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  • #574045
    Andrew Robertson
    Participant

    I’ve just received the latest BAA Journal and note the Christchurch weekend has been set for 7th to 9th September 2018.

    This is rather a shame as it clashes with the largest observing event in the UK, the Autumn Equinox star party at Kelling Heath. Much as though I would have liked to have attended the Christchurch weekend, Kelling wins.

    Andrew

    #579540
    Callum Potter
    Keymaster

    Hi Andrew,

    always difficult scheduling meetings – the calendar gets pretty congested at some times of the year. 

    The annual programme is usually fixed up up to two years in advance, and the Sept meeting is usually the first weekend of Sept.

    Winchester next year is the same weekend as Spring Kelling (only weekend the College is available).

    BTW have penciled in March 23 for the Deep Sky Section meeting next year – assuming there is no major conflicting event. Location TBD.

    Callum

    #579541
    Grant Privett
    Participant

    Hi Callum,

    Where will the DSS meeting be held next year?

    Grant

    #579542
    Callum Potter
    Keymaster

    Hi Grant – currently working on it – will let everyone know once it’s confirmed. Probably Birmingham area, though.

    Cheers. Callum

    #579543
    Grant Privett
    Participant

    Thanks for the headsup.

    #579547
    owen brazell
    Participant

    Your Ok here Callum as Andrew will be in New Zealand and can’t complain about it 🙂 He will be there for Spring Kelling as well so can’t complain about the Winchester social dates either 🙂

    Owen

    #579548
    Peter Carson
    Participant

    Andrew’s right to point out the clash. The choice of a meeting date is never going please everyone but in this case many of the potential attendee’s will choose Kelling…..I’m afraid I will!

    Peter

    #579549
    Andrew Robertson
    Participant

    Hi Callum,

    Thanks for your reply. I do understand the difficulty with bookings especially when using educational establishments for venues. I mention it merely as a reminder to avoid conflict wherever possible. The original date for the Winchester w/e was fine but I know you had to change it through no fault of your own so no problem. March 23rd for the DSS meeting is fine – full moon is on the 21st. As Owen points out I will miss this and Kelling in April 2019 anyway as I’ll be in New Zealand – I’ve booked two new moon periods to maximise my chances of seeing the Southern constellations/stars (I’ve never seen the LMC, SMC, Eta Carina or 47 Tuc – will be taking a travel scope with me.) It will be the first Kelling I’ve missed ever but hopefully will be well worth it. Ironically I would have been back in time for the original Winchester date.

    Re September, this is the one to avoid a new moon event if possible. The Autumn Kelling is invariably over the new moon period in September. About once every 4 years it occurs in the first week in September and occasionally gets pushed into October to avoid school holidays, this year was a close call.

    Regards, Andrew

    #579560
    Nick Atkinson
    Participant

    I am rather surprised you chose Christchurch Junior School as the location, Bournemouth Grammar School for Boys has a lecture theatre that would cater for larger numbers as well as Bournemouth University both more covenient for hotel accomidation

    Nick

    #579564
    David Arditti
    Participant

    The meeting has been organised in collaboration with Wessex Astronomical Society, and they chose the venue. We are dependent on the knowledge and contacts of local societies in organising such meetings, and the results are usually excellent, as I fully expect they will be in this case.

    #579575
    Nick James
    Participant

    Peter – That’s a shame but, as others have said, we have constraints too and so it is not always possible to avoid a clash.

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