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No. 48 - June 2005

The 2005 Scottish Astronomy Weekend

Last year's Astronomy Weekend was held in the West Park Centre, Dundee, once again. We are having some difficulties in arranging venues because most of the universities are going over to the new Semester system. The 2004 Weekend had to be held so early (end of August) that it clashed with people's holidays, the Edinburgh Tattoo, Festival and Fringe. Several ASE members could not go.

But with reduced numbers it went ahead. The theme was 'Stars', and we had superb talks from our two main guest speakers Guy Hurst and Dr Nick Hewitt. We also had a nice trip through the Angus countryside to Kirriemuir, to visit the Camera Obscura and the birthplace of Sir J.M. Barrie.

The 2005 Weekend will, for the first time, be held in Inverness at the invitation of the Highland Astronomical Society, on September 23-25. It will be a little different in organisation from the Dundee Weekends. Although the venue will be the magnificent Thistle Hotel, only limited accommodation will be available at the Hotel itself. Most delegates will be expected to arrange their own B & B and evening meals. A buffet lunch will be available at the Thistle. One of the alternative recommended places to stay is the nearby Travel Lodge which is cheaper if you book on line. Please note that Dave Gavine is not the organiser. Booking and other details are obtainable from: Mrs Pat Williams, Liamrig, Upper Myrtlefield, Inverness IV2 5BX.

The programme is one of varying subjects. The main speaker being Storm Dunlop, past President and Secretary of the BAA, well known for his many fine books. His subject will be: "Peculiar and Interesting Stars". Other speakers are Andrew Elliot, Ken Kennedy, Dave Gavine, Maarten de Vries, Pauline Macrae and Mike Reuss-Newlands.


Cover page

From the President

Cooling the Earth

See the Sun in a different light

The 2005 Scottish Astronomy Weekend

Z Ursae Maioris

The Televue Radian eyepiece

The Society at work and the City Observatory

About the ASE Journal

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