November Monthly Meeting – Cyclic Model

Cosmic Background – WMAP – 2010

At our November meeting John Yates will be talking about the “Cyclic Model” of cosmology. This is an alternative cosmology to the commonly assumed “Inflationary Model”, but does provide an interesting alternative to conventional wisdom.

We will have a some telescopes along should it be clear after the break, and if any members have pictures they would like to show please bring them along.

October Monthly Meeting – Cosmic Rays

At the monthly meeting this Saturday, Dr Helen Heath, from Bristol University will be talking to us about Cosmic Rays. These are not some metaphysical health remedy, but extremely energetic particles from the depths of space, so it will certainly be a meeting not to be missed.
The forecast for Saturday evening is a bit uncertain at the moment, but telescopes will be available just in case.

Telescope clinic a hit

New Website

Today (October 1st) the new website has gone live.
Most of the content is the same as the old site, but we will have new content and features coming soon.
If you find any problems, or have any comments or suggestions please email or leave a comment on this posting.

Eddies Observing Tips

At our last meeting, Eddie Carpenter presented some observing tips.

Many members asked if these could be written up and put on the website, so here they are.

I have added my own recollections and interpretations on Eddie’s suggestions – Callum.

1. Black cloth over head and eyepiece

A black cloth over your head and eyepiece will help block out any extraneous light, and help you ‘focus’ on the object you are observing.

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September / October Mercury

The September/October 2012 issue of Mercury is now available to download from the Members|Downloads area.

Contents include:

  • Coordinator’s Report
  • Observing evenings
  • Dates For Your Diary
  • Telescope cinic
  • Astroimaging workshop
  • Looking back

September Meeting

At our September 8th meeting Dr Ian Kenyon of Birmingham University will be telling us all about the “Latest results from the Large Hadron Collider”.

Meeting starts at 7.45 pm. at Shurdington Social Centre.

Award Winners 2012

Congratulations to:

Ian Sibley; winner of the Dan Turton trophy for “best astro-image”.
Angela Cresswell;  winner of the Robin Townley trophy for “contribution to the work of the Society”.

Ian Sibley and Angela Cresswell – our 2012 award winners