WADHURST ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

NEWSLETTER ISSUE 1 2003

INDEX: MEETINGS, OTHER NEWS, CONTACTS

EDITORS NOTE

As you will all be aware this is the first newsletter of 2003. In a slight change to previous years I will not be putting the month of publication at the top of each one, but will put an issue number instead. Hence this Newsletter is 2003 Issue 1. I have decided on the alteration due to the change in the date of the monthly meeting this means the newsletter will normally now be produced at least one week later that previously. I hope that this will prevent problems when members have thought that a newsletter was missing. On a personal note, if any member has an item of interest that they would like to see in the newsletter please contact me with details. This can be an article that you have written, an advert, or just a snippet of information, for example on recent observations. Is there anything you would like to see added to the newsletter? If so, please let me know and I will endeavour to find some information and put it in.

I can be contacted by:
Post: 16 West Rise Tonbridge Kent TN9 2PG
Email: pbamblett@hotmail.com
Telephone: 01892 368656

MEETINGS

LAST MEETING

Summary of meeting held on 15th. January 2003

As the scheduled speaker was unable to attend the Chairman Murray Barber gave a presentation in his portable planetarium. After we had crawled through the tunnel entrance Murray started his presentation with demonstrations of the sky in Egyptian and Greek times, the constellations being delineated with appropriate classical Greek and Egyptian figures. He then demonstrated the effects of precession, outlined the ecliptic, and demonstrated the use of Right Ascension and and Declination to determine the positions of celestial objects. In a short summary it is difficult to emphasise how clearly Murray achieved these objectives, but in your reviewers opinion it was first class. After the usual coffee break we returned once again to the planetarium, this time to explore the sky as it is today, with the modern constellation delineated both with and without the zodiacal figures. This was followed by a review of the sky as seen both from the poles and the equator. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks to Murray for such an excellent presentation, particularly as it was done at short notice.

Bob Wharton

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the society will be on Wednesday February 19 2003. As usual, the doors open at 7.15 and the meeting starts at 7.30 prompt. The speaker this month will be George Sallitt and he will be talking on the subject of "Web Cam Imaging".

OBSERVING SESSION

The last observing session was held on 31 January 2003 and was therefore too early to be advertised in this Newsletter. The next observing session will be held on February 28 2003. As usual we will meet at the Crow & Gate in Crowborough at around 7.30 before moving onto the forest. It has also been pointed out that this session is a social event for the society, there will be observing if the weather is suitable but if not still come for a chat. For this reason, there will be at least one member of the committee in attendance whatever the weather. However, it should also be pointed out that the representative may not stay all evening if no one else turns up!

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OTHER NEWS

SUBSCRIPTIONS

There are still a number of members who have not renewed their subscription to the society (15 per member or 20 for joint members). This now means that those members are in arrears by 3 months. In order to avoid unnecessary costs the treasurer does not send reminders on an individual basis. Please remember it is your subscription that allows the society to continue with its activities. If you are one of the members who have yet to renew their subscription please send a cheque to the treasurer at: Broadwater Lodge, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst, TN5 6LR. If you are in any doubt as to whether you have renewed I am sure the treasurer will gladly answer your queries if you contact him by telephone on 01892 784255.

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CONTACTS

Chairman: Murray R. Barber 01892 654618 murray.barber@virgin.net

Secretary: Ian King 01892 836288

Treasurer: Ian Reeves 01892 784255

Editor: Peter Bamblett 01732 368656 pbamblett@hotmail.com

Publicity & Web Site: Michael Harte 01892 783292 michael@greenman.demon.co.uk

Dir. of Obs.: Sean Tampsett 01892 667092 sean_tampsett@hotmail.com

Librarian: Joan Grace 01892 783721

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COPY FOR THE NEXT EDITION OF THE NEWSLETTER TO REACH THE EDITOR BY 3 MARCH 2003