Star Gazing at Great Notley 9th December 2017

Star Gazing at Great Notley 9th December 2017

The Star Gazing event at Great Notley will be going ahead tonight (9th December) from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Hope to see you there but wrap up warmly as it will be cold (three pairs of socks weather). Full details of how to get there and other useful/important information are available here: https://www.northessexastro.co.uk/great-notley-information/ https://www.northessexastro.co.uk/events/star-gazing-at-great-notley-dec17/...
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Adventures in Kelling, Autumn 2017

Adventures in Kelling, Autumn 2017

Kelling Heath Holiday Park in North Norfolk has stunning night skies due to the very low levels of light pollution. As a result, they hold twice yearly star parties which are attended by hundreds of astronomers from all over the country. The event held during September each year is thought to be the largest star party in Europe. North Essex Astronomical Society members view it as a highlight of the year and a must-do! Here are some pictures from the 2017. (Editors note: We asked for words but apparently what happens in Kelling stays in Kelling!)   ...
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Pride of Place for Stuart Grainger

Pride of Place for Stuart Grainger

Earlier in the year we told you the sad news of the loss of Stuart Grainger. Stuart's commitment  and dedication to the society is beyond compare  (you can read more about Stuart here) and those of us who are regulars attendees at the observatory on Thursday night are sure that as well as us missing him,  "astro-dog" Smudge still misses him and his laser pen. We recently put up a picture of Stuart so we can see his friendly face every time we go out of the door and onto the patio to gaze at the night sky. Stuart - your one more year of being involved at the observatory has been extended for just a bit longer....
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Stuart Grainger, 1935–2017

It is with great sadness that NEAS announces the loss of our good friend and Observatory Director, Stuart Grainger, at the age of 81. Stuart had been a member for some 17 years, and served on the committee for much of that, being instrumental in helping to shape the society into the organisation it is today. Every year for the past 5–6 years he had announced he would retire from his role, only to decide to carry on for "just one more year". His passion and commitment to the society were second to none. Anyone who has attended one of our public lectures, stargazing nights at Great Notley, or school or scout group outreach events is likely to have met Stuart, who continued to attend virtually every one of these up until very recently when ill health prevented him (reluctantly, we might add!) from doing so. Stuart worked tirelessly to keep our observatory running smoothly, often carrying out maintenance and repairs himself, and was always...
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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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Les Sayer MBE DSM (1915 – 2008)

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of our Society president and good friend Les Sayer. Les lived a varied and textured life. He served as a Telegraphist Air Gunner (TAG) of the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, flying in the Fairey Swordfish. TAGs were responsible for providing Morse code communications as well as protecting the aircraft with a machine gun. While stationed on the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious in 1941, he took part in the final , vital attack on the German battleship Bismark. His squadron were part of the first wave which crippled the famous ship with torpedo bombing. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for the part he played. This and other memoirs were featured in the book "Tag On A Stringbag" which Les co-wrote. You can find out more about these remarkable aircraft at the Navy Wings charity. Upon leaving the Navy, Les spent over thirty years in a...
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