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September
UK Telescopes
UK Telescopes
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 8SE
Thu Sep 1, 2016 - Tue Dec 31, 2019
Time: 24/7
Price: Cambridgeshire
Online telescope store in UK. UK Telescopes,Evergreen Optics offering beginners to advanced telescopes, including Konus Telescopes, Meade and Sky Watcher. Uk telescope sales 07761 089879
September
TELESCOPE MAKING
Amateur Telescope Makers Of London
Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Avenue, N6 6HL
Wed Sep 19, 2018 - Wed Nov 28, 2018
Time: 20.00 - 21.30
Price: £36 for six fortnightly sessions
Many of us stare at the stars in wonder; some go further and buy themselves telescopes or binoculars to expand the view; others get the urge to make their own telescopes and AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKERS OF LONDON exists to fulfill that need. Imagine the thrill of stargazing through a telescope of your own making. CATS is nationally unique and continues in its fiftieth year at Holly Lodge Community Centre. Affiliated to Hampstead Scientific Society, whose historic public observatory at the top of Hampstead is nearby, we have helped many aspiring astronomers to create their own instruments and to further their appreciation of the heaven’s marvels. Course members are provided with all the materials and professional guidance necessary to make a mirror for a telescope and help and advice on the construction of the telescope’s structure, how to set it up and how to use it. Previous experience is not necessary and only everyday DIY tools are used. This is a hands-on course. LOOK FOR US ON FACEBOOK
September
Gravitational Waves
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41, Royal College, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Thu Sep 20, 2018
Time: 7:15pm for 7:30pm start
Price: Free, Visitors welcome
Lecture by Dr. Peter Murray, Research Fellow, Institute of Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow
September
Telescopic Topics
The Northamptonshire Natural History Society
16 Castillian Terrace Northampton
Mon Sep 24, 2018
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
A night of member talks, presentations of observations, and any other astronomically interesting subjects. Guests and visitors welcome.
September
astrobiology
Dalgety Bay Astronomy Club
The Kabin, Dalgety Bay
Tue Sep 25, 2018
Time: 7:45pm
Price: Free
David Darling, who is a professional astronomer and author.
September
Public Stargazing and Open Evening
Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society
Sherwood Observatory Coxmoor Road Sutton in Ashfield NOtts NG17 5LF
Sat Sep 29, 2018
Time: 1845
Price: Adults (over 16) £5 Under 16 £1 - under 16's MUST be accompanied by an adult.
We will be holding our first of 6 public open evenings of the 2018/2019 season. There will be a chance to view the wonders of the night sky through our main computer guided 24 inch Newtonian reflector telescope, and a variety of smaller telescopes and binoculars on the external pad. Members will be on hand to guide visitors around the night sky, pointing out the wonders of the solar system and beyond. Listening to the "sounds of space" and tracking incoming meteors, the radio astronomy equipment will be scanning the heavens. There will also be a "rolling talk" throughout the evening, the subject of which will be "We Are Made Of Star Stuff." At the end of the evening, visitors will be issued with a free star map, or factsheet(s) to take away. There is disabled access to all areas and toilets, but please note that the main telescope is housed in the dome at the top of a spiral staircase. Hot and cold drinks, and astronomy themed merchandise will be on sale. There is limited free on-site parking. Visitors are advised to wrap up warm. Astronomy can be a very cold science. All viewing is weather dependent. This will not affect radio astronomy or the talk.
September
Public Stargazing and Open Evening
Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society
Sherwood Observatory Coxmoor Road Sutton in Ashfield NOtts NG17 5LF
Sat Sep 29, 2018
Time: 1845
Price: Adults (over 16) £5 Under 16 £1 - under 16's MUST be accompanied by an adult.
