WADHURST ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

NEWSLETTER ISSUE 4 2003

INDEX: MEETINGS, OTHER NEWS, CONTACTS

MEETINGS

LAST MEETING

As there was no invited speaker Michael Harte opened the meeting announcing that two club members would be giving short talks.
Joan then presented her talk on how she thought the Solar system had evolved. The talk was well illustrated by slides, and the general theme was that the solar system originated from a Supernova remnant with first the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn forming and subsequently a trigger - probably gravitational, which then formed the Moons and the inner planets. The talk was received with great interest and a vote of thanks given to Joan.
To help fill in the time your reporter gave a very short talk on Jupiter, which in his opinion was a more suitable target for beginners than the Moon. (Editors note: see Treasurers report below!)
The evening ended with a talk by Sean on Vesta. This large asteroid Sean explained is nearly spherical, and probably has an iron core. It certainly has a rocky surface with many craters, one of these is very distinctive near the southern pole. Sean's talk was again well illustrated with slides, Sean conclude his talk with some charts showing how to observe Vesta.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the society will be on Wednesday May 21 2003. As usual, the doors open at 7.15 and the meeting starts at 7.30 prompt. The speaker this month will be Peter Simmons and the title for the evening is "Images of the Sky".

OBSERVING SESSION

The next observing session is to be held on Friday 30 May. The venue and time is as usual the Crow & Gate at Crowborough for 7.30pm. Please contact Sean (or any other committee member) before the night before the event if you will be attending.
This is useful so that
a) We know how many members to expect, we don't want to leave the pub if you are definitely coming!
b) So that you won't be the only person present!

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OTHER NEWS

TREASURERS REPORT

Membership of the Society is recovering well from the figures quoted last month from the Committee Meeting Minutes. We are now 50 including 2 students all fairly evenly distributed across the neighbouring counties: 25 East Sussex, 24 Kent & 1 France!
A big thank you to Joan Grace, Sean Tampsett and Bob Wharton for the challenging and interesting talks on April 16, which complemented each other so well and without the speakers exchanging notes in advance. It was appreciated all the more because they were staged in the face of two late cancellations/postponements. In Bob's case it was in response to a call at the start of the meeting!
Thanks too to Michael Harte for knitting the show together without any seams. The pre-Easter absentees missed a treat. A pity about the catering executive and his boiler, it seems he was still on the train home while we concluded the evening with views the night sky from the tennis courts.
The top topic as members paused and forgot about refreshments was the Web cam. A lot of interest has been generated since George Sallit gave his talk in February. It must be due to the prospects of operating a telescope out in the cold and the viewer stuck in front of a monitor in the comfort of indoors.

SPELDHURST FETE

In order to catch the public eye with more than a telescope tube it is proposed to accompany our exhibition at Speldhurst Fete on 28th June with a game of chance. It is normally a very popular local gathering, and this year the organisers will be particularly keen to make it a success in order to rebuild and re-equip their hall.
A raffle of a few interesting, non-alcohol prizes attracted as many to our stand last year as did the static display (particularly the little telescope). We propose to follow the same pattern this year provided of course that we have some prizes. Would members kindly see if they have some unwanted gadget or equipment, which they are prepared to contribute.

WEB SITE

Our very own Ian King has put together a new website which features some recent images. It is a work in progress and so there should be changes made to the site in the future.
The address is: www.ianking.darkhorizons.org

Ian Reeves March 2003

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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 6 MAY 2003