The Societies activities are wide ranging, from our Thursday night lectures, short notice observing sessions or weekends away at star camps or BAA weekends.
We welcomed the Children of Sutton-at-Hone Primary school to the Dick Chambers Observatory on the 12th December 2018. They had a chance to look through the Peter Hindle telescope and from the photos it looks like they had a great time, whilst learning a bit about the science of Astronomy.
Parental permission given for all images used.
These workshops are great for beginners just starting out in astronomy and wanting to learn how to use their telescopes or get started in Astronomy and over 50 people turned up – well done and thank you to all the Crayford Members who helped out.
The Society took part in an Astronomy Fun Day on Saturday 25th August 2018 at the Priory Shopping Centre to promote Astronomy, and encourage locals to visit the shopping centre, the day was well attended and along with CMHASD was an inflatable planetarium. During the day we were promoting the BAA Back to basics workshop we are supporting in October.
This meeting was hosted by Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society, the weather wasn’t great but we did manage to get the Solar scopes out for a short while. The lectures were great.
Europe goes to Jupiter
Dr Chris Arridge
All about project JUICE an ESA mission to Jupiter
Dr Dan Andrews
All about missions to comets with some insight into the Beagle 2 mission
Application of penetrators for the Exploration of planets & the Moon
Dr Rob Gowen
Title says it all really
Differentiating between dead comets and Asteroids
Prof. Iwan Williams
All about categorisation of asteroids and coments and how/ if they can/should be classified differently
Working on Mars
Dr Craig Leff
All about how to manage robotic missions on Mars.
This eclipse was special for its colours around the horizon. There were wonderful oranges and reds all around, the clouds lit up, some dark in silhouette, some golden, glowing yellowy-orange in the distance. You could see the shadow approaching against the clouds and then rushing away as it left. A great and wonderful experience that we will all never forget.
During the eclipse it was possible to see a prominence at about 2 o’clock and the planets Venus and Mercury were easily visible.
The desert venue for this eclipse was a little windy, buffeting equipment and making imaging and video at high magnifications a little difficult.
Totality video by Member Andy Barber. Also featuring Maddy and Martin Crow and family. Venus and Mercury are also visible.
The video above shows the site used to observe the Solar Eclipse. Video by Andy Barber.
Images by Mike Rushton
Images by Martin Crow