“We are made of Star Stuff” is the title of the talk on Saturday 29 September, at Sherwood Observatory, Coxmoor Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts NG17 5LF, where we will be holding our first public open evening of the 2018/2019 season. The talk will focus on the elements in the human body, created out there in the Universe, and will describe where we all come from using astrophotography images, many of which were taken by local astronomers. There will be a chance to view the wonders of the night sky through our main computer guided 24 inch Newtonian reflector telescope, and a variety of smaller telescopes and binoculars on the external pad. Members will be on hand to guide visitors around the night sky, pointing out the wonders of the solar system and beyond. Listening to the "sounds of space" and tracking incoming meteors, our radio astronomy equipment will be scanning the heavens. At the end of the evening, visitors will be issued with a free star map, or factsheet(s) to take away. There is disabled access to all areas and toilets, but please note that the main telescope is housed at the top of a spiral staircase. Hot and cold drinks, and astronomy themed merchandise will be on sale. There is limited free on-site parking. Visitors are advised to wrap up warm. Astronomy can be a very cold science. All viewing is weather dependent. This will not affect radio astronomy or the talk.
October
The Volcanic History of the Moon
Eddington Astronomical Society
Kendal Museum, Station Rd, Kendal, LA9 6BT
Mon Oct 1, 2018
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Prof Lionel Wilson of Lancaster University will speak on Recent ideas on the Volcanic History of the Moon
October
Star Party
Breckland Astronomical Society
Haw Wood Farm, Hinton, Suffolk
Wed Oct 3, 2018 - Wed Oct 10, 2018
Time: 18:00
Price: reduced pitch rate - contact hw farm
Please contact farm and ask about STAR PARTY. Main weekend more campers and caravans arrive. Please be aware of LIGHT ETTIQUETTE! We have very dark skies - don't arrive/use headlights after dark if clear. Sky tour Saturday night. Meet other regional amateur astronomers and see through our big telescopes. Imagers and visual observers welcome.
October
James Fradgley: "Astronomical Causes of Climate Change"
Torbay Astronomical Society
Room BE1, Business and Enterprise Suite, Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7EL
Thu Oct 4, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: Free to members. Non-members: £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s
A lecture presented by James Fradgley. We'll also look at what can be seen in the night sky in the month ahead.
October
Joint Herschel Astronomy & British Interplanetary Society Lecture: To Mars via Kazakhstan Beagle2, lost on Mars but found 11 years later
The William Herschel Society
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Oct 5, 2018
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: £2 members and students, £4 visitors
The final highlight in Terry Ransome's working life was to work at the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan from where Yuri Gagarin embarked on the first human spaceflight. It is still busy today launching astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station and lots more. He took with him the UK’s Mars Lander Beagle2, the probe that was ‘lost’ on Mars on Christmas 2003, but ‘found’ 11 years later. In this talk he tells of his Beagle2 and Kazakhstan experiences and how Beagle2 was eventually found and identified on the Red Planet. A postscript tells of the latest (2016) European attempt at a Mars landing and looks ahead to the future.
October
Recording meteors, from deckchairs to desktops
Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL
Fri Oct 5, 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Price: Free
Talk by Alex Pratt, BAA Meteor Section
October
Gala Dinner with Silent Auction Hosted by Damian Peach
COSMOS
Karma Hotel, St Martin's, Isles of Scilly
Sat Oct 6, 2018
Time: 7.00pm
Price: £35
Gala dinner being held at Karma Hotel and hosted by acclaimed astrophotographer Damian Peach to raised funds for the new observatory being built on St Martin's, Isles of Scilly. Guaranteed to be a spectacular night with amazing prizes on offer such as 2 weeks accommodation in Bali plus a silent auction. Have a look at our website on the Gala Dinner page. Accommodation available at the hotel or on the island.
October
Telescopic Topics
The Northamptonshire Natural History Society
16 Castillian Terrace Northampton
Mon Oct 8, 2018
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
A night of member talks, presentations of observations, and any other astronomically interesting subjects. Guests and visitors welcome.
October
Lecture on "Moons of the Solar System"
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
Cavendish Road Primary School, Grove Suite (facing the car park), Cavendish Road, Manchester M20 1JG
Mon Oct 8, 2018
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Lecture on "Moons of the Solar System" by Chris Reed (Altrincham and District Astronomical Society)
October
Black Holes
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Oct 12, 2018
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: £2 to non members
Talk by Professor David McMullan, University of Plymouth
October
William Dawes and Rev. William Rutter Dawes
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk.
