Thursday, 26 December 2013

OPEN EVENINGS: 10th & 11th January 2014

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the evenings of FRIDAY 10th and SATURDAY 11th January, between 18:30-23:00 for the BBC Stargazing Live events. Viewing will be subject to weather permitting on both evenings. 
**Please note these events are not part of the BBC Stargazing Live programmes or the BBC Learning events - Instead they are supplementary local astronomy based viewing evening events. For details on the broadcast BBC Stargazing events please view the programme website here.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

OPEN EVENING: Friday 13th December 2013 - OSC

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the evening of FRIDAY 13th December between 18:30-23:00 for the Geminids Meteor shower. Viewing will be subject to weather permitting.

Friday, 22 November 2013

OPEN EVENING: Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux 23rd November

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the evening of 23th November between 18:30-23:00 for the next open evening. Viewing will be subject to weather permitting.

Friday, 8 November 2013

EVENT: Open Evening Herstmonceux 8th November

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the 8th November between 18:30-23:00 for the next open evening. Viewing will be subject to weather permitting.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Wealden Wear Prices 2013/14

Correction: Please note the correct prices for Wealden wear are as detailed below, NOT the prices highlighted in this quarters magazine. Apologies for the error.

WAS branded fleeces are available to WAS members for a great price of £17.99. The fleeces are blue with a full embroidered colour logo, ideal for those nights out on the lawn.
Polo shirts are available in blue only with a full embroidered logo for a cost of £10.79 each, and sweatshirts with logo in blue only, cost £15.59 each.
If you wish to purchase any items please download and complete the order form available here and return via email to wealdenas@gmail.com or contact Keith Woodcock for details.

EVENT: Wealden Christmas Meal

Reminder: The Wealden AS Christmas Meal will be taking place on Saturday 6th December at the Kings Head Public House in Horsebridge, Hailsham. Meet at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Menus have been circulated via email, and should be returned to Keith by 4th November with a £10.00 deposit. Full cost is £25.50 per person.

If you would like to download a menu please click here.

EVENT: Open Evening 2nd November 2013

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the 2nd November between 18:30-23:00 for the next open evening. Viewing will be subject to weather permitting.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

EVENT: Astronomy Health Check

The Society Viewing & Astronomy Health Check session for tonight Saturday 19/10/13, has been cancelled due to changeable weather and several members unable to attend.  The date of the next session will be advised via email.
Karl Green.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Open Evening: Saturday 26th October - Halloween Special

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the 26th October between 18:30-23:00 for the next open evening. 

Come and join us. Its a sepcial one for Halloween with special activites* suitable for your little terrors, ghosts and goolies, and it's 1 child admitted FREE with each paying adult. See here for more details
* Additional charge of £1 p/p for the activities.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

NEW: Software and Apps page on this site

To make the information easy to find - I have added a page for useful apps and softaware including Stellarium on a single page, so everyone can find the info.

Please click here for the page:

Sirius News October-Dec OUT NOW

Digital copies of our magazine Sirius News has been circulated to members. If you have not received it, please check your Spam folders and then please email Keith on: wealdenas@gmail.com with your details and we will forward a copy to you. If you have a different email address you would like to use then please do the same.
Just so members are aware the magazine is rather large, so please ensure that you have space in your inbox to receive the file. The current edition is 27MB.

Sirius News page has een updated with details.

Stasia Botwright
Secretary Wealden AS

Sunday, 6 October 2013

How to download Stellarium Info

Have you ever wondered what the software is we use for demonstrating the night sky to members of the public, when the cloud cover is at its heaviest? Well the trade secret is ......Stellarium! It is open source (GPL) and free.

Here is the link to the main Stellarium page click here to download Stellarium
Just make sure you are on the official Stellarium page, as there are several sites that pretend to be the official page (hint: you can tell by the design of the page, its slick and professional, and there are screenshots available from the actual program).. Details on the correct files to download for your your specific system can be found on the site, plus loads more information on the project, which explains why it is free. Check these carefully.

