Public Stargazing at Great Notley

CO74780_01 stars LOUISE SMITHUpdate 27 Sept 5pm. The current forecast is for high percentage cloud so viewing is likely to be limited.

On the evening of Saturday 27th September, we will be at the Great Notley Country Park in Braintree for another of our public stargazing nights.

From 6pm to 9pm, NEAS will be at the park with a selection of telescopes set up for you to look through.

If the skies are clear you’ll be able to observe some deep-sky objects and we will be happy 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 follow the walkway round to find us. Please try to keep torches pointed toward the ground (to preserve people’s dark adaption).

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 22 September, 2014, in Astronomy News, astrophotography, Popular Science, Public Meetings, Society News, Stargazing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi, I live in Hastingwood and on Saturday, between 2 and 3 saw a large planet half circle travelling quickly across the sky. It probably moved 30 degrees in 5 minutes. It didn’t look like a day moon, it was far too small (about half the size) and was travelling too quickly. It doesn’t look like it could have been ISS, I am curious and wonder what it is

  2. The best thing about stargazing is that ANYONE can get involved! It sounds like you need expensive gear, or that you need to attend meetings for this, but this is just not true. Many leading astronomers reckon that the best way getting started is by simply getting a pair of binoculars, a good book and to get out there!

    My son and I have been going stargazing with the two of us for a few years now and we found that this book really helped us explore the skies:

    It really is worth a read. Get out there and look up!

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