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- TBA -
Friday, 2nd March 2018 Jupiter and the Juno Mission (Dr John Rogers)
All our indoor meetings run from 7.30 to 10pm in the Church Hall, St James-the-Less, Stubbings, Maidenhead, SL6 6QW (for directions, see our About & Contact page)
Meetings are normally on the first Friday of the month, September to June. There are no indoor meetings in July or August (unless indicated)
Beginners and visitors are always welcome at our indoor meetings (you don't have to join, however a £2 contribution toward the costs of the hall hire would be most welcome !)
To contact the society between meetings, please complete the on-line General Enquiry form
If you would like to receive, by email, advanced notification of our free public events, or you would like further information about the Society please use the Enquiry form mentioned above - or just turn up at any meeting and speak to any member of the Committee.
We also have a page on the Maidenhead Arts Council web site (where you will find details of other local clubs and societies if, for some inexplicable reason, Astronomy fails to fire your imagination and seize your interest :-) )
Friday, 1st September 2017
Gravity Waves (a recap by Martin Dyer)
Friday, 2nd February 2018
Talks by Members ( )
Friday, 6th October 2017
Observing the Sun (by MAS members)
Friday, 2nd March 2018
Jupiter and the Juno Mission (Dr John Rogers)
Friday, 3rd November 2017
Wonders of the Deep Sky (Callum Potter)
Friday, 6th April 2018
Berkshire Astronomers (Kenelm England FRAS)
Friday, 1st December 2017
Xmas Quiz and Social (Quiz Master Tim H)
Friday, 4th May 2018
TBA ( )
Friday, 5th January 2018
Telescope and Equipment workshop (Q and A with members)
Friday, 1st June 2018
MAS 61st AGM (and Photo Competition prizes)
Members :- Please log-in to the Members Only section for details of our next members only Event
Next Public Event
27 Jul 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse
Friday July 27 2018 - Total Lunar Eclipse
After the almost perfect seeing of the 2015, Sept. 28 eclipse we can hope for more good weather this time ! Unfortunately, from UK, the Moon will be below the horizon when the eclipse starts at 6:15pm.
At totality, 9:21pm, the Moon will be only 3.5 degrees above the horizon (you will need to be on a hill looking SE for a decent view) - and on these summer nights it still won't be very dark as totality ends at 10:13pm, so the 'blood moon' effect will be rather less striking than the 2015 event. The (partial) eclipse ends at 11:19pm so at least we will get to bed rather earlier this time !
This note last modified: 29th Sep 2015 11:31.
See our Events page for more information about all our Events
Monday, 9 May 2016: Transit of Mercury, members of MAS gathered in Ockwells Park to show the Transit to the public. For more details, see report on Events page
WARNING: never look at the Sun through a normal telescope !!
Doing so, WILL BLIND YOU !!!
Most recent Event Report
Details of all our planned and past activities can be found on the Events pages.
Note that Outreach events are not usually open to the public, so are reported here only AFTER the event (Members can see planned Outreach dates in the Members Only section, Activity planning pages)
18 Jan 2018 1st Maidenhead Beavers - (Outreach)
Thursday 18th January 2018 - 1st Maidenhead Beavers (Sumerleaze lake HQ)
Report by Tim H (Lead on this occasion).
Present: Robin O, Adrian J, Steve B, Tim H (1745 - 1845 GMT)
Telescopes: Society 4" reflector, 10" Dob, 80mm refractor (and 120mm refractor in reserve)
Steve, Robin and Adrian had arrived in good time and were setting up telescopes outside the HQ beside the lake when Tim H arrived. The parents were also dropping off and there was a bit of log jam but this was transient. Tim presented a Stellarium "show" with his own scrip, highlighting rising and setting, pole star (for navigation) and some well known constellation of Winter, namely: Taurus, Orion, Leo, Gemini and a few others. The Moon's phases were also mentioned.
The Beaver pack was about 30 strong and split into two groups for this evening. Those doing the badge went outside to see the stars "Live" as it were, since it was a nice clear cold night. (What a surprise!) The remaining group was inside for the Stellaruim show, and at the change over Steve presented his scale Solar System string model. Always a good demo.
The Beavers were enthusiastic and attentive, and a good evening was had by all, especially since the weather was fine.
This note last modified: 20th Jan 2018 13:39.
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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 pointer at an outreach event. Children under the age of 18 and non-approved adults are not be allowed 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).
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'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ, MAS Beginners page)
exit to: Maidenhead Arts Council (MADAC) MAS web page
exit to: Tim's list of Asteroid Occultation observation opportunities
exit to: European Asteroidal Occultation Network
exit to: Space Weather
exit to: Heavens-Above - times of everything passing overhead, especially ISS, satellites and Iridium flares
exit to: The Astronomer on-line - magazine for the advanced amateur
exit to: BAA (British Astronomical Association)
exit to: SPA (Society for Popular Astronomy) - especially suitable for younger stargazers !
Benefactors and supporters
O2 (award report)
exit to Cash-for-the-community (Baylis Trust)
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Lottery grant
Mr B.Smith of Shottesbrooke
The Telegraph newspaper
exit to Oregon Scientific
exit to Telescope house