Hertford Astronomy Group
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:
We look forward to seeing you.
June 8th 8:00pm
8:00 - 10:00pm
Doors open at 7:30 although the bar is open earlier for a drink or meal.
Meetings held at:
Panshanger Golf Complex
Old Herns Lane,
Welwyn Garden City,
9 September 2015
25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope
14 October 2015
Unveiling the invisible sky: the power of radio astronomy
11 November 2015
UVOT - Catching Gamma Ray Bursts on the Fly
9 December 2015
13 January 2016
10 February 2016
9 March 2016
13 April 2016
Finding a Super Nova!
11 May 2016
Astro Biology Little Green Things-Detecting Life on Earth and Exoplanets
8 June 2016
Pikonic - Disruptive Technologies
"Once a physicist, always a physicist" - Mark Wrigley graduated in physics in the 1970s in the days when "coding" came on punch cards and pocket calculators were an expensive luxury. His career has encompassed sales, marketing and product management in fields as diverse as mobile communication infrastructure and optical gas turbine blade temperature measurement. He is now semi-retired, a Council Member of the Institute of Physics and runs his own company "Alternative- Photonics", which works to democratise science and technology.
PiKon: The Disruptive Technology Telescope
The PiKon telescope is an astro-cam which uses 3-D printed components and a Raspberry Pi camera to capture astronomical images. The programmable telescope sets the foundation for a community of coders who want to develop their own astronomical and imaging software. The project was devised to demonstrate the impact of disruptive technology for schools, makers, enthusiasts and individuals. The initial phase of the project was able to deliver a prototype telescope at a target cost of £100. The PiKon project was initially funded by the University of Sheffield’s “Festival of the Mind” and Alternative- Photonics, a small scientific consultancy company in North Sheffield. In this lecture I will tell the story of the project to date and describe how you can get involved.
One of our members has brought this to our attention in case you might want to think about going to the USA to watch the eclipse. Details of an organised trip can be found at http://eclipseofthecentury.com/
Please note that we are not endorsing this venture but merely passing on information
What else is going on that might be of interest to you?
Dates for your diary for 2016-17 series:
2016 October 5, November 9, December 7,
2017 January 25, February 22 (joint meeting with the Institute of Measurement and Control),
March 29, April 26 and May 31.
A great day out to this historic site. Thanks for organising it Jerry.
At the recent committee meeting we discussed a number of venues for other trips for the future, and more details will be sent out in due course.