Observers’ Workshop – Solar, Aurora & NLC, and Deep Sky

Saturday 12th Oct 201908:00

Organisers: Lyn Smith, Sandra Brantingham and Callum Potter
Co-Host Inverclyde Skywatchers

Featuring BAA Solar, Aurora and Deep Sky Sections

This Workshop is aimed at the amateur astronomer with some prior knowledge of the featured subjects wishing to enhance their knowledge/skills

In the morning we have two key-note talks from leading researchers. In the afternoon sessions with experienced amateur astronomers – experts in their fields.




Registration – tea/coffee


BAA President Opens Meeting – Callum Potter


Inverclyde Skywatchers – Marion McNeill


Our Magnetic Star & Solar Flares – Dr Natasha Jeffrey Glasgow University


Deep Views of the Low Surface Brightness Peripheries of Galaxies – Prof Annette Ferguson, University of Edinburgh




Lunch is not provided. A bistro is located on the ground floor of the venue and other eating establishments are within walking distance.



In the afternoon there are three session tracks:


Afternoon sessions start at 13:45


Aurora & NLC

Deep Sky

13:45 Update on the current solar cycle – Lyn Smith

14:15 Bi-Polar Magnetic Regions – Kevin Kilburn

14:45 How to Image the Sun in Three Wavelengths – Sheri Lynn Karl

13:45 The Aurora – Sandra Brantingham

14:30 Noctilucent Cloud – Ken Kennedy

13:45 Deep Sky Observing Programmes – Callum Potter

14:30 Charts, Catalogues, and Software Tools for the Deep Sky Observer – Owen Brazell

15:15 Break for afternoon tea or coffee

15:45 Hi-resolution Solar Imaging – Gary Palmer

16:15 Non-visual Detection of Solar Flares – John Cook

15:45 Coronal Mass Ejections, Venus and Mars – Dr Richard McKim

16:15 STEVE – Sandra Brantingham

15:45 Using Remote Telescopes – Callum Potter

 16:15 Visual Observing Hints and Tips – Owen Brazell


The tracks will now join together for the final session

16:45 Q & A with afternoon’s speakers

17:00 Feedback & Close.

Programme may change without notice


The Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ

google map code for website

Booking Information

This meeting is open to all – whether a BAA member or not.

The admission price is £6.00, including refreshments, but not lunch.

Booking for this meeting has now closed.