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BAA Winchester Residential Weekend 2010

2010-04-09 to 2010-04-11

Once again Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society has taken part in the BAA Winchester Weekend, with 14 members in attendance.

We continued the tradition of extending the weekend a little by taking a leisurely drive to Winchester via the Coach and Horses for lunch and after eating far too much (something that is a common theme over the weekend - the food was great) we arrived at Sparsholt College early afternoon.

The weekend consisted of 12 official lectures, all of a quality we would recognise at the advanced astronomy class, and 5 ‘members section’ lectures, the traditional open forum for BAA members to show off their latest telescope, images or theory, which although sometimes unpredictable was on this occasion very good.

Lectures included:

Living with a Star: Dr Chris Davis Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
DSLR Astrophotography: Tony Morris BAA
Moving Astronomy into the 21st Century: Adrian West, Newbury Astronomical Society
The Violently Variable High Energy Universe: Prof. Ian McHardy, Southampton University

BAA Solar Section Meeting

Introduction and summary of activity: Lyn Smith BAASolar Section Director
Three Sides to the Sun – Practical Imaging with Amateur Telescopes: Nick Howes Freelance Writer Astronomy Now
Some White Light Observations on the Solar limb: Zbig Pacult, Solar Section Member
Solar Geography & Helio Viewer: Peter Meadows, Solar Section Member

The Alfred Curtis Memorial Lecture

The Accelerating Universe: Prof. Bob Lambourne, Open University

Imaging Planets: Chris Hooker, Newbury Astronomical Society
Observing the Moon: Prof. Bill Leatherbarrow, BAALunar Section Professor
Cataclysmic Variables – Amateur Observations: Gary Poyner & Dr Jeremy Shears, BAAVariable Star Section

Members Session:

CfDS Update
Solar Observing Equipment
Imaging the ISS (How to)

Rita bought along her PST solar scope, and this showed a huge prominence and many smaller prominences on Friday and Saturday and we were also rewarded with some Sun dogs!

Although other members had bought along their telescopes the cloud prevented an observing session in the evening - so we were forced to the student bar - which had some kegs of real ale bought in especially for the occasion (no student prices however!)

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