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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

(+) 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)

(+) 29 Nov 2018 ALLsorts (Outreach)

(+) 18 Nov 2018 Furze Platt Cubs (Outreach)

(+)  7 Nov 2018 Furze Platt Cubs (Outreach)

(+)  5 Nov 2018 Cookham Dean Primary School (Outreach)

(+) 20 Oct 2018 Furze Platt Beavers (Outreach)

(+) 10 Oct 2018 WILLIAM LASSELL by Kenlem England (MAS) - (Maidenhead Heritage Centre)

(+) 11 Aug 2018 CANCELLED Persieds Observing - (Ockwells Park)

(+) 27 Jul 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse

(+) 30 Jun 2018 (end) Maidenhead Week - (Lassell at Heritage Center)

(+) 23 May 2018 Wycombe Abbey School (Outreach)

(+) 12 May 2018 Lassell grave clear up

(+) 11 May 2018 Lassell grave tidy up

(+)  8 May 2018 9th Maidenhead Brownies - (Outreach)

(+) 28 Apr 2018 Maidenhead Arts Festival

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

(+) 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)

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, Trinity St Stephens First School
Present: Robin, Adrian, Steve and Tim (for the Evening session)
Report by Steve
The final Outreach of the week and this one really was a 'main event', with 3 planned sessions, Morning, Afternoon and Evening, from 10.30am to 8pm ! Before leaving home I had a quick look at the sky which revealed about 50% fluffy white clouds with more coming in from the east. Ever hopeful for a chance of some observing, I checked the Metcheck site for SL6 and discovered they were forecasting clear sky's from 6pm, the exact start of our the planned evening session ! The Morning session (10.30-11.30) Fortunately Robin phoned to check I was bringing the screen, since I casually mentioned 'arriving at 10.30' and he had to correct me - "it's a 10.30 start, so you need to arrive at 10 !". In the event, when I arrived at 9.55 I discovered both Robin and Adrian had arrived almost half-an-hour earlier ! We unpacked into the main hall and setup our beamer and screen. As soon as we turned it on we discovered a problem - there were no blinds to cut-out the light in the very well lit hall (it even had sky lights in the roof !) and the display was almost too 'washed out' to see ! So we decided to check out the schools own projector and screen - but this was not much better. However a combination of our projector and their screen (rather smaller than ours) worked well - the smaller screen meaning the light was more 'concentrated'. Soon our audience started to arrive - about 100 students in total ! Robin started with a shortened 'finding Polaris' and then Adrian delivered an 'advanced' Moon phases talk, with some 'cut-out' illustrations and Robin doing the 'moon walk'. With the aid of a lamp he even showed how the Moon causes a Solar Eclipse. Next up it was my turn and this time the 'string' was run straight up the center of the hall. I launched into the 'planet quiz' and discovered one of the students was way too advanced for me - he 'named that planet' almost before I had finished the question ! Robin assisted with planet placement and even volunteered to take Proxima Centauri to London. I then took questions and was amazed at the very advanced topics they wanted to discuss - black holes being a favorite. Soon we were told to finish up as the hall was needed for lunch .. so we 'stacked' the kit to one side whilst I setup the Photo Frame (which was left running over lunch) For us it was off to the local for a bite to eat. As we walked to the pub, the clouds were starting to clear a bit, so things were looking good for the afternoon solar observing. The Afternoon session (13:15-15:00) During the hour or so we had lunch the clouds gathered and by the time we got back it was plain there would be no sun that afternoon. So we turned to the Scale Solar System movie which we would follow by a telescope talk in groups. Despite checking out kit in advance, Robins laptop played movie without sound, however Robin rose to the occasion and managed an impromptu 'talk over' ! After showing our telescopes to all 3 groups (all of whom had numerous questions) the second class came in. This was larger (maybe about 27 or so), and this time Robins laptop decided to 'behave' and played the movie just fine [methinks he should get something a bit more reliable than "real player" - everyone should stick to VLC, an open source media player rather than risk being "DRM'd" by anything that came with their Microsoft system :-)]. The class was broken into groups of 9 and we each delivered our telescope talk 3 times (or was it 4 ? I lost track at one point ...) Soon after 3pm the kids started to depart for home and Robin treated me to a very nice Pizza (and Adrian to a Lasagne) at a local Italian Restaurant. As we walked back it was obvious the clouds had gathered again and it wasn't gong to be a good evening. The Evening session (18:00-20:00) Tim joined us The idea was to do a bit of star gazing with the parents (and any teachers who had not had enough of us :-) Tim wanted to show an 'occultation - a star disappearing behind the Moon - so we set up he projector and screen outside (under a roofed over section) and Robin helped me tape up and tie down the screen as the wind started to gust. The 95% cloud at 5.30pm turned into virtually 100% by 6pm (so much for the morning forecast). Even so, by 6pm students and parents started to  turn up. Soon we had an audience of about 30 children with at least the same number of parents. Robin delivered an off-the-cuff talk (with the aid of Stellarium) indoors, focusing on 'what you might have seen (if it wasn't so cloudy)' whilst Tim persevered outside hoping for some breaks in the cloud. When I went out after 45 mins or so, Tim had managed to record a few minutes of the moon which he was able to play back on a 'loop'. So I went in to announce the good news and suggest anyone who was interested might like to have a look - of course 60 or 70 people rushed out to see what Tim had recorded. Over the next half hour or so a few more breaks in the cloud revealed the moon. Back inside, at least 4 of the parents had turned up with telescopes. So Robin, Adrian and myself gave them a few tips on 'best use' (stick to the 20mm eyepiece, focus on the moon (and align your finder scope) etc. Outside, Tim reported that, despite the clouds, the projected "live" webcam video was very successful (and he is eager to try it again at our next evening outreach event). With no further break in the clouds, the visitors started to leave and we started to pack up at about 7.45 and were out on time by 8. This was a very tiring but rewarding day - we were most impressed at the knowledge of the students and enthusiasm of the parents who turned out despite the almost 100% cloud.



This note last modified: 21st Mar 2016 15:06.

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(+) 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 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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