Biggest telescope festival of the year

“Biggest telescope festival of the year” planned for Astronomy Ireland Star-B-Q

Ireland’s highest village – Roundwood in Co Wicklow – is the setting for Astronomy Ireland’s annual Star-B-Q, which takes place on 27 August 2011.

The astronomy club says the event is Ireland’s biggest telescope festival and its biggest annual fundraiser.

As well as providing people with the opportunity to look into the skies using some of the most powerful telescopes in Ireland, the event will include professionally catered food by Michelin-experienced chefs, a night sky guide, an overview of the constellations and door prizes. There’ll also be a binocular masterclass – event organisers are advising people to bring their binoculars and they’ll be shown “the secrets of the sky with a special laser show”.

Adult tickets cost €39 each, or €29 if booked before 27 July. Tickets for under 16s are €29.

Astronomy Ireland says the event will go ahead on Saturday 27 August, regardless of the weather.  If the sky is overcast that night, however, it will organise a separate telescope-only event for the following weekend.

Pictured: Several hundred people attended last year’s Star-B-Q