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The next meeting at the Royal Russell School will be on Friday 24th Apr at 7:45 pm, when Prof. Serena Viti will talk on Astrochemistry in Galaxies..
Kenley Observatory Opening
• Our observatory at Kenley will be open tonightfor members (and guests) only, Fri 17th April, from 8 pm, as we have mostly clear skies. There is no moon in the way so faint and deep sky objects will be at their best (this is the best time of year to see the most of the Messier deep sky objects). Comet Lovejoy is visible and Jupiter will be very well seen. If you have your own telescope please bring it along.
We otherwise use our observatory at Kenley, on some Friday nights for members only, and any Saturday night it is clear for the public as well. We notify here when this is the case.
We have hot water for drinks (please bring everything else) and wireless broadband, but no heating at the observatory.
Parking is best at the Kenley aerodrome memorial a few hundred metres to the south. Postcode for the observatory is:
Note that there is no heating at the observatory so please dress warmly. The closest parking is at the WW2 memorial on Hayes Lane about 200 metres south of Waterhouse Lane.
Summer BBQ/Picnic and Solar Day, Sunday 24th Aug 2014
Our annual BBQ/Picnic was held on the above date at our Kenley observatory. It was combined with a solar observing day. The expected weather was dry, light winds but little sunshine.
This is a regular event and the usual format is for the society to provide the bread, soft drinks, salad, BBQ grill and hot water, with members bringing any other food and drink they wish, such as burgers to cook on the stove. We have found this format to be safe, and convenient if we have bad weather.
The solar observing started from midday and the grill was lit around early afternoon. The event will continue up to dark but the skies were not then clear.
As well as the usual white light telescopes we had three Hydrogen-alpha (Ha) telescopes, capable of seeing prominences, the chromosphere and activity on the solar disc itself. We also had a Calcium K-line telescope to see the Sun in the violet.
This was a good opportunity to bring along any telescopes and other equipment and between the knowledgeable members we'll be pleased to devote some time to advise with setup etc.