The TAS generally holds two meetings per month through the astronomical 'season' from September to April (the timing is largely governed by the availability of sufficiently dark evening skies).
All meetings are held at: Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay TQ2 7ELFor directions to the TBGS (in a new window) see map.
All meetings are on Thursday evenings. One meeting per month is primarily an 'observational' event. Observational meetings are practical and informal, involving basic astronomy; informal mini lectures; questions and answers; video, photo and slide presentations, etc. A variety of astronomical instruments are available, including a 19.2 inch (0.5metre) computer-controlled Newtonian Reflector telescope equipped with CCD and video cameras, housed within the TBGS observatory. The TAS also has the use of two 8 inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, and has recently purchased a SkyWalker 102mm GOTO scope.
The other monthly meeting is a 'lecture' event. Lecture meetings (A.G.M. excepted) have an illustrated talk, informal discussions and observational reports, etc. Lecture meetings are held in the Business and Enterprise Suite (room BE1). To get to the lecture room without going through the school:
The picture below shows the route.
For observational meetings go into the main school building and follow the "Torbay Astronomical Society" signs that will direct you to lab PL4 on the first floor at the back of the school near the observatory.
Both observational and lecture meetings commence at 7.30pm and finish at around 10pm, although observational sessions may last longer if observing conditions are good!
We welcome non-members at all of our meetings
Our observational evenings in particular offer an excellent opportunity for younger visitors to experience the night sky 'close up' - often for the first time. Just make sure they've done their homework first!
Non-members are asked to pay a small visitor's fee (see below) which is fully refundable against any subsequent membership fees.
|2012 September 13||Dr David Acreman: "The spiral arms of our Galaxy"|
|September 20||Observational evening - (focus on Albireo & M57)|
|October 4||Professor Ian Morison (Jodrell Bank and Gresham Professor of Astronomy) : "It's About Time"|
|October 18||Observational evening - (focus on the double cluster in Perseus & M31)|
|November 8||Dr Ed Gomez: "The Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network"|
|November 22||Observational evening - (focus on Jupiter & the Moon)|
|December 6||Mini lectures by members - including: Tony Deyes:"Getting your head round the Moon"
(other contributions welcomed). With Mince Pies and Raffle!
|2013 January 10||Observational evening - (focus on the Orion Nebula & Betelgeuse)|
|January 24||Secretarial Address- David Love"Measuring the Universe"|
|February 7||Observational evening - (focus on M81/M82 galaxy pair & the M44 open cluster)|
|February 28||Professor Andrew Coates: "The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer"|
|March 14||Observational evening - (focus on M35, M36 & the crescent Moon)|
|March 21||Quiz Evening (against Barnstaple Astronomical Society), chaired by Keith Ball|
|April 11||Observational evening - (focus on the M3 globular cluster & the binary star Mizar)|
|April 25||Dr Paul Olver: "Geology and Astronomy"|
|May 16||Annual General Meeting and Summer 2012 preview|
|June 20||Summer Social Evening|
Annual membership fees become due on 31st October.