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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.


Have a great summer!

As seasoned DB Astro veterans will know, we don’t have our regular Kabin meetings during June, July or August, because a lot of people are away on their hols, and it never gets properly dark.

On the plus side, it’s warm, the evenings are light enough for loads of other fun activities, and sometimes it’s even dry for a bit.

Have a great summer, and see you all again on September 22nd.


Midsummer’s Day in Anstruther

On Sunday June 21st, we’ll be at the opening celebration of Anstruther’s scale model of the Solar system. It’s 600 metres from the Sun to Pluto, and the distances and bodies are all to the same scale, 1:10,000,000,000.


13:30 Short talk by Dr Hania Allen. Tourist Information Office (formerly Sun Tavern), East Shore.


After the talk, the event moves on to the Dreel Halls, High Street West.

If you are interested in helping, please see this forum thread.

See also the official community page for the Launch Event (link to another site).


May 2015

Our last Kabin meeting before the summer break is on Tuesday 26th May, at the Kabin, 7.45-9.45pm.

Highlights include:

  • Talk: Capturing the Night Sky on Video with Geoff Ruzgar
  • Q&A Session: What’s the best way to see … ?
  • Prize draw: DVD box set of The Planets from the History Channel. (Don’t forget your membership card, if you want to be in the draw.)
  • Bring and buy
  • Hear about our Midsummer’s Day Out on Sunday* 21st June

As always, feel free to bring your scope. Even is it’s not completely dark, we might see the Moon and Venus. It’ll also be pretty much our last chance to get a good look at Jupiter before it disappears behind the Sun and then (in October) emerges as a morning planet.


*You may have an email with a typo: ‘Sat 21/06/2015’. It should say ‘Sun 21/06/05′.

April 2015

Our April meeting is on Tuesday 28th April, at the Kabin, 7.45-9.45pm.

Subjects for the evening:

  • The sky in Spring
  • Equatorial Mounts: What are they’re for and how to use them
  • Your pictures – show and tell

If clear, we’ll set up telescopes outside afterwards.


March Events

We have two events this month.

Kabin Meeting

Our March meeting will be on Tuesday 24th March, at the Kabin, 7.45-9.45pm.

At the meeting there will be a short talk given by Geoff.

If you managed to take any eclipse pictures on Friday please save them as jpegs on a memory stick and bring them along to share with other members.

Also, if the weather is kind bring your scopes and we will either observe outside the cabin or go to the dark sky site. If it’s not so obliging then we will run a telescope workshop for the remaining time.

Solar Eclipse – Friday March 20th, 8.30am-10.30am

Event Location:

Letham Farm Park Area, access via Chandlers Rise or Farmstead Rd, Dalgety Bay, see location image link… … ybayastro/
Park Area Access:
As the access to this park area is via a residential area please park considerately, if you are not bringing heavy telescope equipment, parking should be available in the nearby Dalgety Bay Sports Centre car park.
You may want to arrive earlier than the eclipses 08:31 start time.
Some of us may be there pre-sunrise in order to get mount alignment done before the eclipse starts.
Note that it may be quite soft underfoot so bring something to stop your telescopes tripod legs sinking into the ground. Waterproof footwear might also be an advantage if the grass is wet.
Eclipse Timings at our latitude:
Sunrise from: 06:00
Starts at 08:31
Deepest point, 94%, occurs at 09:35
Ends at 10:43.
REMEMBER it is never safe to look at a partial or annular eclipse, or the partial phases of a total solar eclipse, without the proper equipment and techniques.
Please check your solar filters for integrity (pinholes, scratches, tears, etc.) and security (on the telescope – maybe masking tape etc.) before bringing them along to the eclipse.
There are still some eclipse glasses that will be available on the day.
Hospitality: Feel free to bring flasks of tea, coffee, biscuits, etc. hopefully plenty to share :)
Facilities: There are toilets in the nearby Dalgety Bay Sports Centre.
After the Event: Please leave the area as you would wish to find it.

February 2015

Our February meeting will be on Tuesday 24th February, at the Kabin, 7.45-9.45pm.

Meeting Details

  • Practical Telescope Tips (bring your scope, if you have one)
  • How to see the Solar Eclipse (on March 20th)
  • Get your eclipse glasses (see below)

Paid-up members are entitled to free eclipse glasses as follows:

Family 2 pairs free
Individual 1 pair free
Student/Unwaged/Senior 1 pair free

Extra pairs can be purchased for £1.50 per pair, while stocks last.

See you there!

January 2015

Our January meeting will be on Tuesday 27th January, at the Kabin, 7.45-9.45pm.

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

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

Meeting details

  • AGM
  • Comet C/2014 Lovejoy
  • Book Draw
  • Observing Challenge Follow-up (bring pictures or sketches if you have any)


See you there.

December Meeting and Dinner

Kabin Meeting – Tue 9th Dec

Our last Kabin meeting of 2014 is on Tuesday 9th December, 7.45pm at the Kabin.

We’ll have a chance to discuss the winter observing challenges and how to overcome any obstacles you might have run into, or even how to get started.

There will also be a practical telescope workshop.

Christmas Dinner – Tue 16th Dec

Our annual dinner is at the Bay Inn.

Arrival time is 7.15 for 7.30pm.

See you there!


November Meeting

Our November meeting is on Tue 25th November, in the Kabin, at 7.45pm.

The Season’s Skies

We’ll be talking about what’s visible in the sky at this time of year.
Whether you’re observing with the naked eye, binoculars, small scope or
large, there’s plenty for you to look out for in late autumn and early winter.

Book Draw

If you have your membership card with you, you’ll have a chance to win your
own hardback copy of The 21st Century Astronomer by Patrick Moore and Pete

Christmas Dinner – Last Chance to Book

This year, our dinner is on Tue December 16th.
This Tuesday is your last chance to pay your £5 deposit to Priti.
The total cost (including deposit) is £12.95 for 3 courses per person.

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