I am very pleased to report that the Society now posseses its own high performance telescope!
It is thanks to the generosity of our members and the general public who supported past society events and was partly funded with help of a grant from the Cockermouth and District Neighbourhood Forum.
For the technically minded it is an 8 inch F5 Newtonian on a fully computerised Goto Equatorial Mount. What this means in practise is we have a telescope capable of finding, tracking and revealing thousands of objects, from the moon and planets to distant galaxies, which will always be available for society and public observing sessions. Additionally it can be borrowed between sessions to suitably trained full members of the Society for their own observing programmes.
It is hoped that, weather permitting, first light for the telescope will be the Partial Lunar Eclipse on Saturday evening 16th August, so if you want be among the first to try it out, keep that evening free and watch out for more details later this week.