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PICKERINGS PASTURE VISITORS CENTRE

WIDNES

ASTRONOMY EVENING

FRIDAY 4 MARCH 2005

7:30 PM 9:30 PM

Members of the Liverpool Astronomical Society, (founded in 1881), will display several telescopes for viewing Saturn, Jupiter and other objects in the night sky, if clear. There will also be an illustrated talk on astronomy.

This event is free, and is open to all members of the public.

For more information contact:-

Pickerings Pasture Visitors Centre 0151 425 4706

Liverpool Astronomical Society

Geoff Regan, Observatory Director 0151 292 7165

Dave Owen, LAS Sidewalk Astronomers 07778 454524

EVENT REPORT - Dave Owen

I arrived at this event at about 19:20, with Geoff Regan and Jim Lawler. Graham Roberts had arrived at about 18:00 to meet the Halton Ranger and set up some direction signs for visitors. Dave Thomson and Steve King were already there, minus the 30 inch TROK Dosonian, which is currently undergoing some refinements that could not be completed in time for this event.

Dave Thomson and a few others helped me set up my 16 inch Dobsonian and we got some good views of Saturn, M42, M43, and NGC 2392, before cloud blotted out the last hour. Meanwhile, Geoff Regan entertained a few dozen visitors with a 45 minute slide show.

Jim Stacey set up his 5 inch Maksutov; John Naylor, his 8 inch reflector; Tom green his 6 inch f8 refractor; Dave Bentley his short focus refractor and John Simcock his ETX 90.

Before we packed up for the night we tried out our 16 inch wheelbarrow. Two wooden poles, with wheels on, bolted to the 16 inch Dobsonian. The photos below, tell their own storey. This was the first time we were able to give our new "movement strategy" a full road test. The turning circle was smaller than for my car!

Thanks to Jim Stacey for taking the photos below. Our next Sidewalk adventure ia at Stadt Moers Park on Fri 14 Oct 2005.

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