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Welcome to Astronomy in Herefordshire.

Latest News:

News and new items of interest to Herefordshire Astronomical Society members. 

Our next activity is the monthly observing evening at Berrington Hall. Mark has looked at the weather forecast for Thursday and it's not looking good with cloud and rain forecast. Unless things change, the observing evening is cancelled - look out for further email updates from Mark. 

After our November meeting, Mark and Paul described our proposals for a 2 day visit to the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth and the Herschel Museum in Bath. We are looking at the weekend of 9th - 11th March 2018 with an overnight stay, possibly in Exeter. The likely trip would be to share cars and drive down to the Norman Lockyer Observatory on Saturday. Here we would visit the Observatory, the Lockyer Technology Centre (radio astronomy) and the Planetarium in Sidmouth, Devon. We would hope to see its range of historic and modern telescopes, the exhibitions and a planetarium show.

We would then stay for the evening so we can have a chance to use their telescopes and do some observing at the observatory. On Sunday we would then drive to Bath to visit the Herschel Museum, the home of William and Caroline Herschel.

If you are interested and weren't able to put your name down on the list at our meeting, please email Mark or Paul to express your interest (email details on the Contact Us page here)

You may also be interested in a one day course that Paul is giving at Grange Court, Leominster. Paul examines the geological evidence used to determine the age of the Earth "from Bishop Ussher to Radiometric Dating". The course is on Saturday 18th November and costs £20 per person. If you are interested, there is an application form here and a flyer for the event here.

16th November 2017
6:30 - 9 pm
Observing at Berrington Hall
Practical observing and advice session.
More information here.  

Observing highlights for this month: Telescope House - monthly night sky guide

Next Meeting:

Have a look at the rest of our programme for 2017/2018 here.

Thursday 7th December 2017
7 - 9 pm
10th Annual Webb Lecture: Fourteen Pioneers of Astronomy
Dr Bob Mizon (Co-ordinator – Campaign for Dark Skies)
at the Kindle Centre Belmont Road Hereford HR2 7JE  (Next to ASDA - more information here

Next Observing Session:

The National Trust has very kindly allowed us the use of the grounds in front of Berrington Hall to hold our observing evenings. Berrington Hall is located just to the north of Leominster and the site has a wide open vista to the south with reasonably dark skies. Like all good National Trust properties, Berrington Hall has a cafe - which we are allowed access to when retreating from the cold or clouded skies. Berrington Hall is a neo-classical mansion with fine interiors, set in landscaped grounds - well worth a visit in day time (here).

So come and talk to new or more experienced society members - hopefully have a look through some telescopes and binoculars at the night sky. Share your thoughts, pick up some observing tips and recommendations, discuss your astronomical problems and projects, bring your own equipment for advice on how best to use it. We will defer the observing meeting to the following evening (Friday) if the weather forecast indicates it would be better. Members can bring their own refreshments and the Servant's Hall Tea Room will be left open for us to use for refreshment and talks. Look out for the latest news on this website and we'll email out any change to arrangements to members.

We start our observing sessions in October when the early evenings are dark enough for us to see what's up and about in the night sky.

16th November 2017
6:30 - 9 pm
Berrington Hall
Practical observing and advice session.
More information here. 

Next Star Party:

We're looking at a number of exciting opportunities to support local organisations and their requests for us to run a star party for them.



Next Visit:

Once or twice a year, members like to jump in cars or climb in a mini-bus and make their way to go and see something interesting outside of Herefordshire (passports not required). Previous trips have been to the Spaceguard Centre, the International Astronomy Show, the National Space Centre, Jodrell Bank and the Institure of Astronomy, Cambridge. Members pay for shared transport and any entrance fees as appropriate.

The next event that members may be interested in is the annual Astrofest conference and exhibition in London. HAS is not organising an official trip, but do say if you are interested in going - there are always other members planning to go.

9th - 10th February 2018
Astrofest 2018
European AstroFest is the world's premier space conference and exhibition, bringing together the professional and amateur communities. AstroFest 2018 will be the biggest and best yet.

More information here.