Disclaimer: Please check/virus scan any downloaded files carefully before you install them on your machine, WAS will not be held responsible if you damage your machine or it picks up a nasty web flu (virus) from the interweb. Please also note that Wealden Astronomical Society have no direct relationship/connection with Stellarium or it's creators/ distributors other than we use their excellent software. We are not being bribed to ask you to download the software (although would consider it?). We like it because it works, its open source and it is free. There are also others programs like Google SkyMaps,  that may suit you better.... The choice is yours, have a hunt around and  let us know what you think.

Happy stargazing.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Open Evening this Saturday 5th October

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the 5th October between 18:30-23:00 for the next open evening. Come and join us.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Message from Sandra Voss - Astronomy Festival 2013


Keith,
Please pass on our thanks to those members of Wealden AS that managed the car parking duty so well for us at the festival this year. It helps us out enormously and the festival would not run as smoothly without your help - we are extremely grateful for all your input.

Thanks also to those who managed to put their telescopes out on the lawns - I hope you had some interested people coming to have a look!

Once again a big THANK YOU to all those involved and we look forward to planning the tenth anniversary.
all the best

Sandra

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Open Evening at The Observatory Science Centre

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the 21st September between 18:30-23:00 for the next open evening. Come and join us.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

OSC Astronomy Festival 2013

It's that time again, Weaden AS will be supporting The Observatory Science Centre at the 9th Astronomy Festival on 6th-8th September at Herstmonceux.

If you are a member  looking to support the event, and are available during the weekend, please contact Kevin or Keith via telephone or email as soon as possible.  Members are always needed to support the shifts with car parking duties, the W.A.S stand or with the scopes on the lawn. So if you are interested, have those Wealden AS t shirts, jumpers and lanyards ready and drop us an email ASAP to wealdenas@gmail.com.

The event opens to the public on the following days and evenings:
6th September - Friday evening 18:30-23:00
7th September - Saturday day 10:00-18:00
7th September - Saturday evening 18:30-23:00
8th September - Sunday day 10:00-18:00

Further details on talks and other events taking place at the event can be found on the OSC pages here: http://www.the-observatory.org/astronomy-festivals


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

AGM 2013 Committee Election - Sat 3rd August

UPDATE: The following members were re-elected at yesterday's AGM meeting and will now stand for another year. The next committee election will be in August 2014.

Chairperson - Nicolas Christodoulou -
Secretary - Stasia Botwright
Events Co-ordinator - Keith Woodcock
Treasurer - Steve Richardson


This is a reminder to all members that the W.A.S AGM for 2013 will take place this Saturday (3rd) evening from 7pm at The Observatory Science Centre. Please bring your voting forms with you if you are attending.

If you are unable to attend, and would like to register a vote via email, please email Keith Woodcock your completed voting form as soon as possible - BUT no later than 5pm this Friday 2nd August.

The current committee are requesting re-election as follows:

Nicolas Christodoulou - Chairperson
Secretary - Stasia Botwright
Events Co-ordinator - Keith Woodcock
Treasurer - Steve Richardson



Saturday, 27 July 2013

Message from Derrick - Frog Firle Farm

I would just like to thank those W.A.S. members that attended the Frog Firle Farm stargazing event last night.
We had excellent feedback from all the National Trust members/staff that camped overnight, roasting marshmallows and generally having a great time.
Thanks guys...

Thursday, 20 June 2013

WAS on the BBC Sky at Night programme


Did you catch a glimpse of us on BBC Sky at Night last month?  if not here's a few photos of us getting ready for the recording.

                               

Monday, 13 May 2013

WAS at the National Space Centre, Leicester

WAS members visited the National Space Centre in Leicester on Saturday.

WAS members surround the Earth at the National Space Centre

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Event: Viewing Evening - OSC

Wealden AS will be at the Observatory Science Centre this Saturday night 8:00pm till 12:30am (viewing subject to weather permitting)

Message from Derrick

I would just like to thank those W.A.S. members that attended the White Horse pub stargazing event last night.
We had 11 scopes on display for the public to view through, and as for the sky, it was a really clear good nights viewing.
Thanks guys...
Derrick

Monday, 1 April 2013

Sirius News update

Sirius News Q12 for January - March 2013 has been emailed to members. Details of this issues contents please click here.
This issue includes a round up of some of the community Stargazing events members have led this quarter, and the usual info on what is visible in the sky between April-June.