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December 2016 at the Kabin – Binocular Night

Our December Kabin meeting is on Tuesday 13th, at 7.45pm.

Highlights include:

  • What to look for in the winter sky, with binoculars or a small telescope
  • Find out about the Galloway Astronomy Centre, and our possible forthcoming trip there
  • Book draw – win a copy of The Sky at Night’s How to Read the Solar System
  • Bring and buy

If clear, there could be observing afterwards, so bring warm clothes and scopes (or binoculars) if you have them.


December 2016

For those who’ve booked the meal, here’s a reminder that it’s Tuesday 6th December, 7.30pm, at Louis Brown’s (50 yards from the Kabin).

If you haven’t booked for the meal, it’s too late now (sorry), but hopefully we’ll see you at the Kabin on Tuesday 13th.

November 2016 – Practical Observing

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

Highlights include:

  • Chris and Pete’s Star Party Report
  • Book draw – win a copy of The Sky at Night’s How to Read the Solar System
  • Practical observing tips
  • Bring and buy

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


Mills Observatory Trip

On Wednesday 9th November, we’re off for a trip to Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory – the Mills in Dundee.

Arrival time is 7pm, by which time it will be dark, so we stand a great chance of looking through the various telescopes including the 16″ Newtonian.

The observatory is at Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB. What3Words location here.

Admission is free for DB Astro members, with a suggested donation of £2 for non-members. For carpooling details, check this forum thread, and post if you either have, or need a spare seat.


October 2016 – Pluto

Our October Kabin meeting is on Tuesday 25th, at 7.45pm.

We know so much more about Pluto now than we did just 18 months ago, so now’s a great time to  catch up on the latest findings, as well as explore some lesser-known things which make Pluto such a fascinating place.

Details are:

  • Talk: 10 Cool Things and One Dull Thing about Pluto
  • Find out about our annual meal (and book a seat)
  • Book draw – win a copy of DK’s Knowledge Encyclopedia Space!

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

September 2016 – Active Galaxies with Andy Lawrence

After our summer break (and a fun day out in Anstruther) we’re back in the Kabin again. Our first Kabin meeting of the autumn is on Tuesday 27th September, at 7.45pm.

We’re delighted to welcome back Andy Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh Institute for Astronomy, who visited us two years ago with his talk The Universe and Me. This time his talk is about active galaxies, and it’s called Hunting the Dragon.

Full details are:

  • Talk Hunting the Dragon with Andy Lawrence
  • Book draw – win a copy of DK’s The Practical Astronomer

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

Anstruther Solar System Walk

We’re taking a trip on Sunday 21st August, over to Anstruther for an astronomy-themed walk, followed by a picnic.

  • Arrival time in Anstruther 11am.
  • Park in the East Basin car park. This is opposite the Tourist Information Office on East Shore.
  • We will then split up into small groups and head West along the shore, spotting the plaques for the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Pluto is on Dreelside, so if you go further West than that, you’ve gone too far. Neptune is the trickiest to find, so you might need to do a little bit of exploring.
  • After finding the plaques, return to the car park for a beach picnic. Fish’n’chips and ice cream are available on Shore St, or you can bring a packed lunch.

This event is free. Children welcome with responsible adult. Advance booking is not required. Round-trip walking distance is about 1 mile.

There is a carpooling thread on the forum.

Starting Point

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!


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