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• The next meeting at the Royal Russell School is tonight Friday 17th July at 7:45 pm, when Konrad Malin-Smith will present a talk: ‘The Nature of Light and Time’: as his own introduction to relativity.
Kenley Observatory Opening
• Our observatory at Kenleywill be open tonight Saturday 18th June from 8:30 pm (subject to confirmation at 6 pm). The Moon will be a thin evening crescent and the planet Saturn is well placed to the south, though low in the sky. After the Moon sets the sky will be suitable to observe deep sky objects, although a thin crescent will contribute little to light pollution and will set before the sky is properly dark from 10pm.
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 21st June 2015
Our annual BBQ/Picnic was be held at ourobservatory on Sunday 21st June from 12pm midday for our annual combined BBQ/Picnic and solar day. This was in conjunction with the international SUN•day event across the world. We will have a variety of telescopes, some solar telescopes and members are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in.
The society provided the basic BBQ grill, salad, bread rolls and soft drinks, and members asked to bring anything else to supplement, such as burgers to cook on the stove.
The day started at noon with solar observing immediately and then the BBQ was lit as soon as someone was hungry (which was soon as it was lunchtime; we had enough charcoal to last until late).
Facilities at the observatory are: hot water for drinks, wireless broadband and a portable type camping toilet with flush, located privately in a separate room.
As well as the usual white light telescopes we had three 60mm Hydrogen-alpha (Ha) telescopes, 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 is a good opportunity to bring along any telescopes and other equipment and between the knowledgeable members we'll be pleased to devote time to advise with setup and observing etc.