Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Join?
We welcome people at any of our meetings - just turn up at 7.30pm at any of our Friday Monthly Meetings and you'll be made to feel at home. If you want to formally join, it costs £15 for the year, which runs from April. If you join later in the year, you pay proportionally less. Meeting attendance is £1 for members and £3 for non members.

What happens in Meetings?
There is usually a run-down of any astronomy news that has caught our attention. If people have been imaging or drawing, there will be slideshow of their results. We then get a summary of what's likely to be of interest in the night sky in the coming weeks. Most months, we aim to have someone give a longer talk on some aspect of astronomy - which may be about the techniques of observing or about the science of what we are observing - whether planets, stars or galaxies.

What about observing sessions?
If the weather is clear, after the 'structured' part of the meeting, some of us will move outside with our telescopes and try to do some observing. This will be more likely in the Winter months of course, as the skies are darker earlier.  If you want to find out more about observing with different telescopes, people will generally be very happy to help. See the next paragraph as well...

What else?
As well as the monthly meetings, we also have an informal group that meet at the hut at 8pm on Thursday evenings every week - usually (it being cloudy), we alternate between 'introduction to astronomy and telescopes' work and classroom exercises based on GCSE Astronomy coursework - but mostly a lot of chatting. If the weather is clear and it's dark, we may go straight to the carpark and set up our telescopes. We have a £2 charge to cover the hire of the cabin, and there's tea and coffee most weeks. Over the summer months, as the skies are too light for observing, we're having a structured introduction to aspects of Astronomy - if you're a beginner you can learn a lot, if you've already got some knowledge, you can enjoy sharing it.