April 2013 Stargazing Evening

CO74780_01 stars LOUISE SMITHOur next public stargazing evening takes place this Saturday 20th April, from 6pm until 9pm.

NEAS astronomers will be at the Great Notley Country Park in Braintree with a range of telescopes set up for you to look through.

If the skies are clear, we’ll be hoping to do some solar observing to begin with – as the sun now sets quite late. As it gets darker, we’ll also be able to look at the Moon and maybe a couple of planets.

We’ll also try to answer any questions you might have, and give advice about how to start out with astronomy.

Everyone is welcome to come along and view through our telescopes. The night is free of charge. Please park in the site’s public car park (there may be a site car parking fee) which will remain open until 9pm. Details of how to find the site are on our Stargazing page here.

We will be set up behind the Discovery Centre building, so just following the walkway round to find us.

Please be aware that we are dependent on clear weather. If it is cloudy you obviously may not get to see anything! And if it’s really raining we will likely call off the event – so please use common sense before setting out. We will still have a couple of members on site in case you have any questions.


Posted on 18 April, 2013, in Astronomy News, Observing News, Popular Science, Stargazing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. brian hultquist

    I have a homebuilt dome observatory, home to a 10 inch Orion® IntelliScope mounted on an equatorial platform location, Tiptree Essex. I would be interested if you have any information regarding the expected date for the start of the part night street lighting scheme scheduled for the Colchester area.

    Kind regards Brian Hultquist

  2. Brian,

    There were trial schemes carried out in Maldon and Great Dunmow (at least a year or so ago) and permanent plans were drawn up ready for several other towns in Essex (I’ve seen the plans for Braintree and Witham).

    But as far as I know, such initiatives keep getting bogged down in public consultation (where largely unsubtantiated claims of increased crime and security issues are raised) and so get delayed it seems.

    So unfortunately have no further information, but hopefully it’ll start quite soon.


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