“I met lot’s of lovely people, and can’t believe how professional the whole evening was – Paul from Rutherford Appleton had me absolutely engrossed! Alan put me straight on my collimation woes, and Peter and the ‘resident spectographer’ gave me more useful tips than I could mention. All of this was rounded off with a great few hours of observing at home during which I split my first double and bagged my first Messier object, M29!” – Ryan, June 2014
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- All about the Society, who we are, what we do, where we are, how to join etc.
- eBulletin and information
- A gallery of members’ images
- Scripts, software and other useful resources
We maintain a news list for anyone in the area to keep in touch with all our astronomy events. To subscribe, send an email to inforeadingastroorguk (inforeadingastroorguk) Reading Astronomical Society is on Twitter. Follow us to catch up on the latest news, heads up alerts, meeting reminders etc. We support the Campaign for Dark Skies. “Had a great time lecturing to @ReadingAS last night. A really friendly and engaged bunch of people.” – Dr Stuart Clark
East Reading Festival 2014
We had a successful and busy time ad thanks to the weather, and the solar max period, many visitors had safe views of the sun’s face covered in spots.
Reading Science Week 2014
Our two astronomy evenings this year will be Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March This year our venue is the Museum of English Rural Life. There will be talks by our local members and we hope to invite Scott Marley. Thanks to the British Science Association for providing the exhibition, logistics and refreshments. If the evenings are clear we will have telescopes available to show Jupiter and its moons as well as other easy sky objects. We have some images and a short report from last year. And a quote from one of our helpers last year. “Lots of very eager and inquisitive children and grown-ups came. It was a good job we had plenty of telescopes! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I hope everyone else did too. Cheers Gerry! Wayne”
Report on South Hill Park event, Nov 29th 2013
A big “thank you” to everyone who helped last night. According to Kath it was one of the best attended events they’ve done for ages. More people turned up than expected, probably around 45 in all, and that’s despite there being little publicity. There was a bit of a nail-biting lead-up, as half of our team were stuck on the A329M for ages. I hope your journey home was a lot less stressful. Thanks to Christine, Robert, Peter and Martin, for bravely standing outside in the drizzle until the clouds cleared. And to Mark for bringing two telescopes which we initially displayed indoors. Thanks to Brian and Scott for their excellently judged talks – I hope you could hear the ooh’s and aah’s at the front. Apologies to Rob, Des and Patrick who didn’t get a chance to deliver their talks, as we all trooped outside to do some observing. But never fear, you’re on my list for the next one. One of the SHP Directors came to congratulate Kath at the end, and asked me to pass on his thanks to us all. He hopes we’ll do it again some time. Best wishes, Chris (RAS Sec’)