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News and new items of interest to Herefordshire Astronomical Society members

  • What's Next - Observing Session - Tuesday 9th October 2018
    Our next society activity is the first Observing Session of the 2018/2019 season.

    Join us at our new observing site in Fownhope at the Recreation Ground. Head for the car park beside the Pavilion and you'll see where to find us or set up your own telescope. More information here.

    Thursday 9th October 2018
    6:30-9 pm
    Observing Session
    Fownhope Recreation Field
    Practical observing and advice session.

                          • SGL 2018
                            The Stargazers Lounge is holding their 10th Star Party over the weekend of 12th October to 14th October. It is being held at Lucksall Caravan and Camping Park - on our doorstep here.

                            There's more information on the Stargazers Lounge site and the schedule for the weekend is here.

                            SGL welcome visitors - but remember if visiting at night do not drive in with headlights on or go searching for SGL members with a white torch. If there are gaps in the clouds they will be keenly peering at the skies with dark adapted eyes ... park at the entrance to Lucksall and walk down with a red torch

                          • International Astronomy Show
                            On the same weekend as SGL2018, the International Astronomy Show will be held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (CV8 2LZ) - the old site of the Royal Agricultural Show. Information about the show and talks can be found here.

                          • Society for the History of Astronomy
                            The Autumn Conference and AGM for the Society for the History of Astronomy is to be held on Saturday 27th October, 10:00 - 17:00 in the John Lee Theatre at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS.

                            Conference speakers include Dr Allan Chapman FRAS, Andrew Stephens, Rob Peeling , Graham McLoughlin, John Chuter, Eddie Carpenter and Bob Bower. 

                            There is a charge for the day - £10.00 for members of the Society for the History of Astronomy and £15.00 for non-members. There is more information here. To pre-register please contact Gerard Gilligan by email at:

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

                          • Annual Subs 
                            We've kept our Annual Subscription for the society at £12 for adults - please remember to bring cash or a cheque to the next meeting where you will be able to pick up the card detailing talks and activities for the year.

                            Unfortunately we've had to increase the entrance fee for the meetings held at the Kindle Centre from £2 to £3 per meeting to cover our costs - worth it though as you get a free cup of tea or coffee and biscuits ! There is no charge for the Observing evenings.

                            Next Meeting:

                            Our monthly talks at the Kindle Centre:

                            Thursday 1st November 2018
                            7 - 9 pm
                            The Herschells
                            Talk by John Harris (Cotswold Astronomical Society)

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

                            Next Observing Session:

                            We are proposing to use Fownhope Recreation Field for our observing sessions later this year. There is hard standing by the Pavilion at the end of the drive for us to park and set up equipment. Chris and Mark have checked out the facility and it looks to be a good dark site with excellent 360 degree visibility. We will also have more flexibility with timings - so we can stay later than 9pm if we have some clear skies. We will also have a bit more flexibility on which days are best to observe - so if the Thursday is forecast to be cloudy but Wednesday or Friday look better we should be able to switch our observing evening.

                            We start our observing sessions in October and after the clocks change on 28th October we'll be able to start the sessions a bit earlier - look out for emails from Mark with timings and details.

                            We still want to keep in contact with Berrington Hall (The National Trustas they've been very good to us over the last few years. Hopefully we can continue to run Star Parties for them.

                            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.

                            Tuesday 9th October 2018
                            6:30 - 9 pm
                            Fownhope Recreation Field
                            Practical observing and advice session.
                            More information here. 

                            Next Star Party:

                            We had a great Star Party with the Madley Environmental Study Centre (MESC) on 22nd February. The clouds managed to clear out of the way in the evening so we were able to give a mix of talks by Mark and observing through half a dozen or so telescopes and binoculars brought along by society members. For some grown ups and children attending it was the first time they'd looked through a telescope and seen the moon close up or looked at stars, clusters and nebulae - much to their delight. For pretty much all of us, it was the first time we'd heard of and seen the "Lunar X" - only visible for a couple of hours each month (here).

                            Next Star Party TBD.

                            TBD Star Party
                            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 and this year a weekend trip that took in the Norman Lockyer Observatory outside Sidmouth and the Herschel Museum in Bath.

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

                            Next visit TBD.


                            Where would you like to go ?
                            If there's somewhere you'd like us to organise a trip to - drop a member of the committee a line with your suggestion (contact details here).