Fri Oct 12, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 adults £1 children
Bob Marriott talks about the astronomical father and son team William Dawes and his son, (the reverend) William Rutter Dawes. Followed by refreshments and observatory tour if desired.
October
Radio Astronomy
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41, Royal College, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Thu Oct 18, 2018
Time: 7:15pm for 7:30pm start
Price: Free, Visitors welcome
Lecture by Dr. Rene Breton, Lecturer in Astrophysics, School of Physics and Astronomy, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
October
25th Anniversary Celebration of Breckland Astronomical Society, with the Teacher Scientist Network
Breckland Astronomical Society and Teacher Scientist Network
John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UH
Fri Oct 26, 2018
Time: 14:00 - 21:00
Price: £2 per lecture via eventbrite link in Norwich Science Festival brochure
Join us for the 25th Anniversary of the Breckland Astronomical Society as part of the Teacher Scientist Network at the John Innes Conference Centre, West Norwich. We will have demonstrations of telescopes and equipment, an exhibition and host 4 talks throughout the day by experts in their field Dr Helen Mason OBE (solar), David Bryant (meteorites), Prof Gerry Gilmore (Milky Way) and Prof Carolin Crawford (cosmology).
October
SWINTON ASTROCON
Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society
219 Fitzwilliam Street
Sat Oct 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs
Price: £5.00 Including Tea/coffee and a buffet lunch.
Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society are celebrating the 40th year of our formation. As part of our year long series of events we have designed a programme of talks at a special day “AstroCon” that we are hosting. There will be a number of trade stands available selling goods. Programme of Talks 10:00 Paul D’Silva Introduction & Welcome 10:15 Dr Sue Cartwright Supernovae 11:00 Tea/Coffee 11:15 Peter Rea Mars – A Guided Tour of the Tharsis Region 12:00 Rod Hine George Ellery Hale & the Golden Age of USA Astronomy 12:45 Lunch 14:00 Albert Zijlstra Planetary Nebulae 14:45 Roger Cooper Skylark 15:30 Tea/Coffee 15:45 Tony Morris Astro Imaging 17:00 Finish Full details and a map can be found on the MSAS website www.msas.org.uk Further details can be obtained from event organiser; Roy Gunson, 60 Hawthorne Drive, Bolton-Upon-Dearne, S63 8NT Email : royg@gmx.co.uk
October
Galaxies in many dimensions.
The Northamptonshire Natural History Society
16 Castillian Terrace Northampton
Mon Oct 29, 2018
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
A talk by Prof Mike Merrifield. The study of the structure of nearby galaxies, to try and reconstruct how they formed. Guests and visitors welcome.
November
METI Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligences
Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL
Fri Nov 2, 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Price: Free
Talk by Dr Alan Penny, University of St Andrews
November
Astroseismology
Eddington Astronomical Society
Kendal Museum, Station Rd, Kendal, LA9 6BT
Mon Nov 5, 2018
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Don Kurtz of the University of Central Lancashire speaking on Astroseismology
November
Quiz Night
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk.
Fri Nov 9, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: £2.50 per person, Teams up to 6.
Annual fundraiser for our charity and general mirth and merriment pre-christmas with our "Pub" Quiz. General knowledge with a sprinkling of (basic) astronomy! Teams up to 6. Raffle prize too.
November
Equipment evening
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Nov 9, 2018
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: £2 to non members
A range of members' telescopes and other equipment will be on display and there will be a short talk by Hannah Davey, Eddington Lodge
November
50th Anniversary Astro Festival
Loughton Astronomical Society
Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois Essex CM16 7ER
Sat Nov 10, 2018
Time: 09:30 -17:30
Price: Various
We invite you to join the Loughton Astronomical Society on the 10th November 2018 to celebrate our 50th Anniversary Astro Festival. Originally formed from an evening class to teach mirror making, the LAS continues to thrive with an active weekly programme and also organises the Autumn Equinox Skycamp at Kelling Heath. Our 50th celebrations will start with displays, demonstrations and an indoor planetarium in the morning, then lectures from top astronomers in the afternoon. Please visit www.las-astro.org.uk for details and the opportunity to purchase tickets.
