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9-10th February 2007

Astrofest 2007 in the London.

Frank Ryan and Dave Lillis headed over on a hectic 2 day trip to Europe's premier astronomy event.
It's a 2 day event consisting of lectures housed in a building with 3 floors of astronomy equipment stalls, 
consisting of most of the European astronomy shops. A good opportunity to get a good bargin!



Patrick Moore, getting a standing ovation from Chris Lintot, Brian May and the audience.



Book signing of "Bang", authored by Chris Lintot, Partick Moore and James May.










7th April  2007

Club observing session held.

Dave Lillis Report on his first light through his newly acquired 20'' Obsession.
A group effort at Imaging Saturn through the 20''


27th April  2007

Club observing session held.

First light at the club observing site with Dave's new 20" obsession telescope
We observed the moon and a number of planets..

Later on, Dave fitted out the scope to making it a full goto system, click here to see the details on the clubs bulliten boards.


15th May  2007

"Capturing Ancient Light" - A talk by Prof. David Malin.

SAC in conjunction with the physics dept. of the University of Limerick, were honored to host a talk by the world renowned photographic scientist and astronomer,
Prof. David Malin formerly of AAO.
His talk, entitled "Capturing Ancient Light", 
was a well-illustrated look at astronomical imaging and what the pictures can show us.
Here's the report.



8th  & 9th June  2007

2 Club observing sessions held.

ISS passes, the milky way, summer galaxies and NLC's all in one night!
here's the Report


15th June 2007

''Mission to Saturn'' - a talk by Dr. Caitriona Jackman

Caitriona Jackman presented a talk for us on the Cassini-Huygens mission in UL.
Pictured here with club members Conn Buckley & Tony O' Hanlon.
Read her Graduate Interview here



7th July  2007

Dave Lillis & Frank Ryan Jr on the wireless.

We were delighted to be asked to be the special guests on the John Maloney Show 
on East Limerick Community Radio for a casual discussion about all things astronomical.
The topics discussed ranged from beginning in astronomy, what to see in the nights sky, the Moon missions, 
meteors and doomsday scenarios to is there any other  life out there!
Thank you John & all at East Limerick Radio for having us!


1st August 2007

New website & Message Board.

The old website (mark2) was, frankly, awefull, was difficult to maintain and was in serious need of been redone completely.
Frank Ryan took on the work and rebuilt the website and did a fabulous job (we're calling this the mark3).
Frank also incorporated a club Message Board into the site.
The board is open to visitors and club members to post messages (once registered).

The original website (mark1) was built and maintained by Michael Scully was a fab job in its time.


st August  2007

SAC member wins The Sky at Night 'Photo of the Month'

Shannonside Club Member Frank Ryan wins the BBC's Sky at Night Magazine 'Photo of the month' for August 2007 with a long exposure shot of the ISS passing over a beach in the Algarve.

Welldone Frank !
(Click image for larger view.)

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1st October 2007

Whirlpool article featured in the Limerick Leader

Shannonside PRO Conn Buckley gives an interview outlining
the attractions of the upcoming Whirlpool Star Party.


5-7th October  2007

WSP 2007

The 2007 Whirlpool Starparty was an outstanding success!
Please see the Whirlpool Starparty 2007 page for the list of speakers and
this thread on the IFAS message boards for the many comments from attendees.


27th October 2007

Frank and Dave appear on www.spaceweather.com

Shannonside Astronomy Club members Frank Ryan & Dave Lillis
have an image of a projected full Moon featured on today's www.spaceweather.com main page
(and also at the Turkish website astroturk.net  - anybody able to translate? )


14th November  2007

Science Week (In Birr)

 Shannonside Astronomy Club  have an information stand at Birr.


16th November  2007

Science Week (In Limerick)

Shannonside Astronomy Club information stand at UL for Science Week.