Cloud Competition 2021 – The finalists

Cloud Competition 2021 - The finalists Our inaugural cloud competition for members generate more interest than we had imagined and so once the closing date has passed the entries were split into categories. The judges will be meeting shortly to decide the winners. Clicking on the images will give you a larger version. Most accurate representation of an astronomer’s lot Sunsets & Sunrises The “I know what it is “ Award for cloud identification The “no idea what it’s called but wow” Award Storm Clouds General Clouds ...
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The Perfect Christmas Present

The Perfect Christmas Present

Looking for the perfect Christmas present for the astronomer in your family? Why not give them membership to North Essex Astronomical Society? Membership is just £25 for an indivudial or £35 for a family. We even do a junior membership at £10 Membership entitles you to: access to and full use of our observatory dark site and telescopes our monthly Pulsar e-magazine and other email updates about activities and events reduced door charge for public meetings observing sessions and workshops helping out at our many public and private outreach events members-only events, meetings, activities, informal trips to the pub and organised meals and curry nights affiliate membership of the Society for the History of Astronomy It's easy to join too. You can do it all online and pay via Paypal or BACs. Do it now and cross one thing off your to-do list. And if you want to drop a subtle hint to someone in your family that this would be a good present, why not...
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BBC Inside Out Films at Observatory

BBC Inside Out Films at Observatory

UPDATE - Here's the footage: On Wednesday afternoon we welcomed BBC presenter David Whiteley to the observatory in order to film some footage for the current affairs programme Inside Out.  The programme will feature a story segment about the radio astronomy pioneers of Cambridge and is also tied in with Stargazing Live. The show will be broadcast on Monday 16th January at 7:30pm on BBC1, so look out for us. (Unfortunately most of us will be taking part in Stargazing Live events on that night, so we'll have to check it out on iPlayer!) ...
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The Ten Commandments for Amateur Astronomers

1. Thou shalt have no white light before thee, behind thee, or to the side of thee whilst sharing the night sky with thy fellow stargazers. 2. Thou shalt not love thy telescope more than thy spouse or thy children; as much as, maybe, but not more. 3. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s telescope, unless it exceeds in aperture or electronics twice that of your own. 4. Thou shalt not read “Astronomy Now” or “Sky at Night” on company time, for thine employer makes it possible to continue thine astronomy hobby. 5. Thou shalt have at least two telescopes so as to keep thy spouse interested when the same accompanies thee under the night sky or on eclipse expeditions to strange lands where exotic wild animals doth roam freely. 6. Thou shalt not allow either thy sons or thy daughters to get married during the Holy Days of Astrofest. 7. Thou shalt not reveal to thy spouse the true cost of thy telescope collection; only...
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