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Basic members are welcome to attend Lectures but will be charged a small fee.

Dec
16
Sun
Comet 46P Wirtanen
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Comet 46P Wirtanen

Best date for brightness and proximity to M45 is Sunday night 16th December 2018, the Moon is waxing and moving towards the comet, so overall observing may be better on Friday than Sunday but Sunday might provide a nicer image for photographers, so the Society observing will be on the Sunday.

The very best views will be after 1am after the Moon has set when the comet will be at an altitude of about 45 degrees.

I intend to get to the site at 8pm.

Please bring a red torch, warm clothes, snacks and a warm drink. There are no toilet facilities.

For those without equipment I will bring my 12” Dob. and binos.

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Dec
20
Thu
Christmas Quiz
Dec 20 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

We find ourselves exercising the ” little grey cells ”  just for fun, seasonal dress and funny hats are optional, but a sense of humour is an absolute must !!!!,

there will be a JoKeR round, as well as a MuSiC round,

and the quiz will be hosted by  our own “Eric & Ern” Dave & Steve,

Dec
27
Thu
No meeting
Dec 27 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Jan
3
Thu
Dr Martin Heath, Greenwich Community College, TBA
Jan 3 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

 

“happy new year”

Dr Martin Heath, opens the new year,  with the first lecture of 2019.

This post will be updated as and when details become available

Jan
10
Thu
Dr Allan Chapman, Oxford University, FRAS TBA
Jan 10 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Allan returns for our second lecture of 2019,

This post will be updated as and when details become available

Jan
12
Sat
New Years Night Out
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

We will be having a New Years Night Out,

all members and their families are warmly invited

Jan
15
Tue
Stargazing at Hall Place
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This will be the Societies second visit to Hall Place, our previous visit was in November of last year, and again  provided the skies are clear we aim, amongst other things to show you views of the night sky, including an 8 day old Moon, so please wrap up warm.

Please note this event is Weather dependant

Jan
17
Thu
Dr David Whitehouse Author “Apollo”
Jan 17 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

As NASA celebrates 50 years of Apollo this should be an interesting talk

Jan
24
Thu
Mr Barry Kellet, RAL, The Ladies of Observatory Hill
Jan 24 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

 Could this talk be about Harvard Collage Observatory ?, if so it may well be about:- Annie Jump Cannon ( 1863-1941),  who photographed millions of stars with a prism equipped telescope, and  Celia Payne-Gapocschkin (1900-1979)  who studied under a man who resented her presence Ernest Rutherford, no doubt Barry will reveal all.

Jan
26
Sat
BAA Ordinary Meeting
Jan 26 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Mr David Pulley, will present “Eclipse timing variations, and the search for circumbinary planets”

Dr David White, will present “Visual interference observations of sub-arcsecond double stars”

Dr David Arditti, will present the Sky Notes

This event is not organised by the Society