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  Laser Pens  

Maidenhead Astronomical Society may use Laser Pens as a pointer during outreach events and talks. Any such use will comply with our Laser Pen Policy, which may be downloaded from here (.pdf)

Essentially, only responsible adults pre-approved by MAS are allowed to use a laser pointer at an outreach event. Children under the age of 18 and non-approved adults are not permitted to use the laser pen at any time. Any member of the public bringing their own device (without pre-approval) is asked not to use it during one of our events (and will be asked to leave if they are not willing to comply with this request).

  Future Public Events  


This page is dedicated to events promoted by Maidenhead Astronomical Society aimed at bringing an awareness and appreciation of astronomy to the general public. Almost all of the Events listed here are run by MAS (the few that are not are plainly marked)

Details of future planned events are limited to those open to the general public (Members should look in the Members Only section for details of future events not open to the public - which includes most of our local Outreach activities (schools, cubs, brownies etc)).

Future events are listed in date order, next planned first. Be aware that events can change (usually due to the weather :-) ) so please check nearer the event before making a journey

Note. MAS holds Public Liability Insurance via our membership of Federation of Astronomical Societies.
Our Policy Document for 2017-18 is available as a PDF download here

(-) 28 Apr 2018 Maidenhead Arts Festival

This is in the advanced planning stage = check here (or visit MAS Twitter) before travelling for last minute changes Members of MAS wil be taking part in the Maidenhead Arts spring festival on Saturday 28th April at the Maidenhead Library and Amphitheatre (outside the Library), St. Ives Road, SL6 1QU. Opening at 10am and closing at 4pm**, we will be 'manning' a desk making available information about all things Astronomical. A number of our members will be showing off their telescopes and assisting members of the public with any questions related to observing and using their own equipment. Our 'slot' on the Amphitheatre is planned for 12 noon, when, weather permitting, for 45 mins various telescopes will be used in Solar Projection mode and our Solarscope will be available for members of the public to view the Sun. Currently we expect to vacate the Amphitheatre at about 1.30pm. **we have to clear the Library by 4pm, so last 'Q & A' session indoors will be at 3.30 *** WARNING *** Never use a normal telescope to look directly at the Sun = this will BLIND YOU. The MAS Solarscope has a special internal filter that cuts out over 99% of the light and almost all the exceedingly harmful Infra-Red (heat) radiation. To use a normal telescope, a special Solar Filter MUST be fitted than performs the same function. The safest method, which will be demonstrated on the Saturday, is to use 'projection' mode.
This note last modified: 21st Apr 2018 16:56.

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(+) 27 Jul 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse

(+) 11 Nov 2019 Transit of Mercury (2nd of pair)

(+) 10 Jun 2021 Solar Eclipse - (partial from UK)

(+) 25 Oct 2022 Partial Solar Eclipse

(+)  7 Mar 2025 (and 22) Major Lunar Standstill

(+) 29 Mar 2025 Partial Solar Eclipse

(+) 12 Aug 2026 Solar Eclipse

(+) 26 Jan 2028 annular Solar Eclipse

(+)  1 Jun 2030 annular Solar Eclipse

(+) 28 Jul 2061 Hallys Comet returns

(+) 23 Sep 2090 Total Solar Eclipse - (the next visible from UK)

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  Reports from our Outreach & Event activity  


Here you will find reports of MAS events held in the last 10 years or so (i.e. since the MAS web site effectively 'took over' from printed newsletters as the primary means of 'reporting back' to the membership). Some details have been removed to allow for public viewing

The Members Only section contains details of MAS History going back to our formation in 1957

Note that this page does not include Observing session reports (which have a separate page)

(-) 18 Mar 2018 1st Furze Platt Brownies - (Outreach)

