Club Outing – Lough Tay Milky Way

Lough Tay is fed by the Cloghoge River and then drains into Lough Dan, located to the south. The beach on the northern side is bright white sand. It was imported by the Guinness family whose estate runs through part of the Lough Tay area. The shape of the lake with the white sand at the top makes it look like a Pint of Guinness! The dark colour of the lake is created as the local rainwater filters through the peat of the surrounding Blanket Bog. The lake is situated on the R759 between the Sally Gap and Roundwood.

The optimum time for the Milky Way viewing is between 22.00 and 23.30. We will meet at the car park opposite the lake at 22.00 (

What to bring
1. This is Ireland so suitable clothing is necessary.
2. Aside from your camera bring:
a. A Tripod
b. A wide-angle lens with an aperture of 2.8 or wider if possible.
c. A head-torch, preferably with an additional red light. Use this to avoid spoiling the photographs of fellow photographers with your white light.

SAFETY: This is a hazardous location due to traffic and the precipitous nature of uneven terrain with very long drops. Concentration and suitable footwear are essential.

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It’s easy to become distracted when taking photographs. Use common sense, take responsibility for your safety and then go shoot and have fun.

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14 Sep 2023


10:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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