Dalby StarFest 2019 – Dates Announced

Dates for Dalby StarFest 2019 have now been confirmed:

Thursday 29th August – Mon 2nd September 2019

New moon is on the 30th so hopefully dark skies aplenty

Booking will commence from January 2019 – event details available HERE and will be updated fully for the opening of registrations in January.

Further information will be sent out in due course if you have attended previously or signed up to the mailing list

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Happy New Year

Welcome to 2019

I hope Santa brought everyone what they wanted including new astronomy gear, as this would account for the increase in cloud and fog exactly on Christmas.

I’ve managed a few visual observations of Comet 46P/Wirtanen, currently in the constellation Lynx, but unfortunately I’ve been unsuccessful in getting an image currently, unlike some lucky others who have posted their images on the society members Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sarasmembers/

I have recently found a really good resource for grab and go observing, skymaps.com.
They provide a monthly sky map with a sky calender and planisphere for the particular month, marked with Deep Sky Objects, all on a handy printable A4 sheet

Our next Ayton meeting will be on Friday 18th January 2019 and SARAS President John Harper will be giving the talk “Around the Zodiac”

 There is no public observing in January so Friday 1st February is our next Public Observing session, 8pm to 9:30pm, followed by members-only afterwards.

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Reminder: No December meeting at East Ayton

Just a reminder that in December we hold the member’s Christmas Meal instead of having an Ayton meeting.

The next Ayton meeting will be on Friday 18th January 2019 – John Harper FRAS – “Around the Zodiac”






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2nd November 2018 – Public Observing Night at Dalby Forest

Public Stargazing in Dalby Forest – November 2018






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Friday 19 October 2018 7.45pm Guest Speaker: Roy Gunson “Pickering’s Harem”

Friday 19 October 2018 7.45pm, East Ayton Village Hall

Guest Speaker: Roy Gunson “Pickering’s Harem”

Williamina Flemming – abandoned by her new husband just months after arriving in Boston, USA from Dundee. Pregnant and alone she rose to become one of the most famed female astronomers of the early 20th century . Her story plus those of a host of other female astronomers hired by Charles Edward Pickering between 1880 and 1919 to work at the Harvard College Observatory gives a remarkable insight on the determination by these women to succeed.






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