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Meetings held at:

Fairway Tavern

Panshanger Golf Complex

Old Herns Lane,

Welwyn Garden City,



Tel:01707 336007

What happens at our meetings?

Doors open at 7:30 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar.

Following welcome announcements we have a guest speaker who speaks on the subject of the evening for about 45 - 60 minutes.  This is followed by questions relating to the talk.

Announcements about forthcoming events follow.

You can then choose from the following activities:

  1. If the weather is clear telescopes and binoculars brought by members are set up outside for some observation.  Members doing so will be pleased to share their scopes with others.
  2. If you need help with some equipment then now is your chance to bring it in.  Others in our club will be more than willing to help you .  Don’t be shy, we get just as excited about a telescope bought at the charity shop for £20 as we do one costing many times more.
  3. Just socialise with others - about anything!

We look forward to seeing you.

Astronomy has produced the most amazing sights, which have been captured using telescopes both on the ground and out in space. The Ring Nebula, Saturn, the Pleiades, the Pillars of Creation and much, much more. Paul Money discusses a selection of his favourite images.

December 14th 8:00pm

Images of the Universe - Part 1

Paul Money

As far back as Paul can recall he used to look up at the night sky and just gaze in wonderment at all the twinkling points of light without really understanding what they actually were.  Things advanced, and in 1993 he may have become the first person from Britain to achieve the “Messier Marathon” - observing all the objects in the Messier Catalogue in a single night.

In 2012 he was awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award.

2016-17 Programme

14 September 2016  

Roger O'Brien  

Gravity Waves


12 October 2016  

Stephen Lewis

The perils of Landing on Mars


9 November 2016  

Mike Edmunds

“Sir Isaac Remembers ...”  

14 December 2016  

Paul Money

Images of the Universe Part 1


11 January 2017  

Dave Eagle  

Piazzi Smyth and his High Altitude Tenerife Observatory  

8 February 2017  

Cathie Clarke

Proto-Planetary Disks and Planet Formation


8 March 2017  

 Derek McNally

 60 Years of Astronomy  


12 April 2017  

Jerry Stone  

The Next 50 years in Space  


10 May 2017  

Sarah Hutton

Galaxy Quest



14 June 2017  

Robin Scagell  


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Bayfordbury Observatory Open Evenings

11 November 2016

9 December 2016

13 January 2017

3 February 2017

3 March 2017

Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield



 Aurora: in search of the Northern Lights  by

 Melanie Windridge   

Lindop Building

College Lane Campus, Hatfield

Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 7.00pm

Free to attend but as a courtesy please email Diane to let her know of your intention to attend.

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