January 4th: Trevarrian
With all the new telescopes that have arrived over Christmas, we will be holding another evening where you can bring your new scope for some help and advice of setting it up. We have also received a number of requests on how to set up an equatorial mount for visual observing as well as some users whose go-to mounts are not pointing to targets as well as they expect, so we’ll help them troubleshoot these problems.
January 17th: : Tretherras School Newquay
We have another observing event for you. This time it’s organised by Tretherras School, Newquay and we have been asked to help out with a few scopes.
The event is open to everyone (even if you don’t have a child at the the school ) and kicks off at 17:00 on 17 January. Click the link below for full location information:
January 18th: : Summercourt
Noel will talking about Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy.
February 1st: Trevarrian
Image processing for the beginner. Following on from imaging introduction we did in December, this evening we will be allowing you to get hands on experience on some basic image processing techniques. Please bring your own laptops with you – we will provide and list of the software you will need to download and install beforehand.
February 15th: Summercourt
Tonight Nick will be discussing one of the most popular free desktop planetaria – Stellarium. Most users never get beyond the default setup, so Nick will show you a number of options that will maximize your usage and enjoyment from this software.
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It runs on all major OS platforms and can be downloaded from the Stellarium website here.
March 7th: Trevarrian
Solar Observing: A hands on practical for using and making equipment to prepare for what will hopefully be an increased activity Sun during 2024 and beyond. Also, our resident Solar imaging wizzo, Nigel will show how he processes his wonderful Ha Solar images.
March 16th: Club Annual Dinner
Held at the Plume of Feathers at Mitchel. The closing date for booking your place is Tuesday 5th, March.
March 21st: : Summercourt
Dan’s talk will be on Aurora. He will start with what the aurora actually are , i.e. the reactions with charged particles with different elements in the atmosphere & how the magnetosphere channels them. He’ll then move onto solar events that release them & why they like equinoxes. He’ll also describe how other phenomena are formed that look like aurora, but are different.
April 18th: Sumercourt
The Club AGM: Your chance to shape the future of how the club is run and what activities and talks we provide going through 2024 and into early 2025.
May 16th: Summercourt
EAA, or Electronically Assisted Astronomy is an ever increasing popular way to do Astronomy. While it uses as camera to make observations, it’s not astrophotography and because you are not looking through an eyepiece, you don’t need to be at the telescope to do it. Nick will give an overall view on what EAA is and how you can simply and relatively cheaply use your existing go-to telescope- no matter what kind it is and maybe change the way you observe the night sky.
June 20th: Summercourt
This evening Ross will be discussing his upgrade of a basic £499 GSO manufactured 150mm f/4 Newtonian. These are mass-produced entry-level scopes, but the mirrors in them are particularly well made. However, in its basic form, it has a number of mechanical issues which need improvement. Ross will show us how he made these modifications and now has a wide field astrograph producing very high-quality images, for a fraction of the cost of much more exotic and expensive offerings from Japan and Italy.
After the break, Noel will be giving his short talk on Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy, which was postponed from January.