York Astro member Martin Dawson, has sent us a copy of the Society’s newsletter from 1974, two years after the Society was formed. Although the newsletter was printed on old technology with hand drawn illustrations, the topics covered would be familiar to members now; reports on recent talks, what’s to be observed that month and progress with the observatory. Back then, meetings were held at the Railway Institute and planning permission for the observatory had been obtained, plus the Society has acquired a 12.5″ reflecting telescope – wonder what happened to that.Continue reading
Inclement weather threatened us at the start of the day, but it eventually turned sunny. There was a good turnout of volunteers and a number of tasks completed. After setting the world to rights we started work. We were refuelled at lunchtime by some great bacon and sausage baps from Angela.Continue reading
Talk by David Cook at Priory Street, 1 March 2019.
There is more to sundials than things plonked in a garden on screwed to a church wall and you would be surprised how accurate they can be.Continue reading
People in York (well, those prepared to be up through the night) were rewarded with a spectacular view of the lunar eclipse on Monday morning. I feel sorry for some I know who got up through the night and see clouds, only to go back to bed to miss the spectacle when they cleared. York Astro members were busy posting their photographs to social media and Martin Dawson had a photo selected for the York Press lunar eclipse gallery and then with a front page picture and accreditation for him and the Society. Continue reading
As 2019 dawns we are already witnessing some amazing astronomical events – the New Horizons encounter with Ultima Thule and the China mission Chang’e 4.
2018 ended for YAS with our observatory relocated to Beetle Bank Farm and work under way to recommission.
End of an Era
The YAS Rufforth Observatory is no more!
The remaining PortaKabin unit has been dismantled and suitable materials recovered for recycling or appropriate disposal. The remaining rotted wood has been burnt. Here you can see Martin Whipp in nostalgic mood watching the burning embers – Martin was there at the beginning and at the end.
October in Brief…..
AGM and Informal, A Moving Experience, Knavesmire Exceeds and Honest Stargazing
October 5th Meeting #1002 AGM and Informal
The AGM was the first proper general meeting since becoming a charity. There were just four items of business:
- Minutes of AGM 1st December, 2017
- Trustees’ Annual Report
- Trustees’ Annual Financial Report
- Trustee Elections
Disappointment, Pride, Frantic, Tension, Emotional, Fantastical and Cloudy. Just seven words that sum up September for YAS
Thursday, September 6th
We learn that the Planning Officer is recommending refusal for our planning application for the move of the Observatory to Beetle Bank Farm. It is disappointing that they do no recognise the special circumstances for locating in the Green Belt.
Update – the Council did approve our application and we have now moved to Beetle Bank. Work is underway to get our two main telescopes back up and we will update you on progress.
We’d love to show you Astronomical views such as this Orion Nebula over winter, but it is looking possible that York Council may not let us. Continue reading
It’s nearly here. The new season with so much to look forward to and challenges ahead
The 1000th Meeting!
After a lot of planning and some ups and downs, the YAS 1000th meeting will take place this coming Friday, 7th September at 19:00 . Don’t forget that, as a YAS member, you do not need a ticket but non members do and they can be obtained free of charge from St Peter’s.
There will be 4 short lectures showcasing the best of YAS and a free buffet. Enormous thanks to St Peter’s School for hosting this event for us.