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STADT MOERS VISITOR CENTRE

KNOWSLEY

ASTRONOMY EVENING

FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2003

7:30 PM 9:30 PM

Members of the Liverpool Astronomical Society, (founded in 1881), will display several telescopes for viewing the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn, 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:-

Stadt Moers Visitor Centre 0151 489 1239

Liverpool Astronomical Society

Geoff Regan, Observatory Director 0151 292 7165

Dave Owen, LAS Sidewalk Astronomers 07778 454524

EVENT REPORT - Dave Owen

A poor weather forecast led to a decision not to bring a large telescope to this event. As it turned out, only one brief glimpse of the Moon was possible, until about an hour after this event ended!

Jim Stacey brought along his 5 inch Maksutov which he set up outside, ready to view the Moon if it did decide to put in an appearance. I set up my 6 inch f4 Dobsonian at the front of the meeting room and started a slide show at about 7:45 pm. I said that it would be about the Solar System and would last about 30 minutes. I finally finished with Pluto at about 9:05 pm! There was no time left to do a second slide show featuring objects beyond the Solar System. A good number of questions extended the talk but I will try to watch the clock more carefully in future.

The Ranger, Tony Hearn, provided access to the kitchen so hot coffee was freely available. Jim Stacey was able to take a few photos which, hopefully, will appear on this website soon.

The Liverpool AS Laptop PC proved very useful in displaying photos of other Sidewalk events, including the John Dobson trip to Liverpool in Sep 2002.

LAS members Dave Robinson and Graham Roberts helped me return stuff to the Pex Hill Observatory when we eventually finished just before 10:00 pm. We counted about 12 visitors, not including LAS members or Stadt Moers staff.

Dave Owen

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