Fordingbridge Astronomers


Outreach and Public Observing

Unless otherwise stated, Public 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.

Please abide by our Guidelines at the bottom of this page.

October Tue 29th 18:30 - 20:00 Family Stargazing Evening
Public Outreach Event at Blashford Lakes
November Mon 11th 12:30-15:30 Transit of Mercury
Public Observing at Fordingbridge Recreation Ground. Come along and use our specialist solar telescopes to watch the planet Mercury move across the surface of the Sun.
CANCELLED. Apologies to anyone who was intending to come along, but we are unable to staff this as we will be in a local school showing it to the pupils.
November Fri 29th 18:30 - 22:00 Stargazing Evening
Outreach Event at Rushmore Golf Club
January Fri 31st 19:00 - 21:00 Stargazing Evening
Public Outreach Event at Avon Heath Country Park (FULLY BOOKED)
February Fri 28th 19:00 - 21:00 Stargazing Evening
Public Outreach Event at Avon Heath Country Park (FULLY BOOKED)
June Sun 21st 11:00 - 16:00 International SUNday
Public Solar Observing at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre
July Sat 29th 12:30 - 16:30 Frogham Fair
Astronomy Display and Public Solar Observing in the field alongside the Foresters Arms, Abbots Well Road, Frogham. SP6 2JA (map)
August Wed 12th 20:30 - late Perseids Picnic
Public Observing at Hyde Common. Wrap up warm, bring a chair or recliner, and come along with a picnic to enjoy the Perseids meteor shower, the late summer constellations, ruddy Mars, giant Jupiter, the ringed Saturn, and the fainter ice giants Uranus and Neptune.
(NB: Date subject to change if another night promises better observing conditions)

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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.

When you arrive at a public observing event, please go first of all to the information area (ask, if its location is not obvious).

In particular:

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