Friday, 12 May 2017

2017 Programme Update

The 2017 Programme has been updated to include:
  • an extra meeting (Friday, 27-October-2017) - a Telescope Surgery: Learn to use a telescope effectively.

    Setting up a new telescope can be a daunting task, especially for the first time.  Some modern telescopes can make the task easier, but poor instructions and jargon - both astronomy and computer related - can be bewildering if you are not familiar with it.  If you have a telescope and have not figured out how to use it (you are not alone!), or have a problem you don't understand or just want to learn how to use your telescope effectively, this is an event for you.  Bring your telescope along and experienced society members will help you.
The full 2017 Programme of events is available here.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Free Magazines

Sky and Telescope Magazines

We have been offered some free copies of Sky and Telescope magazines. The issues cover the years 1980–1984, 1986–1987 and are described as being “in good condition and mostly complete”. The owner can deliver them to the Burley Hall for one of our regular meetings.
(Ref: GT)


Astronomy Magazines


We have been offered some free copies of Astronomy magazines. The issues cover the years 2002 – 2010. They will have to be collected (soon, please!) from Guilden Sutton, about 4 miles east of Chester.
(Ref: KW)

If you are interested in either set of magazines, please email one of the following:

CAS Secretary     
CAS Newsletter Editor

Friday, 28 April 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday 31-May-2017

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 31-May-2017.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Megan Argo, of The University of Central Lancashire, who will talk about When Galaxies Collide.

The meeting will be at 7:30 P.M. at the usual venue:  the Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton, CH3 7QN

Saturday, 15 April 2017

2017 Programme Update

The 2017 Programme has been updated to include:
  • the BAA Weekend Conference in Chester (8,9,10-September-2017);
  • an extra meeting at which Dr. Allan Chapman will speak, 10-November-2017).
The full 2017 Programme of events is available here.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

BAA Weekend Meeting Programme: September 2017

This is the programme for the British Astronomical Association Weekend Meeting which will be held in Chester on Friday-Sunday, September 8-10, 2017:


Stars: Life and Death of the Universe


Friday     19:00 - 21:30

Professor  Lyndsay Fletcher  (Glasgow)                         Living with a Star

Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Professor Paul A. Crowther  (Sheffield)                         Birth, life and death of massive stars
Professor Nate Bastian         (Liverpool John Moores)    Stellar clusters and stellar populations
Dr Jacco van Loon               (Keele)                             Stellar Ecology
Professor Bill Chaplin           (Birmingham):                    Sounding stars and the search for other
                                                                                    worlds in our Galaxy
Dr Matt Darnley                   (Liverpool John Moores)    Novae: (Brief) new life after stellar death

Sunday   10:00 - 13:00

Visit to The OpTIC Centre, Saint Asaph, which designs and builds advanced optical systems.


Extra Activities - Friday Afternoon - St. Peter's Foucault Pendulum

A visit to St Peter’s Church to see a demonstration of the Foucault Pendulum.
This can be repeated on Sunday afternoon if required.

The conference will be held at:
The King's School, Vanbrugh Theatre, Wrexham Road Chester CH4 7QL.

Full details of the programme, location, costs and booking can be found on the British Astronomical Association website.