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By dashastro, Mar 13 2017 07:43AM

After an introduction to event dates and future possibility plans by David ,Jim kicked off with what can be seen in the night sky during March/April.

This was followed by our speaker for the evening Bob Greef from Breckland Astronomical Society. His talk was "Globular Clusters" and for many of our members this was their first encounter. For the more experienced it was a gentle reminder of what could be seen in our dark skies. His talk was enthusiastically received by a large attendance and I think I can say that Bob has become a firm favourite of the membership!

David Gwynn.


By dashastro, Feb 15 2017 10:35PM

The evening was very well attended in spite of the absence of a few of our regulars. We had a number of guests from Halesworth Camera Club, to listen in particular to a talk on astrophotography from our member David Murton.

The evening began with an introduction to this month's astronomical sights from Jim. This was followed by a talk from Bill Barton, another of our members, giving a presentation about the work and accomplishments of George Biddell Airy Astronomer Royal from 1835-1881. This concluded with the obligatory tea/coffee break and catch up chats.

David Murton then delivered his talk, emphasising yet again that astrophotography need not require large amounts of funds. His photos on display just couldn't fail to impress and we are very lucky to have him as our lead astrophotographer! Our other member Chris Bailey is rapidly catching up so enabling a future double act?

Another very lively meeting with many positive comments from members valuing the contribution from our main speakers, Bill and David M.


David Gwynn.


By dashastro, Jan 29 2017 11:53AM

Friday 27th:

We had awful cloud conditions but we still managed a successful evening by giving a talk, short videos and a fine display of various telescopes, photography equipment and spectroscopy equipment, photos, magazines. Irene's biscuits went down a treat!


Saturday 28th:

This evening was very different with excellent observing out side where the public were able to see, planets, double stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies. An excellent variety of telescopes were in use. 8, 10 and 12 inch reflectors, two 9 1/4” inch catadioptrics, various 70 and 100mm refractors of differing sizes and binoculars. Inside activities were kept to minimum with short talks, tea breaks and a "children's table" run by Michelle and family. Irene's biscuits played a major role again this time with additional flavours. Lots of compliments were received from the public on both days regarding all aspects. I would say an overwhelming success. Well done to all those who were able to contribute.

Our friend Paul Webb kept a record of a few of the item on view, in no particular order were. M1, M35, M37, M31/32/110, double cluster, Eskimo nebula, M46 & embedded planetary nebula, M47, M42, NGC 2169 (IC37 as looks like the number 37), M36, M33, M81 & 82, Almach, Castor, Hyades, M45, Venus & Mars also M44, NGC 2683 & NGC 2841.


David.


By dashastro, Jan 15 2017 10:42AM

Despite the dissapointment that our guest speaker Bob Greef had to cancel his visit, due to the bad weather in his location, we had another good meeting tonight! Thanks to all those who contributed! Huge range of subjects covered from size/distance in the universe, black holes/supermassive black holes and.......spectroscopy! It was also pointed out that it must be the only astronomical society that has more woman participating than men! Explain that away....is it the Brian Cox like character of the chair?

By dashastro, Dec 11 2016 11:34AM

Hi folks


Well the Christmas social went well with all that came enjoying the hospitality of Irene in her fabulous woodland home.( no words of thanks to Irene will ever be enough ) Also thanks to all for the wonderful food that was brought and shared. special thanks to Lynn G for the hard work she put into helping with the preparation for the evening along with Irene and her two friends ( forgive me not remembering names )


So 2016 is fast on its way out, and when you look back there have been quite a few memorable evenings. To name just a few,,, Outreach at RSPB Minsmere for Star Gazing Live last January, International Sun Day at Westleton Village Hall in June and Henham Steam Rally as well as a few Country Fairs, all got us out in the wider community.


Apart from guest speakers, memorable talks were given by Nikki and Ian and with luck we will have more of the same in 2017. don't feel pressured by David G, but if anyone wants to share a question or experience in a 15-20 minute talk just let us know, we can help with presentation or I T if required.


Looking forward to 2017, I can only speak personally, and say a big thank you to you all for your continued participation and enthusiasm.


Jim S


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