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  1. Hello All, Just to let you all know that the Ilkeston & District AS are holding their Autumn Astronomy Open Day and Display at the Visitor Centre, Shipley Country Park, Slack Lane, Heanor, Derbyshire, on Saturday November 3rd 2012. Doors open from around 9:30am until 4pm. Admission is free, but there is now pay & display parking at the Visitor Centre (that's Derbyshire CC for you!). We’ll have a selection of member’s telescopes on show, along with several automated powerpoint presentations going on throughout the day. We also hope to do some solar observing in the Centre’s Courtyard – though this is weather permitting! This will be a pretty informal affair, and members will be on hand to chat about astronomy and give advice. If anyone has a problem with their telescope, then this is a really great opportunity to bring it along to get some hands-on help and advice. Please note that our event does not include any evening observing on this occasion – should still be a good day though. Regards IDAS-Astro
  2. Hi Red Dwalf, Hope you can come along. Should be a good day, and hopefully members will be able to do some solar observing during the event. Metcheck is currently showing sunny weather in the morning, then showers for the afternoon, so we may be doing some dodging with the clouds. I think one of our guys is bringing along his Lunt 60mm solarscope, while another is bringing an 80mm refractor with a white light filter – not sure if this will be used for visual views or if it will be hooked up to a webcam/laptop to give “safe” solar images. As the Sun has been fairly active recently it will be interesting to see what can be seen. Regards IDAS-Astro
  3. Hello All, As part of our 30th birthday celebrations the Ilkeston & District AS are holding its late Spring Astronomy Open Day at the Visitor Centre, Shipley Country Park, Slack Lane, Heanor, Derbyshire, on Saturday June 11th. Doors open from 9:30am until around 4pm. We will have a selection of member’s telescopes on show, along with several automated powerpoint presentations going on throughout the day. We also hope to do some solar observing in the Centre’s Courtyard – though this is weather permitting! The Metcheck website is currently showing a reasonable day, so fingers crossed. These types of events are a pretty informal affair, and members will be on hand to chat about astronomy and give advice. If anyone has a problem with their telescope, then this is a really great opportunity to bring it along to get some hands-on help and advice. If you cannot come along on Saturday, then if you are interested our static display of member’s work (documenting 30 years of the Society) is currently on show at the Visitor Centre until Friday June 17th. Regards IDAS-Astro
  4. Hi all, Here's the running order for our Society’s Convention. Unfortunately, two of our speakers have had to pull out due to ill heath, but we are sure the revised line-up will still be popular with people. Ilkeston & District AS 30th Birthday Convention - Saturday May 7th 2011 Venue: Heanor Welfare Centre, Wilmot Street, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7EF Doors Open: 9am (starts 9:55am promptly). Event ends approx 5pm. Admission: £6 on door Time 09:00 to 09:55 Doors open to the public 09:55 to 10:00 Welcome & Introduction by John Brown (Chairman) 10:00 to 11:00 Dr Anne Bonnell (Leicester Astronomical Society) : Percival Lowell and the Canals of Mars 11:00 to 11:30 Coffee Break 11:30 to 12:30 Prof. Michael Merrifield (University of Nottingham): 21st Century Telescopes 12:30 to 14:00 Lunch Break (13:30 to 13:50) Informal Presentation: James Pels: The Peak Star Party – October 2011 14:00 to 15:00 Paul Money: Rambling through the Spring and Summer Sky 15:00 to 15:30 Coffee Break 15:30 to 16:30 Mark Thomas (IDAS Secretary): Time Travel for Amateur Astronomers: Mastering Time-lapse Photography Techniques 16:30 to 17:00 Raffle Prizes & Final Address (A list of raffle prizes available on day - £1 a strip) Confirmed Trade Stands as at May 3rd 2011. Aurora Books, Green Witch Astronomy & Nature, Peak2Valley Instruments Useful finder maps are available at our Society’s website (www.idas-astro.com). Best Regards IDAS-Astro
  5. Dear All, The Ilkeston & District AS Convention is now only a few days away, on Saturday May 7th. Everyone in the Society is really looking forward to this special day, and we hope some of you can come along as well. There is some "flux" in the list of speakers that we have planned, so we'll give an update either later today or tomorrow morning with the full running order. Finder maps can be found on our website (IDAS - Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society). However, if anyone wants more detailed finder maps please email me at idaswmt1 at aol dot com Regards IDAS-Astro
  6. oh, forgot to mention. Please don't turn up at 7:30pm as you'll have a wasted journey. Everyone will have packed up and gone home by then ! Regards IDAS-Astro
  7. Dear All, IMPORTANT CORRECTION !! Please note that May's issue of the Sky at Night Magazine has messed up the details regarding our Convention. They have the right day (Saturday May 7th), but they've put a completely incorrect start time - so please ignore it. Here are the correct times:- Doors Open: 9am / Event Begins: 9:55am Event Ends: approx 5:15pm Not long now to our event. I hope some of you can come along on the day to support a small East Midlands astronomy society, celebrate it's 30th birthday. Regards IDAS-Astro
