There will be a viewing session at Letterston Memorial Hall next Saturday, 18th January, from about 7.30 pm, weather permitting. Anyone welcome to come along, member or not.Lets just hope for some clear weather.
Not the best viewing conditions, but managed a bit of observing between misty patches. Had views of Venus, M31, M42, Pleiades, and tried to split the components of Rigel, but couldn't manage it even at 500x. Had a dozen people turn up, half of them new to astronomy, so generally quite a successful night. Hopefully will have a few more during the year. Hopefully next time someone with knowledge of EQ5/6 mounts will turn up so we can use more scopes.
For once the weather played ball and after an afternoon wondering whether or not it would be clear it stayed fairly clear with just a few hazy clouds. A dozen or so people turned up at Letterston where Richard had some 'scopes out and we had some good views of the Orion nebula plus a fair few other objects including Rigel. All in all a good viewing evening. If thinking of going to future viewing sessions I would advise bring your binoculars along as we can't all use the telescopes at once.
Brilliant, lets hope we can have a few more of these, I have a small eyepiece camera that works well for the Moon and connects to a TV, or we could use the digital camera and a laptop to let people see what the scopes are looking at.
There are at least 6 scopes and the big binoculars in the container, so if we could use them all and have cameras going, we could cope with quite a crowd. We just need to get the word out that events are going on.
A witch doctor to sort the weather would be quite handy too.