Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The next meeting will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 1st November 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM.

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 1st November 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.


Malcolm Porter will be the Speaker who will give a talk entitled ' Journey Into British Space' - 'A brief History of the UK Rocket and Space Programme 1950 to 1971

Sunday, 8 September 2019

The next meeting will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 4th October 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM.

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 4th October 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

This evening's speaker will be Professor David Rees who will give a talk on "The Transit of Mercury".

If the sky is clear there may be time for viewing in the car park.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

The next meeting will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 6th September 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM.

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 6th September 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

This month is the Annual General Meeting when you can vote for your next years committee and if you so desire volunteer to stand for a post.

This evening's speaker will be Will Joyce who will give a talk on "Apollo Astronauts exploring the Moon"

If the sky is clear there may be time for some observing in the car park.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

The next meeting will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 2nd August 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM.

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 2nd August 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

This month we will be showing a video entitled "The Secret Russian Space Program..life and death"

John Fox will be bringing his portable Sky Watcher Star Adventurer tracker along to demonstrate to anyone who missed out last month.

August is usually the Annual General Meeting but the committee has decided that it will be held next month due to some members being absent this month.

If the sky is clear there may be time for some observing in the car park.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 5th July 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM.

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 5th July 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

John Fox is currently producing a second video of all the early Mercury rocket launches leading up to the Apollo 11 moon mission for Prof David Rees.
He has kindly given permission to show the finished video this Friday, although David won't be attending.
 
If we have clear skies there may be enough time for viewing.
 

Monday, 3 June 2019

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 7th June 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM.

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 7th June 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

Hi everyone,

Firstly, can I just say a huge thank you to all the Wealden Astronomers members who were able to attend the OSC last week and help support the Einstein 100 events that were taking place.
We had a great time, ate way too many biscuits, sausage baps and eccles cakes and drank gallons of tea!  Oh...and we lost our tent/marquee on Sunday when the stiff breeze decided to rip all the velcro fasteners off the side panels. After patching it up with tape for a few hours we gave up and disassembled it before it blew away and caused damage.

The OSC very kindly re-housed us in the south geo which became our permanent home for the rest of the event.
ESAS also had a tent erected on the south lawns but by Wednesday had packed it away and joined Wealden in the geo due to the variable weather conditions.

My thanks goes out to all the managers and staff at the OSC who looked after us so well during the eight day Einstein celebrations.

We have our monthly Wealden Astronomers meeting this Friday 7th June at Herstmonceux village hall and as a slight change of plan we now have a slide presentation on the Apollo 11 moon landing.
I have been collaborating with Prof David Rees on preparing a slide show for David to give in Bexhill on Saturday 20th July.
I have also been sent over 30 images by Hasselblad U.K. whose cameras were used on the Apollo 11 mission. These include copies of the original high resolution images shot by the astronauts on the moon's surface!
As a result of the influx of all this material David and I have agreed that we will give members a preview of the slide show and David is bringing along a Hasselblad 500EL which is the type used on the moon mission. We will deliver the presentation between us.

Afterwards, as promised last month, I plan on holding a telescope clinic for the new members, one of which wanted to learn how to assemble and use his new telescope. We will also be demonstrating how to assemble and balance the society's Sky Watcher EQ5 mount and 8" reflector (Newtonian) telescope.

That's all for now folks,
Catch up with you all on Friday.

Kindest regards,

John. (chair, Wealden Astronomers)

Friday, 12 April 2019

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 3rd May 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM.

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 3rd May 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

The speaker for this evening will be Mr Antonis Papanestis
The title of his talk is: "Particle Physics and the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider"

Monday, 4 March 2019

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 5th April 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM.

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 5th April 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

The speaker for this evening will be John Fox on Astro Photography.
This will be followed by a presentation of the members latest images.

Chris Ellis will be giving a short illustrated talk on this month's night sky.

If the skies are clear there may be opportunity to get your telescopes out in the car park. 

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 1st March 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 1st March 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

The Speaker for this evening will be Dr Stephen Wilkins (East Sussex University). 

Title: The End of the Dark Ages: The First Galaxies 
Dr Stephen M. Wilkins
As we look out into the Universe we also look back in time. Eventually we reach a period before stars (and galaxies) had formed; these are the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages were brought to an end by the formation of the first stars and supermassive black holes some few hundred million years after the Big Bang. The identification of these first objects is one of the goals of modern extragalactic astronomy. While tremendous progress has been made with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), its small[ish] mirror and lack of infrared capability limits its ability to probe this critical period of the Universe’s history. The future is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), due to be launched in 2020. It is the successor to both the HST and the Spitzer Space Telescope. The JWST is a collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA/ASC), and holds out the promise not only of finding the first stars and galaxies but also of revolutionizing all of astronomy.
Biography
Stephen Wilkins is a Yorkshire-born astrophysicist, currently exiled to the rolling hills of the South Downs. After studying at Durham and Cambridge (UK), where he obtained a PhD in Astronomy, he worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford. In 2013 he obtained a lecturership at the University of Sussex and in 2016 he was promoted to senior lecturer. Since 2018 Stephen has also been a Leadership in Public Engagement Fellow, specifically concentrating on the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope. His research focuses on the formation and evolution of the first galaxies to form in the Universe. This research combines both the running of computer simulations and the analysis of observations, predominantly from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 1st February 2019 7.00 for 7.30.PM

Wealden Astronomers meet at Herstmonceux Village Hall on the First Friday of every month.

We are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and also have Public Liability Insurance. 
 

The next meeting of the Wealden Astronomers will be at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Friday 1st February 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 PM - Tea, Coffee & Biscuits.

 Chris Ellis, will be giving a short illustrated talk on this month's night sky.