Newbury Astronomical Society

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What's Up?

The May "What's Up" with the latest update on what to see in the skies this month is now available at the link below.....

Forthcoming Meetings

For our last speaker meeting of the 2023-2024 season, we are delighted to welcome Prof Geraint Jones of UCL, who is Head of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and who will be talking about Comet Interceptor: A Mission to an Ancient World.

After the break, we will then move onto the important business of the 43rd Annual General Meeting, when amongst other things the new committee will be elected. Our chairman has already emailed members with nomination forms and if you're at all interested in taking an active role in the running of the society, please do contact a committee member. There will be a couple of committee members standing down this year and it's always excellent to bring new experience, skills and interests into the committee, helping enrich and improve what we do.

Note: We have had enquiries from some members about being able to vote if they cannot attend the AGM in person. The society does not currently have postal or proxy voting in its constitution, but if you are nominating someone and cannot make the AGM itself, please indicate that on your nomination form (email or paper version) and your form will also be considered your vote on the night. Of course, we look forward to seeing you in person if at all possible.

The speaker meeting and AGM will be at the usual location of The Fair Close Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury: RG14 7BH. (click here for a map and further details of the session's meetings).

If you wish to be a member of the society for this season and haven't completed your membership form yet, please complete a copy and bring it with you to the meeting.

We also offer an ICS Calendar file of all the meetings (main & beginners) of the session to add to your phone or email client:

Recent meetings:

For slides and other details from recent meetings, head to the Meeting Presentations page. Latest additions are details from Dr Tim Haymes about forthcoming occultations including one scheduled to pass over western Newbury, and the slide deck from Stephen Mullaly's recent second-half talk on Radio Astronomy.

Headlines.....

Tadley Treacle Fair - call for volunteers

On Sunday 2nd June Newbury Astro will be exhibiting at the Tadley Treacle Fair. If you've never been before, the Treacle Fair is a big event and fairs such as these are always huge fun to exhibit at - a great way to bring the joy of astronomy to thousands of people. But thousands of people can make for a really busy day, so this is a call for volunteers to help out at the society stand. Even if you can only spare an hour or so, it's all helpful in ensuring that other members have time to step away, refuel and take in the rest of the event.

If you think you can help, then please do let George know at [email protected] The Tadley Treacle Fair will be at Tadley Show Ground, Saunders Fields, Tadley RG26 4FF

Later on in June, we are also exhibiting at the Berkshire YFC Country Fair which takes place at the Newbury Showground (16th June), the RAL Open Week taking place at Harwell (25, 26th and 29th June) and the Thatcham Family Fun Day which takes place at Henwick Worthy Sports Ground (30th June). Again, these will be big events so even if you can't make the Treacle Fair, do reach out to George if you think you might be able to help out at any of these.


Image of 16" taken from the HAG website

Telescope for Sale

Telescopes for Sale are not an unusual phenomenon and as such, we would not usually give it prominence on the front page of the NAS website, but this is not a usual telescope. The Hampshire Astronomical Group (HAG) are replacing a 16" (40cm aperture) Newtonian at their well-known Clanfield Observatory with a new 16" OTA, mount and dome. They have removed the older telescope and mount and are preparing the new dome for the receipt of the new mount having already obtained the OTA. The current 16" has been a workhouse of the Group's activities and has been in constant use since it's installation in 1993, particularly with the detection and observation of Near Earth Objects (NEO's). 

HAG are keen for this well-loved and well-used workhorse to be sold to a group who could continue to enjoy its astronomical capabilities. Please note, this is a serious telescope for serious bidders only, but if you are interested or know a group who may be up to the challenge of taking it on, please contact the Communications Lead at [email protected] and we'll put you in touch with HAG.

NAS trip to the Herschel Museum, Bath

Val Russell is kindly organising a society trip to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath, scheduled for Saturday 22nd June (please note revised date from the original May proposed).  Members will make their own way to Bath, rendezvousing at the Museum at 11am. Friends and family of members are welcome too! Those who have already been to the Museum confirm it's a great place to visit, so if members are interested, please get in touch with the Communications Lead for more details at [email protected]