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This year, we are holding another General knowledge Fundraising Quiz night,
to take place on Friday 9 February, at 8-10pm.
Teams of 6 to 8, £5 per person, payable on the night (includes Ploughman's dinner)
Bring your own drinks and glasses,
prizes awarded to winning team, runners up and wooden spoon
All proceeds go to the GP20 Telescope fund.
Closing Date for entries is Saturday 27th January
For further details and to book a table, please contact Bob Tollervey at
rt.toller@blueyonder.co.uk or 07568 058246


Download Peter Meadows' talk on Robotic Telescopes here

Visitors impressed at the MKAS tent @Will Adams Festival in Gillingham


Some of our members have taken some stunning photos for you to see.
This one is from Rob Lines of M31 Andromeda Galaxy.

Take a look at the Photo Gallery on the RESOURCES page.
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
Read more MKAS announcements and news...

The Mid-Kent Astronomical Society (MKAS)
As Kent's premier Astronomy society, MKAS provides for amateurs and enthusiasts to follow and share in all things Astronomical. A very friendly and helpful group, supporting its members and visitors with stimulating and interesting talks, events, and giving free advice on how to do Astronomy and use equipment.

MKAS has over 100 members of all levels of expertise, and runs an Observatory housing a 14 inch telescope, which one day will be upgraded to a 20 inch research grade telescope that is currently being prepared.

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.

And for the more advanced, why not join in on one of the projects?
Read more about MKAS...

Events
MKAS run many event for its members and for the public.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
See the EVENTS page for details.


Projects
MKAS has a number of projects that members can get involved in. These include:
GP20 TELESCOPE
OBSERVING PROJECTS
IMAGING PROJECTS
PLANETARY GROUP
VARIABLE STARS

Read about these and other MKAS projects...

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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NEXT EVENT:
The James Irwin Observatory is
Currently Closed
and Due to Reopen

on 15th December 2017

Check here after 19:30 on the day to get final confirmation before travelling in case clouds prevent us opening.
See EVENTS page for details
12th January 2018
Bob Oseman: Mountains on the Edge of the Moon
Bredhurst Village Hall
Unlike the drama of total eclipses, partial solar eclipses are interesting from an observer’s point of view because they can reveal the rugged terrain on the limb of the Moon in silhouette. Bob’s images of the partial solar eclipse of August 2008 show this clearly and he compares these images with several of his lunar images which show how rugged features on the very edge of the Moon can be.

Eclipses on Earth are due to the orbital interplay between the Earth, the Sun and the Moon. When...
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The BAA's Sky Notes for December 2017 and January 2018 are now available




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