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)

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