Castle Point Astronomy Club
Castle Point Astronomy Club Diary
December 2013 by Dave Stratton
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Wednesday 4th December 2013

Mapping Dark Matter with the LSST - Gary Auker

Unfortunately our speaker went to the wrong venue so we had a fill in evening. He will be coming back on 19/2/14. He knows where we are now!

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Well what a stroke of good fortune - It's an observing bight and it's clear so we are in fact observing.

We had a good selection of instruments in use including a spotting scope and bins along with a bunch of regular scopes.

We enjoyed good views of Jupiter and The Moon which was in fact rather a tad too bright for good observing generally. However we made the best of it.

Milne was struggling a bit with his new 200mm SkyWatcher. Jim had a look and gave some good advice such as there was no need to use a Barlow as he had other eyepieces that would do the job better on their own (less glass to look through). He also collimated it and finally told the owner that he had a 'good one'. He recommended that a Telrad red dot finder be fitted instead of the existing finder scope. Milne was indeed having difficulty with this aspect. So he benefited quite a lot from the session.

There were quite a few new folk along including father and daughter Simon and Courtney who visit from time to time. Trevor came with his wife Jan who managed to see, from her description, a Geminid meteor.

A good one.

Wednesday 18th December 2013

Christmas Social

A wonderful spread was put on and everyone had a good chat. A nice way to end the year.


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