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East Essex Astronomy Club Introduction to Astronomy Day.

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With the permission of EEAC  I would like to share this event - there is an attached file  at the foot of this posting with the costs in:

>>>>>>EEAC would like bookings to be made by 10th February to allow them time to arrange catering and print handouts.<<<<<<

East Essex Astronomy Club Introduction to Astronomy Day

The East Essex Astronomy Club would like to invite you to a day to

introduce you to the hobby of astronomy on Saturday 3rd March at the Burnham on Crouch Village Hall.

We hope to give beginners an insight into astronomy, defining many terms used in astronomy to give you a greater understanding of what we look at in the night sky.

The day will consist of three parts.

1. Introduction to astronomical objects; Stars, planets, asteroids and comets, galaxies and nebula.

2. Introduction to binoculars, telescopes, mounts and how to use them.

3. How to take pictures of the night sky.

The day will start at 10am with introductions to some of the club members and then on into the different kinds of objects we can observe.

We will break for lunch at around 12:15 and resume at 1pm. A sandwich lunch will be provided. Please note that we can’t cater for all dietary requirements such as allergies or intolerances although some of the lunch will be suitable for vegetarians. If you have any such requirements please bring your own lunch. After lunch we will continue with the different types of optical instruments available, the different mounts and how to get the best out of them. Here we can also advise on the best instruments for a beginner.

Finally we will briefly cover how to take images of the night sky using readily available equipment that you might already have and how some of this equipment can be connected to telescopes to extend the variety of objects we can image.

Tea, coffee, cold drinks and biscuits will be available throughout the day.

If the evening is clear we will meet at a local site to put some of what we have covered during the day into practice. We will have some club telescopes available to use, some equipment that belongs to club members and you are welcome to bring along any of your own equipment to either use or ask advice on using. We should be able to view the moon (a spectacular view through a telescope), the great Orion nebula, Sirius the brightest star in the night sky, the Perseus double cluster, the Pleiades cluster, the Great Andromeda galaxy, some other bright stars, galaxies, clusters and nebula and possibly the planet Uranus.

Note: The event is aimed at all ages and experience but we suggest that

It may not be suitable for those under 10 years old due to the lecture

type nature of some parts of the event. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible attending adult.

We look forward to seeing you and hope that the day will spark your interest in astronomy.


Edited by JOC

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