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News and new items of interest to Herefordshire Astronomical Society members

  • What's Next - Observing Evening Thursday 28th February 2019

    Our next activity is the monthly observing session at Fownhope Recreation Field.

    Look out for emails from Mark and Chris confirming days and times - remember we'll move the evening if the weather looks better on another night.

    Thursday 28th February 2019
    6:30 - 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

  • The Practical Astronomy Show 2019 - Saturday 9th March 2019
    After the December talk by Keith Moseley, Paul told us about The Practical Astronomy Show next year.

    The show is free to attend, has displays by many of the UKs astronomy shops and equipment makers and will offer five free talks. The talks cannot be booked in advance - you get tickets for the talks on the day (first come first served).

    There's lots more information on the show's website here.

    It is held at the Kettering Conference Centre. Paul is proposing an organised trip - so hiring a minibus or coach. This way you share the travel costs and the rest of the day is free !

    If you are interested please contact Paul (contact details here) or catch up with him at our January talk.

    Next Meeting:

    Our monthly talks at the Kindle Centre:

    Thursday 7th March 2019
    7 - 9 pm
    William Dawes and William Rutter Dawes
    a father and son who supported and contributed to early 19th Century astronomy.
    Talk by Bob Marriott, BAA Instruments and Imaging Section Director

    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.

    Thursday 28th February 2019
    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.

    Saturday 9th March 2019

    The Practical Astronomy Show 2019
    Would you like to join a party going to The Practical Astronomy Show - if so please contact Paul (contact details here).