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Swindon Stargazers Club set up in 2009

  1. What's new in this club
  2. Hello Members If you look at the membership you will see that I am classed as the 'owner' and 'leader' Clearly it would be better for a local member to take on the role? Can you advise me if you wish to take on this role. Mark
  3. You may have noticed that we have created a new heading, above the banner, called 'Clubs'. The plan is to move all the existing social groups and observatories to this new area. Currently there are 17 different groups some more active than others. You need to advise me, in this thread, whether you wish your social group to be moved, otherwise the group will be closed and archived. I look forward to hearing from someone within group for us to take necessary admin action.
  4. Hello Astralstroll, The club still meet once a month at Liddington Church hall about one mile from J15 (M4), they have not done any viewing sessions this current season as the weather has not been on their side! I am just a club member who saw this comment and nothing to do with committee's etc, if you wish to talk to somebody from the club maybe you could contact Robin Wilkey who runs the web page, he is a friend of mine so the link should work that way. Hope that helps? Peter
  5. On Friday 16 September we welcome Guy Hurst Who will be speaking on Star Clusters, here is a short resume of Guy Hurst: He became Editor of 'The Astronomer', a monthly magazine for active observers of the night sky, in 1975 and still hold this post 34 years later which shows it is dangerous to volunteer! In 1976 he formed the UK Nova/Supernova patrol to encourage amateur astronomers to search for these exploding stars. The numerous successes using both simple binoculars and more advanced electronic telescopes means the project appeals to many observers. From 2001 to 2003, he was President of the British Astronomical Association and earlier, in June 1998, received the Walter Goodacre Medal from the Association . In October 2005 he received an award from the Royal Astronomical Society (professional astronomers) for services to astronomy. His main aim has been to promote active observing of the night sky. Swindon Stargazers meets at Liddington Villlage Hall just outside Swindon, more details here: http://www.swindonstargazers.com/clubdiary/directions01.htm All welcome!
  6. Hi Guy, quite happy to meet with you to discuss equipment, I have the 200P on an EQ5 mount etc and experience of using stuff like the SW 127, my full details and address etc are on the contact page of the website, I prefer email contact as a preference.
  7. Hi all. I'd hoped to make the June meeting but thanks to work madness, failed. I've yet to join SSC. While not new to astronomy I have been away from it for a while. I'm looking at buying some new kit and understand the compromises with what I'm looking at, specifically around the likes of Celestron / Skywatcher 127 maks on goto mounts. I also appreciate I can get a lot more 'scope for the money, like the 200p on an eq5 but that is of a size where it'd probably not get used much at the moment. Hence looking at something "grab and go". Are there any Swindon Stargazers out there happy to meet, over a beer, coffee or tea, sometime for a natter? Especially if you own anything like the above. I appreciate a lot can be covered here. I have read many threads on these scopes and understand that they are essentially the same. But would love to meet with local stargazers to chat and maybe a look at kit if you have one. I have questions around things like connectivity, eq mounting (my old 'scope has a hefty pier type base) with a bit of diy and so on. Sorry to witter on and hope to hear from / chat with some of you some time. If not, roll on the autumn meetings Thanks Guy Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  8. Hi Astromaster, your nearest group is the Wiltshire Astronomical Society and as Bish says, they meet up once a month at Lacock, round the back of the Red Lion pub, more details here: http://www.wasnet.org.uk/viewing-sessions You might also want to check out the Salisbury Plain Observing Group (SPOG) who often meet south of Devizes in the winter months at places like Tilshead and so on, link here: http://www.spogastro.co.uk/
  9. There is a Wiltshire group that meets up in Lacock (or used to). Might be worth checking with them. http://www.wasnet.org.uk/viewing-sessions/
  10. Hey stargazers Where are some good places to take my scope that you use around melksham, chippenham, devizes, frome and trowbridge area?
  11. Hi there, our next meeting (and the final one before the summer break) will be on Friday 19th June at 7pm. More details can be found on the website here: http://www.swindonstargazers.com/clubdiary/clubdiary.htm Directions to our meeting place is also on that page.
  12. Hey fellow stargazers Are there any meetings coming up in the swindon area?
  13. This looks fun. I am relatively close to Swindon... And have a 16" scope. Would you see interest in me bringing it along for a public outreach ? Rgds Steve
  14. Saturday 28 March 2015 Swindon Stargazers are hosting Stargazing Live! at Lydiard Park - Courtesy of Swindon Borough Council. MORE INFO: http://www.lydiardpark.org.uk/events/Pages/Stargazing.aspx Please arrive by 6.30pm for start at 7pm, this is a ticket only event. Access by Main Entrance, Hook Street, meet near Visitor Centre. To book, please call Lydiard House on 01793 465270
  15. Hi all, I was wondering if there were any members in the W Dorset / E Devon / S Somerset areas that might be up for an occasional meet? The New Forest is 1hr + away from me. Devon meets tend to be about 2hrs + drive away. Somerset 2+ hours drive. These hinterland borders regions are mostly quite dark (what with it being Wessex, and all that) so I was kind of thinking of a slightly more local meet and social? Any takers? Best wishes, Mace
  16. Our next club meeting is Friday 19 April at the Lawn Community Centre, Swindon at 0715hrs, our speaker will be Gary Poyner, who will be presenting the subject 'Variable Stars - how and why they vary'. This looks to be a very interesting meeting.
  17. Our next club meeting is our AGM, more details on the website, followed by a talk by Owen Brazell.
  18. Our next club meeting at the Lawn Community Centre is scheduled for the 15 February 2013 starting at 1915hrs. The speaker is Steve Richards with a presentation called 'Making Every Photon Count', a talk based on his famous book about deep sky astro-photography.
  19. The club meeting set for 18 January 2013 has been CANCELLED because of the inclement weather.
  20. Hi J M, our next meeting is on Friday 18 January at the Lawn Community Centre, more details on the website of monthly meeting dates here: http://www.swindonstargazers.com/clubdiary/clubdiary.htm Our speaker at the next meeting is Mark Radice, who will be speaking on Lunar Observation.
  21. Hi Guys and Gals, just wondering if there are any meetings being planned for the new year as I notice none have taken place since October. As long as my shift pattern works out i would love to attend...as I only live in Freshbrook!
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