IAA Observing Programme 2012-13
observing nights are planned with a degree of
flexibility to accommodate our variable weather. The
first preference night is usually a Friday and will be
chosen to coincide with a particular event - eg a meteor
shower, first quarter Moon or moonless sky. An update
will always be shown on the IAA Forum to indicate
whether the session is going ahead. This is generally
updated at 6pm on the Friday evening concerned. If the
weather is uncooperative on the Friday, the second
choice evening will be the Saturday. Again, the forum
will be updated at 6pm to give a go/no-go decision based
on the weather. Finally, if both nights are washouts
then we will have a go on the second choice weekend!
New for this
season, in response to a request from members, we are
going to hold some observing sessions at the Big Collin
Picnic Area just north of Ballyclare in County Antrim.
This is an easier site to get to for those of our
members located North of Belfast and has particularly
good sky views to the North and East.
The sessions are designed to cater for all levels of capability and beginners of all ages are most welcome.
We will usually have the IAA's 16" Meade Lightbridge telescope available for viewing of Deep Sky objects and members will bring a range of telescopes suited to viewing different objects. For early arrivers there's generally a Fry-Up in progress before the sky darkens - bring your own frying pan, bangers, bacon etc!
(C) IAA 2012