Last night a DASH Astro team of amateur astronomers were out at Dunwich Heath and Beach National Trust site for a Family Stargazing Evening. Starting at 5:00pm just as it started to get properly dark. Starting with views of Venus, the evening progressed with a verity of scopes ranging from a 14" Dob to a 125mm Schmit Cass. And Binoculars trained on various night sky objects, ranging from the Orion Nebular, Pleiades, two Galaxies, ( M81 & M82 ) in the same eyepiece, to splitting the Castor double in Gemini.
Families of all ages, were treated to views of the night skies that many never get the chance to see. Four generations of one family even got to see quite a spectacular meteor, while another mature lady, asked "when and how could she see he Milky Way", luckily I was able to say, Now, and look up. She gave me a strange look, until I directed her gaze to the ribbon of brighter sky, passing right over her head.
The joy on youngsters faces when they look through a telescope for the first time, is what makes standing at a scope, with a queue of people and impatient youngsters, in 0 degrees C, for nearly 3 hours, all worth while.
Meanwhile David and Linda Gwynn were wowing the crouds with a continuous flow if interesting talks on the night sky, including Black Holes....
Well done the whole team, David and Linda Gwynn, Alison and Glenn Chapman, Dave Green, Malcolm and Eileen Pinder, Roy Anderson, Chris Bailey, Bill Barton and Ian Lomas