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.
|August||Sat 16th||20:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|Sat 23rd||20:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|September||Tues 16th||19:30||Meeting||Short Talks: The Rosetta Mission by Duncan Reavell, Observing equipment — what are the differences? by Paul Thomas, How Astronomical Objects are Named by Steve Tonkin.|
|Sat 20th||19:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|Sat 27th||19:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|October||Sat 18th||19:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tues 21st||19:30||Meeting||An introduction to Astro-imaging by John Gifford|
|Sat 25th||18:30||Observing||at Hyde|
|November||Sat 15th||18:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tues 18th||19:30||Meeting||EGM & AGM |
Rosetta Update by Duncan Reavell
A Victorian Astronomy Magic Lantern Show by Howard Lawrence
Lake Tekapo/Mount John Observatory by Mike Young
|Sat 22nd||18:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Sat 29th||18:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|December||Sat 13th||18:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|Tues 16th||19:30|| Social |
|Dinner (must be pre-booked!) plus An Astronomical Call My Bluff by the Committee|
|Sat 20th||18:00||Observing||at Hyde|
|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|