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Wednesday, January 17

Observing Evening

This Friday, 19th January, is our next observing evening weather permitting. If the weather is poor on Friday (and the forecast isn't good to be honest) we'll try again on Saturday night. Meet at 8pm at the Big Wood observing site.

Observing nights are a core part of the society, just as important as our monthly meeting. Why? Well here are a few reasons why you should come along;

  • If you are a compete beginner you'll get to know other society members and learn from their experience of observing. Not only that, but you'll be able to try out others equipment and see things you wouldn't be able to see on your own.
  • If you are more experienced and have your own equipment, you can meet with others and discuss and test different equipment and ideas. You are bound to come away with a new shopping list of things you 'must have'. And, of course even experienced amateurs can learn from each other.
  • If you've got your first telescope, but you are struggling to get the best out of it, bring it along. There will always be people willing to help and give advice about how to get the best your equipment.
  • The society owns some equipment (binoculars and telescopes) and they are usually on hand for people to borrow during the evening. During the year we'll be looking to expand the range of equipment we have available.
  • Basically it a good social event and an opportunity enjoy our hobby together. Lets face it what else are you going to do on a cold dark evening . . . watch Celebrity Big Brother ?

So, keep your fingers crossed for the weather, and I hope to see you on Friday.

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