At Our Next Meeting

Meeting Nights

We meet on the first Monday of the month and we can use the inside facilities from 1830 until 2100 when the centre doors are locked.  We can stay outside as long as we want and that is usually limited by the weather.  

The format of our meetings is changing from talks by the members and then going outside to do our own thing to a slightly more structured approach to cover the needs of the more experienced members and those of the less experienced.  We will still have the talk by one of the members on an astronomy related topic and Damian will still give a talk on his Constellation of the month.  At this point we hope to move outside and locate the "Constellation of the month" in the night sky with tips on star hopping and pointers on how to find the Constellation and any partiular points of interest.

We are also introducing "tip of the month" which could be anything the members bring up.  

On Friday 8th of June members of NLA went on their Jollys to..... Scotter!

This was the location of our 1st ever summer BBQ event. A great location was found and BBQ was set up. Scopes were set up by a few of the members including 2 solar scopes. Trying to dodge the trees and clouds we did manage a short bit of solar viewing before the sun went down. 

A great BBQ was then enjoyed thanks the Charles and the Team of Chefs he had to help him.

Then it was onto the bigger astro scopes to view the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn (My Fav).... Sorry can't forget the clouds.

Also in the evening we had a flypast and display courtesy of Charles and his Quadcopter.

Saturn taking using a mobile phone camera

This message was sent out to BAA members requesting information about how we would like their web site to look  

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Subject: British Astronomical Association online survey
Date:  Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:05:24 +0000
From:  Jeremy Shears This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As you may know, I became President of the BAA at the beginning of the 
current Session, and I am proud to serve the Association in its 126th 
year. During my tenure I am keen to build upon the excellent work of my 
predecessors and ensure that we continue to support our members by 
providing the services you require.

One area in particular I would like to look at is the BAA web site 
<>. I have set up a working party to 
investigate how we can make it even more useful to our members, as well 
as the broader amateur astronomical community, and I would value your 
input. We have devised a very short online survey about the BAA’s 
website and I'd be grateful if you would take a few minutes to fill it in.

The survey can be accessed at <>.

It is open now and will close on Sunday 28th February 2016.

As a small incentive, there is a prize of a year’s free membership to 
the BAA to be drawn from those who complete the survey. The winner will 
be picked randomly on Tuesday 1st March 2016.

I would like to emphasise that the survey is anonymous. Although one of 
the questions asks for your email address, this is entirely optional – 
the only reason for requesting it is if you would like to be entered for 
the prize draw. This email address will not be used for any other 
purpose and the list of  email addresses will be destroyed once the 
winner has been picked.

Just as a reminder, the current website includes a number of features, 

- Information about the BAA, its objectives, organisation and people
- Information about the BAA Observing Sections, most of which have their 
own web pages
- Full details of, and excerpts from the current and recent editions of 
the BAA Journal
- Information about forthcoming meetings and astronomical events
- News articles
- A gallery of pictures and images submitted by our members
- BAA online shop
- BAA Forum for members to discuss astronomical matters
- Videos of past meetings

I am most grateful for your help on this matter, and thank you for your 
support of this wonderful institution. I am very keen to listen to our 
members' ideas on how the BAA can continue to meet its objectives and 
would warmly welcome you to contact me with these.

Kind regards

Jeremy Shears
President of the British Astronomical Association

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