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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 !!!
The MAS Members 2017 Photo Competition is now running. To enter, send your photo, with information (date taken etc.) to the Chairman (and specify category, our Sun/Moon, Planet/other Solar System, Deep Sky, Local or International). Closing date is the May 2017 meeting, judging will be external and prizes awarded at the AGM in June.
Friday, 5th May 2017 TBA
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 :-) )
This seasons meetings
Friday, 2nd September 2016
Rosetta Space Mission (Andrew Morse)
Friday, 3rd February 2017
Members short stories ( )
Friday, 7th October 2016
Astro tourism (David Phillips)
Friday, 3rd March 2017
Pseudoastronomy (Stephen Tonkin)
Friday, 4th November 2016
Observing Planetary Nebulae (Owen Brazell)
Friday, 7th April 2017
Comets (Kenelm England)
Friday, 9th December 2016
(note 2nd Friday) Christmas Quiz (and members shorts)
Friday, 5th May 2017
TBA ( )
Friday, 6th January 2017
Telescope Parade (exhibition by members)
Friday, 2nd June 2017
MAS 60th AGM (and Photo Competition prizes)
Next Public Event
21 Aug 2017 Solar Eclipse - (partial from UK)
21 Aug 2017, 19-40-20:10 (sunset), a total Solar Eclipse, only partially visible (4%) from UK, and then only just before sunset. Max. 4% at 20:04 (from London) before sunset at 20:10.
The total eclipse will be visible from much of the USA.
To see the total eclipse, you must be on the 'red line' (other areas will see only a partial eclipse)
For more details, visit the 'time and date' site
This note last modified: 27th Feb 2016 10:58.
Members :- Please log-in to the Members Only section for details of our next members only Event
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)
1 Apr 2017 Stargazing Live
Saturday, 1st April 2017, Observing from 7pm at White Waltham Airfield, Maidenhead, SL6 3NJ (home of the West London Aero Club).
Maidenhead Astronomical Society presents:- Stargazing Live !
(Ed. by Steve for Public viewing)
What a fantastic night !
I spend much of the time helping out on the Registrations desk which as our second busiest night ever ! Making allowance for the many who did not sign in (which included members of the Aeroclub) who went direct to the telescopes we estimate least 400 attendees.
The talks were run continuously from around 7.30, each with around 25-35 attendees (with some willing to stand at the back). Even running without pause, the lounge bar area was always full - indeed at one time the queue for talks was ran from the lecture room all the way across the bar room !
So a sterling job was done by Tim (who ran his Telescope talk 3 times), Peter H. who presented Digital Photography twice) and Martin D. (who presented the Gravitational Waves talk twice). It was noted that we even had some young children who had come specifically to hear Martins talk (plainly we have many young geniuses in Maidenhead !).
We also had queues at the telescopes right from the start, even though during the early part of the evening the clouds only parted sufficiently to allow the Moon to be seen.
Ed. Before dark we all focused on the brilliant crescent Moon. As it got dark, Mars became visible, as was the lower half of Orion. By about 9pm Jupiter became visible over the buildings to most of the telescopes. When Jupiter was clouded over, we switched back to the Moon, Mars and the Pleiades. The clouds did obscure large parts of the sky, but there was always something visible, even at 10.30pm as we started to pack up
Feedback from visitors was positive. For sure (compared to Braywick) this is a much better venue for observing (as there are no obstructions or lights to the Southern horizon). The car park is much bigger and was able to accommodate all the visitors. The only drawbacks are that the meeting room is smaller than Braywick and our exhibition panels were rather awkwardly placed (as we were asked to keep them at the meeting room end of the bar = hopefully we can change this next year)
The big change for visitors over Braywick was access to a Licensed Bar, which even offered hot food (Chips, Jacket Potatoes, etc). The bar staff were so rushed off their feet they had to call in extra staff !
Another change from Braywick was the early start, in daylight. This, plus the fact that it was the first day of the school holidays, means we attracted a lot more children than normal. Indeed, a number of childrens' coats were left behind (these are being held by the Bar Staff for collection).
The public were the most generous we have had despite the queues. We have struggled to cover costs in recent times, however this time not only did we attract many donations but our 'sales desk' actually sold out of some items ! Over-all, we have not only covered out costs but there will even be a bit left over to help with our outreach activities !
Lastly a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers. Without all of you, too many to name here, this event would not happen. Am hoping you all enjoyed doing your bit so you volunteer next time!
This note last modified: 4th Apr 2017 23:46.
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