The Monthly Meetings will normally include a talk and discussion on an astronomical topic, an open forum for members to share their observations or other astronomical items of current interest, and a guide to the highlights in the night sky for the coming month. Although these meetings are structured, we aim to keep them as informal as possible and to make the topics accessible to newcomers to amateur astronomy. The emphasis is on enjoyment of astronomy.
Unless otherwise stated, Monthly Meetings take place in the Restaurant of The Old Beams Inn, Salisbury Rd, Ibsley, Hampshire BH24 3PP (Map) at 19:30 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (no meeting in August).
Unless otherwise stated, 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.
The status of an observing session is normally updated on our Facebook page on the day, as expected weather conditions are known.
|January||Sat 17th||18:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tue 20th||19:30||Meeting||Our Nearest Neighbour A series of presentations on the subject of the Moon. Expect anything from its effect on animals to the mysterious phenomenon of TLPs.|
|Sat 24th||18:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|February||Sat 14th||18:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tue 17th||19:30||Meeting||The Age of the Universe by Steve Tonkin|
|Sat 21st||18:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|March||Sat 14th||19:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tue 17th||19:30||Meeting||Astronomy and the iPad by Dr Lilian Hobbs|
|Sat 21st||19:30||Wessex AS Stargazing Live Event||at Moors Valley|
|April||Sat 11th||19:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|Sat 18th||20:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tue 21st||19:30||Meeting||Planetary Nebulae by Paul Thomas|
|May||Sat 9th||20:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|Sat 16th||20:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tue 19th||19:30||Meeting||The Story of Radio Astronomy by James Fradgley FRAS|
|June||Sat 6th||21:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Sat 13th||21:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tue 16th||19:30||Meeting||Our Nearest Star Various short presentations by members on the subject of The Sun.|
|Sun 21st||11:00||Solar Observing||International Sun Day Public Outreach Event at Blashford Lakes|