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Sunday, August 17

No August CAS Meeting

Remember there is no CAS meeting this month as we have a short summer break. Our next meeting will be at he end of September.

There is plenty of astronomy going on in Kendal during September as Eddington Astronomical Society are holding a Stargazing Kendal festival. Details are on the EAS website.

Any CAS members who are available to help out with any of these events will be welcomed by our friends in Kendal.

Sunday, July 27

July CAS meeting

Our July meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th at our usual place and time.

We will have the usual round up of space and astronomy news then we'll look at the scale of the universe in a different way by looking at the range of densities of the stuff that it's made of.

If you have any images you would like to share please bring them along with you. 

See you on Tuesday.

Friday, July 25

June Meeting follow up

Many thanks to Simon White from the Eddington Astronomical Society, who gave an excellent talk last month on the science and maths behind telescope optics. The talk started by explaining the basics of telescope optics and went on to explore topics such as resolving power and minimum and maximum magnification. I think beginners and experienced telescope users were left with some food for thought.

Simon has passed on a couple of slide with the key formulae he used as well as some links to further information for those who are interested.

Randy Culp’s original material is at www.rocketmime.com/astronomy/Telescope/telescope_eqn.html

A pretty comprehensive coverage of the subject is at www.telescope-optics.net  - not for the faint hearted!

Simon's astrophotography adventures are constantly updated at www.simoninthelakes.co.uk

I'm sure we will all be interested to here from Simon at future CAS meetings.

Sunday, June 22

June Meeting - An Introduction to Telescope Optics

*** CAS Meeting - Tue 24th June 2014 ***

The next CAS meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday and following the news on astronomy and spaceflight by Chris, we will be treated to a talk by Simon White on the topic of "An Introduction to Telescope Optics".

Meeting kicks off at 7.30pm

Monday, May 26

* CAS meeting Tuesday 27th May 2014 7.30pm *

Tomorrow night is our May meeting.

The theme of our talk is "Reaching back 12 billion years - First light for the Three Hills Observatory ALPY 200 spectrograph", to be given by Robin Leadbeater.

This will be based on Robin's new work within the amateur community to extend the limits of faint spectroscopy, including an update from an international conference in Germany.

Wednesday, March 26

March Meeting Report

CAS members, including a few new faces, and some of our friends from Eddington Astronomical Society were treated to an excellent presentation from Chris and Ross from Cockermouth School's Project Ascend Team.

They gave a behind the scenes insight into the planning and preparations for the launch of a weather balloon from Cockermouth on 12th March 2014, reaching 35,000m and capturing images of the curvature of the Earth. With video of the launch, images from the edge of space and even the capsule and remnants of the balloon itself the talk really impressed everyone. The enthusiasm and ingenuity of the whole team really came across. It's amazing what can be done by a group of school pupils, £400 sponsorship from REACT Engineering, some modern off-the-shelf technology, and very little else apart from hard work and enthusiasm!

An excellent highlights video is available on YouTube, and on the Project Ascend teams website here. The team are promising a more in depth 'behind the scenes' video is in the making.

Well done to all the Project Ascend team, and many thanks to Chris and Ross for an entertaining, informative and very professional talk.