Friday 16th March 2018 - 1st Furze Platt Brownies (Outreach)
Present: The STAR (Steve, Tim, Adrian, Robin) team
Report by Steve The date for this event was agreed well before the snow that caused the MAS March meeting to be postponed. Inevitably, the new date for the MAS meeting 'clashed' with this. Fortunately, a check of the timing showed that if we stuck to the schedule, we could (just) fit both in ! With a start time of 5.30pm, we planned our arrival for 5pm. Eager to get started I arrived first - even before the Leader with the gate keys ! The space at the back of the meeting hall had been 'reserved' for us, which made it very easy to unload and park. With such an early start it was way too light for any observing, however we set up telescopes in-doors for demonstration. By about 5.40 we were introduced to 24 Brownies and 4 'helpers' by the Leader. Robin then started us off with his Stellarium script based 'finding North' and an overview of the constellations. In a departure from our usual approach, this was followed by a 20 minute activity for the Brownies prepared by Adrian. This consisted of completing quiz sheets to identify constellations and find the Pole Star, followed by making decorated drawings of their favourite constellations using craft materials. The Brownies were organised into their sixes and eagerly set about the task, drawing the constellation outlines on black cards then adding  stick-on stars and 'gems' to complete their pictures. They would take these home and use them to research the the origins and mythology of their chosen constellations in order to complete the work for their Stargazer badges. Those Brownies who completed this task first them had the chance to see the Moon through Tim's telescope. Unlike most instruments (which are incapable of 'focusing' on objects nearer than the field next door) Tim had set his up to focus on a large drawing of the Moon he had affixed to the wall at the end of the Hall. Next the Brownies were split into 2 groups. Whilst Adrian (with Tim and Robin's help) explained how the phases of the Moon are formed, I delivered a quick talk about the Planets of the Solar System. Amazingly, the Moon talk finished first and I had to hurry up to complete my talk. The two groups then swapped over, and I ran faster (whist the Moon talk went slower) and this time I finished first ! After a few questions, the two groups were recombined for the 'closing ceremony'. Tim, who needed to pick up the MAS meeting speaker from the railway station, was first off. The rest of us followed at speed and we were all away soon after 7pm, whilst parents were still picking up their offspring. I just had enough time to off-load my Dob. at home before getting to Stubbings by 7.20, in time to setup for the (postponed) March monthly meeting. Report by Adrian Thanks everyone for making the outreach event a success yesterday.  Thanks too for bringing telescopes; even though we didn't have the opportunity to use them, the Brownies were interested. Several of them asked me about Steve's Dob. while I was up at that end of the hall and some had a chance to look through Tim's refractor at the 'Moon'. [For some photos, see this Girlguiding Maidenhead Division facebook post]
This note last modified: 7th Apr 2018 21:10.

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(+) 19 Feb 2018 Winter Hill Beavers - (Outreach)

(+) 18 Jan 2018 1st Maidenhead Beavers - (Outreach)

(+) 22 Nov 2017 Cookham Dean CE Primary School - (Outreach)

(+) 18 Nov 2017 PUBLIC EVENT Leonids meteor watch - (at White Waltham)

(+)  6 Nov 2017 2nd Woodlands Park Rainbows - (Outreach)

(+) 21 Aug 2017 Solar Eclipse - (partial from UK)

(+) 12 Aug 2017 Perseid Meteor Watch - (Ockwells Park)

(+)  9 Jun 2017 MAS 60th Anniversary Meal - (Members and guest only)

(+)  1 Apr 2017 Stargazing Live

(+)  8 Mar 2017 1st Stoke Poges Guide Unit - (Outreach)

(+)  7 Mar 2017 19th Maidenhead Cubs - (Outreach)

(+) 21 Feb 2017 Furze Platt Cub Pack - (Outreach)

(+)  7 Feb 2017 St Pirans School - (Outreach)

(+)  7 Feb 2017 1st Wargrave Cubs - (Outreach)

(+)  2 Feb 2017 Wildcats Cubs Wargrave - (Outreach)

(+) 19 Dec 2016 Cookham Dean Primary School - (Outreach)

(+) 25 Nov 2016 Bayfordbury Observatory - (members visit)

(+) 17 Nov 2016 Taplow Brownies - (Outreach)

(+) 21 Oct 2016 Lowbrook Academy Science Week - (Outreach)

(+) 17 Oct 2016 19th Maidenhead Beavers - (Outreach)

(+) 17 Oct 2016 Holy Trinity School Science Week - (Outreach)

(+) 10 Sep 2016 Pinkneys Scout Camp - (Outreach)

(+) 11 Aug 2016 Perseid meteor watch - (Ockwells Park)

(+) 11 May 2016 1st Datchet Cub Pack - (Outreach)

(+)  9 May 2016 Transit of Mercury - (Public observing at Ockwells)

(+)  9 May 2016 Parkinsons UK at SportsAble - (outreach)

(+) 30 Mar 2016 Claires Court Holiday Club - (Outreach)

(+) 16 Mar 2016 Trinity St Stephens First School - (Outreach)

(+) 15 Mar 2016 Eton End School - (Outreach)

(+) 14 Mar 2016 Holy Trinity Primary School - (Outreach)

(+) 26 Feb 2016 Pinkneys Green and Boyne Hill Altwood Scouts - (outreach)

(+) 11 Feb 2016 Cox Green School STEM - (Outreach)

(+)  4 Feb 2016 Burchetts Green Infants School - (Outreach)

(+)  1 Feb 2016 3rd Cookham Brownies - (Outreach)

(+) 14 Jan 2016 6th Windsor Cubs and Scouts

(+)  1 Jan 2016 Comet Catalina 2013

(+) 12 Dec 2015 Geminids watch - (at Ockwells Park)

(+) 30 Nov 2015 21st Cox Green Beavers - (outreach)

(+) 26 Nov 2015 Furze Platt Beavers - (Outreach)

(+) 21 Nov 2015 A history of the Sun - (St Cross College OXFORD (not by MAS))

(+) 18 Nov 2015 Leonid meteor watch - (canceled)

(+) 12 Nov 2015 1st Cookham Dean Brownies - (outreach)

(+) 24 Oct 2015 Cavendish Lab - (Members coach trip)

(+) 17 Oct 2015 (to 23 Oct) Orionids Meteor Shower

(+) 10 Oct 2015 Solar Observing Ockwells Park - (members only)

