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September 2022 Schedule

 

All workshops, talks & quizzes are included in your admission, but please note that this programme is provisional so events and times may change. Please check back before attending

En route to Cwmdu, you can listen to the Awesome Astronomy podcast! Just look for ‘Awesome Astronomy’ on iTunes or go to awesomeastronomy.com

Saturday 24th September

13:00  Arrive at campsite, pitch up & set up 
15:00 Meet & Greet. Come to the gazebo on The Common to meet new friends, share stories & a drink or two
17:30 Collimation: Schmidt-Cassegrain Tutorial – Paul Williamson
 

Time: 1 hour
Equipment: None (own telescope optional)
Location: The Common

21:00 Live Sky Tour - Paul Hill
 

Equipment: None (own telescope/binoculars optional)
Location: The Common, Bob the Dob
Rain/Cloud: A digital sky tour under the gazebo

Paul Hill is an expert science communicator and highly skilled practical astronomer – one of the few that shuns these new-fangled tracking telescopes, preferring to dance across the cosmos by his own guiding hand. Using his almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the night sky, Paul will take you on a tour of the best objects available to view this Astrocamp. Feel free to gaze in wonder with the naked-eye, or join in with your binoculars or telescope.

Sunday 25th September

13:00 Professor Mike Edmunds – “The Antikythera Mechanism”
 

Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Equipment: Chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Professor Edmunds is Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Cardiff University and, as of May 2022, the President of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has spent a large part of his career undertaking research to determine the chemical composition of galaxies and the Universe. He headed up the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, an international collaboration investigating the extraordinary astronomical machine dating from around 200 BC, discovered by sponge divers over a century ago, off the Greek island of Antikythera.

In this talk, Professor Edmunds will take us through the astonishing tale of unravelling the mysteries behinds the world’s first mechanical computer.

 14:30  Awesome Astronomy Crew - Quiz
 

Time: 1 hour
Equipment: Paper, pen, chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Back by popular demand is the legendary Astrocamp Quiz! By your request, this year we’ll be branching beyond astronomy … but to what? Guess you’ll have to play along to find out…

15:30 Awesome Astronomy Crew – Astronomy Panel Bonanza
 

Time: 1 hour
Equipment: Chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Do you have a burning question about astronomy or space exploration that you’ve always want answered, but never known who to ask? In this one-hour Live Podcast Special, we’ll be answering all your spacey questions, even throwing in a debate or two!

16:30 Mystery Experiment
 

Time: 1 hour
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Is it a bird?
Is it a plane?

No, it's none of these things. But it is a very cool experiment resurrected from the days of Astrocamp gone by. Come along and see the invisible whizz by!

21:00 Live Sky Tour - Paul Hill
 

Time: 30 minutes
Equipment: None (own telescope/binoculars optional)
Location: The Common, Bob the Dob
Rain/Cloud: A digital sky tour under the gazebo

Using his almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the night sky, Paul will take you on a tour of the best objects available to view this Astrocamp. Feel free to gaze in wonder with the naked-eye, or join in with your binoculars or telescope.

Monday 26th September

14:00 "Down where the stars are strange"– Kevin Quinn
 

Time: 30 mins
Equipment: Chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Have you ever seen your shadow by starlight? A rarity for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, unless we travel to the land of the upside down. If you think the Milky Way is epic at Camp, just you wait until Kevin shows us his and Alan's holiday snaps.

Southern Hemisphere stargazing offers a treasure trove of celestial wonders, and in this short talk, Kevin will tell us about his August 2022 trip to the Tivoli Astro Farm in Namibia.
14:30  Astronomy 101 – Jenifer Millard and Paul Hill
 

Time: 1 hr 30 minutes
Equipment: Chair & Laptop
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Following on from the Astrophotography for Beginners workshop from our Spring event, we explain how to get started with imaging our solar system. From what equipment you can use, what software you will need as well as how to process your images. Join along with the processing section by downloading the Jupiter and Moon captures and the software available via our Google Drive here: https://shorturl.at/fwMOX

A USB drive will also be available from Damien at camp if you are unable to download them before arriving on Saturday.

16:00 Planetary Imaging and Processing for Beginners – Damien Phillips
 

Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Equipment: Chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

TBC

Tuesday 27th September

 12:00 Leave campsite. 

The Common (in the middle of the campsite) is the area we’ve created for socialising and observing together.
There’s always lots gathered here to share eyepiece views and learn new astronomy tricks from others.
Join us in the AstroCamp family at the Common!