Castle Point Astronomy Club
1969-2019 - 50th Anniversary Year
Open Night Reports 2017

Open Night Saturday 8th March 2017 by Dave Stratton

It´s been a while since we had a successful one of these. During the afternoon the forecast was iffy, but in the end it happened.

We had about 200 members of the public attend and the comments received were very good.

We had 19 scopes looking at stuff:

We also had Betty (with the club several months), Cosmin (potential new member having turned up on Wednesday) and yours truly (long term member) meeting and greeting folk as they arrive.

Robin and Andrew were in the Iron Age Hut with the Moon being projected onto a screen live -courtesy of the telescope donated by Bruce's widow following his passing a few years ago. This is very popular and Andrew was explaining to folk what they are seeing.

Andrew´s brother was there with his son Daniel who was saying how thrilled he was that Ron was able to fix his scope some time ago.

However probably best of all was the ISS pass at 21.16 that went past the Moon and on through the zenith until it entered the Earth´s shadow and vanished. This was seen and enjoyed by everyone.

Mike had an unexpected liaison with a very large stone but that was seen and enjoyed by a very select few!

Mike said he was proud to be chairman of the club.


Open Night Saturday 30th September 2017 by Dave Stratton

Well a good number of us turned up – there were a few breaks in the cloud but it was not encouraging.

As it got dark three families arrived. We were ably to show them a glimpse of the Moon through a cloudy sky with Ted´s reflector and then we had a stroke of luck because the ISS was spotted and we were able to watch that for several minutes until it dropped into the clouds. Jim looked up the pass on his phone and we were surprised to learn that it was actually over Southern Germany when we were seeing it.

I spoke to a couple from Rayleigh, Nadia and Paul, who had two children with them - the little girl proudly told me she was half Bulgarian. They were pleased that they had come despite the weather. Nadia told me she remembered seeing a large W in the sky back home in Bulgaria when she was younger – she correctly thought it was Casseopia. I recommended them to download Stellarium to better understand the sky.

Let’s hope we have better luck next time.

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