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- TBA -
Friday, 6th April 2018 Berkshire Astronomers (Kenelm England FRAS)
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, 16th March 2018
NEW DATE 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)
19 Feb 2018 Winter Hill Beavers - (Outreach)
Monday 19th February 2018 - Pinkneys Green Winter Hill Beavers
Report by Steve
Present: Tim H, Andy T, Adrian J, Steve B
The plan was to arrive by 5.45pm with a view to completing the set-up by 6.15. However with the very restricted parking near the meeting hall, we all arrived by 5.30pm, well in advance. As usual, the weather failed us, with 100% cloud covering the sky - earlier in the day it had rained and the ground outside was still wet and slippery, as we discovered whilst unloading out kit.
I had my 10" Dobsonian, Tim / Andy a pair of binoculars on a tripod and Adrian an 80mm short-tube refractor (he had recently acquired) also on a tripod.
With the short meeting time of only 1 hour, it would be difficult to cover all the topics needed for the Beavers Space Badge. So we decided to reduce the Solar System to a 'show and tell' (the hall was very small and even at 'half scale' the 'string Solar System' would not have fitted anyway).
By 6.30 all? 18 Beavers had arrived - along with perhaps 9 adult 'leaders' - and Andy introduced us to the 'pack'.
Tim started off with a Stellarium show, highlighting the constellations of Orion and the Plough (Great Bear) which he used to show how to find North. By 'speeding up time' he demonstrated how the stars moved across the night sky and how the planets followed one another up from the horizon. The Beavers were very enthusiastic, asking many questions.
As time was pressing, questions had to be cut short and I was next up. I talked my way from the Sun to Neptune at great speed, only stopping for a few questions along the way. I ended by mentioning some of the Space Missions that visited the other planets. The Beavers had been most attentive and, after fielding a few more questions, I handed over to Andy.
He delivered a Power-Point slide show highlighting 5 famous astronauts (Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova, John Glenn, Niel Armstrong and Tom Peake). When he asked them who was the second man to walk on the Moon, we were most impressed when they knew the name (Buzz Aldrin), and even more impressed when 2 of the 'pack' knew the name of the 3rd Apollo 11 crew member who remained in orbit (Michael Collins). Andy finished up with some of the Space Missions to the Planets, showing actual images of each planet, along with some more facts about each one.
Finally, the pack was divided into 3 groups for a quick 'change over' talk about each of the 2 telescopes and binoculars. We knew we were short of time, so tried to keep each telescope talk as short as possible, however we ran out at the end of the second change-over.
The Hall would be used by the Scouts next, so, after receiving a 'pack salute' we had to load and leave promptly. I loaded the last item at about 7.30 pm.
This note last modified: 21st Feb 2018 10:14.
We now have our own Facebook page !
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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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
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