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...
As well as the monthly meetings, we also have a group of people that are following the GCSE Astronomy course. Anyone is welcome, whether or not you're planning to take the exam at the end of it. This group will be meeting at Cransley School near Great Budworth; if you're interested get in touch via the Contact Us page and we'll give you more details. The school seems to have a good area for observing if the weather is clear, which will allow us to attempt the 'observation' parts of the syllabus, otherwise we'll work on the more 'classroom' based learning.