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Event Programme (Current Year)

The programme for 2022 is below.

Check back regularly in case any dates or times change. Note that event cancellations will be marked by scored through text.

Unfortunately Covid-19 restrictions and government recommendations of minimising social contact have temporarily affected how we are holding events. 

Until the Covid-19 situation improves, CAG will mostly be holding virtual online events and occasional live streamed observing sessions. See our Facebook page for information on online events open to the public.

One bonus of the use of online meetings has been the opportunity for CAG members to use new arrangements to collaborate with, and join the meetings of other astronomical groups in the north of Scotland (HAS, SIGMA, AAS & NRAG).

 

CAG Programme of Events for 2022

Programme under development (remember to check our Facebook page for further details and short notice announcements relating to our public events)

 

8/9 Jan - Members Observing Session cancelled due to poor weather

Fri 21st Jan - Taking Nightscapes - Members Online Astrophotography Workshop (covering imaging and processing)

28-30 Jan - Members Observing Session (Castlehill Heritage Centre, weather & Covid restrictions permitting)   cancelled due to poor weather

Fri 11th Feb - Telescope Imaging - Members Online Astrophotography Workshop (covering imaging and processing)

Sat 12th March - AGM. Joining info for this online meeting will be sent to members by email before the event. Should non-members wish to attend then a request can be sent via our online contact form.

14th March - Public Drop-by Lunar Observing - Thurso Riverside, 7pm

March - The CAG events forming part of the Caithness International Science Festival programme are being re-scheduled from March to September later this year.

18th March - "Complexities of Interstellar Travel and the Need for Space Medicine” - Dr Martin Braddock

22nd April - Deep Sky Image Processing Workshop - Live Online Demos from Maciej Winiarczyk - CAG members event

7/8 May - Public Drop-by Lunar Observing - time and Caithness location tbc

13th May - Members catch-up and equipment workshop - in-person event at Castlehill Heritage Centre

12th August - Members catch-up and equipment workshop - in-person event at Castlehill Heritage Centre. Solar and Perseid Meteor observing if the weather permits.

Sept - Public "drop-by" solar observing sessions. Dates, times and locations to be announced. Part of Caithness Science Festival.

1st Oct - CAG at the Caithness Science Festival Family Fun Day. Drop by to have a look through telescopes, find out how astronomers study the light from distant objects to give insight into what they are like and generally find out about astronomy and what activities CAG do. We'll also hold a special session at 2.30pm on the day to provide guidance to those who wish to see or photograph the aurora. 

5th Oct - "Perseverance and Heavenly Questions: Rewarding the Daring for Mars Exploration” - Dr Martin Braddock. This online talk via Zoom is part of the Caithness International Science Festival. Details and booking arrangements for the event can be found on the Science Festival facebook page.

8th Oct - Public Observing Event - Drop by and join CAG in the courtyard of the Castlehill Heritage Centre from 7-9pm for an observing session. Observe the Moon and the brighter planets, and a few other celestial delights through our telescopes. This is an outdoor event and will only take place if the weather is suitable. Check here and the CAG Facebook page for updates on the day advising if the event will take place. Cancelled - sorry

28th Oct - "The Open University Astronomy Course” - CAG member David Orr will talk about this online course for those wishing to learn aboout astronomy in more depth - CAG members event to be held online via Zoom. Postponed to a later date (tbc) - speaker unavailable due to unexpected circumstances.

18th Nov - Public Observing Event - Drop by and join CAG in the courtyard of the Castlehill Heritage Centre from 7-9pm for an observing session. Observe the Milky Way from this dark sky site, and look at the brighter planets and a few other celestial delights through our telescopes. This is an outdoor event and will only take place if the weather is suitable. Check here and the CAG Facebook page for updates on the day advising if the event will take place. Cancelled due to poor weather.

9th Dec - "Meteors & Mince Pies Event” - annual end of year event for CAG members. CAG members event at Castlehill Heritage Centre.

 

Members observing sessions will take place at various weekends during the darker winter months. This will be weather dependent and members will receive notification shortly beforehand if each session will take place. The venue will normally be at the Castlehill Heritage Centre Dark Sky Discovery Site, but some sessions may utilise even darker locations.

Weekends pencilled in for the above sessions are 29/30 Oct, 19/20 Nov, 26/27 Nov, 21/22 Jan and 28/29 Jan.

 

 

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