We’ve all looked up at a clear, crisp sky and some may wonder what’s out there. Some may think that they would prefer not to know. This short, small group course is for the former. Just 5 people at a time, an introduction to basic observational astronomy leading to time outdoors using telescopes to look at objects within our own galaxy, the Milky Way and much further afield. Those whose feet become frozen from standing outside at night need not apply !!
Hi Everyone, I'm very sorry to have been silent for a while with this group, things, mainly the weather, have conspired against doing much observing which would be the next stage for this interest group. A small group of five members, myself included, did manage to get out for a short observing session during an intermittently cloudy evening just after the last introductory talk on the 28th of October. We did manage to see the Andromeda Galaxy M31, M13 The Globular Cluster in Hercules, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Ring Nebula M57 in Lyra and Albireo, the colourful double star in Cygnus. We had to be quick though because as I say, the cloud was prevailing for most of the time and there wasn't time to show anyone how to point the scopes at these objects. Unfortunately since then the cloud or a full Moon has put paid to any further sessions. What I did learn was that unlike the small starter sessions held at our place, for the observation sessions we can accommodate a few more of us outside. Hopefully as the nights get colder we may have some clearer skies, although writing this on 1.12.19 these last few nights haven't been ideal because there has been a lot of moisture in the air which has dimmed the seeing. Those who attended the truncated observing session will be welcome to try again of course.