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Monthly Meetings

The regular 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 St Ives Club, School Lane, St Ives, Ringwood, Hants, BH24 2PF. (Map) at 19:30 on (normally) the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Visitors are welcome to attend all except the winter social evening. Admission is free on your first visit. If you like us, we hope you'll join.

2017/18 Programme
MonthDateTimeDetails
September Tue 19th 19:30 13 Journeys Through Space and Time by Colin Stuart

Colin a prolific science writer, he has written for The Guardian, Observer, New Scientist and the European Space Agency amongst many others. In 2014 he was runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize. In this talk he will use the RI Xmas Lectures to lead us on a 200 yr journey through the development of our ideas about time and space.
October Tue 17th 19:30 Deep Sky Observing (an introduction) by Callum Potter

Callum is the Director of the British Astronomical Association's Deep Sky Section and an avid observer of the deep sky.
November Tue 21st 19:30 AGM
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Short Talks and Current Topics in Astronomy by Various Members

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Any Astronomical Questions? Your questions on astronomy answered by a panel of members.

An opportunity for members to share things that interest them. We hope to have a miscellany of astronomy-related wisdom and trivia.
December TBC 19:30 Members' Pre-Solstice Social Evening Dinner and Quiz (Astronomy & general knowledge)
January Tue 16th 19:30 Star Trails Workshop by Mary McIntyre

We're delighted to have a return visit from a very popular speaker. Mary writes: "In this workshop I go through how to capture the images and which settings to use, framing the shots, etc. Then I do a walk through on how to use StarStaX or Star Trails and how to process the stacked image. Then I do a walk through on how to create a video using Windows Movie Maker and Star Trails. It can be done with basic camera equipment and all the software I use is free "
February Tue 20th 19:30 APODs by Bob Mizon

NASA's APODs (Astronomy Pictures Of the Day) are a wonderful, freely available resource. Bob will use these as jumping off points to illustrate what they tell us about the nature of the Universe we live in.
March Tue 20th 19:30 The Lunar 100 by Dr. Lilian Hobbs

We are delighted to welcome Lilian back to speak to us. it's been a while since we've had the Moon as the centrepiece of a meeting, and this very engaging speaker is just the person to present it to us.
April Tue 17th 19:30 Pseudoastronomy #3 - Flat Earths, Hollow Moons and Cold Stars by Steve Tonkin

You might have thought that the tension between fundamentalist religion and scientific astronomy died during the Enlightenment. You'd be wrong!
May Tue 15th 19:30 Probing the Dark Universe by Dr David Bacon

David is Reader in Cosmology at Portsmouth Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, His research interests include cosmology at radio wavelengths, gravitational lensing, and theories of gravity. In this talk he will bring us up to date with the theories of Dark Matter and Dark Energy.
June Tue 19th 19:30 Comets: Visitors to our Solar System by Guy Hurst

Guy is a WEA lecturer, co-ordinator of the UK Supernova patrol, and the editor of 'The Astronomer', a magazine for advanced amateurs. He says his aim is to "promote active observing of the night sky". All of us find comets fascinating; after this talk, you will find them even more so.
July Tue 17th 19:30 Exhibition Meeting & Equipment Clinic

Need help setting up your mount? Collimation problems? Want to know which instrument is best for which purpose? Want to see what equipment members use? This is for you.
August Summer Break: No meetings