November
Lecture on "Pulsars"
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
Cavendish Road Primary School, Grove Suite (facing the car park), Cavendish Road, Manchester M20 1JG
Mon Nov 12, 2018
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Lecture on "Pulsars" by Thomas Scragg (University of Manchester)
November
Ulrich Kolb
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD
Mon Nov 12, 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Price: Free
Gravitational waves.
November
Space Resources: Engineering beyond planetary boundaries
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41, Royal College, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Thu Nov 15, 2018
Time: 7:15pm for 7:30pm start
Price: Free, Visitors welcome
Lecture by Prof. Colin McInnes, James Watt Chair,Professor of Engineering Science. University of Glasgow
November
Lecture: 'All about Eclipses'
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall, Goostrey, CW4 8PE
Tue Nov 20, 2018
Time: 8.00 pm
Price: Members FREE , Visitors welcome
Our speaker this month is Dr Lee Sproats. He will be talking to us 'All about Eclipses' Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments and a chat afterwards.
November
Telescopic Topics
Northampton Natural History Society
10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD
Mon Nov 26, 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Price: Free
Member contribution evening.
December
Lecture on "The Evolution of Surface Topography on Mars from Channel Networks."
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
Cavendish Road Primary School, Grove Suite (facing the car park), Cavendish Road, Manchester M20 1JG
Mon Dec 10, 2018
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Lecture on "The Evolution of Surface Topography on Mars from Channel Networks" by Rickbir Bahia (University of Manchester)
December
Annual Quiz Night
Torbay Astronomical Society
Room BE1, Business and Enterprise Suite, Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7EL
Thu Dec 13, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: Free to members. Non-members: £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s
Our annual astronomy-themed quiz, compiled and hosted by Maxwell Maltz. There will also be a raffle and mince pies.
December
Astrophotography
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk.
Fri Dec 14, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 adults £1 children
Peter Jenkins, a dedicated and accomplished UK astro-photographer shares his stunning images and explains how they were taken. Followed by refreshments and tour of the observatory if desired.
December
100 years on -  Forgotten Astronomical events and astronomers of WW1
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Dec 14, 2018
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: £2 to non members
Talk by Sheila Evans followed by the Christmas Quiz
December
Lecture: 'The Transient Universe'
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall, Goostrey, CW4 8PE
Tue Dec 18, 2018
Time: 8.00 pm
Price: Members FREE , Visitors welcome
We are delighted to welcome our speaker, Professor Tim O'Brien, from Jodrell Bank, Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester. Tim will be speaking to us about 'The Transient Universe' Everyone is welcome to join us afterwards for refreshments.
December
"Black Holes, Black Magic and Interstellar Travel - how general relativity could help Santa span the galaxy"
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41, Royal College, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Thu Dec 20, 2018
Time: 7:15pm for 7:30pm start
Price: Free, Visitors welcome
Lecture - Prof. John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, University of Glasgow
January
Dynamic Skies
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Jan 11, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: £2 to non members
Talk by Will Gater
January
Simon Harding: "The Aurora Borealis"
Torbay Astronomical Society
Room BE1, Business and Enterprise Suite, Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7EL
Thu Jan 24, 2019
Time: 19:30
Price: Free to members. Non-members: £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s
Lecture by Simon Harding. We will also look at what can be seen in the night sky in the month ahead.
February
Identifying Meteorite Impact Sites
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Feb 8, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: £2 to non members
Talk by Mike Shearer
February
Bob Marriott: "William Dawes and William Rutter Dawes"
Torbay Astronomical Society
Room BE1, Business and Enterprise Suite, Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7EL
Thu Feb 21, 2019
Time: 19:30
Price: Free to members. Non-members: £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s
A lecture by Bob Marriott, former Curator of Instruments at the British Astronomical Association. We will also look at what can be seen in the night sky in the month ahead.

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