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Observing

Scheduled Club Observing Sessions take place at Hyde (Map) at the time stated below. Park in the carpark at the south of the open ground (immediately opposite the school). We usually set up within the triangle made by the pavilion, cricket square, and gorse to the east of the open space.

NB:The status of an observing session is normally updated on our Facebook page on the day, as expected weather conditions and availability of members are known. Impromptu sessions are also arranged on the Facebook page. Please check first if you are just coming along on spec. Also be aware that, in summer, it doesn't get dark enough to observe until after 10pm BST.

Visitors are very welcome to attend observing sessions. Please introduce yourself to a club member and abide by our Observing Guidelines at the bottom of this page.

The Reserve date will be implemented if the Primary date is clouded out or cancelled for any other reason.

Club Observing 2018/19
Notable Objects of InterestPrimaryReserve
Saturn, Mars, Neptune, Comet Giacobini-Zinner, Late Summer Milky Way, Globular Clusters, Dumbbell Nebula, Ring Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy Sat 01 Sep 20:30 Sat 08 Sep 20:30
Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Autumn Milky Way, Globular Clusters, Dumbbell Nebula, Helix Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Open Clusters Sat 06 Oct 20:00 Sat 13 Oct 20:00
Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Comet Wirtanen, Pleiades, Late Autumn Milky Way, Helix Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Open Clusters Sat 03 Nov 20:00 Sat 10 Nov 20:00
Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Comet Wirtanen, Pleiades, Orion Nebula, Winter Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy, Open Clusters Sat 01 Dec 20:00 Sat 08 Dec 20:00
Geminid Meteor Watch (NB: Public Outreach Event) Thu 13 Dec 19:30 N/A
Mars, Uranus, Comet Wirtanen, Pleiades, Praesepe, Orion Nebula, Winter Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy, Bode's Galaxy, Cigar Galaxy, Open Clusters Sat 29 Dec 20:00 Sat 05 Jan 20:00
Mars, Uranus, Comet Wirtanen, Pleiades, Praesepe, Orion Nebula, Late Winter Milky Way, Leo and Ursa Major Galaxies, Open Clusters Sat 02 Feb 20:00 Sat 09 Feb 20:00
Pleiades, Praesepe, Orion Nebula, Early Spring Milky Way, Leo and Ursa Major Galaxies, Virgo-Coma Galaxy Cluster, Open Clusters, Globular Clusters Sat 02 Mar 20:00 Sat 09 Mar 20:00
Leo and Ursa Major Galaxies, Virgo-Coma Galaxy Cluster, Praesepe, Open Clusters, Globular Clusters Sat 30 Mar 20:00 Sat 06 Apr 20:30
Leo and Ursa Major Galaxies, Virgo-Coma Galaxy Cluster, Praesepe, Globular Clusters Sat 27 Apr 21:00 Sat 04 May 21:00
Perseids Picnic (NB: Public Outreach Event) Mon 12 Aug 20:30 N/A

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Observing Guidelines

These guidelines are intended to promote enjoyable, safe observing for all present. They should also give newcomers an idea of what to expect.

Our club observing sessions are informal affairs where everybody "does their own thing". Unless it is billed as a public observing event, there will be no formal tuition (although somebody will usually be happy to give newcomers a brief guide to the current night sky and/or what is happening). In particular:

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