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COVID-19 UPDATE. All meetings are being held on-line using the 'ZOOM' conferencing system until further notice

MEMBERS visit the members area for the Meeting ID: 'link'
Visitors, please visit the 'contact us' page and use the email link at the bottom of the page


  MEMBERS see MAS LOGO Fleeces  

(Note on General Data Protection Regs. moved here)

Annual Photo Competition 2020. Postponed to 1021 due to Covid. Entries are now open for the 2021 competition, winners will be announced at the AGM. You have to be a member to enter. Next closing date 31st October 2021. Further details in the Members section. If you have problems logging in, contact the Membership Sec. or Webmaster


&?mobile#160; Next Months Meeting  

  Friday, 5th February 2021    ZOOM on line meeting    (TBA)  

During COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings are held on-line using ZOOM. Normally, 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 (or for an invitation to a ZOOM meeting), 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, 4th September 2020

  Two eyes are better than one   (Stephen Tokin)  

  Friday, 5th February 2021

  ZOOM on line meeting   (TBA)  

  Friday, 2nd October 2020

  TBA   ( )  

  Friday, 5th March 2021

  ZOOM on line meeting   (TBA)  

  Friday, 6th November 2020

  The Monster in the Crab   (Gary Poyner)  

  Friday, 2nd April 2021

  ZOOM on line meeting   (TBA)  

  Friday, 4th December 2020

  TBA   ((TBA))  

  Friday, 7th May 2021

  ZOOM on line meeting   (TBA)  

  Friday, 8th January 2021

  The Astronomer's Toolkit   (Dr Lee Anne Willson)  

  Friday, 4th June 2021

  ZOOM on line meeting   (TBA)  

(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  

10 Jun 2021 Solar Eclipse - (partial from UK)

10 June 2021, 10:12, annular Solar Eclipse of which only 23% is visible from UK The full annular Eclipse will be visible from Canada and Siberia
This note last modified: 22nd Mar 2015 16:00.
See our Events page for more information about all our Events
Click here for MAS Facebook page
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)

14 Nov 2020 Public Viewing Event - (White Waltham)

14 or 21 November (TAB) - Public Viewing Event, White Waltham for National Astronomy Week.
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: 5th Mar 2020 22:19.



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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).



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
RBWM-Education Directorate
Mr B.Smith of Shottesbrooke
Mrs P.Haymes
The Telegraph newspaper
exit to Oregon Scientific
exit to Telescope house


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