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 Post subject: 20-Nov: that would be telling
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:52 am 
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Thinking ahead to the Show & Tell session at our next meeting on 20-Nov, as well as the main event of unveiling our new BIG Bolton Telescope, I can offer one or more of the following short presentations (on the big screen):
  • Observing the Sun from underground!
  • A Stellarium tour for the Sharples Star-Party
  • Receiving satellites with the BAS Software-Radio
  • Making animations of planets & comets with unFREEz

Any more for any more?
Remember that you don't need to make up an elaborate PowerPoint show - just bring along a picture or two to talk about, or even better a piece of hardware.
And it's just as interesting to hear stories about when things went wrong, as well as when ideal conditions yielded perfect results!


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 Post subject: Re: 20-Nov: that would be telling
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:37 pm 
I wouldn't mind putting something together for the absolute newbies, maybe not for 20th Nov, but certainly a session aimed at the people who approach the society & say - "i've always been interested in astronomy - what telescope do you think i should buy...". There seems to be a lot of talks that miss the embryonic stage of astronomy & i'd like to present something that will (hopefully) fill that gap if possible...
What's the general consensus of opinion?
Cheers
Andy


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 Post subject: Re: 20-Nov: that would be telling
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:16 pm 
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Well Andy, the intention on 20-Nov is to have a number of short (5-10 mins) talks from different members on a wide variety of topics.
Perhaps you could take the opportunity to tell us briefly about your first telescope - and why it was soon replaced by your second?
But we do have a couple of sessions in the new year (15-Jan & 5-Feb) aimed at introductory topics, so they would provide the opportunity to tackle these in more depth.

And we have archived some of our previous presentations on these topics in our Members' Area Library:
http://www.boltonastro.co.uk/members2/index.php/fp/Workshops/Setting-up-your-telescope/
http://www.boltonastro.co.uk/members2/index.php/fp/Workshops/Visual-observing-workshop/
http://www.boltonastro.co.uk/members2/index.php/fp/Members%E2%80%99-Presentations/Starting-out-in-Astronomy/


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 Post subject: Re: 20-Nov: that would be telling
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:56 pm 
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Amartin wrote:
What's the general consensus of opinion?


We can never have enough first time presentations, put new members at ease.

Subject to committee approval perhaps you can present on 17th September 2013. After the AGM, kick the season off.

If your still willing to be the New Members officer, give opportunity to introduce yourself

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 Post subject: Re: 20-Nov: that would be telling
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:58 am 
Fantastic idea Carl. Put me down for it. I'd still like a 10 min slot on the 20th please.
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 Post subject: Re: 20-Nov: that would be telling
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I've heard about some more items for Tuesday's programme:
  • from Gerald: calibrating deep-sky images - a before & after comparison
  • from David: planetary imaging with a new HD webcam
  • from Carl: a remote-controlled telescope (including a video clip)
  • from Dean: the BAS Loans system


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 Post subject: Re: 20-Nov: that would be telling
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:07 am 
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Thanks to all who participated in last night's show, and made it a memorable evening with a wide range of topics covered.
I'm already looking forward to the next session, which will be on 2-Apr.

By the way, my experiments with the magnetometer are detailed in this Topic:
http://www.boltonastro.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=274
which includes the links to Lancaster University's Aurorawatch and Speake Sensors, who make the flux-gate devices.
And I've loaded a copy of my presentation into our Members' Area:
http://www.boltonastro.co.uk/members2/index.php/fp/Members%E2%80%99-Presentations/Observing-the-Sun-from-underground/


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