Workshops for Members

Each year we have great interest in the workshops outside of our lectures. A New Members Morning is held at least once a year, usually more, so keep an eye out in October each year for details. The website will show you more anyway as we decide the dates. The 2015 / 2016is as follows:

Observing Workshops

October 31st at Wilton Library, 10:15 at 12.45 pm. Observational Astronomy: A journey through the night sky. The joy of looking, seeing and understanding” – Stanley, Declan, Kevin, John

November 7th at Tory Top Road Library, 10:15 am to 1 pm. “Celestial Mechanics” – Tom Bonner – how the stars, planets, Sun and Moon move. You will find out what to look for, and when to look for it.

November 14th at Tory Top Road Library, 10:15 at 1 pm. “Telescope Basics for Beginners” – Tony Jackson – Types of telescopes, binoculars, mounts, sky co-ordinates, using the finder scope, collimation, etc


Using Stellarium

Tony Jackson will use Stellarium ver 12 to show how to map the sky on your computer tonight, in the past, in the future. A workshops in two parts, both at Tory Top Road Library, 10:15 am to 1pm

November 21st – part 1 – November 28th – part 2


Time and position astronomy, astro-navigation

James Quain will introduce you to measuring the heavens, and deducing time and the calendar, and will demonstrate the use of ancient instruments – December 5th at Blackrock Castle 10:00 am to 1:00 pm



Tom Bonner will use this workshop to launch a special interest group to meet regularly so members can learn together about radio astronomy. Watch out for more about this.

December 12th 10:15 am to 1pm at Tory Top Road Library




Three sessions at Tory Top Road Library, 10:15 at 12:30 pm

February 6th Jan Cap on astrophotography with DSLR

February 13th – Garry O’ Brien on imaging the Moon and Planets with planetary camera and use of associated software. Practical demonstration of camera control and video stacking.

April 9th – Garry on Deep Sky photography as we have experienced it.


Motion and Gravity

Kevin Murphy – Gravity and the equations of motion on earth and other solar system bodies (planets, moons and comets) – Newton ‘s Universal law of gravitation.

February 27th at Tory Top Road Library, 10:15 am to 1 pm.


New members Morning

Meet the committee and fellow new members with tea and scones at Blackrock Castle and find out about the Clubs activities and how to get the most out of your membership. As well as taking the opportunity to tell you about the Club, we are keen to hear your own ideas about how the Club can best further your interest in astronomy.