Wednesday February 13 8:00pm


Images of the Universe - Part 3


Paul Money


Astronomy has produced the most amazing sights, which have been captured using telescopes both on the ground and out in space. The Ring Nebula, Saturn, the Pleiades, the Pillars of Creation and much, much more. Paul Money discusses a selection of his favourite images.


As far back as Paul can recall he used to look up at the night sky and just gaze in wonderment at all the twinkling points of light without really understanding what they actually were.  Things advanced, and in 1993 he may have become the first person from Britain to achieve the “Messier Marathon” - observing all the objects in the Messier Catalogue in a single night.




In 2012 he was awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award


What is in the sky for the next few weeks


Following the above talk we will have a short comfort break then Martin Weston will talk us through what to look out for should we get a chance to take our telescopes outside.


Have a look at Terry's Sky Notes too which gives news about up and coming events.

Radio Astronomy


Those blooming clouds get in the way but have you ever thought about radio astronomy?


An idea was floated by one of our members who is interested in this area but is not too sure where to start.  Maybe there are others of you who feel the same so perhaps you could get together and have a chat about it sometime.  This was how our HAGAS group started to why not a HAGRAS?


Press the button if you are interested.

Meetings held at:

The View (Formerly Fairway Tavern)

Panshanger Golf Complex

Old Herns Lane,

Welwyn Garden City,



Tel:01707 336007

Membership details:


● £20 per year*


● Non-members £3.50 first 3 meetings  then annual membership subscription due pro rata for remaining meetings.


● Free to under-18s and full-time students. Proof of status may be required


● Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

What happens at our meetings?


Doors open at 7:00 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar.


Following welcome announcements we have a guest speaker who speaks on the subject of the evening for about 45 - 60 minutes.  This is followed by questions relating to the talk.


Announcements about forthcoming events follow.


You can then choose from the following activities:


1. If the weather is clear telescopes and binoculars brought by members are set up outside for some observation.  Members doing so will be pleased to share their scopes with others.


2.  Learn about what will be coming into view in the next few weeks with an extra talk at 9:30.


3. If you need help with some equipment then now is your chance to bring it in.  Others in our club will be more than willing to help you.  Don’t be shy, we get just as excited about a telescope bought at the charity shop for £20 as we do one costing many times more.


4. Just socialise with others - about anything!


We look forward to seeing you.  No need to book - just turn up.


Proposed Programme for 2018-19

(Subject to Change)

September 12th

Roger O'Brien

'oumuamua and other things out there

October 10th

*Mark Thompson

(note change of speaker)

The Bayfordbury Observatory

November 14th

Martin Braddock

Artificial Gravity

December 12th

Alice Sheppard

Galaxy Zoo

January 9th

Martin Hardcastle

Surveying the sky for radio galaxies

*Note: this event is being held in:

Millstream Room, Tewin Bury Farm

February 13th

Paul Money

Images of the Universe - Part 3

March 13th

Alistair Scott

Britain in Space

April 10th

John Timmins

Telescope Choices

May 8th

Bob Marriott

Silver-on-Glass Revolution and AGM

June 12th

Jerry Stone

Apollo 11 - 50 years on the Moon