S&RAS Memberships now due for 2018/19 season

A reminder that Society memberships are now due for renewal of the 2018/19 season
Membership fees remain the same as last year.

Membership form available HERE

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Introduction to Astronomy evening – Friday 21st September 2018

S&RAS will be holding another Introduction to Astronomy event on Friday 21st September 2018 at 7:45pm at East Ayton Village Hall.

This event is for those who have or want to develop an interest in Astronomy but don’t know where to start or have a telescope and don’t know how to use it effectively
It will include a short introductory talk followed by a chance for non-members to approach members for help and advice on astronomy or in setting
up and using their telescopes.

Feel free to bring along equipment you may have if you don’t know how to use it.

Free for members.
£3 for non-members, payable on the door.
Free refreshments

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S&RAS will be at Ayton Gala – Saturday 1st September 2018

S&RAS members will be at the Ayton Gala on Saturday 1st September 2018, 11:00 – 16:00.

We will have Solar scopes set up for safe solar viewing (weather permitting).
The society has held our monthly meetings at the village hall since 2005, so this is the ideal opportunity to promote the society and our meetings as well as our calendar of public stargazing events in Dalby Forest.

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StarFest 2018 – Registration closed

7th August 2018 – Registrations for Dalby StarFest 2018 are now closed, details of the 2019 event will be published soon

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S&RAS at Dalby Explorer Day 2018

S&RAS were invited once again to the Dalby Explorer Day on Sunday 8th July 2018.

Howard Watson, Neil Graham, John Harper & Sheila Anderson opened the Domes for the public to see the 12″ Meade SCT and 12″ Skywatcher Lightbridge as well as 2 solar filtered telescopes.

The theme of the event was “Speed”.

Neil and Howard put together images and information relating to speed in the universe and the speed of light.
Howard also facilitated an experiment to determine the speed of light using a microwave and a Twix bar.
Using the microwave to heat the Twix produced 2 hot areas at the ends, the distance between which could be measured and multiplied to produce a result close the the speed of light.

Solar viewing was available for the Public thanks to Neil and John in both Hydrogen Alpha and Visible Light but persistent cloud between 10:30am and 4pm hindered any proper viewing.

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