CODY Astronomical Society

 

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04/10/13

The Sky at Night Petition

From Federation of Astronomy Societies  (FAS)

As you are probably aware there have been rumours that the BBC are to axe the Sky at Night.

There has been a petition setup and we thought that you all should be made aware of this:

 http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-bbc-please-do-not-axe-the-sky-at-night

21/12/12

Astro Dates for your Diary
The Cody AS Committee send Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all our members.

January 2013

8th to 10th Tue to Thu BBC Two stargazing live :- 3 programs presented by Prof Brian Cox 8:00 pm
more details at :-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes

8th and 9th
Tue and Wed Guildford AS is supporting the National Trust Clandon Park's Stargazing Live event this year. There will be two sessions, on Tuesday 8th and Weds 9th January, from 5pm to 7.30 pm.

8th Tue Farnham AS Lecture
Introduction to Stellar Spectrometry, Ian Wynne-Jones

10th Thu Guildford AS Lecture
The tangled history of the Cepheid period-luminosity relation.
Dr Robert C Smith

11th Fri Hampshire Astronomy Group
Exploring cosmic acceleration: The ESA Euclid Satellite Mission
A talk by Professor Will Percival

18th Fri Guildford AS will have its own public observing evening this January.
Moon and Jupiter Watch at Newlands Corner from 7 .30pm

23rd Tue Cody AS lecture evening - 3 short lectures.
David Phillips - Astronomy tours and holidays
Peter Randall - our Meade Lx200. What, Why and How.
Gordon Lloyd - The Orbits of the Moons of Jupiter


February 2013
2nd Sat Intech Winchester
Star Gazing event.
Cody AS will be supporting this event with our stand and telescopes. Assistance required from our members to man the stand and telescopes.

7th Thu Guildford AS
Asteroseismology and exoplanets with the NASA Kepler Mission,
Prof Bill Chaplin

8th 9th
Fri and Sat Astronomy Now's European Astrofest
Kensington conference centre, London
More details http://www.astronomynow.com/astrofest/index.html

8th Fri Hampshire Astronomy Group
X-treme Astronomy and Observing in Hawaii
A talk by Dr Darren Baskill

12th Tue Farnham AS Lecture
Beginners Night - 3 short talks

21st Thu Cody AS Lecture
Rob Fender - LOFAR - Low-Frequency Array for radio astronomy

 

22/08/12

September 1st sees the start of the Cody Astronomical Society's 12/13 season.

The committee of the Cody Astronomical Society welcomes you all to the 2012/13 season, the 15th in the Society's history.

And a welcome to all our new members. Our numbers for last season climbed to the highest ever ( 61)

Subscriptions

Being the beginning of the new season, payment of subscriptions is now due, £20. Please pay your subscriptions ASAP as we can then concentrate on doing Astronomy.

Please pass subs (Cheques payable to Cody Astronomical Society) to myself (address below). Payment of subs can also be made at our events.

If any of your personal details have changed in the last year please use the attached 'update form' and send to me.

Holders of the 'Site Access Pass' will be required to pay their subs by the 19th September, so that I can arrange the issue of a new pass on the 1st October.

The newer members that have paid recently are covered for the season. I will inform you when to collect your pass.

A Visitors Pass (Red) will be available to our New 'Invited' members so they can attend events happening before their basic clearance has been completed.

Lectures

This year we plan to have a formal lecture each month throughout the year, 11 in all. Mostly around the end of each month.

Our First lecture :-

Month

Date - Day

Speaker

Title

September

25th (Tuesday)

 Eric Greaves

 Patrick Y. Alexander and his Aldershot Observatory

We also hope to have a BBQ early in the season and the Christmas party as usual.

Observing
We will take advantage of any clear nights with suitable viewing.

Ad-Hoc observing will be notified by email. Notification of viewing nights will be by email as soon as we have confidence that it is going to be clear, and possibly with less than 24hrs notice.

Deep sky.
This season as the Moon is in the evening sky around the end of the month Observing will take place middle of the month.

Lunar.
We will have a lunar watch in the spring.

We hope that these evenings will entice those new to amateur astronomy to come and have a look through the Zeiss telescope and learn about telescopes and what can be seen in the night sky.

For seasoned observers, we hope you'll bring along your own telescopes to give the evenings a real "star party" feel. We hope to foster a bigger interest in getting out there and doing observing, rather than just listening to someone lecturing about it.

We would welcome any member wishing to help by taking an active role in these observing evenings or even just to suggest objects they might like to observe.

Membership access to the observatory

We have introduced an 'Induction' process for everyone attending the observatory.

This is in the form of a document containing all known Health & Safety aspects relative to our activities at the Observatory plus other operational information. Members will be given a briefing and asked to sign that they have received the briefing.

