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.
|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 |
Short Talks and Current Topics in Astronomy by Various Members
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|