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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:57 pm 

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Hi, the committee of the Galway Astronomy club would just like to take this opportunity to invite amateur astronomers from all over the the UK to the 11th Galway Astronomy Festival taking place here in the beautiful city of Galway, Ireland, "Tribes of Galway" on February 1st 2014 a week before the Europen AstroFest in London. So why not get a cheap flight to Ireland and attend our biggest annual astronomy gathering with great talks, exhibitions, trade stands, fine food and a some of the darkest skies in Europe. Entry only GB£15 (€20) see previous revies here at viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7492 and in Sky at Night magazines

Our city is a vibrant, bustling centre of the arts and commerce, though it still retains a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Galway is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. The city, with its medieval streets, waterways, extensive range of shopping facilities, wealth of music sessions and other cultural events, is a place to be treasured. The seaside town of Salthill, a Galway suburb, is a renowned summer resort. Its fine beaches open directly onto spectacular Galway Bay.As you can see a very packed event and we hope you to see you at the Festival in January, you can find further information at or phone the secretary on 0868434003.

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“City of Stars" is the theme for the 2014 Galway Astronomy Festival which takes place on February 1st at the Westwood House Hotel with an emphasis on how exploration of the Cosmos has inspired communities and cultures in our city that would not otherwise do so, to think about the Universe. From its humble beginnings in January 2004 to the present day our Astronomy Festival has become Ireland’s biggest annual gathering of amateur astronomers who come here from around the country to meet in friendship and to exchange information, successful stargazing and mutual progress.

The event will follow the same format as last year with six talks split into two sessions in the morning and evening. A new lunchtime interlude with two mini observing workshops and in the late evening we present the new Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture.


1. Guy Hurst, Editor of "The Astronomer magazine" UK: "The Glory of Globular Star Clusters"

2. Dr Matt Redman, Director of Centre for Astronomy, NUI Galway: "Star formation and Star Destruction"

3. Dr Deirdre Coffey, UCD: "Exploring the Universe: The View from Hubble and Beyond"

4. Tom O'Donaghue: "Cosmic Vistas: The Universe in Colour"

5. Paul Mohr: "The genius of the Greek naked-eye astronomers: Measuring the Cosmos with dioptra and trigonometry"

6. Michael O’Connell: "From the Big Dipper to the Southern Cross: Observing the southern sky Down Under


7. Paul Byrne: ”Double Stars - Two's Company, Three's A Triple System
(. In his workshop he can present handouts along with a list of his favourite doubles, also an explanation of separation and position angles, something that people who don't observe doubles understand)

8. Brian MacGabhann, “Building a DIY solar filter for observing our nearest Star

(Talking through building a solar filter for a refractor, reflector or SCT, with a complete demo and examples of the finsished product).

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Astrofest dinner 7.30 pm - Price (€25)

The Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Guy Hurst: "The Astronomer: The First 50 years" celebrating their Golden Jubilee 1964-201

Since ‘The Astronomer’ was formed in 1964, there have been a remarkable series of achievements which have been published in the magazine and these highlights are given in this talk. As editor since 1975, Guy describes how it feels to be in ‘the hot seat’ when checking and hopefully confirming the many discoveries reported to TAHQ! The liaison with professionals at the Central Bureau (USA) remains a vital service by TA to filter out false alarms.

Hope to see you there
Ronan Newman
Galway Astronomy Club

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:39 pm 

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For anyone interested in coming to Galway on Feb 1st we have a new speaker from the USA, We are delighted to welcome Tim Puckett of the Puckett Observatory of Atlanta, Georgia with a talk entitled "The Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search"

See our promo video at

Ronan Newman
Galway Astronomy Club

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