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There will be an extra meeting of the society on Monday October 17th, starting at 8pm sharp in Ballyclare High School lecture theatre. Directions can be found here

We are looking forward to having Bill Ward, from Glasgow University, pay us a visit. We have been trying to get Bill over for quite some time, and this is the only date which suits him this season.

Bill's subject will be "Giant Telescopes" and he will be discussing the evolution of big telescopes and how they are made.

We hope everyone makes a big effort to get along to what should be a very interesting talk.

About BIll:
After finishing a traditional mechanical engineering apprenticeship and finding myself unemployed I returned to

 college to do a degree in physics. Whilst a student I won a place on the British and Australian Vocational Exchange scheme which landed me a summer job at the Anglo Australian Observatory. After graduating I returned to Australia to work at the UN Schmidt Telescope for a year. I then returned to the UK, in 1995 to take up a technical post at the University of Glasgow. From 1995 until 2003 I undertook several part time post graduate courses and used facilities in the Canaries, Southern Spain and Hawaii.
Since 2001 I have been in my current job as laser engineer with the Optoelctronic Group at the University where I supervise a suite of research labs involved in many areas of optoelectronic research.
Now strictly an amateur astronomer I enjoy tinkering with telescopes and designing and building various instruments for astronomical use such as spectroscopes and recently a polarimeter.
I spend most of my time observing meteors and comets but I'm also interested in meteorlogy and atmospheric phenomena.


We had another great turnout for last months meeting with lots of new members and we know you really will enjoy this night! As always, refreshments are available after the meeting!


Suggested Admission Donation:

Members: Free
Associate Members: £2
Non-Members: £3