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Welcome to the November Bulletin.

Hi Everyone,

I’ve tried to lay the November Bulletin out in a slightly different format to the usual, so that it’s not just one huge block of text. Please let me know your thoughts on it.  Enjoy.

Martin

EGM – 1st Dec 2017
Following the recent successful application for charitable status, we need to hold an EGM in order to fulfil the criteria laid down by the Charity Commission guidelines.  We need to vote in a board of trustees who will be responsible for the overseeing of society affairs.
This will take place at the start of the meeting on December 1st.  Further details will be sent out in a separate email very soon.
Star Parties
The next Knavesmire Star Party will be on Thursday November 23rd at 7pm.  All are welcome, with or without a telescope.
1000th Meeting – September 2018
Our 1000th meeting is coming up next year and St Peter’s School have said they are happy to host it for us.  We are still looking for a confirmed speaker, but the current front runner is Dr Lucie Green.
New Editor Required
We are still on the lookout for a new editor of the monthly bulletins.  It’s a fairly simple job and you’ll get support from the committee. Do let us know if you are interested.
Visit to Mullard, Cambridge
A society trip has been arranged for Saturday April 14th next year to the Mullard Radio Astronomy Centre in Cambridge.  Places are limited to 40 people. We will travel down in as few cars as possible, visit the centre and probably go for a meal before returning home.  If you’d like to come along then secure your place by seeing Michael Reakes at meetings with a £5 deposit.
Rules are: no deposit – no place.
Observatory
After recent successful events at the observatory, Mike Terzza will be organising some further observing and inductions sessions for anyone who wishes to come along. Free to all members.  Look out for further details.
Alternatives Venues?
Some of you will have noticed that the old sodium streetlights on Knavesmire Road have recently been replaced with brighter LED ones, and despite us sending a polite letter to York City Council asking for them to install suitable cowling on the ones near our observing site, nothing is being done.
We are therefore asking for suggestions for alternative venues from the membership.  A new site would need around ten parking spots, a possible place that a minibus could park (even temporarily),  darkish skies, good accessibility and not be too far away from civilisation.  If you have any ideas, please let the committee know. There is no hurry for this. We are just looking at options at present.
Last Month’s Events – October
Public outreach in October was very successful with events at Castle Howard Arboretum (pictured above) and National Trust Fountains Abbey. In both cases we had a good range (size and price) of telescopes for the public to use alongside talks and interactive demonstrations using the laptop and projector. At the arboretum the weather was brilliant, but at Fountains we were only treated to views of the Moon in between steadily advancing clouds.  Nonetheless we had some great feedback from all that attended.  Thanks to all the YAS volunteers for their time and efforts.
October 6th was the York AS AGM.  Reports from the last year were given and the committee members were re-elected. The only change this time round was that Steve Sawyer stood down from the Committee and Andrew Stephenson came on board. Many thanks to Steve for his contributions.  So, the Committee now looks like this:
  • Chairman:   Martin Whipp
  • Secretary:   Derek Farmer
  • Treasurer:   Simon Howard
  • Meeting Secretary:  Andrew Stephenson (assisted by Paul Buglass)
  • Members:   Paul Buglass, Hazel Collett, Michael Reakes, Mike Terzza, Paul Thornley
October 20th was “The Future of the Universe” by Dr James Mullaney of Sheffield University.  This talk featured very few images and was described by some as a cross between a Radio 4 documentary and a poetry recital.  Those that attended very much enjoyed it.
Coming Up in November

Friday November 3rd “Observing Distant Objects” by Gain Lee
Gain Lee, of Huddersfield AS is well known to many members of York AS because he is a regular at the Kielder Star Camps. He has an entertaining and informative style and this talk will be no exception, discussing the limits of what the amateur astronomer can expect to see with their own telescope.

Friday November 17th “Arlington Cemetery and the National Air and Space Museum” By Martin Dawson
In the second part of his “Trilogy in four parts” our very own Martin Dawson will be talking to us about astronauts that are no longer with us, and showing us some of the vehicles that they used during their service.

Thursday November 23rd Public Star party on the Knavesmire. 7pm onwards. All welcome

Friday November 24th Public outreach night at Boothferry Primary School, Goole. Dave Armeson is doing the talk, but extra members with telescopes would be welcome.

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