You may have caught the news on BBC Look North during the week but in case you didn't, the prestigious Keilder Observatory opens for business next weekend. This picture was taken in February so it looks like they have been hard at work over the past couple of months!) They are organising tours around it over the weekend so if it is decent weather I might be taking a run out. If you fancy a lift - get in touch.
You can read more about it and watch Maggie Philbin meeting astronomers at Keilder and extolling the virtues of keeping the lights low, on the BBC TV website.
For a more practical guide for astronomers, the Keilder Observatory Society website is probably the best place to go.
On an even more local note, if it is fine on 29th (meet night) don't forget forget to bring warm clothes and optical aids if you have them as we will be ajourning to the Memorial Gardens after Dennis' talk. If not you might have to hear about my trip to Cambridge for the BAA/AAVSO meeting instead, so better hope for.....
Clear Skies! :-)