Members are encouraged to gain 'Key Holder Status' allowing them total access to the observatory once they have attended a briefing session. Those attending the briefing will be given an Observatory Guide. The guide contains everything observers need to know to operate the observatory properly and safely. Those wishing to use the observatory will need to familiarise themselves with the guide and follow it when using the observatory. We hope that the improved access to the telescope, coupled with the Society monthly observing sessions, will encourage more members to have a go using the observatory and develop their interest in astronomy.

Basic astronomy

This season our Monthly Basic Astronomy classes (8 or 9 in total) will be tailored to our 'students' requirements. To receive details of the Basic Astronomy course please book your place with me. Those booking early will have the option of choosing the topics for the course.

Recruitment Stand

Some time in September or October we will have our recruitment stand in the Concourse of Qinetiq. We will also be looking for volunteers to man the stand. Even if it's only for 15 minutes it will help.

Thursday Surgery

I attend the observatory each Thursday from 11:00 to 14:00, this is for members who wish to do day light / Solar observing, training on the Zeiss Telescope, using the library etc. And I'm there to help members with any astronomy-related problems or even just a chat. I also use the time to maintain the observatory and telescopes..or even to collect SUBS.

I am also thinking about setting up an evening surgery for those can't make the lunchtime session. If this would be of interest to you please let me know.

Other Activities / Events

The Society is a member of the Southern Area Group of Astronomy Societies (SAGAS) that have quarterly meetings and other events, including

  • SAGAS quarterly meeting 27th October at the South-downs Planetarium.

Federation of Astronomy Societies (FAS)

  • Conference in Cambridge, Saturday 6th October in Cambridge.

Intech at Winchester

  • Star Gazing & Telescope clinic Wednesday 1st  December and 2nd Febuarary. This event is open to the public and involves us having a stand and helping the public, showing them how to use their telescopes and allowing them to look through our telescopes. Also there is a Planetarium show to end the evening.  Volunteers required.  A fun evening.

Society of Popular Astronomy (SPA).       Cody Society is a member and we get the bi monthly magazine which is held at the observatory for our members. They will be holding a convention at the Southdowns Planetarium on the 27th October.

The Society is involved in Outreach training of Astronomy to :-

  • Some local Cub & Scout groups and schools.
  • Intech Science Centre, Winchester.
    Volunteers Required to help

 

26/09/11

Observing Wednesday 28th September - and maybe Thursday 29th September

It looks as if we will have clear skies for a while from Wednesday.

If it stays that way I will be at the observatory from about 19:30.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending. 

Further sessions over the weekend may be possible subject to one of the other keyholders being available.

We will be using the area adjacent to the Observatory for the telescopes so please park as indicated  here.
Members bringing Telescopes can park beyond the observatory Green area. Others in the Red areas

As the kerb stones are white lined it is now possible to approach the Observatory on Fog Lights ONLY.

30/08/11

September 1st sees the start of the Cody Astronomical Society’s 11/12 season.

The committee of the Cody Astronomical Society welcomes you all to the 2011/12 season, the 14th in the Society's history.

Subscriptions

Being the beginning of the new season, payment of subscriptions is now due, £20. Please pay your subscriptions ASAP as we can then concentrate on doing Astronomy.

Please pass subs (Cheques payable to Cody Astronomical Society) to myself (address below). Payment of subs can also be made at our events.

If any of your personal details have changed in the last year please use the attached 'update form' and send to me.

Holders of the 'Site Access Pass’ will be required to pay their subs by the 19th September, so that I can arrange the issue of a new pass on the 1st October.

The newer members that have paid recently are covered for the season. I will inform you when to collect your pass.

A Visitors Pass (Red) will be available to our New 'Invited' members so they can attend events happening before their basic clearance has been completed.

 

We are having a Working Weekend. 3rd  – 4th September There are several jobs that need to be carried out at the Observatory. Including:- water proofing the roof, PATs testing, Kerbstone marking and other jobs.

Please let me know if you are available to help and when.

Lectures

This year we plan to have a formal lecture each month throughout the year, 11 in all.

Our First lecture :-

Month

Date - Day

Speaker

Title

September

15th (Thursday)

 Paul Money

 Images of the Universe Vol 1

We also hope to have a BBQ early in the season and the Christmas party as usual.

Observing

We will take advantage of any clear nights with suitable viewing.

Ad-Hoc observing will be notified by email. Notification of viewing nights will be by email as soon as we have confidence that it is going to be clear, and possibly with less than 24hrs notice.

Deep sky.
This season as the Moon is in the evening sky about the midle of the month Observing will take place either the end of the month.

Lunar.
We will have a lunar watch in the spring.

We hope that these evenings will entice those new to amateur astronomy to come and have a look through the Zeiss telescope and learn about telescopes and what can be seen in the night sky.

