October & November Society News.
The last two months have been very challenging due to the mix of weather, which has not been kind to us.
October was a month of optimism, we had the star party at Kelling Heath to look forward to and the open weekend at GFO.
Firstly the star party at Kelling Heath was great fun with several of our members attending, we stayed for three nights there and the skies cleared for us, but somebody forgot to turn off the wind, this made it extremely difficult to achieve any imaging.
Altair Astro erected their tent only to have it flattened by the wind overnight, fortunately no major damage was done and they were able to set up shop having moved the tent into a sheltered position. On the Saturday evening we had a stream of people coming to see what we were doing and watching how we achieve the imaging of deep sky objects.
The Western Veil Nebula - Martin Boddy
We had our visit to Binham Village Hall on Thursday19th October for the final meeting of the year with the talk on Choosing Your First Telescope and an update on the Radio Telescope.
Following this the open weekend was planned for GFO, but the weather was terrible being wet and stormy. This was a real blow to us because of all the hard work that had been put into the preparation by our members, we really wanted to showcase all of the improvements that have taken place, and demonstrate the societies amazing equipment. Since then the weather was not been good so maybe we will try sometime next year.
So into November and we were contacted by Gresham Village Primary School to give a talk to a year 5 class who have been working on a space project. Gary Heard and myself went along and had a great time with the children who were attentive, enthusiastic and full of questions, you can never underestimating the knowledge of young children and this class was no exception.
The school would like us to go back one evening, with telescopes, so weather permitting we have pencilled in a date in January.
This was the first school outreach since Covid and it felt good to be back in the community.
The observatory at GFO offers the most ever, all of the equipment is in top condition and we have more people than ever trained to set it up and use it. So on Friday evenings if it is clear we will have lots going on.
Although its been a difficult time for imaging some of our members have produced a variety of images from planetary to deep space and not forgetting the Northern Lights which have been spell bounding in recent weeks. These can be seen in the Gallery.
Finally it is time for the AGM this will be held on Friday 15th December at Wiveton Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.
There will be mulled wine and mince pies.
Green Farm Observatory
The observatory is open most Friday evenings to full members.
The observatory offers various options which include viewing if clear, imaging and processing, plus radio astronomy.
Our main source of society information is via Facebook and on the Website at (nnas.org). On the website under articles we will post the monthly society news to keep you up-to-date.
We are there Friday evenings at 7.30-8.00pm weather permitting.
We will indicate on the website if we intend to be there, you are welcome to pop along and if clear viewing will take place.
Please remember to bring a torch, ideally one with a red light.
Friday 15th December at Wiveton Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.
01/12/2023 - Martin Boddy