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From: TerryMoselat signaol.com
Date: 16 April 2007 23:51:16 Apr 2007
Subject: AGM, Carnfunnock, ISS, Lyrids

Hi all,

1. A final reminder about the IAA AGM: The AGM of the Irish Astronomical
Association will be on Wed 18 April, at 7.30 p.m., Lecture Room 5,
Stranmillis College, Belfast. After the official business, Barry Loane
will give a talk & demonstration of his newly constructed
mirror-grinding machine. Yes, folks, the good old amateur's DIY project
- grind your own telescope mirror! And for a big one, you really need a
machine. Anyone who knows Barry will know that this will be worth
seeing. All are welcome, and admission is free as usual, but only IAA
members can vote during at the AGM or during any other business at the

2. IAA Astronomy/Telescope Evening, Carnfunnock, 21 April. The IAA
continues its series of telescope talks & observing evenings at
Carnfunnock Country Park, Drains Bay, Larne (on the main coast road
North from Larne), starting at 8 p.m. Talks, demos, Derek Heatly's
'Ulsternaut' presentations, & of course observing if clear. All welcome.
Free admission for IAA members bringing telescopes or tripod-mounted

3. The ISS is currently making a series of evening passes over Ireland.
Details as usual on www.heavens-above.com.

4. The Lyrid Meteors break the 'Spring drought' of meteors with a
moderate display peaking on April 22d 22h BST, with a rather meagre
nominal zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of about 10-15, but outbursts have
occasionally occurred in the past, raising the ZHR to up to 100. The
waxing crescent moon on the night of the peak will not interfere too
much. The radiant is located near to Vega.

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley


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