It’s the Christmas Social event on 6th December. We’ll kick off at 7:30pm, so it would be good to arrive a bit before then.
This event is open to members and their friends/relations and we do make an at-cost charge for food. There will be a quiz and raffle. We have a singer/guitar player performing for us and of course there will be vittles. Maybe some other activities will manifest during the evening.
Please let the committee know if you are coming and whether you would be supplying a raffle prize and/or pudding. Also let us know if you have and special dietary requirements.
Following on from Roger’s talk, here is the link to his Project Alcock page.
If anyone wants to get more information about the programme or comets in general, then Roger is happy for you to contact him.
Our new season starts this week on 20th Sept.
We have a packed programme of two presentations (three if you count the introduction): a beginners’ item from Eliot Hall on imaging the Sun, and a main topic by Steve Hill on “Why this Universe? Exploring the Cosmic Landscape” which explores some speculative ideas about the origin of the Universe. You get to meet the son of a plumber and learn all about string theory. Well maybe not all.
Since this is the first meeting of the new season, please be prepared to cough up membership dues. We have left the rates unchanged for another year, so it is a very reasonable £10 for an individual for the year or £15 for a family.
This Friday 21st June is our AGM. Normally we try to get the formal process over and done with quickly. There are some items that you should be aware of:
1) Alan Aked is formally our treasurer, but Rosie is doing most of the day-to-day work of looking after the funds. We could do with someone stepping up to the plate and taking over the treasurer role.
2) I would like to raise the topic of membership fees, so come armed with opinions. We haven’t changed the fees for as long as I can remember and we should consider revising them even if we don’t do it in the end.
3) Ideas for getting more members would be appreciated.
4) We need a picture for the membership card for next year. I have one submission, but the more the merrier.
5) If you have any items that you would like to raise at the meeting, let us know and we can add them to the agenda.
Once the AGM is out of the way, we will to do something interesting (the meeting is billed as “member talks”, but we can be flexible):
1) We can do a Q&A session if we get some Qs, so send in any questions you have about astronomy and we will attempt to answer them (no question is too basic but there may be some that are too complicated – we will try our best!)
2) I will bring my astro-images from over the years. Feel free to bring your own and we can look and admire.
3) If you have any astro-related experiences from the past year to tell us about, we would be happy to hear, whether it be the sighting of Saturn or the discovery of a supernova.
4) I am happy to re-run my beginners’ item from last month if people are interested.
5) If you have any other suggestions let us know.
The talk in April has changed. It is now “Cosmic Telescopes” by Dr. Phil Marshall from the University of Oxford.
Check back here frequently to see if were are proceeding with our January meeting.
Volunteer for speaking in our Sept. 2013 to May 2014 season are warmly welcomed.
Just drop chairman at beckingtonas dot org an email!
First talk of 2013 is from Roger Dymock about “Project Alcock”, a comet search project for amateur astronomical societies.
Roger is a FRAS and director of the Asteroids section of the BAA. He has also written a number of books including ‘Asteroids and Dwarf Planets and How to Observe Them’
Our programme starts again this month, and what a start.
We have Damian Peach, renowned planetary imager, coming to talk to us about imaging Jupiter.
Yours truly will present something for the beginners item.