|Lunar and Planetary||Deep Sky||Telescope Clinics||Astrophotography|
The Moon and (most of) the planets are the brightest objects in the sky, and they are the first things to interest most people when they have access to a telescope. Because they are bright, we can run "Lunar and Planetary" observing nights in acessible locations without being greatly concerned about the amount of light pollution. Typically, we run one or two of these nights each year, coinciding with times when the best selection of planets are "up" at the one time (in the evening).So what can we see of the planets ?
Unfortunately, Jupiter and Saturn are at their best this year over winter - when we have the lowest likelihood of clear nights. We have chosen this date as a compromise: just over half moon (a good time to observe the moon); Jupiter is high; Saturn will rise in time to for us to get a view later in the evening, and hopefully before the worst of winter sets in.
The night will start with a "mini telescope clinic", so you are most welcome to bring your own scopes along, we will be available to give you a hand setting them up and using them if need be. If the night is cloudy, we will extend this clinic, and have some static telescope displays and a brief presentation about telescopes.
Keeping the observing site dark
We do not need to be particularly strict about white light on lunar and planetary nights, but we still want to keep it as dark as possible