Moon phase

Sunday, 10 February 2019

February Meeting

Saturday 9th February saw the EEAC's February meeting. We were due to enjoy a talk by Roy Hookway on the Antikythera mechanism, however we have had to rearrange this for a later date. We wish Cathy and Roy well and hope to see them both soon.

As a replacement John, chair of EEAC, gave a talk about the history of the Apollo moon missions to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The talk covered the early space race, development of the Apollo hardware and the missions themselves. Also included was answers to the question how did they go to the loo in space, with a surprising, low tech solution and what happens when the solution goes wrong.

We'd like to thank the local press, the Focus and the Review for carrying our events as three new visitors came to the meeting as a result of their content.

Next month we will be running the introduction to astronomy course on 9th March. The day will run from 10-3 at the village hall. We will cover astronomical terms, how to find your way around the sky, different types of telescopes and mounts and how to take pictures of astronomical objects with simple equipment. In the evening, should skies be clear, we will use some of the club and club member's equipment to observe some objects in the night sky. Contact the club for details by commenting here or emailing eeac@essexastro.com. We need bookings in by 1st March as we will be providing lunch and need to know numbers to make sure we cater for everyone.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Lunar Eclipse

For all of you that were either clouded out or tucked up in a warm bed here is a little animation I made from images taken from start to finish.

Enjoy.

John.


Monday, 14 January 2019

New Club Subscription payment method

Hi All,

Been playing and we can now take annual subscriptions on line. There is a page for club subscriptions to the right. Click on the link on the page and it will take you to a member mojo page where subscriptions can be submitted via paypal (same as credit cards and we will not see your payment details!).

But don't worry, you can still complete subscriptions in person at the meetings.

If there are any issues (the process is new to us) let us know.

Thanks

John

Sunday, 13 January 2019

2019 AGM

It was our AGM last night. Not too well attended unfortunately but below is a summary of the outcomes.

Myself, Andy Hutcheon and Nicky were again installed as chair, treasurer and secretary.

We've got about £300 in the bank with no commitments other than the hall costs and membership of the FAS (this gives us public liability insurance).

We are keeping subs and entry fees the same. Subs are now due for the year ahead please.
Last year we bought a projector and a hydrogen alpha telescope for the club (£300 for this from the coop). Our assets now include the above and 2 telescopes and a small astronomy library.
Events this year will be meteor watching in August and December with other ad hoc observing nights to be arranged.

We would like to have a stand at the Quay day in Burnham at the end of August. We need help to do this so if anyone wants to help please let us know. When we have enough firm commitments we'll try to book a space.

Ruth has agreed to help out at meetings as a membership secretary to take fees at the door (many thanks Ruth Walsh).

We also ask if anyone has any suggestions for talk topics or events you would like to have the club host please let us know.

We would like to encourage members and visitors to present member's talks on club nights so if you fancy a go let us know.

That's about that. Hope to see more of you in February for a talk on the Antikythera mechanism (bonus points if you already know what that is!).