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Basic members are welcome to Lectures but will be charged a small fee.
Observing Evening (Weather Permitting)
Oct 25 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

This evening is open to all, telescope not essential, but if you wish to bring one please do so, it would be advisable to dress for the weather, a torch is recommended as the path will be dark, Red preferred.

Please note :- if observing is not possible this will become an informal evening.

With the moon 1 day past full, as well as Mars and  several messier objects in the sky, we are hoping for clear sky’s and some good observing, so why not come along & pay us a visit.

Oct 31 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mr Callum Potter, will deliver the presidential address: “Observing programs for the deep sky observer”

Mr Nick James, “The 2017 outburst of comet 174P/Echeclus”

 Sky notes, Dr Paul Able.

A G M & Society Night
Nov 1 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

For those members that missed the opportunity, to offer an presentation at our previous Society Night, here is another chance, just contact Mike to let him know of your intent along with the subject of the presentation.

Mr William Joyce, BSc, FRAS, A Whistle-Stop Tour of the Solar System
Nov 8 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

A Whistle-Stop Tour of the Planets will guide you on an interplanetary trip around our Solar System, presenting the layout and sizes of many fascinating objects within it, and visiting each major planet in turn,

Dr Donald Kurtz, University of Cent Lancs, ‘From the Bay of Fundy to Black Holes’.
Nov 15 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Tides are mysterious. Why are there two tides per day? What causes Spring and Neap tides? What are Earth tides? Tides on other bodies in the solar system can lead to moons disintegrating – this is where the rings of Saturn come from. Stars have tides and there are now the amazing, new tidal “Heartbeat Stars”. Tides from some black holes would tear a person apart, so don’t get too close! This richly illustrated lecture looks at tides from the Earth to colliding Galaxies.

The above is a small piece of the lecture to come

Stargazing at Hall Place
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Society, will be at Hall Place for the first of two visits, the second being in Jan 2019, and provided the skies are clear we aim, amongst other things to show you views of the night sky, including a 12 day old moon, so please wrap up warm.

Please note this event is Weather dependant

Mr Nick James BAA TBA
Nov 22 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Knowing Nick this will be an interesting evening

This post will be updated as and when details become available



Mr Roger Dymock, BAA, is anyone out there ?
Nov 29 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

A slightly intriguing title, one can only wonder what the evening will reveal !!

Roger will be live as opposed to previously appearing via Skype, so time permitting,  an interactive Q&A will be possible


Dr Allan Chapman, FRAS, Oxford University, There was an Englishman, a Frenchman, and a Spectroscope
Dec 6 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Allan will talk to us about Norman Lockyer, Jules Janssen, and the discovery of Helium in 1868

No-doubt,  these gentlemen are just two of the many “Victorian Amateur Astronomers” that Allan has written about

Allan’s second talk will be in the new year, and for those members that have not had the pleasure, of one of Allan’s talks you are in for an interesting evening, with no doubt some interesting insights, especially as Allan does not use PowerPoint to illustrate his talks, and also uses no written notes,

BAA Ordinary Meeting & Christmas Lecture 2018
Dec 8 all-day

The 2018 Christmas Lecture, “Titan the moon that thinks it’s a Planet” will be given by Prof John Zarnecki.

 “Protoplanetary discs revealed: new results from ALMA and elswhere” will be delivered by Prof Cathie Clarke,

Mr Nick James, will deliver the December & January Sky notes.

This event is not organised by the Society