Blackpool & District Astronomical Society Welcome page Who we are and how to find us Meetings for this year Imminent and planned Starmaps and weather forecasts for Blackpool Members' astrophotography Other interesting sites Contact the Society
Welcome page Who we are and how to find us Meetings for this year Imminent and planned Star maps and other guides Members' astrophotography Other interesting sites Contact the Society

Programme of Meetings for 2013

Meeting nights are the FIRST MONDAY of the month (even if it's a Bank Holiday)

Jan 7
Members Q & A Evening/Preparations for Stargazing Live! 2013
Feb 4
Steve Warbis - Imaging
Mar 4
Colin Steele - Coronal Conundra & Prominence Puzzles
Apr 1
Tom Hudson -  Practical Solar Imaging
May 6
Ray Smith - Circumpolar Constellations
Jun 3
Martin Lunn -Viking Asronomy
Jul 1
Keith Robinson (part 2) - Stars, the Inside Story
Aug 5
Chris Lord - The Refracting Telescope 1608-1683
Sep 2
Gerrard Gilligan - Wm Lassell 1799-1881 Planets, Telescopes & Drinking Beer
Oct 7
Duncan Lunan - Incoming Asteroid was cancelled. Thanks to Ray and Chris for their presentations on the October sky and Classic Telescopes.
Nov 4
AGM followed by Pete talking about his observatory and Chris showing us an antique telescope.
Dec 2
Christmas Party and Quiz. Thanks Ray, an excellent night.

All meetings take place on the first Monday of the month, at
St Kentigerns Parish Centre. Meetings start 8pm, doors open 7.30pm.

Meetings 2012
Meetings 2011
Meetings 2010
Meetings 2009
Meetings 2008
Meetings 2007
Meetings 2006
Meetings 2005


Observing Sessions/Star Parties/Meals for 2013

Observing sessions are scheduled on a Friday in mid-month, or Saturday if Friday is cancelled due to bad weather. They are usually held at a dark sky site near Pilling. Keep an eye on the website, Yahoo Group and Twitter for a last minute Go or No-Go. Everyone welcome, a selection of the society's equipment will be available or bring your telescope and get help and advice on using it.

Feb 15
Cloudy at Pilling but a good turnout.
Mar 22
Equinox Meal - Gurkha Restaurant, 16 of the usual suspects enjoyed a pleasant evening.
Apr 19
Over 15 at the session and saw - Saturn, Jupiter, First Quarter Moon, PanSTARRS and two passes of the ISS and many DSOs.
May 10
Jupiter, Saturn and good ol' PanSTARRS. Also a brilliant Iridium Flare.
Jun 07
Observing Session - Meet at Pilling Site. Saturn will be bright and maybe NLCs later on.
Jun 21
Solstice meal. Gurkha Restaurant. 8.00 pm Rescheduled for Jun 28..
Jun 22
Lytham Club Day. Float and Solar Observing Stand.Great day but not such good weather.
Jun 28
Solstice meal. 14 of us met up for the belated meal and CJR's birthday..
Jul 12
Observing Session. Meet at Pilling site from 9:00pm. Session is ON. Come and watch the sunset.
Aug 12
Star-BQ - Perseids Meteor shower. A great night for both burgers and Perseids.
Sep 13
Observing Session. Pilling Dark Site from 8:00pm. CANCELLED. 95%+ cloud forecast!
Sep 20
Equinox Meal. 15 memebers enjoyed the usual Gurkha fayre and a great time was had..
Oct 25
Observing Session.
Observing session Date TBA.
Dec 19
Intersociety Christmas meal. Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Centre with Dr Allan Chapman.

Meet from 8pm onwards.



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