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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.

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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Unfortunately, this means that not all features are available right now. In particular, you may be temporarily unable to log in or post messages on the forum.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we aim to have the site fully functional again within the next few days.


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.