StarFest 2018 – Dates announced – Registration now open

StarFest 2018

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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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S&RAS will be at Dalby Explorer Day on Sun 8th July 2018

S&RAS members will be at the Dalby Explorer Day on Sunday 8th July 2018, 10:30 – 16:00.

The theme of the event is Speed and we hope to have success in measuring the speed of light using a microwave and marshmallows!
We will have Solar scopes set up for safe solar viewing (weather permitting) as well as opening the observatories to have a look at our night sky telescopes.

The event is free, however, the Forestry do charge an entry fee to the forest: Details HERE

Dalby Forest Explorer Day Event Webpage

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S&RAS End of Season Spectacular 2018

S&RAS once again held their “End of Season Spectacular” as the final event of the calendar year at Ayton.
Instead of inviting an external guest speaker, members are invited to give mini presentations on topics of their choice.

Honorary President John Harper FRAS gave a talk recalling how S&RAS became associated with Dalby Forest, how John’s night classes in Astronomy started the ball rolling for the eventual founding of Kielder Observatory and the surprising sequence of events involved in the visit of Sir Patrick Moore to officially open the Low Dalby Observatory.

Ross Mitchell provided an interactive presentation on how to calculate the diameter of the sun using only a candle, cardboard, paper, tinfoil, scissors and a bit of maths.

The evening was rounded off with an Astro Quiz put together by Neil Graham with the winning team totalling 22 points out of a maximum of 30.

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Dalby Forest Stargazing event on 2nd March CANCELLED

The 2nd March 2018 Public Observing at Dalby Forest CANCELLED due to the snow.

Our public observing sessions will begin again in October 2018 when the nights draw in again.

Details of the 2018/2019 winter season events will be added to our event calendar shortly.

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UPDATE: 2nd March 2018 Public Viewing Night at Dalby Forest

Due to the current weather forecast for snow thorough the week leading up to our Public Observing Event at Dalby Forest on 2nd March 2018, it is likely that the event will be CANCELLED.

However the decision to cancel HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE and a final decision will be made on the morning of Friday 2nd March.

Updates on if the event is going ahead or cancelled will be posted here, on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

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