Castle Point Astronomy Club
Open Night Reports 2009
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Our first Astronomy Open Night of 2009 on Saturday 31st January was a success. Around 250 people braved the bitter East Wind to enjoy the heavens through our telescopes. They also got the chance to view the Moon up close with our Moon Cams and even take a picture of it themselves. More.....

Our second one on Saturday 28th February was also blessed with clear skies. About 250 people attended and over 60 Moon Cam pictures were sent off to the people who took them.

See a video of the evening (AVI High Quality 82Mb) or (WMV Low Quality 6.7Mb)

Our third Astronomy Open Night of 2009 was on Saturday 4th April 2009. This was held as as part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA)'s Spring Moonwatch. More.....

Once again we had a clear night. We had about 400 visitors attending this special Spring Moon Watch Open Night. Most of them got to see the Moon close up through telescopes and our MoonCam. Many even got to take their own picture of the Moon which were sent to them on a special commemorative certificate. We also had a dozen telescopes on other objects in the sky such as the planet Saturn. We had some high cloud later on, but this produced a superb halo around the Moon which made a great end to the evening.

Our last Open Night of 2009 was on Saturday 24th October 2009
It was held as s part of the International Year of Astronomy's
Autumn Moonwatch and Galilean Nights

Despite horrible weather earlier in the day, once again we had a clear night which makes it four in a row whihc is a record. We had about 400 visitors attending this sevening. Most of them got to see the Moon close up through telescopes and our MoonCam. Many even got to take their own picture of the Moon which were sent to them on a special commemorative certificate.

We also had good views of Jupiter to celebrate the Galilean Nights teme and many other objects as well.


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