THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON FOR SATURDAY EVENING
We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Saturday 23rd February from 7.30pm until around 11pm. As with all observing events, we will only go ahead if weather conditions allow, and a “go/no-go” decision will be made on the day of the event.
The main target will be the constellation of Orion, which will be well visible in the south at our start time. At 7.30pm, the Orion Nebula (M42) will be over 30 degrees high in the south, so easily visible to telescopes and binoculars. The Pleiades (M45) will be nearly 60 degrees high in the southwest, which should make a particularly attractive target for us to view. Mars and Uranus are the only planets on display in the evening, so we will also attempt to view these objects, though Uranus will be tough to view low down in the west. The Moon will rise at around 9.30pm, so will provide a nice target for the end of our viewing session. There will be plenty of other objects to view, and we will be happy to try and view any personal favourites of visitors.
If you are new to observing and have a telescope that you need assistance with, please arrive before 7pm, so that we can find time to assist you before the main event begins. There should be someone on-site from 6.30pm onwards.
We will have at least three scopes available at the session, but please feel free to come along with your own. The more the merrier!
Though the temperature is predicted to be around 10°C, Blackheath is quite exposed, so you are advised to wrap-up warm.
We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 7.30pm. Talbot Place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm. A map of the site can be found here – http://flamsteed.info/observing/stargazing-events/blackheath-stargazing/ .