Thursday, 30 January 2014


Wednesday 26th February
Comets and Meteors
Dr Jacco van Loon (Keele University)

Thursday, 16 January 2014

John Dobson dies

It is sad to report the death of John Dobson (1915-2014) on Wednesday 15th January. He was a populariser of amateur astronomy, and a promoter of the Newtonian telescope design that now bears his name.

Monday, 6 January 2014

2014 Programme

Meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm.
Wednesday 29th January
AGM plus talk on the "Astronomical Events of 2014"
Richard Sargent (Chester AS)

Wednesday 26th February
Comets and Meteors
Dr Jacco van Loon (Keele University)

Wednesday 26th March
Forecasting Earth’s Weather from Solar Activity
Piers Corbyn (Weather Action)
Wednesday 30th April
Adventures in Astronomy Education
Prof Andy Newsam (Liverpool John Moores University)

Wednesday 28th May
Weathering Solar Storms
Prof Jim Wild (Lancaster University)

Wednesday 25th June
Harold Knox-Shaw and the Helwan Observatory
Dr Jeremy Shears (BAA and Chester AS)
Wednesday 30th July
Members' Night, with contributions from society members.

There is NO MEETING in August.

Wednesday 24th September
Black Swans – Black Holes in the Constellation of Cygnus
Prof Ralph Spencer (Manchester University)

Saturday 18th October 
Annual star-party and BBQ for members and their guests starting at 19:00.  Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own food.  A red light torch is a wise accessory.  As usual, children are most welcome but please remember there may be valuable equipment around so please apply parental responsibility.
The venue is:  Hatton Farm, Waverton    CH3 7RE
If the sky looks promising and people want to bring instruments, come a bit earlier or ring the Chairman (number on your membership card) to make arrangements.

FRIDAY 7th November
The Allan Chapman Lecture.
Allan's talks always draw much attention and this year he promises to talk about "Something Interesting." 
Dr Allan Chapman (Oxford University)

[The talk was on "Edmund Halley", delivered without any notes or computer aids!]

Wednesday 26th November
The Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope
Dr Robert Braun (Jodrell Bank S.K.A. H.Q.) 

There is NO MEETING in December.