Tiverton and Mid Devon
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and Mid Devon Astronomy Society is now on Facebook.
Because Facebook is easy to access on the move (for those owning a smartphone)
we plan to use our Facebook page to keep people updated on events and
observing sessions, the details of which can change at short notice. In
addition, we will use it to post and discuss any news or events of an
astronomical nature, and encourage you to join in!
Tiverton & Mid Devon AS is an enthusiastic and friendly group who meet
regularly for talks, social events and night sky observing sessions. Our
aim is to encourage people of all ages and abilities and from all walks
of life to learn about the wonders of our Universe. Please come along and
try one of our meetings without obligation.
Previous knowledge of astronomy is not necessary. We are a member of the
Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS).
One year's membership costs £14, or £10
for senior citizens or if unwaged. Those under the age of 18 and in full-time
education go free. Everyone is welcome to come along to our meetings - non-members
will be charged £2 at the door (deductible on taking membership).
Please note fees are due in September.
Tiverton Astronomy Society began in 1985, when Graham West convened a gathering
of people in the town interested in the subject. Regular meetings
began, often with visiting speakers who have covered a wide range of topics
from Planetary Geology to Astrology, and from The Soviet
Space Programme to Observing the Moon. Visits to other societies
and observatories have also been arranged.
Run informally for many years, the society has grown particularly strongly
recently. Early in 2000 it became formally constituted.
At the time of the society's inauguration Douglas Rice, a teacher at Blundell's
School, had recently discovered a fine 8" Newtonian
telescope belonging to the school. With the help of a pupil, Nicholas Wood,
and advice from Patrick Moore, he restored the instrument to working order.
It was built about 1910, is extremely solid with a tube 7 ft long, and is
very user-friendly (if you don't mind climbing a step-ladder).
The telescope has been at Blundell's
since at least the Second World War. For some years it was situated on the
Blundell's clock tower, where it tended to be used by the boys for spying
activities! With the school's support the instrument was re-housed in a
wheel-off shed near Milestones (now Blundell's
Prep School) on Blundell's road (see map). For 15
years it has been the focus for public observing
sessions as well as seeing use by pupils and local groups. These days
several members also bring their own modern instruments to these sessions.
The best way to contact us if you have any queries is via e-mail: email@example.com.
You can also call a member of the committee if you wish; our telephone numbers
are listed below.
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The maps below, provided by Blundell's
School, show how to find us. The first shows how to find Blundell's
and the second is a map of Blundell's and Blundell's Prep. Click on either
to see a full-size version.