Brief aims

  1. To enable people who are new to astronomy to find their way around the night sky and to understand what they are looking at.
  2. To provide support and help for beginners wanting to learn how to use a telescope.

Recommended book

Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis (Cambridge University Press) – Sept 2011 edition available from Amazon.co.uk. ISBN: 978-0-521-15397-3. This book is ideal for anyone intending to start observing with binoculars or a telescope.

Recommended software

Stellarium – free planetarium software.

Beginners' sessions contact

For further information contact beginners organiser, John Dunthorne.

Programme

We will start at 7.30 and serve hot drinks and biscuits during the evening.

Please remember to wrap-up warmly and if you bring a torch, one with a red light (e.g. rear cycle light) is preferable. Mobile phone lights are not suitable when observing.

Admission cost £1 (50p for children and concessions). Hot drink and biscuit 30p.

The moon and most of the planets are not well placed for observation Sept 2017 to May 2018. So we have decided that the focus of this year’s beginners sessions will be looking up at the sky and seeing and understanding what is happening to the stars and their constellations as the months pass. Other topics will be introduced as appropriate. Needless to say whenever the opportunity presents itself we will get outside and observe.