For seasoned observers, we hope you'll bring along your own telescopes to give the evenings a real "star party" feel. We hope to foster a bigger interest in getting out there and doing observing, rather than just listening to someone lecturing about it.

We would welcome any member wishing to help by taking an active role in these observing evenings or even just to suggest objects they might like to observe.

Membership access to the observatory

We have introduced an 'Induction' process for everyone attending the observatory.

This is in the form of a document containing all known Health & Safety aspects relative to our activities at the Observatory plus other operational information. Members will be given a briefing and asked to sign that they have received the briefing.

Members are encouraged to gain 'Key Holder Status' allowing them total access to the observatory once they have attended a briefing session. Those attending the briefing will be given an Observatory Guide. The guide contains everything observers need to know to operate the observatory properly and safely. Those wishing to use the observatory will need to familiarise themselves with the guide and follow it when using the observatory. We hope that the improved access to the telescope, coupled with the Society monthly observing sessions, will encourage more members to have a go using the observatory and develop their interest in astronomy.

Basic astronomy

This season our Monthly Basic Astronomy classes (8 in total) will be tailored to our 'students' requirements. To receive details of the Basic Astronomy course please book your place with me. Those booking early will have the option of choosing the topics for the course.

Recruitment Stand

Wednesday October 5th we will have our recruitment stand in the Concourse of Qinetiq. We will also be looking for volunteers to man the stand. Even if it's only for 15 minutes it will help.

Thursday Surgery

I attend the observatory each Thursday from 11:00 to 14:00, this is for members who wish to do day light / Solar observing, training on the Zeiss Telescope, using the library etc. And I'm there to help members with any astronomy-related problems or even just a chat. I also use the time to maintain the observatory and telescopes……or even to collect SUBS.

I am also thinking about setting up an evening surgery for those can't make the lunchtime session. If this would be of interest to you please let me know.

Other Activities / Events

The Society is a member of the Southern Area Group of Astronomy Societies (SAGAS) that have quarterly meetings and other events, including

  • SAGAS quarterly meeting 8th October at the South-downs Planetarium.

Federation of Astronomy Societies (FAS)

  • Conference in Cambridge, Saturday 15th October.

Intech at Winchester

  • Telescope clinic Wednesday November 30th 
    This event is open to the public and involves us having a stand and helping the public, showing them how to use their telescopes. Also there is a Planetarium show to end the evening. 
    Volunteers required.  A fun evening.

Society of Popular Astronomy (SPA).       Cody Society is a member and we get the bi monthly magazine which is held at the observatory for our members.

The Society is involved in Outreach training of Astronomy to :-

  • Some local Cub & Scout groups and schools.
  • Intech Science Centre, Winchester.
    Volunteers Required to help

Observatory Email

As most of you know we now have Internet access at the observatory.

We can now receive Email.

The address is cody.observatory@googlemail.com .

14/12/10

Basic Astronomy 

This months Basic Astronomy planned for Tue 14th Dec is CANCELLED

Phil Alner
Chairman Cody Astronomical Society

21/11/10

Gordon's school visit to Observatory

Volunteers required to help.

This coming Thursday 25th November from 18:30, we are hosting a visit by the Gordon's school science class.

The forecast is predicting a clear sky although very cold.

It would be nice to have several of our members there to help; also a good chance to get some observing done.

Please let me know if you can help and if you intend to bring your scope.

Phil Alner
Chairman Cody Astronomical Society

19/08/10

Astronomia Visit

Astronomia of Dorking have requested a visit to the Observatory and meet our members.

The visit will take place on Tuesday 7th September from 19:30.

So come and meet the Astronomia team and find out about the equipment they can supply.

Phil Alner
Chairman Cody Astronomical Society

18/8/10

September 1st sees the start of the Cody Astronomical Society's 10/11 season.

The committee of the Cody Astronomical Society welcomes you all to the 2010/2011 season, the 13th in the Society's history.

Subscriptions

Being the beginning of the new season, payment of subscriptions is now due, £20. Please pay your subscriptions ASAP as we can then concentrate on doing Astronomy.

Please pass subs (Cheques payable to Cody Astronomical Society) to myself (address below). Payment of subs can also be made at our events.

If any of your personal details have changed in the last year please use the attached 'update form' and send to me.

Holders of the 'Site Access Pass' will be required to pay their subs by the 19th September, so that I can arrange the issue of a new pass on the 1st October.

A Visitors Pass (Red) will be available to our New 'Invited' members so they can attend events happening before their basic clearance has been completed.

I will be contacting New Invited membership applicants in due course.

Lectures

This year we plan to have a formal lecture each month throughout the year, 11 in all.

