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.
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:
They were all beginners once.
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:
Arctaurus (a Boo -) - a red giant. Spec. type: K0 III
RA 14h 15.4m Dec +19ᵒ 11'.
110 x brighter than the Sun. 76.7 ly away
Regulus (a Leo) - is actually a 4 star system of two orbiting pairs.
RA 10h 08m Dec +11ᵒ 58' 79.3 ly away
Pair 1 - Regulus A is a spectroscopic binary comprising a blue- white main sequence star Spec. type : B7 which has a close white dwarf companion.
Pair 2 - Regulus B Spec. type: M4 V and Regulus C Spec. Type: K2 V
Spica (a Vir) - - a binary system of blue-white sub-giants .
RA 13h 25m Dec -11ᵒ 09' 250 ly away
Spica A: Spec.type B1 III-IV and Spica B: Spec.type B2V
Stuart will provide a light-hearted look at how space technology is changing, as satellites become more numerous and sophisticated. Although predicting the future is clearly an imprecise science, some advances in technology are likely to make a significant difference to our lives over the next 20 years, and the talk will endeavour to highlight them.
Dr Stuart Eves is Lead Mission Concepts Engineer for Surrey Satellite Technology Limited. He has worked in the space industry since 2004, following a 16-year career with the UK MOD.
Stuart has worked on a variety of satellite missions, including Skynet 4, Skynet 5, and TDS-1. The highlight of Stuart’s career to date was the initiation of the TopSat imaging satellite programme, which established a new world record for “resolution per mass of satellite”, and was the subject of a display in the Science Museum in London.
He has been writing on the subject of space security for several years, and is currently the industry chair of the Space Information Exchange (SPIE) forum. He has also recently completed a book entitled Space Traffic Control.
Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in constellation design, and has been a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society for more than 25 years