WDAS Subs 2017

It’s almost that time of year again – society subscription renewal for the coming year.  Rates will be kept at 2016 levels: [Read more about WDAS Subs 2017]

Night Scenes 2017

We are now taking orders for Night Scenes 2017.  We have actually ordered 22 copies in the end, so if you want to reserve a copy please let Mark know.  We don’t have to remind you how excellent, and indispensable the almanac is, so don’t delay.  Price will be £4.00 to paid up members (it actually retails in outlets at £7.00) non members £5.50p. [Read more about Night Scenes 2017]

Mark at the Museum

Nice to be back at the museum for a lecture, well at least Mark was; he was giving the lecture to the Whitby Naturalist Society.  Mark had been asked some time ago to give a talk about the night sky, and his chosen subject was the diversity of celestial objects astronomers observe.  It was slightly odd giving a talk on a Saturday afternoon... [Read more about Mark at the Museum]

Fylingthorpe Event

Andy L, Keith and Mark hosted a star party for a charity function organised by Maggie Keating of Ferndene house, Fylingthorpe.  The event was to raise funds for the Brighter Futures charity – helping educate children in parts of Africa... [Read more about Fylingthorpe Event]

Christmas Meal 2016

After discussions at last month’s meeting, it looks like we are bound for the Hare and Hounds once again for this year’s Christmas bash. 

It has been provisionally booked for December 9th for 19:30h.  12 places are up for grabs.  The menu is with these notes and on the website.  If you could let Mark know your choices as soon as possible it would be much appreciated.

  [Read more about Christmas Meal 2016]

Leeds Astromeet 2016

Not long now to the 2016 Leeds Astromeet which is on Saturday November 12th, at Leeds University The date for your diary is Saturday November 12th, usual venue- Leeds University, Clothworkers Hall – Doors are open from 09:00h with lectures starting at 10:00h. [Read more about Leeds Astromeet 2016]

Following the toppling of the Whitby museum dictator, and the restoration of sanity (and hopefully all amenities) we shall discuss at the forthcoming October monthly meeting whether it is viable to return, but... [Read more about Paul Money Lecture Update & Night Scenes 2016]

  • Mark's talk for the Whitby Lit & Phil on "The Autumn night sky"
  • Star Party to raise funds for the ‘Brighter Futures’ charity, helping African children get an education
  • Possibly a couple more star party events during October.

Mark managed an unscheduled sole star party event one Friday, which turned out to be quite successful.  It has to be said though that for one reason or another, our summer star party season seems to have been a struggle... [Read more about Unscheduled September 2016 Events on West Cliff]

The following evening (3rd) was scheduled to be the Hook’s house camp site star party, however conditions were decidedly incompatible to any form of event, so it was postponed for a week.  The 10th our contingency date, turned out to be far more conducive for a star party.  Skies were almost as clear as Westerdale, the big difference being the moon, a full half, so natural light pollution was more evident.  Five members had made it across, and with 5 scopes set up, there was enough instrument ‘eye candy’ to attract the campers from a pretty full campsite. [Read more about Hook’s House Events 2016]