Isle of Wight What's On Guide: 2023 Events OnTheWight

Astronomy Presentation Free

Friday 22 7.30pmFebruary


Newchurch Pavilion

Watery Lane
(Opposite Amazon World/Thomson's Garden Centre)

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Astronomy Presentation Free


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'Basic Solar observing and imaging' - John Slinn

John has always been interested in Space since he watched Neil Armstrong walk out onto the Moon's surface as a young boy of 10. However, it wasn’t until he saw the solar eclipse in England in 1999, that he bought his first telescope. When digital cameras began to be affordable at the start of the millennium, he took up the fascinating hobby of astrophotography. In 2011, He created the astrophotography group 'Disciples of the Dark Arts on Facebook. Now numbering 900 members from all around the globe, it continues to provide support and help for any imager at what ever level.

He has been seriously practising Solar imaging for about 8 years and jis considered very advanced. In May 2017 John moved to the Isle of Wight to continue with his astrophotography and Solar imaging work, and to set up a new business. He now manages, with the help of his wife Janet, a self catering holiday cottage in that not only caters for holidaymakers, but also offers stargazing and astrophotography holidays. He has built two observatories available for guests.

The Vectis Astronomical Society meets on the 4th Friday of every month, except for December. This event is open for non-members to attend. The speakers come from all over the country and give a presentation for around 45 mins. We then stop for a break with tea and biscuits, which gives an opportunity to mingle and chat. The second half of the evening one of our regular members will give a short 20min ‘what’s in the sky this month’ presentation.

We have a suggested donation of £2.50 for Non Members of Vas.