(+)  6 Oct 2015 Sequela Foundation - (outreach)

(+) 28 Sep 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

(+) 27 Sep 2015 Super Moon (followed by a Lunar Eclipse)

(+) 29 Aug 2015 Public Solar Observing - (lunchtime at Norden Farm)

(+) 11 Aug 2015 Perseids Meteor watch - (Cancelled due to bad weather)

(+) 18 Jul 2015 St Nicholas School camp - (Outreach)

(+) 23 Jun 2015 Courthouse School - (Outreach)

(+) 27 May 2015 Claire Court School - (Outreach)

(+) 11 May 2015 Finchampstead Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 15 Apr 2015 Exploring the Realm of the Giants - (Cafe Scientifique Henley (not by MAS))

(+) 21 Mar 2015 StarGazing Live 2015 (and Telescope Workshop)

(+) 20 Mar 2015 Solar Eclipse (Ockwells Park)

(+) 13 Mar 2015 13th Maidenhead Scouts at Braywick

(+)  8 Mar 2015 Cox Green Wives Group

(+) 25 Feb 2015 Taplow Guides (Outreach)

(+) 25 Feb 2015 Taplow Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 24 Feb 2015 Tilehurst Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 12 Feb 2015 Cox Green Cubs (Outreach)

(+) 10 Feb 2015 21st Maidenhead Cubs (Outreach)

(+) 30 Jan 2015 1st Furze Platt Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 29 Jan 2015 1st Woodland Park Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 26 Jan 2015 Burnham Grammer School (Outreach)

(+) 13 Dec 2014 Meteor Watch (Ockwells Park)

(+)  5 Dec 2014 Comet rendezvous free talk at RAL (booking required)

(+) 20 Nov 2014 1st Maidenhead - (cubs (Outreach))

(+) 15 Nov 2014 Public observing and meteor watch at Braywick

(+) 10 Nov 2014 Pinkneys Green Beavers (Outreach)

(+)  6 Nov 2014 1st Emmer Green (Outreach)

(+) 21 Oct 2014 Sequela Foundation (Outreach)

(+) 27 Sep 2014 Cubs Space Camp at Stoke Poges (Outreach)

(+) 26 Sep 2014 Mark Thompson at Norden Farm

(+) 14 Sep 2014 (week to 21st) MAS at Maidenhead Library

(+)  5 Aug 2014 WINGS 2014 International Scouting Jamboree (Outreach)

(+) 21 Jun 2014 Taplow Primary School family camp (Outreach)

(+) 21 Jun 2014 Big Brownie Birthday (Outreach)

(+) 14 Jun 2014 Greenwich Observatory visit (Members)

(+)  5 Apr 2014 Pop up shop - (Maidenhead Town)

(+) 27 Mar 2014 Scouts (Outreach)

(+) 10 Mar 2014 Burnham Grammer (Outreach)

(+)  8 Mar 2014 National Astronomy Week

(+)  8 Mar 2014 National Astronomy Week Telescope workshop

(+) 11 Jan 2014 Stargazing LIVE 2014

(+)  7 Jan 2014 SGL at Portsmouth

(+) 12 Jan 2013 Stargazing LIVE 2013

(+) 30 Nov 2012 Visit to Altwood School (Outreach)

(+) 12 Aug 2012 Perseid Meteor Watch

(+)  8 Mar 2012 Wanborough Cubs - (Outreach)

(+) 25 Feb 2012 Visit to Herstmonceux (Members)

(+) 21 Jan 2012 Stargazing LIVE 2012

(+)  2 Jul 2011 Pinkneys Green Scout Camp (Outreach)

(+) 12 Mar 2011 Telescope Workshop

(+)  8 Jan 2011 Stargazing LIVE 2011

(+)  3 Dec 2010 Christmas Lecture

(+) 12 Nov 2010 Jupiter Night

(+) 30 Oct 2010 Astronomy workshop at the Heritage Centre

(+) 15 May 2010 Visit to the Herschel Museum

(+) 15 Feb 2010 Photo Exhibition at Sainsbury

(+) 20 Nov 2009 IYA2009 Autumn Stargazing

(+) 14 Nov 2009 Astro weekend in South Wales

(+)  9 May 2009 Visit to National Space Centre

(+)  1 Apr 2009 IYA2009 Spring Moon Watch

(+) 28 Mar 2009 Coffee with the stars (Outreach)

(+) 10 Oct 2008 Astronomy night at Braywick

(+) 31 May 2008 Patrick Moore opens observatory

(+) 20 Apr 2008 O2 award

(+) 15 Mar 2008 Old Greenwich Observatory

(+) 13 Dec 2007 Geminid meteor watch at Braywick

(+) 30 Jun 2007 The lives of stars and people

(+)  8 Jun 2007 MAS 50th Anniversary Dinner

(+) 26 May 2007 Scouting 100 (Outreach)

(+) 13 May 2007 500th Meeting

(+)  1 May 2007 Exhibition at the Heritage Centre

(+)  3 Mar 2007 Total Lunar Eclipse

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