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  Next Meeting  

  Friday, 4th May 2018    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, 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)  

(Table: http://www.maidenhead-astro.net/public/Home/index#2_bm)  

Members :- Please log-in to the Members Only section for details of our next members only Event


  Next Public Event  

28 Apr 2018 Maidenhead Arts Festival

This is in the advanced planning stage = check here (or visit MAS Twitter) before travelling for last minute changes Members of MAS wil be taking part in the Maidenhead Arts spring festival on Saturday 28th April at the Maidenhead Library and Amphitheatre (outside the Library), St. Ives Road, SL6 1QU. Opening at 10am and closing at 4pm**, we will be 'manning' a desk making available information about all things Astronomical. A number of our members will be showing off their telescopes and assisting members of the public with any questions related to observing and using their own equipment. Our 'slot' on the Amphitheatre is planned for 12 noon, when, weather permitting, for 45 mins various telescopes will be used in Solar Projection mode and our Solarscope will be available for members of the public to view the Sun. Currently we expect to vacate the Amphitheatre at about 1.30pm. **we have to clear the Library by 4pm, so last 'Q & A' session indoors will be at 3.30 *** WARNING *** Never use a normal telescope to look directly at the Sun = this will BLIND YOU. The MAS Solarscope has a special internal filter that cuts out over 99% of the light and almost all the exceedingly harmful Infra-Red (heat) radiation. To use a normal telescope, a special Solar Filter MUST be fitted than performs the same function. The safest method, which will be demonstrated on the Saturday, is to use 'projection' mode.
This note last modified: 21st Apr 2018 16:56.
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Photo: Members of MAS gather to observe the transit of Mercury
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 Mar 2018 1st Furze Platt Brownies - (Outreach)

Friday 16th March 2018 - 1st Furze Platt Brownies (Outreach)
Present: The STAR (Steve, Tim, Adrian, Robin) team
Report by Steve The date for this event was agreed well before the snow that caused the MAS March meeting to be postponed. Inevitably, the new date for the MAS meeting 'clashed' with this. Fortunately, a check of the timing showed that if we stuck to the schedule, we could (just) fit both in ! With a start time of 5.30pm, we planned our arrival for 5pm. Eager to get started I arrived first - even before the Leader with the gate keys ! The space at the back of the meeting hall had been 'reserved' for us, which made it very easy to unload and park. With such an early start it was way too light for any observing, however we set up telescopes in-doors for demonstration. By about 5.40 we were introduced to 24 Brownies and 4 'helpers' by the Leader. Robin then started us off with his Stellarium script based 'finding North' and an overview of the constellations. In a departure from our usual approach, this was followed by a 20 minute activity for the Brownies prepared by Adrian. This consisted of completing quiz sheets to identify constellations and find the Pole Star, followed by making decorated drawings of their favourite constellations using craft materials. The Brownies were organised into their sixes and eagerly set about the task, drawing the constellation outlines on black cards then adding  stick-on stars and 'gems' to complete their pictures. They would take these home and use them to research the the origins and mythology of their chosen constellations in order to complete the work for their Stargazer badges. Those Brownies who completed this task first them had the chance to see the Moon through Tim's telescope. Unlike most instruments (which are incapable of 'focusing' on objects nearer than the field next door) Tim had set his up to focus on a large drawing of the Moon he had affixed to the wall at the end of the Hall. Next the Brownies were split into 2 groups. Whilst Adrian (with Tim and Robin's help) explained how the phases of the Moon are formed, I delivered a quick talk about the Planets of the Solar System. Amazingly, the Moon talk finished first and I had to hurry up to complete my talk. The two groups then swapped over, and I ran faster (whist the Moon talk went slower) and this time I finished first ! After a few questions, the two groups were recombined for the 'closing ceremony'. Tim, who needed to pick up the MAS meeting speaker from the railway station, was first off. The rest of us followed at speed and we were all away soon after 7pm, whilst parents were still picking up their offspring. I just had enough time to off-load my Dob. at home before getting to Stubbings by 7.20, in time to setup for the (postponed) March monthly meeting. Report by Adrian Thanks everyone for making the outreach event a success yesterday.  Thanks too for bringing telescopes; even though we didn't have the opportunity to use them, the Brownies were interested. Several of them asked me about Steve's Dob. while I was up at that end of the hall and some had a chance to look through Tim's refractor at the 'Moon'. [For some photos, see this Girlguiding Maidenhead Division facebook post]
This note last modified: 7th Apr 2018 21:10.



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  Laser Pens  

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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Benefactors and supporters

O2 (award report)
exit to Cash-for-the-community (Baylis Trust)
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Lottery grant
RBWM-Education Directorate
Mr B.Smith of Shottesbrooke
Mrs P.Haymes
The Telegraph newspaper
exit to Oregon Scientific
exit to Telescope house