  8. Hello All, Just to let you know that we've now got another astro trader who has confirmed their attendance at our Convention - Green Witch Astronomy & Nature Full list of Trade Stands (so far confirmed) Aurora Books Green Witch Astronomy & Nature Peak2Valley Instruments Regards IDAS-Astro
  9. Hello All, Finder maps for our Convention are now available from our website (IDAS - Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society). Soon, we'll also be adding another map showing places where you can pick up lunch. Cheers for now IDAS-Astro
  10. Hello All, The next meeting of the Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society takes place on Tuesday March 8th 2011. Venue: Erewash Museum, High Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5JA. Doors Open: 7:20pm, for 8pm start. This month we welcome our guest speaker Dr Mike Lancaster, from the Derby & District AS. His talk is entitled “Nothing is Real - A Journey Through the Quantum Universe”. Should be an interesting night, that may provoke quite a bit of discussion. Refreshments available throughout the evening. No admission fee, but a small donation in the collection plate would be welcome. More details about the Society and location maps can also be found at our website (www.idas-astro.com). Regards IDAS-Astro
  11. Hello everyone, Here’s our second update regarding our Society’s 30th Birthday Convention. Date: Saturday May 7th 2011 Venue: Heanor Welfare Centre, Wilmot Street, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7EF Doors Open: 9am (starts 9:55am promptly). Event ends approx 5pm. Admission: £6 on door (or by post – see bottom for details) Confirmed Speakers Dr Ann Bonell (Leicester Astronomical Society): “Percival Lowell and the Canals of Mars” Prof Mike Merrifield (University of Nottingham): “21st Century Telescopes” Dr Rhodri Evans (Cardiff University): “George Ellery Hale – Greatest Astronomer of the 20th Century” Prof Barrie Jones (Open University): “Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System” Trade Stands (so far confirmed) Aurora Books Peak2Valley Instruments Other information: Ample off-street parking on-site. If that gets full, then there’s also a public car park (pay & display) next to the Welfare Centre. Wheelchair friendly building Close to town centre (just 2 minutes walk away). Plenty of places to eat during dinnertime – various sandwich bars, Domino Pizzas, Crest of the Wave Fish & Chips, pubs and cafes, etc. Good quality Tea/Coffee will be available during the day (tea 50p / coffee 75p). There will also be a Society display showcasing 30 years of activities, along with a raffle. Useful finder maps are in the process of being organised. These will be available from our Society’s website very soon (IDAS - Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society). Tickets may be purchased in advance by post at £6 each – sorry we are not able to offer reduced rates for this Convention. Please send your cheque (made payable to “Ilkeston and District Astronomical Society), along with a SAE to the following address:- Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society C/o Mr Harry Bingham 38 Broadway Heanor Derbyshire DE75 7GW Couple of points to make mention: Deadline for receiving cheques: April 26th 2011 No SAE, no tickets – (sorry). In this situation, cheques will not be cashed, and payment will need to be made in cash at the door on the day. If you have a question regarding sending cheques you can email Harry Bingham (our Treasurer) on Harry.Bingham38 at btinternet.com Further updates will be made to this thread as and when required. Thanks for reading again. Regards IDAS-Astro
  12. Hi everyone, Here’s our first update regarding our Society’s 30th Birthday Convention. Date: Saturday May 7th 2011 Venue: Heanor Welfare Centre, Wilmot Street, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7EF Ample off-street parking on-site. If that gets full, then there’s also a public car park (pay & display) next to the Welfare Centre. Wheelchair friendly building Close to town centre (just 2 minutes walk away). Doors Open: 9am (starts 9:55am promptly). Event ends approx 5pm. Admission: £6 on door Speakers so far confirmed (titles of talks to be announced soon) Dr Ann Bonell Dr Rhodri Evans (Cardiff University) Prof Barrie Jones (Open University) Trade Stands (so far confirmed) Aurora Books Peak2Valley Instruments Good quality Tea/Coffee will be available during the day (tea 50p / coffee 75p). There will also be a Society display showcasing 30 years of activities, along with a raffle. Useful finder maps will be published on our Society’s website in the next few weeks. Further updates will be made to this thread as and when required. Thanks for reading Regards IDAS-Astro
  13. Hi All, The next meeting of the Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society takes place on Tuesday February 8th 2011. Venue: Erewash Museum, High Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5JA. Doors Open: 7:20pm, for 8pm start. This month we are having an informal “Members Evening”. Short astronomy talks by members will hopefully be enhanced with some informal observing (weather permitting!!). Refreshments available throughout the evening. No admission fee, but a small donation in the collection plate would be welcome. More details about the Society and location maps can also be found at our website (IDAS - Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society). Regards IDAS-Astro
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