2018 / 19 Workshops for Members
The Saturday workshops on this page (for members only) are in addition to the Monday night lectures (which are open to all). A New Members Morning will be held on October 13th. in Blackrock Castle Observatory at 11. AM. Join us for scones and tea / coffee to learn more about the club, its members and how to get the most from the club.
The following is a list of workshops in the 2018/19 season. Tory Top Library unless stated.
Date, Time, Subject, Presenter
Oct 13, Blackrock Castle, 11.00 New Members welcome meeting (Club committee members)
Nov 17, 14.30 Buying a new telescope, which one will suit you best (Tony Jackson)
Dec 1, 14.30 Drombeg Stone Circle, History, Excavation, astronomical usage (Michael O’Keefe)
Dec 21, Visit to Drombeg Stone Circle to observe winter solstice (Michael O’Keefe)
Jan 19, 10.30 Discovering Exoplanets including telescope automation (Derek O’Keefe)
Feb 16, 10.30 The work of the Club’s Radio Astronomy Special Interest Group (Tom Bonner)
Mar 9, 10.30 The ecliptic, the planets and the Moon (Tony Jackson)
Our 2015 outing was to the beautiful historic city of Vienna, with it's fine palaces, gardens and Wiener Schnitzels !
We had not one, but two observatories to visit, the University Observatory and the private Kuffner Observatory.
Photos show Tony and James admiring the old transit telescope, Dr. Thomas Posch showing the group around one of the telescopes at the University, and some of the gang having refreshments after a long day!
On 20th March a partial Solar eclipse covered 90% of the Sun as seen from Cork. A crowd of 300 turned out at the carpark below Blackrock Castle to observe the spectacle.
Photos show the mid-eclipse with some of the crowd. Also our demonstration of an eclipse using a football and golf ball.
On 29th Dec we had a Moonwatch session at Blackrock Castle Observatory. A lot of cloud but we still got good views of the first quarter Moon.
The lineup of telescopes ready for observing.
We ran two telescope workshop, one covering the workings of telescopes and mounts, the other was a clinic session sorting out various problems.
Another solar observing session at Corrin Wood, outside Fermoy. A good selection of telescopes, and many sunspots and flares to be seen.
Bill observing with Tony's 6" refractor using a white light filter.
Doroteja got all shy!... Using Pat's Cornado telescope observing in the hydrogen alpha band.
Tweedle dee and tweedle dum!!!
(Aka the two Johns)
John W observing while being supervised by John C !!
Three workshops were held in Autumn 2012 covering (1)Telescopes and Celestial Mechanics, (2)How to use the Stellarium Planetarium Software, and (3)Measuring the Heavens.
In the Spring of 2013, we had two more workshops on Radio Astronomy and Astro-photography.
Our annual Christmas party took place again at the Clarion Hotel with merryment, good food, craic, and table quiz.
Chairman Peter blowing out his candles!
The dark skies of Ballinskelligs in Co Kerry beckoned, so a hardy group stayed overnight in the beautiful surrounds of the Iveragh peninsula in November.
This was a social occasion with partners, and we were joined by the local astronomy group.
The night was clear and many deep sky objects were observed.
Photo: The gang at breakfast.
Tony and Declan about to take a gander outside with the binos!
This years culture night was held on 21st Sept, and the club was once again in the courtyard of Blackrock Castle Observatory. We had a selection of 10 telescopes to cater for the estimated 800 people. A great night for all with plenty to observe.
Glenn with his 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain hard at work with a budding young Astronomer!
John with his 10" reflector explaining the finer points of observing! Love the cup stand John!
I spy with my little eye! The queue at Joe's 12" Dob.
Another budding young Astronomer tries out Tony's 6" Refractor.
The beautiful city of Prague was our destination this year. A city steeped in history with many churches and castles, but out interest was in the fact that two famous astronomers, Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, lived there for a period of time.
Members outside the Kepler Museum.
Crescent Moon and Venus visible while having evening dinner outside in the Old Town Square.
Denis at the business end of the 8" refractor in the observatory.
The final workshop of this season was on Astro-Photography, given by Martin Bermingham.
The club recently held an observing session at Corrin Wood. We had a selection of Coronado and filtered telescopes to observe Solar flares and sunspots.
Pat with his Coronado scope and some of the club members
Tony and members were using the projection method to safely observe the Sun. Nice projection box Tony!!!
All done... Christopher and Eoin packing up after the successful session.
Cosmonaut comes to town! Some members of the club recently attended a talk at the National Space Centre near Midleton on the future for living in space and the challenges it brings. It was given by top Russian research cosmonaut and scientist Sergey Zhukov.