We encourage members who have a particular interest to set up a society wide project.
All projects will be considered for funding by the society trustees – so please do put forward your ideas.
If you are a member and would like to take part in one of the projects listed below please speak to the project lead or a committee member if no lead is designated.
Monitor Meteors using Radio
Create a Meteor monitoring station that can be set-up and run for minimal cost and require minimal user data crunching to get results. Report results automatically to websites and BAA meteor section.
Monitor the Sun in VLF
Create a VLF monitoring station that can be set-up and run for minimal cost and require minimal user data crunching to get results. Use VLF frequencies to monitor the Sun & report data on SIDS automatically to website and BAA RAG.
Variable Star Coordinator
Coordinate the membership to monitor targets and report them to the BAA VSS.
Sort and Sell our Antique books
Lead: Doug Biswell
Review, sort and sell the antique books the society owns to create a fund for society projects.
Lead: Keith Rickard
Help improve our observatory dome so it rotates automatically.
Build some Dobsonian Telescopes
Lead: Steve Floodgate
We have a number of unused Newtonian telescope tubes that need converting into Dobsonian telescopes so members can use them.
Lead: Keith Rickard
Help rebuild what was once the most productive amateur variable star observatory in the UK.
Home for Hewitt Archive
Lead: John Howarth
The Hewit archive comprises of glass and plastic photographic plates of the night sky we need to find a home for the Hewitt archive, digitise the archive and put on-line for open access.
Crayford Catalogue for Light Polluted Skies
Lead: Simon Dawes
Create a catalogue of objects suitable to view for the Dartford area and for different equipment that members can use. Only include objects that have been observed from the area.
Build a MET office approved weather station, submit data to weather service & conduct our own science based on the data gathered on the local weather conditions.
All Sky Camera
Source and install an all sky camera at the observatory, so we can see the cloud cover, the camera needs to stream onto the internet so anyone can view from this website.
Build a Radio Telescope
Build a radio telescope for the society and find a location to site it.
Light Pollution Monitor
Create a solution for monitoring light pollution at the observatory and the local area. Plan and run the programme for the use of this equipment.
Coordinate the membership to monitor targets and report them to the BAA Lunar section
A metal box is to be inserted into the cavity space of the observatory walls. A breeze block has been removed to insert it. All that is needed now is for someone to select items for it and organise its insertion.