WDAS Members Observing Evening Guidance

Document Rev 2, March 2023

Date of Observing evening: as advised separately.
Location: Chorlton Golf Club, M21 7JJ

WDAS Members are warmly invited to a ‘Naked Eye’ observing session at our dark(er) sky venue. Previous events were well attended, and the weather was glorious, so fingers crossed that this favourable weather continues!

On arrival members will be greeted in the golf club car parking area and be asked to sign into the session. When the majority of the planned attendees have arrived the group will be guided to the observing area to the south of the clubhouse. Late arrivals will be met in the car park and be directed to the observing area.

There will be some red torches available to support your night vision adjustment – you are welcome to bring your own. Please avoid regular white light torches/ phones etc.

N.B. Members will be made aware of some of the areas of uneven ground.

There may be one or two larger telescopes that will be set up to view various objects of interest. You are welcome to bring along your own binoculars and telescope that you are familiar with using. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to support people to set up equipment on this evening. There will also be a few pairs of binoculars to share.

The observing session will be led by one or more members of the committee. They will give a brief talk (approx. 10 minutes) to the assembled group about the visible night sky and point out and explain objects of interest. Those speaking may have their backs to the group whilst pointing out objects of interest. To assist the speakers, members are asked to save any questions, private conversations and interruptions until the talk and explanation is finished.

A laser pointer will NOT be used for identifying objects of interest. Attendees are asked to NOT bring along or use their own laser pointers. Note that this approach derives from an initial review of the Federation of Astronomical Society’s guidance on the use of laser pointers.

To ensure that this event is as safe as possible we would like to know who is coming along. Please reply within the ‘Observing Group WDAS’ WhatsApp group, preferably by lunchtime of the day of the observing session. The session is primarily for members of WDAS. Friends who are interested in joining the society would also be welcome. Please include their names on your reply.

*All observing sessions are weather dependent and may be cancelled at short notice

Cancellations or updates will be posted on ‘Observing Group WDAS’ WhatsApp group. Please be advised that this group is for WDAS Members. Membership details can be found on the WDAS website or ask a member of the committee.

Kind regards WDAS Committee.

This page last checked & updated: Sunday, 16 April 2023