Doors open at 7:00 for the pre meeting show of astro photographs taken by group members followed by main meeting arrival from 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:
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.
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.
Just socialise with others - about anything!
We look forward to seeing you. No need to book - just turn up.
20 October -Volunteers wanted to bring scopes and man the recruitment stand - please contact Alan email@example.com
We thought that you might also be interested in this talk given by our committee member Denis O’Shea
"My Telescope Doesn’t Work!"
Sunday 29 October - Lemsford Village Hall - 7:00-9:00pm
Are you having problems with your telescope? Are you unsure which end to look in or where to plug it in? Well, maybe things aren’t that bad, but maybe you’d like some help - either with equipment that you have or if you’re thinking of buying something.
Back by popular demand, we present another session of “My Telescope Doesn’t Work!”, where you can find out about different types of telescopes, mounts, eyepieces and other items.
This special event will take place on Sunday 29 October at Lemsford Village Hall, Brocket Road, Lemsford, Welwyn Garden City AL8 7TT.
The main part of the event, with explanations and demonstrations will run from from 7-9pm. If the sky is clear then you can stay later and if you have a scope you are welcome to bring it along for advice and help.
As before, we plan to be doing some observing as well - skies permitting. This will be just after the Moon’s First Quarter so we’ll be able to see detail on its surface. We also hope to show you a double star, a nebula, a star cluster, and perhaps a galaxy!
The event is free to HAG members and £5 for non-members. Payment can be made on the door. In either case we need to know who will be attaneding.
Four intrepid members of HAGAS recently drove across Spain to visit an excellent astronomy hosting facility known as Entre Encinas y Estrellas (e-EyE) near Seville. Anthony Challoner, Martin Weston, Denis O'Shea and Stephen Heliczer spent a few nights under crystal-clear skies at this quite unique observing facility as well as sampling the wonderful local food, drink and picturesque scenery in this completely unspoilt part of southern Spain. Speak to Steve or anyone above for further information. One of the benefits of joining Hertford Astronomy Group is the opportunity for extra-curricular activities such as this!
Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
The search for Earth’s twin planet
College Lane Campus, Hatfield
Wednesday 1 November 7:00pm
Free to attend but as a courtesy please email Diane to let her know of your intention to attend.
The talk begins with an Introduction on Astronomical Telescopes and Mountings. The Isaac Newton Telescope was opened by HM Queen at Herstmonceux, Sussex on December 1, 1967. It became clear that the site was badly chosen and an enthusiastic blame game broke out. This did not prevent much interesting research taking place before it was decided to move the telescope to La Palma in the Canary Islands. At the time of the move, the primary mirror was replaced and many other improvements were made. Some highlights of research done with the telescope will be described, followed by plans for the future.
The speaker has spent a life-time in observational astronomy, mostly on the staff of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. For the first half of his career he worked extensively in California, South Africa and Australia, as well as in the UK. The second half was spent planning, building, commissioning and operating the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma.
Other activities included supervising Ph.D. students from the University of Sussex and editing the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Since his retirement he has been involved in public outreach at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge and the University of the Third Age.