Starfest 2016

starfest2016flyerOn Saturday 29th October we will be hosting our Starfest 2016 convention, featuring a range of astronomy talks, trade stands and exhibits, mobile planetarium and solar observing.

Our speaker line up includes Andy Green, Carl Murray, David Warrington, Mike Barratt, John Davies and Floor van Leeuwen.

The event will take place at Chelmer Valley High School, 9.00am–5.30pm approximately.

Tickets are priced £8 for NEAS members, £10 for non-members and £5 for students with under 16s being free of charge (accompanied by an adult), and can be purchased via the Starfest page. Tickets will also be sold on the door on the day, subject to availability. (Planetarium entry charged separately.)

We look forward to welcoming you there!

October Stargazing at Great Notley

On Saturday 8th October, we will be holding the next in our series of public stargazing nights at Great Notley Country Park. From 6.00–9.00pm we will have telescopes set up and you will be able to view the Moon, stars, nebulae, galaxies and any visible planets. We can teach you about the constellations and how to recognise them, and answer any questions you may have about astronomy or telescopes. The event is free (site parking fee applies). We can be found somewhere in the vicinity of the main building, near the Sky Ropes.

Our stargazing sessions are suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The ground underfoot can be quite muddy after rain, so please bring appropriate footwear, and wrap up warm – never underestimate how cold it can get standing around, even in the summer.

If it is raining, the event will be cancelled. If cloudy, viewing may be limited, and we may choose to cancel if we think there is no chance it will clear. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest updates on the event, or call the park on 01376 347134.

Details of how to get to the park can be found on our Stargazing page.

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September Public Meeting

making_every_photon_count_coverThis Wednesday 21st September we welcome Steve Richards who will be giving a talk entitled Making Every Photon Count, based on his book of the same name.

Aimed at the beginner in astrophotography, Steve will explain concepts in simple terms, and give guidance to those wishing to embark on taking photos of the night sky with modest equipment.

Steve will also have copies of his book to buy, and will be signing copies on the night.

The meeting will be preceded by the Society’s AGM. Doors will open at 7.30pm, the AGM will commence around 7.45pm, and the talk will follow, hopefully between 8.15-8.30pm

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End CM8 3HR

NEAS members £2, non-members £3, U16 free

September Stargazing at Great Notley

Update 10/9/16: Unfortunately tonight’s event is cancelled due to rain. Although it is set to clear later tonight, this is likely to be too late to justify the effort of all involved. Our next event is scheduled for 8th October.

On Saturday 10th September, we will be holding the next in our series of public stargazing nights at Great Notley Country Park. As the nights are not yet very dark, we will be starting later than our usual time at 7.00pm and running through until around 10.00pm. We will have telescopes set up and you will be able to view the Moon, stars, nebulae, galaxies and any visible planets. We can teach you about the constellations and how to recognise them, and answer any questions you may have about astronomy or telescopes. The event is free (site parking fee applies). We can be found somewhere in the vicinity of the main building, near the Sky Ropes.

Our stargazing sessions are suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The ground underfoot can be quite muddy after rain, so please bring appropriate footwear, and wrap up warm – never underestimate how cold it can get standing around, even in the summer.

If it is raining, the event will be cancelled. If cloudy, viewing may be limited, and we may choose to cancel if we think there is no chance it will clear. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest updates on the event, or call the park on 01376 347134.

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Solar Observing at Great Notley

Today, Saturday 6th August, we will be at Great Notley Country Park with our solar telescopes set up to observe the Sun in complete safety. You will be able to see any visible sunspots, as well as prominences and flares.

Pop along any time between midday and 3pm (approximately) to take a look at our nearest star. We will be setting up in the field opposite the main building, next to the overflow car park. Viewing is weather dependent. If it is cloudy you may not see anything.

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July Public Meeting – Update

Unfortunately due to illness, tonight’s talk (20th July) has had to be cancelled. Our public meeting will now be more of a social event. Feel free to drop in for a chat, to ask questions, or to bring along that telescope you haven’t been able to use for some advice. We’ll be at Henry Dixon Hall from around 7.30pm until approx 9.30pm. If clear, we may have telescopes set up outside.

Entry will be free of charge.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

July Public Meeting

Our next public meeting takes place on Wednesday 20th July. James Hannan will be giving us a talk about using physics to explain phenomena in observations, and how observations can tell us more about the construction of the universe than you might think.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at around 8pm.

Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End CM8 3HR

Members £1, non-members £2, children U16 free. All welcome.

June Public Meeting

67POur next public meeting takes place on Wednesday 15th June. Wendy Clark will be giving us a talk entitled ‘Chasing Comet 67P’.

PACA (Pro-Am Collaborative Astronomy) seeks to build collaborations between professional observers & scientists and amateur astronomers, to enhance scientific research. Currently, PACA supports various comet observing campaigns, such as the Comet Integrated Observing Campaign (CIOC), ESA/Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (CG), and other independent comet campaigns.

Wendy will talk about how she became involved in PACA, and how she obtained, analysed and presented data on Comet 67P.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at around 8pm.

Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End CM8 3HR

Members £1, non-members £2, children U16 free. All welcome.

Great Notley Solar Observing

On Saturday 11th June we will be at Great Notley Country Park with our solar telescopes set up to observe the Sun in complete safety. You will be able to see any visible sunspots, as well as prominences and flares.

Pop along any time between midday and 3pm (approximately) to take a look at our nearest star. We will be setting up in the field opposite the main building, next to the overflow car park. Viewing is weather dependent. If it is cloudy you may not see anything, and if raining the event will be cancelled.

NEVER look at the Sun without proper specialist equipment. Permanent eye damage will result.

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May Public Meeting

Our public lecture on Weds 18th May will be given by Dr Paul Jerram, Chief Engineer for the Space Imaging Division at e2v. e2v designs CCD and CMOS imaging sensors and sub-systems for space missions by the world’s largest space agencies, including NASA, ESA, JAXA, CSA and most recently for the Russian-led World Space Observatory. The talk – Made in Essex: High Performance Sensors for Space and Astronomy – will cover the different sensors that e2v makes and the missions for which they have been used. While the main focus will be on New Horizons and Rosetta, Paul will also give an insight into some of the other missions where e2v has made a contribution: exoplanets, Mars, the Sun and a look back at Earth.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at around 8pm.

Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End CM8 3HR

Members £2, non-members £3, children U16 free. All welcome.

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