Location, time: Everleigh, 1900 – 2130
Attendees: Mark Radice, Garry Keenor, Will Petty, Frank Bryant, Neil Burton, Kevin Morgan, others (apologies, didn’t get all the names!)
Equipment: 10″ dob, 11″ dob, large binos, others
Weather: cold and clear to start, clouding over later
Darkness/Seeing: darkness marred somewhat by first quarter moon, several apache gunships on exercise, flares and plenty of vehicles passing by! Seeing not great; Jupiter at 125x mag was wobbling in and out of focus. Dewing also a major problem!
We are supporting a public stargazing event on Weds 20th March at Wellington Academy, run by Castledown Radio, a local community station.
The school is here:
The Wellington Academy, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP11 9RR: Map Link
The event starts at 6pm – if skies are clear we will be on the playing field which has a good southern horizon. If not, we will be indoors. The event will be broadcast live on the radio.
If you are interested and able to support this please could you get in touch through the usual channels.
Tomorrow night is looking like being clear, so we are thinking of meeting at our Everleigh site from 7pm to see if we can spot Asteroid 2012 DA14, which is due to make a close flyby of earth that evening.
If you are not familiar with our Everleigh site would you please contact us before the event so we can give some directions.
Just to let y’all know that we are planning a SPOG observing session for this weekend. Plan A is for Friday night, with a backup date of Saturday night if the clouds aren’t playing nice.
Either way the plan is to meet at the Rose and Crown in Tilshead ( http://goo.gl/maps/MQKdN
) from 7pm for a chinwag, and then once everyone has arrived move to our observing site, which being in the middle of the plain is one of our darkest sites.
As ever we will be on MOD land, so please let us know if you are planning to come so that we can organise everyone safely and not miss any latecomers. One of us will send a further email out later in the week to confirm plans, once the weather outlook is clearer.
Now that the Solstice is behind us the days are beginning to shorten and we turn our thoughts to the days when evening observing becomes possible again. Therefore we are proposing to hold our first SPOG meeting of the season, weather permitting, on Saturday 11 August. This coincides with the annual Perseid meteor shower, which typically puts on a good show. We are planning to observe at our Everleigh site, which has the best North East view of all our sites.