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ARE YOU NEW TO ASTRONOMY? If you are new to Astronomy, then here are a few suggestions to get you started... 1. Take a look at THE GUIDE, our mini-site for teaching you the basics 2. Read some of the books from our recommended reading list 3. Come along to our events and talks where we can talk to you and help you on your journey And when you are inspired and ready, then why not join the society and enjoy your new passion with your new friends 20th April 2015
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So, if you don't know how to set up your Telescope, come along and be shown at the Telescope Workshops. If you are just starting in Astronomy, come along to a meeting and get free advice on what you need and how you can progress in astronomy. Also, check out The Guide on this website: a resource designed for beginners.
A nice video of Jupiter from member Paul Cheesman, taken on 30-31 Jan 2015, from Ashford:
Celestron C8 8inSCT, imaging source DFK 21 AUO4 AS, Televue 2.5x Power mate. Video @60fps, total 90second, ~5233 frames captured; processed in AS2 & registax6 See Photo Gallery for some photos and others in the Gallery.
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The James Irwin Observatory at Canterbury will remain closed until further notice due to construction work currently going on immediately around it.
30th September Greg Smye-Rumsby: History of Longitude at the Royal Observatory Greenwich Bredhurst Village Hall Before we had tools to allow navigators at sea to measure both latitude and longitude, it was very difficult to cross the great oceans without many hazards. Although latitude was easy to work out from the position of the sun and the time, longitude was more tricky.
Ships would sail to the latitude of their destination, turn toward their destination and follow a line of constant latitude. However, this prevented the ship from taking the most direct route or a route with the most favourable win... MORE DETAILS
The James Irwin Observatory is Currently Closed and Due to Reopen on 28th October 2016
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