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Annual Photo Compitition 2019. You have to be a member to enter. Next closing date 6th May 2019. Further details in the Members section. If you have problems logging in, contact the Membership Sec. or Webmaster
Friday, 1st February 2019 Ask the expert (members panel)
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, 7th September 2018
13 Journeys through space and Time (Postponed new date TBA)
Friday, 1st February 2019
Ask the expert (members panel)
Friday, 5th October 2018
The Future is out of this World ( Dr Stuart Eves FRAS)
Friday, 1st March 2019
The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) (Dr. Aprajita Verma)
Friday, 2nd November 2018
Short talks (by members)
Friday, 5th April 2019
Space Weather (Dr Colin Forsyth)
Friday, 7th December 2018
Christmas Quiz and Social ( )
Friday, 3rd May 2019
To be announced ( )
Friday, 4th January 2019
Equipment exhibition (and EGM)
Friday, 7th June 2019
MAS 61st AGM ( )
Members :- Please log-in to the Members Only section for details of our next members only Event
Next Public Event
11 Nov 2019 Transit of Mercury (2nd of pair)
11 November 2019: Transit of Mercury, start 12:35, mid 15:19, ends 16:015 (all times for Reading)
Like Transits of Venus, these occur in pairs, this being the second of the 2016/19 pair. Although Transits of Mercury are less rare than a transit of Venus, the next Mercury pair will not be until 2032/39 (see wikipedia).
For more on this transit, visit the time and date website
This note last modified: 27th Feb 2016 11:09.
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)
29 Nov 2018 ALLsorts (Outreach)
Thursday, 29th November 2018 - ALLsorts adult group
Outreach team: Andy, Robin, Steve
report by Steve
Not our usual audience this time, so not our usual show ! Planned running sequence was :-
1) Telescope viewing (All) – Outside if possible (doubtful, but improving), otherwise inside
2) Songs/ Intro (Sue)
3) What’s in the night sky (Robin)
4) The Solar System (Steve)
5) Milky Way and beyond (Andy)
The Church Hall has it's own media equipment, although it took a bit before each of our laptops proved willing to play back audio via their system. A U shaped table arrangement allowed everyone to see the screen. There were about 40 people, a combination of the Maidenhead and visitors from the Windsor group.
In the event, it was clouded over and dripping with rain, so no observing although both Robin and Andy were able to focus their instruments on the car park lights opposite. As usual, there was nothing far enough away for the Dob to focus on so I did a quick show and tell about how it worked.
Robin kicked off with Stellarium scripts about finding Polaris and the southern view through the seasons.a short video of the constellations. Despite a couple of minor glitches when parts of the script ran slower than expected, this went very well.
A wheeled display-board, to which I had clamped the Sun, was then pushed in front of the main display screen. A row of tables down the center of the U allowed me to layout the model Solar System in front of the display-board for all to see. A quick show and tell of the Planets as they were laid out was followed by a short video clip about the formation of the Solar System
Andy followed up with a video of the sizes of objects in space, especially from our planet to the Sun and hyper-giant suns before moving out of our Galaxy, the local galactic group and eventually the entire Universe.
By the time we started to pack up it was drizzling with rain. When I got home it was tipping down !
This note last modified: 19th Dec 2018 00:01.
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).
Robotic Telescopes (MAS Links page)
Where we meet (MAS About page)
'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