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October Meeting

Club Telescope

I am delighted to announce that the club has a new telescope, which will be available for loan to members.

On October 28th, we’ll be introducing you to this fine instrument. We’ll tell you about how it was made, and how each of you will be able to use it in your own backyards. Weather permitting, we could even take it outside and have a look at the sky!

Book Draw

If you have your membership card with you, you’ll have a chance to win your own hardback copy of The Night Sky Month by Month.

Christmas Dinner

You’ll also be able to hear about (and sign up for) our 2nd Annual Christmas Dinner at the Bay Inn – it was a great success last year. This year, it’s on Tue December 16th, and you can pay your £5 deposit to Priti on 28th October, or by the 25th November at the latest. The total cost (including deposit) is £12.95 for 3 courses per person.

The Universe and Me

Our next meeting is at the Kabin, on Tuesday 23rd September, at 7.45pm.

The subject is The Universe and Me and our guest speaker is Andy Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy, University of Edinburgh. This will be his first visit to our club, so I hope you can all give him a warm welcome.

The members-only book draw will be back, so don’t forget your membership cards if you want a chance to win The Night Sky – Month by Month.

See you there!


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Have a great summer!

We’re on our summer break now, so go and catch some rays.

Here’s a look forward to our autumn schedule:

  • September Kabin Meeting, Tue 23/09/2014
  • October Kabin Meeting, Tue 28/10/2014
  • November Kabin Meeting, Tue 25/11/2014
  • December Kabin Meeting, Tue 09/12/2014

They’re all at 7.45pm, at the Kabin.


May Meetings

Tuesday 27th May, 7.45pm, the Kabin.

Our last Kabin meeeting before the summer break is a hands-on telescope workshop, so bring a scope if you have one. There’s also a bring and buy.

Friday 30th May, 7.45pm, the Bay Inn.

End of season pub night. A chance to reminisce about the last season and make plans for the next one, over a glass of wine or beer.


April Meeting

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

There will be a talk on exoplanets (planets orbiting stars other than our Sun).

If clear, there will be a chance for observing afterwards, so bring a scope if you have one.

March Meeting

This is a hands-on telescope workshop, so bring a scope if you have one.

There’s observing, if clear, and also a bring and buy.

Tuesday 25th March, 7.45pm, the Kabin.

PS. If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, there will be a chance to renew tonight, so bring your subs along.

February Meeting

February’s meeting is all about telescopes.

We have two mini-talks (with demonstrations) about two of the most popular kinds of astronomical telescope:

  • The Newtonian
  • The Schmidt-Cassegrain

This is your chance to learn about what they are, and the pros and cons of each type.

Tuesday 25th February, 7.45pm, the Kabin.

PS. If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, there will be a chance to renew tonight, so bring your subs along.


AGM – Tue Jan 28th

This year’s AGM is at 7.45pm at the Kabin.

This is also the ideal time to renew your membership, so bring your subs along.

Afterwards, there will be a chance to swap tips, and buy and sell bits of kit.

Stargazing Live in the Bay

This year’s local Stargazing Live event is at the Kabin on Sat 11th Jan.

We’ll have an open drop-in session there from 5pm till 7pm, followed (if clear) by a trip to the Braefoot Dark Site.

Newcomers are most welcome to stop by and meet us. If you have a telescope, and you’re not sure how to use it, this will be your ideal chance to ask someone more experienced.