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Regular meetings are held on the 1st Friday of the month from 7.20 to 10pm at the Soltau Center,St James-the-Less,
Stubbings, Maidenhead SL6 6QW.
Click here for a map of the area.

No meetings in July or August.


When you arrive, please pick up your name badge and sign in.
Pay your visitor fee (£2 refundable on joining).
A committee member will make contact and welcome you during the evening.
Any questions? Ask one of the committee members, or your neighbour. Hope you enjoy the topic.

Meeting outline:

Doors are opened for setting up from about 7.15pm
Announcements followed by Main Topic(s) 7.45 to 9pm.
Refreshment Break 9pm-9.20 (Observing outside if clear)
Second half 9.30-10 pm

Afterwards: Observing at our local site if clear.


Meetings 2017/2018



September 1st - Martin Dyer "The Search for Gravitational Waves"
A recap about what they are and the latest news, followed my own research into finding the visible astronomical counterparts.

Second Half:
- Sky Outlook, Alun Halsey
- 1) Using Video to track satellite, and 2) Local effects of LED lighting, Stan Armstrong.

October 6th - Observing the Sun - members contributions including:
- Total Solar Eclipse reports - David Mason + Robin Oldman + Dave Hayes

- The Great US Solar Eclipse - Jim House
Drawing Sunspots using the projection method- Tim Haymes (in reserve)

Second Half:
- Summary report on the Triton Occultation - Tim Haymes
- Sky Outlook, Alun Halsey


November 3 - "Wonders of the Deep Sky".
GUEST SPEAKER: Callum Potter, BAA Deep Sky Section Director.

Second Half:
- Tony Taylor: The Shirburn Astronomers (Historical – 20min)
- Sky Outlook, Alun Halsey

December 1st - Christmas Quiz and Social - The quiz questions will be set this time
by Tim Haymes (Winner in Dec 2016) and Susan Flinders (Hon Chairman)
Subjects will be on: General knowledge, Meeting content, News, Observing


January 5th - Equipment Parade and exhbition

Telescopes – how to choose and use them
Bring some equipment to display
Opportunities to ask questions of our experienced members.

Whats Up? Alun

February 2nd - Talks from Members
" Dark sky observing on the IofW" - Peter Hainsworth
"Insights into Gravity" - Andy Tate

"Keeping time for observers" - Tim Haymes
" Sky Outlook March" - Alun


March 02nd - "The Juno Mission to Jupiter"
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr John Rogers, BAA Jupiter Section Director

Second Half -
"Spectrocopy with a small grating and DSLR" - Aditya Rudrapatna
(studying for Baccalaureate.)
Sky Outlook - Alun

April 6th - "Berkshire Astronomers" - Kenelm England FRAS

May 4th - tbc

June 1st AGM