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 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: 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.