3rd March 2014 – Meeting

We started with a round-up by Simon White on the interesting conjunctions of planets coming up in March. If the sky clears for a few nights, there will be some good photo opportunities. One of the new sections on the website is to cover up-coming astronomical events, so you will be able to find details there.

This meeting was our AGM, postponed from February for Nick Howes excellent talk on Comets. The existing committee are all willing to stand for another year, and no-one at the meeting volunteered to replace them, so we go on as we are.

Stuart Atkinson thanked members for their support last year, and explained his plans for an AstroFest event in the autumn. This will involve observing events, lectures, an exhibition and perhaps some films. All the members of the Society need to be prepared to actively support the AstroFest if it is to go ahead.

Simon White gave the annual Treasurer’s report. We are in good shape financially, with 50 paid-up members and slightly more income than expenses. This is mainly because our speakers so rarely accept the money to cover their costs! But the meeting agreed that it was wise to hold a surplus against future expenses, and it was agreed to keep the subscriptions at £20 per year (£10 concessions).

The EAS website has long been in need of updating, and so I proposed moving to this WordPress format, which will allow all the members of EAS to post messages and comments, and upload any photos, interesting links or general snippets that they want to share. Any comments to me at hodgson_elizabeth@hotmail.com.

Next we had a presentation from Stuart Atkinson about the Kielder Star Camp last week. The weather was very mixed, but they did get a chance to see the aurora on the Thursday night. There is a full account of the Kielder Star Camp on Stuart’s blog.

Finally Steve Day of the Castle Head Field Centre spoke about the possibilities of using their observing facilities. The Centre is quite close to Kendal and has dark skies to the north, but it is private land and people wishing to use it would need to make some sort of prior arrangement with the Centre.

Liz Hodgson