FAS Convention – Additional Tickets, AGM-only

As you know the FAS Convention is now a Sell Out as we’re up to the capacity of the lecture theatre. However, we are aware that there are still some people from member Societies who would have wished to attend. In past years the hall has rarely been more than half full for the actual AGM, and we accept that this is likely to be the case this time. This means that we can safely consider allowing further attendees to book on a limited basis. Consequently we have decided to offer some AGM-only tickets for any prospective attendees who would still like to attend. These tickets will be completely free of charge, but will limit the attendee to just the AGM and also to the Trade Stands area. These tickets will be easily identifiable and will not allow admittance to any of the other talks.

If any of your members would like to attend on this basis, to a maximum of two per society, then they should email fascon13@fedastro.org.uk, and I will reserve these special tickets for them.

Convention – Sold out!

We are pleased to announce that the full 180 tickets for the FAS Convention have now been taken! Please do not send anymore requests for tickets as your cheque will be returned to you. Thanks for all who have purchased tickets – we look forward to seeing you on the day.

Stargazing Live @ the Isle of Man AS

Isle of Man Astronomical Society sent in a write up of their  BBC Stargazing Live events during early January (below) . There were many Stargazing Live events and expect to read about many more in the FAS newsletter

The IOM Astronomical Society held a public stargazing event at Onchan Park, Onchan Isle of Man on three nights 8th,9th and 10th January from 7.00pm. The first two nights were crystal clear and we had a steady stream of visitors and a great number of children with their parents viewing Jupiter, the Pleiades and M 42 and other things through the selection of telescopes brought by members. Mike Kelly gave a wonderful live commentary of all the stars and constellations on view. The Third night, 10th January was clouded out and it started to drizzle, but still about 20 of the public showed up to chat for a short while about the Society. We are grateful to Mark Henthorne and James Martin for organising the event and to Andrea Dentith from Onchan Commissioners for getting permission to use the Park and obligingly arranging to have some of the lighting turned off. This venue offers great possibilities for future events. We have had lots of positive feedback from the public about how much they enjoyed the event and the children are now surfing the internet to find out more about the stars and planets.
(from James Martin, Secteary of IOM AS)

DSD Night @ Rugby & District AS

Rugby & District AS sent in a write up of their Dark Sky Discovery night on the 21st October (below). There have been many DSD events taking place across the country and keep your eyes open for others.

As astronomers based in Britain we are used to a bit of adversity in our events, but in Church Lawford we had to contend with cloudy skies and the closure of the main road into the village where we hold our meetings-and despite the closure having been in place for the day no diversionary routes were signposted, meaning members and guests arrived over the course of two hours.

Despite this we had nearly a dozen new faces along to find out about the association and it’s activities. Some had come from adult education courses run by Jo Jarvis, our chair, and others from Sarah Meek and David Morris’ leafleting of the village, the leaflets being paid for by a grant from the Federation Of Astronomical Societies.

We had some displays showing the basic and advanced equipment available, slideshows of astronomical images and most importantly the tea, coffee and donuts.

Chris Longthorn kicked off the talks with Sky Notes and images from the members, then Jo Jarvis gave her introduction to stellar evolution ‘The Life Of A Star’, followed by David Morris with a talk he wasn’t planning to give; a quick look at the history of astroimaging, some of which involved needlepoint, then Roger Jackson wrapped things up with the trials and tribulations of photographing the Northern Lights with a bit of dog sledging thrown in.

After the main talks visitors were free to talk to the speakers and ask questions about what R&DAS get up to and astronomy in general. We signed up two new members on the night with more promising to come back. We hope to arrange some clear skies and unblocked roads in the near future.