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August meeting at the Observatory 2018!

As is the norm now, during the school holidays when our meeting room is not available to us, Val kindly invites us to have our meeting at the Observatory. This year many new and established members took the opportunity to visit and the members of the astronomical society were happy once again to help us star gaze using their fantastic equipment.

Peter G0DZB was an early arrival and by the time many arrived had already set up a portable station with 3 simple fibregalass whips a simple dipole and a table to hold his equipment, which all neatly packs away into the car.

Newer members in particular were very interested to see the results achieved with such a minmal and easy to set up station with one in particular going back several times to increase his knowledge of al things portable.

The CRA Chair, Barry M0LWM, held an impromptu meeting and thanked everyone for coming along. He also offered his thanks to Val who invited us to the observatory and also laid on a lovely buffet for us complete with scrummy cakes made by one of the members of the North Essex Astronomical Society, who were also thanked for showing us around.

As the darkness descended it was clear to see why the observatory was so successful in its present location with jyst the smallest amount of light pollution sjowing in the distance ftom a nearby town. Society members placed a pier mounted telescope in the patio area for CRA members to stargaze, a brilliant opportunity.

Club members were also given the opportunity to see the main telescope housed in the observatory and given an insight into the workings and capabilities of the Celestron 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and the 16" GOTO Dobsonian reflector.

The evening drew to a close around 9.30 and following a great evening, members made their way home leaving the members of the astronomical society in peace gazing skyward.

Thanks to all for a very pleasant evening.
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