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Download Peter Meadows' talk on Robotic Telescopes here

Arthur Fentaman's Moon photos in Astronomy Now - See Photo Gallery
Lunar X event on 22 April 2018
The Lunar X phenomenon is net due to occur on 22 April, so get ready to take a look and see if you can see it.
Download this presentation for details, and if it is clear, come along to the MKAS event at Bredhurst Village Hall on the night. We will be there from 5pm.
FAMILY SPACE NIGHT - FRIDAY 27 MARCH
FAMILY SPACE NIGHT - FRIDAY 27 MARCH
Bredhurst Village Hall, 7:30-10pm

Looking for something to keep the kids interested, look no further than space!

An exciting evening of space displays and activities, space talks and telescopes.
Suitable for kids and adults, come and learn about Space, Astronomy, and Rockets.

• Astronomical hands-on displays about Space and our Solar System
• Talks on the Planets and Space
• Make craters on the Moon
• Make an entire Galaxy
• Moon rock and Meteorites - Hold a piece of the Moon!!
• Space Shuttle and Apollo rockets
• About hardware going to Mercury
• Telescopes for StarGazing, if weather permits
• Hear the latest news on our Giant GP20 Telescope & Space Centre
PLUS
• Telescope Workshop: bring your Telescope and we will show you how to use it
• Raffle, Tea, Coffee, Squash and Biscuits

Doors open at 7:30pm.

Everyone is welcome, £1 on the door
All funds raised will go to the GP20 Telescope project
Wrap up warm as it can get cold outside looking through the telescopes!!

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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Look out for the Lunar-X observing event on Sunday 22nd April.

At present the weather forecast is not brilliant for Sunday evening but the predicted is mainly high cloud which we should be able to observe the moon through!

More updates later.

NEXT EVENT:
The James Irwin Observatory is
Confirmed OPEN
TONIGHT

Conditions seem clear and we will open the Observatory.
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Still looking good up until midnight.

Therefore observatory open from 9pm, rendezvous in the hotel at 8:30pm.
See EVENTS page for details
27th April
Family Space Night (7.30-10pm)
Bredhurst Village Hall, Hurstwood Road, Bredhurst ME7 3JZ
Looking for something to keep the kids interested, look no further than space!

An exciting evening of space displays and activities, space talks and telescopes.
Suitable for kids and adults, come and learn about Space, Astronomy, and Rockets.

• Astronomical hands-on displays about Space and our Solar System
• Talks on the Planets and Space
• Make craters on the Moon
• Make an entire Galaxy
• Moon rock and Meteorites - Hold a piece of the Moon!!
• Space Shuttle and ...
MORE DETAILS
SEE ALL EVENTS





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