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.
If the weather is OK we will meet at 8pm at the Crown, Everleigh, which is here:
This clashes with the MADviewers session on the same night, but since many of us hail from North Wiltshire and Somerset is a strange and distant land, we are going to have our own meet, so you are spoilt for choice.
After a drink / chat we will proceed to the observing site at 9 to 9.30. Since the earth turns to face the shower properly after midnight, we are planning to make this a long session, into the early hours of the morning. Some of us are going to bring a selection food and drink, so there should be plenty to keep the blood-sugar levels up.
There will be a variety of telescopes in use, but the beauty of meteor showers is that the best way to watch them is with the naked eyeball. So whether you are a seasoned SPOGger or new to the group, an experienced observer or a complete beginner, please feel free to come along. If you have binoculars or a telescope feel free to bring them too, but the most important equipment will be warm clothing and something comfortable to sit or lie on – a sun lounger and sleeping bag is ideal!
With the vagaries of the British summer weather showing no signs of abating, we will make a go/no-go decision on the meeting a couple of days beforehand – please keep an eye on the site for the latest.
If you are thinking of coming it would be helpful if you could let us know by email beforehand, so we can judge numbers and make sure no-one is left behind.