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Saturday, September 2

CAS Website Update - Your comments needed

I've not done many updates to the CAS website over the past few months, but I feel it is time to give it a bit of an update.

I'm looking for some feedback on what needs updating from you. I've got a reasonable amount of information on what the popular pages are and what is not used quite so much. You can expect some of the stuff to disappear. What would you like to see more of ? What doesn't work quite as you think it should ? What could you contribute?

To start you off, here are a few of my thoughts;

  • Update meeting reports to bring up to date
  • Change the links sections, add more relevent links
  • Add more reviews of websites, books, equipment etc
  • Details of our new observing sites

Let me have any comments as soon as possible.


  1. Hi Chris,

    Firstly, thanks once again for producing such a profesional website. I would suggest trying not to cover the whole field but concentrate on doing things other sites cannot do. ie keeping it local and personal eg contributions by members and news of local interest.

    Putting a general interest story up either on the site or the blog and then pointing the press to it can be a good way of publicising something more widely. (eg laser beam story)

    I would like to see a section on light pollution issues including a name and shame (or praise) image section. We are custodians of some of the darkest skies in England. we need to be more proactive, I believe if things are not to deteriorate even more rapidly than they are currently. (I guess I am volunteering to provide some basic material)
    BTW the light pollution fact sheet link is dead. do you need the file?

    What do others think?

  2. I agree with everything Robin has said,especially "keeping it local", and "light pollution section".

    A few more reviews wouldn't go amiss. This also might be a good way to get other members involved. Instead of just a review by one member, we could ask a number of members to "test drive" a website or piece of software, or read a book. Each could then add comments to a basic review, perhaps even including a score. That way, we would get a more balanced view.

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  4. Hi,

    As a newbie it would be useful to have a little more information about things such as the Sky Watch nights... where? how long? what should I bring? All very basic to those that have been attending for ages, but it can be a bit intimidating having to ask all the questions that others may take for granted.

    Perhaps there could be a section devoted to the 'what you might like to know when you know nothing' type of person, like me

  5. How about a small adds section? (BTW if anyone is interested in an Orion SX150 6 inch Newtonian with tripod and motor drive. An ideal starter/intermediate scope, there is one for sale locally.