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! WELCOME TO THE MAS WEB SITE
COVID-19 UPDATE. 5th November meeting is CANCELLED (due to Hall closed after positive result)
(Note on General Data Protection Regs. moved here)
Members Annual Photo Competition 2021
Postponed from 2020 due to Covid. Entries are now open for the 2021 competition (closing date is 5th November 2021). You have to be a member to enter. Further details on the Photo Competition page and in the Members section. If you have problems logging in, contact the Membership Sec. or Webmaster
MEMBERS see MAS LOGO Fleeces
&?mobile#160; Next Months Meeting
Friday, 3rd December 2021 Christmas Quiz set by members (followed by Social Evening)
We have now moved back to indoor meetings (starting with the September 2021 meeting). These 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 :-) )
&?mobile#160; This seasons meetings
(download printable guide PDF )
Friday, 3rd September 2021
How we reached the Moon (Jerry Stone)
Friday, 4th February 2022
Ask an Expert (by Members)
Friday, 1st October 2021
Dark Nebulae (Owen Brazell)
Friday, 4th March 2022
Friday, 5th November 2021
CANCELLED (Hall closed)
Friday, 1st April 2022
Saturn (Michael Foulkes)
Friday, 3rd December 2021
Christmas Quiz set by members (followed by Social Evening)
Friday, 6th May 2022
Friday, 7th January 2022
Telescope Parade and informal equipment discussion (by Members)
Friday, 10th June 2022
MAS 65th AGM (NOTE 2nd Friday)
Members :- Please log-in to the Members Only section for details of our next members only Event
Next Public Event
25 Oct 2022 Partial Solar Eclipse
25 October 2022, 09:57, partial Solar Eclipse of which only 16% is visible from UK
This note last modified: 9th Mar 2015 15:07.
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)
16 Nov 2021 Cookham Beavers 2 - (Outreach)
16th November 2021, Cookham Beavers
Presenters:- Andy, Adrian, Steve (report by Steve)
This was the second of the two events at the same venue on successive days. Unfortunately, unlike the previous night, this time the forecast was for 100% cloud, and so it proved.
Our time would be spent indoors. We all arrived at around the same time, and soon had our equipment unloaded. Andy would start with a presentation on identifying The Plough, or 'Big Dipper'. He then explained how to use the 'pointer stars' at the end of the 'saucepan' to find Polaris and thus identify which way is North. By looking on past Polaris, you then come to the 'Big W' (or M) of Cassiopeia.
This was followed by an activity with the beavers devising and drawing their own Constellation. Sticky stars were provided to enhance the result !
Next up was our telescope talk. The pack was split into two halves, with Adrian talking about his refractor whilst I delivered a quick introduction to reflectors with my Dobsonian. The beavers were all very keen to examine the telescope, even looking into the eyepiece whilst the end cover was still on ! After ten or fifteen minutes the two groups swapped over and we ran through the basics again.
I received many interesting questions, including how far away is the most distant Galaxy, where is the end of the Universe and even how high a magnification my telescope is capable of. Magnification depends on the eyepiece and I showed them two or three, explaining how those of lower magnification had a wider field of view which made it easier to line up your eye with the glass and see through the telescope.
The two groups were recombined and then redivided into 3, this time with all 3 of us answering more general questions. Amongst other things, I was asked about the possibility of life on Mars and even if I believed in Alien Abduction !
The evening was over al too soon and we packed up in time for me to get home before 8pm.
This note last modified: 21st Nov 2021 17:12.
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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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Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Lottery grant
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