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Alan Heath, November 12th Fire station meet.

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We have honorary member Alan Heath Coming along for our November meeting at Ilkeston fire station.

He will be giving us a talk titled "Visual Planetary Observing".

As always everyone is welcome along, £2 for refreshments for non-members.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start.

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Just a quick reminder for anyone coming along tonight. Can you please use the community entrance at the rear of the fire station and NOT the main entrance. There is a call button at the community entrance that is linked into the meeting room if no one is about.

Thanks IDAS.

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I have finished early, so will be coming along.

It's Alan's fault that I got into this hobby, it will be nice to see him again.

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A big thank you to Alan Heath for a very interesting talk. It's nice to know there is hope for us visual monkeys yet!☺ Some great tips for getting the best out of planetary observations and doing some actual science rather than just looking at pretty objects.

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I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening with the Ilkeston Astro Soc. The bonus for me was I was able to meet with the man that probably really got me into astronomy in the first place, Mr Alan Heath.


Back in 1976 three snotty nosed kids were pointed in his direction and over a period of time he kindly showed us the error of our ways mostly. We went on to build a barn door tracker, which I lost, then remade in time for Hale Bop. I got one decent image of this out of an entire roll of film, but it was worth it.


 


His talk tonight was about the importance of visual amateur observations and how they can contribute to the scientific data pool.


He had a large sheet of paper, which had observations of various aspects of Jupiter, this logged the intensity, colour and position of features such as the belts and the red spot.


When you looked at the time line at the bottom, it started in the seventies and continued through the nineties. That is dedication.


 


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Mr Alan Heath.

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