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 – previously currently Dan Sheahan’s Bar and Restaurant (see image below) it is now online via ZOOM.
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