NEW DAY TO MEET!

After a good catch up at last night’s meet up it was agreed by all that Mondays were becoming increasingly difficult due to shift work and other group gatherings/ commitments. Therefore we are going to move our MaDDOG regular meets to a Wednesday! As Bonfire Night is very near to the next meeting we are moving that to Wednesday 14th November to give the skies chance to be rid of that smoky haze!!

Hope to see you all then and if you are reading this and have never been to our meet ups …please come! All are welcome no matter what the ability! If the skies are cloudy we can do a scope workshop or help with any equipment worries you have! We usually have our local astronomy expert Nigel on hand to give a great guide to the stars and planets visible and the skies are getting darker earlier so we always like to see younger folk too! So see you next month!

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Until then…clear skies!

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Maddogs Meet Again!

After the summer break hope to see you all Monday 1st October! If as many of you can make it that will be great…so we can plan the future of our little observing group. Come with ideas!!! See you all at the Plough Inn on Monday!

Update for September Meet

Looks like September is not a good time for many…. so if you are happy to still meet at the Plough then that please do. Otherwise next meet up first Monday of October when we will have a planning meeting for the future of Maddogs . Thank you all ⭐️🌙🌙🌙

September Meet up

Are there any MaDDOGs free to meet up this Monday 3rd September at the Plough Inn , Two Dales? All welcome…especially new members !!! We are a very friendly bunch!

Last Meet up before Summer!

Hiya MaDDOGs!

We are meeting tomorrow night at the Plough as our last one before the summer break. Doesn’t look too promising for observing but it would be great to get together for a social and make plans for the darker nights in Autumn!

As always new members are most welcome just to meet the group, have some Astro chat and share ideas for future meet ups!

See you all in The Plough 7.30pm tomorrow (Monday) night ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

May Meet Up

Due to many members not being able to make tonight because of the Bank Holiday Madness we will be meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday) as the forecast is still great! It would be such a shame to waste those skies!

So see you Tuesday 8th May 7.30pm in The Plough, Two Dales for all things astro! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

We will also meet next Monday 14th for those who can’t make tomorrow night!

April Meeting

As it is Easter Monday this month (and it is a shocking forecast!! ) we will postpone the meeting to next Monday 9th April 7.30pm in the Plough at Two Dales. Hope to see you all there!

February Meet Up

Hello MaDDOGs! Hope you have all enjoyed the festivities…how long ago does that seem?

Although we have had some cracking glimpses of great skies recently…true to form the forecast is looking ropey for our first meet of 2018 but hopefully everyone is up for a social and maybe plan some spontaneous observing sessions – weather permitting?

So planning to meet at the Plough, Two Dales on Monday night , 7.30pm. …and , who knows, the skies may just be kind! 😉