Once a month the society holds an observing evening. These are held on a first clear night basis. Click here to get more information on how these works. There are usually several telescopes so if you’re looking to purchase a ‘scope or have never looked through one before then these are a great opportunity. It’s also a great place to share observations and try out equipment.
We currently using just one site in 2015:
Click on the link above to get directions, etc.
The Abingdon Astronomical Society observing evening aims to give an opportunity for those with an interest in the night sky to have a look:
through some of the society member’s telescopes,
your own telescope and / or binoculars,
and to meet up with other members of the society with a keen interest in seeing the night sky.
If you don’t have a telescope, don’t worry, bring binoculars or just yourselves.
Some advice for getting the most out of the evening:
On arrival (and departure), try not to shine your headlights directly at the astronomers. Dark adaption takes time to gain and careless white lights at the site will ruin that state.
The car park is safe, so there is no need to lock your car ( to prevent flashing the lights again).
Once observing, use only red lights / torches for seeing where you are going. If you don’t have one, cover the torch you have with some red plastic. The site is quite dark with no lights in view.
Astrophotographers are normally equipped with laptops and cameras that can display bright lights. Please try and keep these as subdued as possible. Mobile phone apps are much the same as laptops so use these sparingly and please do NOT take flash images.
We observe through the winter months. Standing outside for up to three hours needs the correct clothing for you to get the most from the evening. We are not in a fashion parade, so wooly hats, scarves, gloves, thick coats and warm foot ware with a couple of pairs of socks will prevent you getting cold.
The Abingdon Astro representative will be in a high visibility jacket. If in any doubt, or need some help, please ask.
If you have any further queries, phone Trevor on 07747 033009.