MaDDOGs Mad May Meet-up!

I must admit , when it started raining at tea time…I was seriously beginning to doubt whether we had made the right decision to meet up last night, after postponing the Bank Holiday date….but what a night! The forecast promised patches of clear but when we went into the grounds to view the skies…WOW! Wall to wall clear skies!
We began the evening with a catch up, followed by Nigel sharing his notebook with memorable astronomical adventures dating right back into his early days! Newspaper cuttings, flyers and promotional material all collected over the space of over 30 years sparked some fabulous conversation…and as always, Nigel always has extremely interesting stories to tell!
After lively discussions covering space exploration, life in the universe and how we all started our adventures into astronomy we were beckoned by a very excited Ben who had gone out to set up his scope…declaring that the skies were AMAZING!!!!
The rest of the night was spent viewing the amazing skies with lots of visual star hopping, observing a magnificent Jupiter and Moons and discussing our favourite constellations and celestial objects.
We weren’t even deterred when the local neighbour’s security light went on …Nigel taking the perfect opportunity for some fun shadow photography!
Overall our spirits were very high as it was our first observation session in a long time. We certainly got our Astro-mojos back last night.
Watch this space for our next gathering plans. We are all very enthusiastic about having impromptu meet ups when the skies allow…we only have a few weeks before dark skies leave us for the summer…
We welcome everyone to join us, no matter what your ability…and there is always a scope, or binoculars to share!
So until next time…..Clear skies! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

All photos by Nigel Bradbury