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Welcome to Astronomy in Herefordshire.

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News and items of interest to Herefordshire Astronomical Society members

  • What's Next - Monthly observing session - Thursday 23rd January 2020
Happy New Year!

The Annual General Meeting was duly held at our January meeting with appointments made to all committee positions with the only change being the Member without portfolio agreeing to become the Membership Secretary. The AGM was followed by a couple of marvellous talks by HAS members on building a run-off observatory and the 2019 Chilean total solar eclipse.

Our next event is the monthly observing session. We had planned for this to be a Star Party with MESC, however planning for this event has not progressed so we will hold a regular observing session at Fownhope. 

As always, look out for emails from Mark to advise what the weather looks like and whether the session is going ahead as planned.

If you are not on our emailing list, please contact Mark and Chris for the latest news - contact details 

Thursday 23rd January 2020
6 - 9 pm
Fownhope Recreation Field
Practical observing and advice session.
More information here. 

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

    Next Meeting:

    The first meeting of 2020 will be the AGM followed by a couple of talks from our HAS members.

    Thursday 6th February 2020
    7 - 9 pm
    The Hubble Space Telescope - from Imagination to Reality
    Andrew Green FRAS FBIS (StarDome Astronomy & Astronautics)

    at the Kindle Centre Belmont Road Hereford HR2 7JE  (Next to ASDA - more information here

    Next Observing Session:

    We start our observing sessions in October and after the clocks change we'll be able to start the sessions a bit earlier - look out for emails from Mark with timings and details.

    We plan to continue to use the Fownhope Recreation Field site and are also exploring a location in Bartestree for our observing evenings.

    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 may change the observing meeting to another evening if the weather forecast indicates it would be better. Members can bring their own refreshments although we don't expect to have access to The Pavilion if we need cover (there's always The Greenman or The New Inn if needs must!). Look out for the latest news on this website and we'll email out any change to arrangements to members.

    Thursday 23rd January 2020
    6 - 9 pm
    Fownhope Recreation Field
    Practical observing and advice session.
    More information here. 

    Next Star Party:

    Our next event is the Star Party at Madley Environmental Study Centre (MESC).

    MESC is right next door to the Madley Satellite Earth Station - a well known Herefordshire landmark. There are some location maps and directions to the MESC web site here.

    Thursday 23rd January 2020
    TBC pm
    Star Party with MESC
    More information here. 

    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 - so far). Previous trips have been to the Spaceguard Centre, the International Astronomy Show, the National Space Centre, Jodrell Bank, the Norman Lockyer Observatory outside Sidmouth and the Herschel Museum in Bath.

    This session we are planning a visit to the Hanwell Community Observatory just outside Banbury and the following day we have a guided tour around Oxford. This will require an overnight stay - details and recommended accommodation to be advised.

    Friday 28th - Saturday 29th February 2020

    Hanwell Community Observatory and Oxford.
    More information here. 

    Members pay for shared transport and any entrance fees as appropriate..