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3rd November 2003 - EAAS meeting

John McConnell, EAAS Chairperson

About sixty people again attended our Beginner's Night on November 3rd. An excellant power-point presentation was given by member Philip Baxter entitled " Our Closest Star - A beginners Guide" in which he gave a rundown of the workings of the Sun from the nuclear reactor at it's centre to the sunspots at the visible surface.

Also described was the way solar flares effected our Earthly environment, and the safest way to observe the sun using projection and suitable solar filters. Great emphasis was made on the fact that the Sun is dangerous, and that nobody should ever chance looking through any optical aid at it or certain blindness will occur.

The meeting concluded with a lively question and answer session, and following supper various telescopes were set up in the playground for viewing, the largest of which was a Meade 10" LX200.

On offer was the Moon, Mars, Saturn and numerous deep sky objects. For many present, it was their first chance to look through a telescope, and everyone greatly enjoyed the experience. Some images were tried on the night by Donald Campbell and Walter Martin who hand held a Digital Camera to a 10mm eyepeice giving X60 on Walter's Helios Startravel 120 refractor at f/5.


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