Astronomy for Beginners
WHAT DOES THE GROUP DO:
Ever wanted to know more about what’s visible in the night sky, and how the view changes from season to season?
This group aims to provide a helpful and enjoyable framework for discovering what's up there and how you can see it!
We meet one afternoon per month, complemented by occasional night-sky observing evenings, which are arranged according to the weather. We explore the main sights and celestial events, month by month – from the moon and planets, to the major constellations, as well as some warmer daytime solar astronomy. We also look at how you can capture photos of the night sky
LEVEL OF EXPERTISE:
No prior knowledge of astronomy is required, and no expensive equipment needed – naked-eye stargazing is a fairly economical pastime! However, the group also provides guidance on the choice and use of binoculars, and telescopes, should you eventually want to go down that route
Monthly, on the third Thursday of each month, from 14:30 to 16.30
The Studio, Windmill Cinema, Windmill Rd, Littlehampton' BN17 5LH see map of the area.
£10 per head, for 10 monthly sessions, depending on overall numbers
MEMBERS wishing to join the group or find out more information should click here Simon Jones to email the Group Leader. Please remember to include your membership number in the NAME field on the message screen.
Recently a few members came down to Goring Gap, where Worthing Astronomers had a bunch of scope and cameras set up to view the recent Mercury Transit - when the planet Mercury could be seen crossing the face of the sun.
We managed some good views of Mercury - a tiny back dot against the sun - and also grabbed a few photos. These were taken with a 1500mm focal-length telescope, which was slightly optimistic, give the very windy conditions! But in spite of the windy wobbles, we did manage to catch the tiny planet, just to left of centre of the sun's disc.