The lectures that have been booked so far are :-

Month

Date - Day

Speaker

Title

September

21st (Tue)

 James Fradgley

 Orbital Oddities

October

19th - 21st

 

 

November

16th - 18th

 

 

December

 21st (Tue)

 Nick Szymanek

 Using the Faulkes Telescope

We also hope to have a BBQ early in the season and the Christmas party as usual.

Observing
We will take advantage of any clear nights with suitable viewing.

Ad-Hoc observing will be notified by email. Notification of viewing nights will be by email as soon as we have confidence that it is going to be clear, and possibly with less than 24hrs notice.

Deep sky.
This season as the Moon is in the evening sky about the 2nd or 3rd week of the month Observing will take place either the end of the month, or beginning of the following month.

Lunar.
We will have a lunar watch in the spring.

We hope that these evenings will entice those new to amateur astronomy to come and have a look through the Zeiss telescope and learn about telescopes and what can be seen in the night sky.

For seasoned observers, we hope you'll bring along your own telescopes to give the evenings a real "star party" feel. We hope to foster a bigger interest in getting out there and doing observing, rather than just listening to someone lecturing about it.

We would welcome any member wishing to help by taking an active role in these observing evenings or even just to suggest objects they might like to observe.

Membership access to the observatory

We have introduced an 'Induction' process for everyone attending the observatory.

This is in the form of a document containing all known Health & Safety aspects relative to our activities at the Observatory plus other operational information. Members will be given a briefing and asked to sign that they have received the briefing.

Members are encouraged to gain 'Key Holder Status' allowing them total access to the observatory once they have attended a briefing session. Those attending the briefing will be given an Observatory Guide. The guide contains everything observers need to know to operate the observatory properly and safely. Those wishing to use the observatory will need to familiarise themselves with the guide and follow it when using the observatory. We hope that the improved access to the telescope, coupled with the Society monthly observing sessions, will encourage more members to have a go using the observatory and develop their interest in astronomy.

Basic astronomy

Thanks to a grant from the Farnborough Area Association of the Civil Service Sports Council, we now have a digital projector fitted in the clubroom.

This season our Monthly Basic Astronomy classes (8 in total) will be tailored to our 'students' requirements. To receive details of the Basic Astronomy course please book your place with me. Those booking early will have the option of choosing the topics for the course.

Recruitment Stand

Sometime in September, date to be decided we will have our  recruitment stand in the Concourse of Qinetiq. We will also be looking for volunteers to man the stand. Even if it's only for 15 minutes it will help.

Thursday Surgery

I attend the observatory each Thursday from 11:00 to 14:00, this is for members who wish to do day light / Solar observing, training on the Zeiss Telescope, using the library etc. And I'm there to help members with any astronomy-related problems or even just a chat. I also use the time to maintain the observatory and telescopes..or even to collect SUBS.

I am also thinking about setting up an evening surgery for those can't make the lunchtime session. If this would be of interest to you please let me know.

Other Activities / Events

The Society is a member of the Southern Area Group of Astronomy Societies (SAGAS) that have quarterly meetings and other events, including

  • the IOW star party  March 10th to 14th
  • SAGAS summer event (conference).

Federation of Astronomy Societies (FAS)

  • Conference in Cambridge, Saturday 9th October.

Intech at Winchester

  • Telescope clinic Wednesday November 10th & January 26th.
    This event is open to the public and involves us having a stand and helping the public, showing them how to use their telescopes. Also there is a Planetarium show to end the evening.  Volunteers required.  A fun evening.
  • December 5th is the first of an Astronomers Day.  A conference with 'workshops', lectures and other activities just for members of Astro Societies to attend and enjoy.

Society of Popular Astronomy (SPA).       Cody Society is a member.

  • Saturday 25th September. Regional Meeting at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot.  5 Lectures, Trade stands, guided tours of RAL and FREE to members.
     
  • SPA Astronomy weekend course 26 - 28 November, at Shrewsbury
    £139.00 for shared accommodation and all meals.

Herstmonceux Astronomy festival, 3rd to 5th September

The Society is involved in Outreach training of Astronomy to :-

  • Some local Cub & Scout groups and schools.
  • Intech Science Centre, Winchester.

Volunteers Required to help

Observatory Email

As most of you know we now have Internet access at the observatory.

We can now receive Email.

The address is cody.observatory@googlemail.com .

Phil D Alner

60 Westover Road

Fleet

Hants GU51 3DF

Tel:- 01252 640379

 

Treasurer Roy Mitchell
Membership Secretary Phil Alner
Observatory Co-ordinator Gordon Lloyd
Talks organiser Vacant
Librarian Norman Kelsey
Web master Paul Curtis
Member Roger Smith
Member Reg Withey
Member Vacant
   
Account reviewer Reg Milne
 

As you will see we are still short of a Secretary and a Talks organiser.

These are important posts in the Society and need to be filled.

Phil Alner
Chairman Cody Astronomical Society