · March 17, 2013

    • Peter H.

      Hi Geraldine, I would love to go on this day if you are still offering me this lift. Thank you[masked]

      March 17, 2013

  • Brendan M.

    Sounds good, ill be there

    March 17, 2013

  • johnsdas

    Many thanks Ewan for setting the event up. People might also be interested in attending a FREE lecture on March 21st to be given by Br Guy Consolmagno, an internationally recognised astronomer who is based at the Vatican Observatory - in effect, the Pope is his boss! (Br Guy is also a Jesuit). Guy famously once said he would have no problem baptising an alien if they so wished! The talk is on in Gonzaga College, Ranelagh at 7:45pm on the 21st. Topic of the lecture is on astronomical ideas of the past that turned out to be wrong.

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meetup announced and John added as Event Host.

    March 16, 2013

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