BAA Winchester Weekend

14 April, 2014

It was good to meet up with Nick, Liz, Arthur, Bob  and Joe at the WW. Great speakers, and a whole lot of new stuff to absorb.  I won’t say which of us contributed hugely  to  Astronomia’s profits, but will just say that one of the above drove away with two very large boxes in the back of their car. Another person will have to wait for their box of goodies to be delivered.

Can’t wait for  next year’s event!


Filed under: News — Ron at 8:34 pm

April Sky notes

10 April, 2014

April Sky notes

April Sky chart

Filed under: Sky Notes — Ron at 11:07 am

Messier Marathon

25 March, 2014

Here is an invitation from Chris Starr  to join the Wells and Mendip Astronomers for a Messier Marathon.

Dear fellow astronomers,

Just to let you know that the Wells & Mendip Astronomers will be running a Messier ‘Marathon’ night at Charterhouse Observatory, between Wells, Somerset, and Bristol on Saturday 29th March.

We’ll be using the 18.25″ Dudley Fuller reflector in its dome, recently refurbished by one of our group (Adrian Dening), as well as a number of our own telescopes. The evening will kick off at about 6pm with setting up in the field behind the Charterhouse Centre, then there will be a short talk and slide show on the Messier objects, before we go out and have a lot of fun (weather permitting)!

Refreshments, a good warm room, toilets and car parking available.

Entry £5 / £8 for couples and families / £3 for full-time students (we have to hire the Observatory/Centre).

We hope that some of your members will be able to join us.

Clear skies!

Chris Starr FRAS MBIS
Chairman, Wells & Mendip Astronomers
Starscape Education & Public Outreach

Filed under: News — Ron at 10:10 am

March 2014 meeting

20 March, 2014

A warm welcome to our new members.

We were treated to an excellent presentation by Bud Budzynski that was both entertaining and informative. Now we know a bit more about how Bud produces those superb images he treats us to.  Not sure many of us (except perhaps Bill) would be taking a drill to the back of a scope like his though. You’re a brave man, Bud!

Thanks to Arthur for this month’s sky notes, to Zena and helpers for refreshments and to Chole for so glamourously modeling our branded merchandise. Lorna reported that she had record sales afterwards.

For once the skies were clear so we were able to do some viewing after the meeting.  Thanks to Bill for quickly setting this up and to all who helped on the evening.

Next month Paul Hyde’s presentation will deal with Radio Astronomy for Amateurs.  Should be fascinating! Can’t wait.

Filed under: News — Ron at 11:00 am

Avalon Marshes event

After several postponements, we finally managed to do our  second Stargazing evening at the Avalon Marshes Centre on Shapwick Heath in association with English Nature.  It was worth the wait. Clear skies meant that the 40 people who attended were treated to great views of the winter sky including of course Jupiter. We finished with a short talk on meteorites.  Bill Reed and I enjoyed doing this event.

Filed under: News — Ron at 10:58 am


As some people would have noticed, a technical problem meant we have been off line for about 10 days. Many apologies! Thankfully as you can read this we are now back in the land of cyberspace. Latest news will follow shortly.

Filed under: News — Ron at 9:54 am

Astro landscape photography

4 March, 2014

CADAS members are invited to attend an Astro landscape photography evening on Sunday 1 June at Waldich Village Hall, Bridport, Dorset. Stephen Banks will be talking about his work and demonstrating some of his techniques. Stephen was a finalist in last years National Astro-photography Awards.

Tickets are £3 on the door. Places are limited so please let me know if you are interested using the contact information on this site.


Filed under: News — Ron at 5:35 pm

Sidewalk astronomy

2 March, 2014

Well, finally there was a clear night for Mike Egan, ably assisted by his hardy wife Sharon and Mike Holland by his equally hardy Tracy, to hold the often postponed event at Tesco’s in Chard. Whilst fewer than hoped for took advantage of a look through the telescopes at Jupiter, those that did were amply rewarded and highly impressed. Thanks to Mike Egan for organising this with Tesco and of course thanks to Tesco for agreeing to host the activity.

Thanks for putting up with the cold Tracy and Sharon, you’re  both stars.


Filed under: News — Ron at 5:15 pm

Redstart School.

26 February, 2014

A very successful evening at Redstart School in Chard on Tues 25th February!  It didn’t look promising, but the clouds cleared in time for excellent views of Jupiter and its moons. Approximately 160 children and parents attended. They also heard short talks on the Gemini/ Orion part of the sky. Mike Holland, Nick Colthorpe, Mike Egan and Ron Westmaas were the ‘astronomers in residence’. Thanks to Jeremy Handscomb of Redstart for inviting us.


Filed under: News — Ron at 1:11 pm

March Sky Notes

21 February, 2014

March Sky Notes and March Sky Map

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