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Saturday, December 10

Christmas Drinks

Our traditional gathering in a local pub for pre Christmas Drinks and a chat will take place in the Swan Inn on Kirkgate in Cockermouth on Wednesday 14th December. We will be there from about 7.30pm. Hope to see you there. 


Saturday, November 26

November CAS Meeting

This month's meeting is on Tuesday 29th November at 7.30pm.

Following the news update on astronomy and space travel, we have a visiting speaker from Kendal who will be known to many at CAS. Stuart Atkinson will be taking us through the fantastic achievements of the Rosetta mission to land on and survey a comet.

Please join us for a really interesting talk, good company and coffee.

As usual if anyone has any images that they've taken this month to share then please bring them down on a USB.

If any CAS Members would like to borrow one of the society telescopes to while we have dark and clear skies the 8 inch Dobsonian reflector is available. Just let me know and I'll bring it along on Tuesday.


Monday, September 26

September meeting: Equipment Night

Our next meeting opens the autumn season with our usual Equipment Night. This is often useful for anyone interested in buying binoculars, telescopes or cameras as there will be a variety of equipment in the hall to get your hands on and talk to the owners about the pros and cons.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th September and will be in the normal location (St Joseph's church hall in Cockermouth).

Following the news updates on space travel and astronomy we will have a series of short discussions about a variety of equipment including solar telescopes, beginners scopes, binoculars and more advanced computerised telescopes and cameras.

If you are a CAS member please bring your equipment down to show.

If you are interested in advice on what to buy please come and see what we have, including equipment owned by the society and available for loan to members.

And finally, if you have bought a telescope and need advice on how to set it up and get the most from it then please bring it down so we can help you get to grips with it.

See you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 31

Links from May CAS Meeting

Here are some links for some of the items we covered at our May 2016 meeting this evening.


NYT 'Seeking Pluto's Frigid Heart' film on YouTube and New York Times VR app.

High resolution image of Pluto.

Mercury Transit

Big Bear Observatory

Thierry Legault transit video and his website.


NASA Kepler Mission announcement.


Thursday, May 26

CAS May 2016 meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 31st May in St Joseph's church hall Cockermouth.
We have an excellent local speaker Robin Leadbeater talking on the subject:
"Where have all the supernovae gone ?"
Despite an increasing number of surveys looking for them, the number of reported supernova has dropped dramatically over the last ten years. Robin investigates what is going on and describes his own contribution to pinning down these fascinating objects.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm with a round up of astronomy and space flight news, a short coffee break - a chance to meet fellow astronomers, get advice on equipment or technical issues, and then the main talk.
All are welcome, members and visitors.

Saturday, May 7

Join us to observe the transit of Mercury on Monday 9th May 2016

On Monday 9th May we will be holding an public event to observe the transit of Mercury.

During the transit the planet Mercury will move across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth. You can't see this event with the naked eye, indeed it is very dangerous to look at the Sun directly with the naked eye or any optical aid. We'll have the equipment on hand to show you the event safely, and explain what's going on.

Transit of Venus 2004
The transit starts just after 12pm and society members will be on hand in Memorial Gardens, Cockermouth from just before 12 with their specially equipped telescopes. Members will be around most of the afternoon and then again from around 5pm until the transit finishes just after 7.30pm.

You can find more information about the transit on the Society for Popular Astronomy website and more information on safe solar observing from the BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Hope to see you there,

Sunday, April 24

April CAS meeting.

The week is our Annual General Meeting. Not as formal as it sounds, just part of our routine monthly meeting given over to some of the 'society business'. We'll also be catching up on the latest space and astronomy news and looking ahead to the transit of Mercury on 9th May.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, February 21

February 2016 meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 23rd February. This time Jeremy will be looking at choosing cameras for various types of astrophotography.

We'll as be catching up on the latest astronomy news including, of course, the recent historic discovery of gravitational waves.

Hope to see you there,

Monday, January 4

Dark Sky Events at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

Once again our friends at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre in Ennerdale are holding some Dark Sky Events this year. The two events are being held on Saturday 9th January and Saturday 6th February. More details on the LGFC website here.

This year the main activities will be between 4pm and 7.30pm on each day, with extended night sky observing if skies are clear.

As usual CAS members are welcome to come along and take part in the activities as well as supporting the event by helping to show the night sky to members of the public through our telescopes. If you are able to help please let me know beforehand so that let the organisers know how many people to expect.