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WIRRAL COUNTRY PARK

STATION ROAD - ON DEE COAST - WIRRAL

ASTRONOMY EVENING

FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2004 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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

Wirral Ranger Service - 0151 648 4371

Liverpool Astronomical Society

Geoff Regan, Observatory Director - 0151 292 7165

Dave Owen, LAS Sidewalk Astronomers - 07778 454524

EVENT REPORT - Dave Owen

A fairly sunny morning turned into quite a snowy afternoon. However, British weather being very unpredictable it still seemed a good idea to bring the 16 inch Sidewalk Dobsonian to this event. I arrived, with Geoff Regan, at about 18:45. The 16 inch was soon set up on its trolley outside a stepless door. This event had originally been scheduled as a typical LAS Sidewalk Event, ie we expected it to run for only one evening. However, along the way it turned into a two day event.

The Moon and Saturn were well seen in the 16 inch for about 30 minutes but then the cloud closed in. At least we were spared any more snow! Typically, the weather improved quite a lot when we packed off and headed home! As well as the 16 inch, Lew Brown set up his 10 inch reflector; Chris Banks set up his 8.5 inch reflector; John Simcock set up his 8 inch reflector (which he had bought from Geoff Regan); Jim Stacey set up his 5 inch Maksutov; Dave Robinson set up his 4 inch refractor and Dave Bentley set up his 4 inch refractor. Dave Thomson had brought the TROK 30 Dobsonian but decided to wait for better weather on the following evening.

Overall, we estimated that we had about 40 visitors, as well as about 17 LAS members. Those I can remember, (thanks to my PDA notes) were Yvonne West, Sue King, Graham Roberts, Gerard Gilligan and Steve Pitt. Murad Ghorbal and Dave Forshaw presented slide shows in the lecture theatre and Ken Clarke ran the LAS membership/sales desk.

Special thanks to James Locke (Wirral Ranger Service) who was more than helpful to us on both evenings.

Tony Williams has collected pictures, from various people, showing what happened on both evenings. These can be found at the link below:-

http://www.starparty.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Wirral.htm

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