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The Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory
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We encourage members who have a particular interest to set up a society wide project.
All projects will be considered for funding by the society - so please do put forward your ideas.
If you are a member and would like to take part in one of the projects listed below please speak to the project lead or the Chairman Simon Dawes if no lead is designated.
Help rebuild what was once the most productive amateur variable star observatory in the UK.
Help improve our observatory dome so it rotates automatically.
Source and install a sky camera at the observatory, so we can see the weather / cloud cover potentially expand into or create a fireball network to help triangulate fireballs and potentially locate a meteor.
Build a MET office approved weather station, submit data to weather service & conduct own science based on local weather conditions data gathered.
VLF Solar Monitor
Create a Raspberry Pi derived VLF monitoring station that can be set-up, run for minimal cost and require minimal user data crunching to get results. Use VLF frequencies to monitor the Sun & report data on SIDS automatically to website and BAA RAG.
Meteor counting using radio
Create a Raspberry Pi derived Meteor monitoring station that can be set-up and run for minimal cost and require minimal user data crunching to get results. Report results automatically to websites and BAA meteor section.
Convert the 200mm F8 tube we have into a Dobsonian telescope for the society to use.
Review, sort and sell the antique books the society owns to create a fund for society projects.
Find a home for the Hewitt archive, digitise the archive and put on-line for open access.
Build a radio dish for the society and find a location to site it.
Light Pollution Monitor
Create a solution for monitoring light pollution at the observatory and the local area. Plan and run the programme for the use of this equipment.
Variable Star Section
Coordinate the membership to monitor targets and report them to the BAA VSS.
Coordinate the membership to monitor targets and report them to the BAA Lunar section.
Crayford Light Pollution catalogue
Create a catalogue of objects suitable to view for the Dartford area and for different equipment that members can use. Only include objects that have been observed from the area.
Double Star Section
Create a double star section, coordinate the membership to monitor targets and report them to the BAA double star section.
Create a spectroscopy section & coordinate the membership to measure targets.
A metal box is to be inserted into the cavity space of the observatory walls. A breeze block has been removed to insert it. All that is needed now is for someone to select items for it and organise its insertion.
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