The Observers Group covers a number of activities that are carried out collectively by a select number of individuals from within the group. the group meets formally on a set night each month at a published location – currently Dan Sheahan’s Bar and Restaurant (see image below) on the road between Ballincollig and Macroom. This location is convenient for proceeding to the top of a nearby hill to carry out all types of observing.
Short reports of the groups activities are set out below however the Group’s main activities cover the following discrete subjects:
Observing – Physically looking at the sky with and without optical instruments. This may be from known local sites in Cork to foreign trips to other observatories. Takes place at least once a month weather depending.
Observing Presentations: When the skies are overcast on the observing night the group holds discussions and presentations of astronomy subjects – normally several 10 – 15 minute talks with slides.
Astrophotography – at dark sky and other sites those interested in this subject meet to take images via terrestrial or astronomy cameras. The club also published a monthly astrophotography newsletter, the Image Board, comprising images from club members.
Radio Astronomy – a small group within the club are experimenting with radio detection apparatus.
Light Pollution – the club is carrying out a planned project to measure light levels at a variety of Cork locations.
Club Observatory – this has a 13″ reflector telescope. Use of this is by prior invitation/arrangement