Summer Bytes Daylight Astronomy
After last year's highly successful stargazing event, Daylight Astronomy makes a welcome return on Saturday 23 August 2014 at 11am-5pm.
Weather permitting you will be able to see four of the planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mercury. The Moon should be well placed to observe its craters. We will also have special telescopes to let you look at the Sun in perfect safety. As the Sun is quite active at the moment there should be a few sunspots and solar prominences on show. The stars Vega, Arcturus and Capella should be visible too.
All this is possible because of computer guidance and tracking, without which the planets would be almost impossible to find. Once again we will have members of the British Astronomical Association's Radio Group with their radio telescopes picking up meteors and solar flares - and you can even do this if it is pouring with rain!
Talks - booking advisable. They are free once you've paid the small entrance fee to TNMOC.
12:30pm & 2:30pm Daylight Astronomy by John E.G. Savage
Viewing planets and stars (other than the Sun) presents challenges. John Savage's talk reviews pros and cons of daylight astronomy and shows how he met the different challenges presented in setting up his two telescopes to hunt down elusive daylight targets.
Book your free place for 12.30pm Book your free place for 2:30pm
1:30pm & 3:30pm Practical Radio Astronomy for Amateurs by Paul Hyde
Most people think radio astronomy needs large dishes and expensive receivers, but Paul Hyde will show you how to observe the Sun, Jupiter and meteors using relatively simple equipment.
Book your free place for 1:30pm Book your free place for 3:30pm
The event is sponsored by three groups (any of which you can join on the day):
- The British Astronomical Association
- The Milton Keynes Astronomical Society
- Open University Astronomy Club
Even if the weather is unkind, the Radio Telescopes will not be affected, so please do come and also look at the optical telescopes and equipment, talk to the astronomers and be amazed at the technology.