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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 7:00 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:

  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.  No need to book - just turn up.

2017-18 Programme

13 September 2017

Roger O'Brien  

40 Years of Voyager


27 September 2017  

Damian Peach



11 October 2017  

Sue Nelson

Women in Space  

8 November 2017  

Derek Jones

The Isaac Newton Telescope: the 50th Anniversary


13 December 2017  

Colin Stuart

13 Journeys Through Time And Space  

10 January 2018  

Paul Money

Images of the Universe - Part 2

14 February 2018  

John Collins

Proxima Centauri

14 March 2018  

Nigel Henbest

Cosmic Quest


11 April 2018  

Stuart Eves

The Future is out of this World


9 May 2018  

Derek McNally  

60 Years of Astronomy



13 June 2018  

Jerry Stone  

Time for Space

Draft Minutes of 2017 AGM

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14th March 8:00pm

Cosmic Quest- Nigel Henbest

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Draft Minutes last committee meeting

Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


 Wednesday 28th February


Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe


Jim Hough


Lindop Building

College Lane Campus, Hatfield

Wednesday 28 February 7:00pm

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

More Details

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 if you'd like assistance with your equipment or you are thinking of buying something then this is for you.

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 25 February at Lemsford Village Hall, Brocket Road, Lemsford, Welwyn Garden City AL8 7TT.

My Telescope Doesn’t Work!

The main part of the event, with explanations and demonstrations will run from from 7:00 to 9:30pm. 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 at our February meeting, or on the door.  In any case we need to know who will be attending.

Please contact Jerry Stone at programme@hertsastro.org.uk with the following details:

 - The names of all attendees, with HAG membership numbers if appropriate.

 - Ages of any under-16s. There is no charge for accompanied non-members under 16.

Alternatively you can sign up at our February meeting on the 14th.

The map shows the location of the hall at the south-west of Welwyn Garden City, and also the site of Panshanger Golf Course, where we hold our regular meetings.

Bayfordbury Observatory Open Evenings

16 February - Volunteers wanted to bring scopes and man the recruitment stand - please contact Alan chair@hertsastro.org.uk

Something that may be of interest to you:

“Is Pluto A Planet?”

is being presented by Jerry Stone at the London Ashridge Circle on Wednesday 21 February at 7pm. The meeting takes place at 

The Civil Service Club                 

13-15 Great Scotland Yard



Contact Jerry for further details

Have you ever wanted to try photography with your telescope?

Maybe, but not quite sure where to start?

Our club has a section that goes by the grand name of Hertford Astronomy Group Astrophotography Section (HAGAS for short).  This is a group of people who also wondered how to go about taking photos with their gear and through trial and error have come up with some stunning photos.

The point to get across is that they also didn’t know how to do it once and now get together to share experiences and techniques.  Moreover, they are delighted to help anyone who wants to make a start in this fascinating area.  So, what are you waiting for?  Send Martin a message and come along to one of their meetings and have a go at shooting the stars.

Remember two things:

  1. They were all beginners once.
  2. There is no such thing as a daft question - only the one you don’t ask.

Have a look at these photos that have been taken by the people who attend this group:

Cosmic Quest: From Babylon to the Big Bang

Covering over 40,000 years astronomy (in just one hour!), Cosmic Quest follows humankind's intrepid journey to understand the Universe.

From the Greek's first astronomical computer - constructed around 200 BC - to the latest telescopes that are today probing the Universe for extraterrestrial intelligence, Cosmic Quest explores how we have pushed the boundaries of knowledge in order to get to grips with our Cosmos.

This lavishly illustrated presentation highlights the personalities and mavericks of the celestial fraternity: the poet Omar Khayyam; the nobleman Tycho Brahe; the musician William Herschel and off-the-wall physicist Fred Hoyle - all ground-breaking astronomers as well.

You're in for a rollercoaster ride through time and space!

Nigel Henbest

Professor Nigel Henbest is an award-winning writer and television producer, specialising in space and astronomy. After researching in radio astronomy at Cambridge, he became a prolific science communicator, with 40 books and 1000 articles translated into 17 languages. His books include The History of Astronomy, The New Astronomy, Mars, To the Ends of the Universe, Astronomy Bible, The Secret Life of Space and - most recently - Philip’s Stargazing 2018.

Nigel's 60+ television credits include How the Universe Works, Space Shuttle Discovery, On Jupiter and Black Holes.

As well as a consultancy on New Scientist magazine, Nigel has been Editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association and media consultant to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. He now presents the YouTube series Nigel Goes to Space!

Nigel is signed up as a Future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic, and has already undertaken his astronaut training in the centrifuge and on the zero-gravity flight ('Vomit Comet').