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Good week welcoming new faces

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Good week welcoming new faces

We opened our doors this week for both introductory talks at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and a first observing session at Wellow. Between 15 and 20 people popped along to get to know more about stargazing as a hobby and try it out for themselves. Still Autumn, the skies were not truly dark and…

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Restoration Underway

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Restoration Underway

The work to bring the Monkton Combe School Observatory back into use is underway. The School is organising the repair of the roof and scaffolding is up and materials purchased. The tarpaulin is covering the now enlarged hole in the roof as work has progressed despite the rain. Whilst the structure of the observatory is…

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Getting to grips with the night sky

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Getting to grips with the night sky

Wednesday 16th October 2019 from 7:00pm until 9pm at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, A talk on the night sky, how to get more involved in stargazing and ideas for enjoying astronomy. All are welcome from beginners upwards. It is intended to show you the simple science of the night skies above your head and…

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25th Sept talk by James Fradgley

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25th Sept talk by James Fradgley

The season is due to start with a series of short talks by James Fradgley FRAS, at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy on Wednesday 25th September from 7:20pm (talks start at 7:30pm). Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about what we’re up to and to say hello after a long summer…

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Potential telescope restoration project

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Potential telescope restoration project

The Bath Astronomers have been contacted about a recently rediscovered telescope in an observatory building just outside Bath. Previously believing the building was empty, it wasn’t until part of the roof collapsed that it was realised there was a big blue telescope inside. The equatorial mount was made by John Browning who was building in…

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Busy weekend of outreach

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Busy weekend of outreach

On Saturday 20th July we spent the afternoon running a stall at Corston Country Fair with telescopes, solar spectroscopy and rocket launching. The following day found us down at Maumbury Ring in Dorchester celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar landings along with friends from Wells and Mendip Astronomers and Space Detectives. The theme was…

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Stargazing at Stonehenge

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Stargazing at Stonehenge

We partnered up with English Heritage at Stonehenge to run a stargazing event for 80 or so people to celebrate the partial lunar eclipse on Tuesday 16th July. Volunteers from Beckington AS, Wells and Mendip Astronomers, Wilts AS and Bath Astronomers joined together to flank the stones with 8 telescopes. The event was introduced by…

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