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May 2016 – Mars

With Mars nearing opposition (and its closest approach to us in 10 years), now is a great time to spot our planetary neighbour. Come along and hear about Mars, and how to observe it, at the Kabin on Tuesday 24th May, at the usual 7.45pm.

Full program is:

  • Mars talk
  • Learn more about our Anstruther solar system walk (which will follow on Sunday 21st August)
  • Book draw – win a copy of Knowledge Encyclopedia Space!

Transit of Mercury

On Monday 9th May 2016, the planet Mercury will pass directly between us and the Sun. It will be the first Transit of Mercury visible from Scotland since 2003.

Between 12:12 and 19:42, Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot on the face of the Sun, too small to see without specialist equipment. Fortunately, at Dalgety Bay Astronomy Club, we have that equipment, and we’ll be setting it up outside the Kabin on the day. Weather permitting, this is your best chance to witness this rare event!

Warning: Trying to observe the sun without the correct equipment and know-how can be very dangerous, possibly causing permanent blindness. 

Note for amateur astronomers: If you have your own solar observing equipment and you’d like to join us, come along any time from 11am onwards to begin setup. We will provide a rain shelter where you can quickly move your kit if the heavens open.

Note for the general public: You are welcome to stop by at any time between 12:12 and 19:42 (provided the sun is out) to see how it’s going. No booking required. For safety reasons, visitors are asked not to touch any equipment except as directed by our volunteers. Under-12s must be closely and continuously supervised by a responsible adult (maximum 2 under-12s per adult).

April 2016 – Transit of Mercury Special

At the Kabin on Tuesday 26th April, at the usual 7.45pm.

  • Short talk What are Transits? with Paul Holmes
  • Practical demo Safe Transit Observing with Brian Wright
  • Learn more about our Transit of Mercury observing session (which will follow on Monday 9th May)
  • Book draw – win a copy of Knowledge Encyclopedia Space!

 

March 2016

We’re at the Kabin on Tuesday 22nd March, at the usual 7.45pm.

If clear, there may be observing afterwards, so bring warm clothes and scopes if you have them.

February 2016

We’re at the Kabin on Tuesday 23rd February, at the usual 7.45pm.

Highlights include:

  • New scope night. Just bought a new scope and not sure how to use it yet? Bring it along.
  • Practical observing tips – what to look for and how to find it.

If clear, there may be observing afterwards, so bring warm clothes and scopes if you have them.

(You’ll also be able to join or renew your subscription, if you haven’t already.)

January 2016

We’re back at the Kabin on Tuesday 26th January, at the usual 7.45pm.

January is subscription renewal time, so please bring your annual subs money as follows.

Family £18
Individual £12
Student/Unwaged/Senior £7

 

Highlights include:

  • AGM
  • A talk on NASA’s Dawn probe, and what it’s discovered about Vesta and Ceres.

If clear, there may be observing afterwards, so bring warm clothes and scopes if you have them.

December 2015

Our last meeting of 2015 is on Tuesday 8th December, 7.45pm, at the Kabin.

Highlights include:

  • A talk on Neptune, which is ideally placed in the evening sky at present
  • Book draw – win a copy of Collins Night Sky & Starfinder

As always, dress warmly – the sky could well be clear.

 

November 2015

Our third meeting of the autumn will be on Tue 24th November, 7.45pm, at the Kabin.

Highlights include:

  • How to align an equatorial mount
  • Astro picture show-and-tell from Geoff and others (bring a pic or two of your own, if you have some to show)
  • Book draw – win a copy of Collins Night Sky & Starfinder

In addition, the forecast’s looking encouraging – if it turns out clear, we’ll have some observing outside afterwards.

October 2015

Our second meeting of the autumn will be on Tue 27th October, 7.45pm, at the Kabin.

Highlights include:

  • What to watch out for this autumn
  • Kit guide – scopes or binos?
  • Book draw – win a copy of Astronomy for Dummies
  • Bring and buy

In addition, the forecast’s looking encouraging – if it turns out clear, we’ll have some observing outside afterwards.

September 2015

Now that it’s September, the Kabin meetings are back on again!

We kick off the season with a talk Dark Matter: Too unreal to be real? from visiting speaker Dr Eric Tittley from the Institute for Astronomy at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

Our meeting is on Tuesday 22nd September, 7.45pm, at the Kabin.

 

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