Everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to more experienced astronomers - you don't need to be a member, just turn up on the night. We have experienced and knowledgeable members on hand who would be happy to talk about any and all aspects of astronomy with you, including setting up your telescope and how to get started in astrophotography.
Given the current COVID situation, we would recommend that people who can wear a mask do so. Also, only one person at a time in the kitchen – please bring your own mugs – or toilets. You can always bring a thermos or a can! The hall windows will be open, and sanitiser will be available.
We only ask if non-members would kindly donate £2.00 on the night to help cover the cost of the hall rental. However, if you would like to become a member and join the society then this will be waied. The annual memberships run from January to January and the membership covers every meeting held, talks, workshops and all observing sessions on meeting nights (if clear).
The dates for meetings in 2022, all Fridays and starting at 7.30pm, will be
7th of October. Members evening – this is open to all, you don’t need to be a member (as are all our meetings). A chance to see what members have been up to and have a chat about anything astronomical.
21st of October. Nahid Chowdhury from Leicester University will give a talk entitled 'Insights from the Infrared Aurorae of Saturn'.
11th of November. We have Professor Peter Wheatly from Warwick University coming back to speak to us. The title of his talk is "Probing the atmospheres of exoplanets".
25th of November. Andrew Atterbury will be speaking, the title of his talk is 'Comets, Asteroids, and Impacts’.
Meetings for early 2023 are below
Jan 20th Tony Wilmot, ‘A Grand Tour of our Galaxy’.
Feb 17th Tony Wilmot, ‘Astronomical Imaging, whilst on Holiday’ – More to do with what he is capturing, though, than imaging techniques.
Mar 10th TBA
Apr 21st TBA
May 12th TBA
Jun 9th TBA
Meetings are held on Friday evenings from 7:30pm to approximately 9.30-10.00pm at Gaddesby Village Hall, Ashby Road, Gaddesby, Melton Mowbray LE7 4WF.
Free car parking is available on site. See 'How to find us' page for a map.
We are predominantly an observing society; If skies are clear then we will be observing after the talk, so bring your set up in anticipation and we will endeavour to get the talk started as early as possible. This is an excellent opportunity for beginners to find out how to start.
If it is cloudy there is still plenty of time to talk astronomy with others before and after the presentation.
Please email <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you would like any further information. (Please copy and paste the email address into your email client - it is not a hot-link.)
We look forward to seeing you on the night!