We are in the very fortunate position, once again, to offer Flamsteed members the opportunity of viewing the dark sky over Romney. Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Tuesday 18 September.
As per our last Romney observing evening in March, we will also doing some astrophotography on the evening. If members would like to bring their own equipment, they are welcome to do so. You should be familiar with the operation of your camera and a camera tripod would also be advisable, if you have one available.
For the benefit of newer members, Martin’s observatory (a shed, but not as most of us know sheds) is very well equipped including a permanently mounted 14-inch SCT and a smaller refractor with CCD camera. Martin himself is a very knowledgeable observer, who can not only show people round the lollipops of the sky with his own kit, but also help anyone struggling to master their own. The skies in darkest Kent really are a treat on a clear night and make the journey well worthwhile. It is also quicker to get there than you might think from the map – allow 50 minutes from the start of the M20. It is not practical to get there by public transport so we arrange car sharing where possible.
We put a limit of six attendees, to allow everyone a reasonable time at the eyepiece, so you do need to reserve a place in advance.