Last night's CAS meeting was a great success, and it was great to see a few new faces. Chris gave a news round up covering subjects as diverse as the Smart 1 impact on the moon, the Atlantis Shuttle mission, new planets in other solar systems and new names in ours, space tourism . . . the list goes on.
We then had a short break with, for the first time, tea, coffee and biscuits. Thanks to Caroline for organizing that. The availability of refreshments did seem to encourage a bit more discussion among members , which was good to see.
After the break Jeremy Hunt gave us an excellent talk on "an introduction to astrophotography". This was an excellent talk covering the basics, illustrated by Jeremy's excellent photographs and providing some useful tips along the way. I'm sure there was something for everyone.
Links from the meeting.
We talked about observing the ISS from Cumbria. At the moment the ISS makes early morning passes over Cumbria at around 0500h - 0630h each morning. For specific timings head over the www.heavens-above.com or if you live in Cockermouth this link has the location already set.
For more up to date images on Mars rover Opportunity approaching Victoria crater keep an eye on Stuart's blog Cumbrian Sky where he's keeping a very close eye on progress.
Our October meeting is dedicated to telescopes and equipment. At the meeting we hope to have a range of telescopes on display, and will be covering the basics of choosing and using telescopes. Ideal if you're thinking of buying a telescope for Christmas.