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Friday, 6th December 2019 Xmas Quiz and social (By members)
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 :-) )
(download printable guide PDF )
Friday, 6th September 2019
History of Mars Exploration (Jim House)
Friday, 7th February 2020
Ask an expert Q and A panel (By Members)
Friday, 4th October 2019
Kew Observatory and the origins of modern solar physics (Dr Lee Macdonald)
Friday, 6th March 2020
TBA ( )
Friday, 1st November 2019
The Origin of the Solar System (James Fradgley)
Friday, 3rd April 2020
TBA ( )
Friday, 6th December 2019
Xmas Quiz and social (By members)
Friday, 1st May 2020
TBA ( )
Friday, 3rd January 2020
Equipment Parade (By members)
Friday, 5th June 2020
MAS 62nd AGM ( )
Members :- Please log-in to the Members Only section for details of our next members only Event
Next Public Event
4 Apr 2020 Stargazing public event - (White Waltham)
Saturday, 4th April 2020. Stargazing public event at White Waltham airfield
Open to the public from 7 to 11pm (approx), at White Waltham Airfield (SL6 3NJ), home of the West London Aero Club. Talks, telescopes for public observing and star gazing.
There is a licensed bar and the kitchen will be open for chips and light snacks.
This event is still in the planning stage. Check back for more details
The event is free. The desk near the door will sell small items to benefit the Society and there will be a donations bucket.
This note last modified: 11th Oct 2019 16:09.
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)
11 Nov 2019 19th Maidenhead Beavers (Outreach)
Monday, 11th November 2019 - Maidenhead 19th Beavers - Outreach
Present: Adrian, Andy, Steve
Report by Steve
An early start with set up from 6pm, ready to start at 6.30 pm. It was also a very short meeting as we had only 45 minutes !
We were blessed with reasonable weather. There was some light high level haze that dimmed the stars but left us with an almost perfect view of the nearly full Moon. So we went with the Outdoor plan.
About 20 Beavers attended in 4 'sixes'. One Beaver had his own small table mounted reflector and one of the parents brought along a spotter scope mounted on a tripod with a motor drive. So we actually had 4 telescopes for the Moon observing.
The Beavers were split into two groups, one inside with Andy, the other outside with myself and Adrian. After 20 minutes or so they swapped over.
The plan was that in addition to viewing of Moon we would point out constellations and talk about objects (stars, planets, meteors, satellites etc). However the weather obscured all but the brightest stars and I found myself talking mostly about the Moon and the telescopes in response to questions.
Indoors, Andy used Stellarium to show two easy constellations (Big Dipper & Cass.) and talked? about the Moon phases.
The evening went so quickly that I was home before some of the other Outreach Events had even started !
This note last modified: 12th Nov 2019 21:00.
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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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Where we meet (MAS About page)
'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ, MAS Beginners page)
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exit to: European Asteroidal Occultation Network
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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 !
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Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Lottery grant
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