RAS Grants for January Events

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The Royal Astronomical Society have generously agreed to make a pot of money available to amateur astronomical societies running public events between 3rd and 16th January 2011.

This pot of money will be distributed to societies who ask for it on a first-come-first-served basis, and will amount to £50 per society, to cover the costs of travel and transport to and from your events. A maximum of forty such grants will be awarded.

If you use this money to help run an event as part of the BBC Stargazing LIVE campaign (see previous email dated November 18), then you will receive free BBC branding (posters). Do feel free to use this branding, however please ensure that this BBC branding is not added to with any other logos, including that of the RAS. Also, please ensure that the BBC logos/ identity is not used on any other posters which may include the logo of the RAS.

If you wish to take advantage of this grant, please contact the FAS who are administering it on behalf of the RAS by emailing the FAS Vice President – vicepresident@fedastro.org.uk– providing the following details:

Name of Society:
Society principal contact (name and address):
Brief details of events being run including dates:
Society Treasurer name & address:

New Council

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At the Annual General Meeting held at the IoA Cambridge on Saturday 20th September, the new council of the Federation was elected.

President:  Richard Sargent
Vice President: Callum Potter
Treasurer: Peter Cooke
Secretary: Shaun O’Dell
Newsletter Editor: Frank Johns
Membership Secretary: John Axtell
Publications Distribution & PLI Secretary: Eric Hutton
Meetings Secretary: Samuel George
Webmaster: Gary Gawthrope

Regional Reps (not elected at the AGM):

SAGAS Rep: Keith Brackenborough
Midlands FAS Rep: Dave Evetts
Yorkshire Group Rep: Paul Harper
Chilterns & Thames Valley Rep: Steve Williams

FAS Convention 2010

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This years FAS Convention will be held on Saturday 9th October at Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. Tickets are £5 each and are available on the door (there will be no advanced ticket sales this year). This years speakers are: Prof. Philippa Browning ‘Our Active Sun’, Dr Peter Wheatley ‘Hunting for extra-solar planets using small telescopes’,  Prof. Tim Naylor  ‘Star and Planet Formation’ and Jerry Stone “Visiting the Lord of the Rings”. More information can be found on the convention page and a full day programme will be available closer to the date.  The convention doubles up as the FAS AGM and the agenda for the AGM is also available .

FAS Publications Offer

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Want to learn what’s in the nice sky? How to do some observing or looking for a new telescope? The FAS have a range of publications to show you the basics and we are currently offering all FAS booklets at the reduced price of £1 + P&P each (until the FAS Convention 2010). For more information on our publications take a look at FAS Publication page.