Astronomy Festival 2018

Well we had another fantastic festival and this year the weather was certainly kinder than last year. We even managed some viewing which is a great bonus!

Thank you to everyone who attended, your support is much appreciated. We would also like to thank all our speakers, Tom McGuinness for the Robots, the trade stands for their generosity with raffle prizes, Astronomy Societies, University of Sussex and UK Garrison who provided us with the highly entertaining Storm Troopers. We would also like to thank Steve Collingwood for the very entertaining AstroBingo and for all his help with raffle prizes etc. including speaking to Adam Hinds of David Hinds Ltd who we must thank for very generously donating the telescope for the Grand Prize draw which managed to raise a lot of money to help with the upkeep of our fabulous telescopes and domes.

Dates for your diary! The festival will be held on the 31st, 1st & 2nd of September in 2018 and we hope to see you there.
What you managed to help fund!

In October 2017 one of the shutters on Dome D had a major problem. Now fixing it was not going to be easy without some serious specialised scaffolding! Of course specialised scaffolding is not cheap and takes twice as long to put up as ordinary scaffolding. Anyway the work had to be carried out and thankfully the scaffolding company managed to pull out all the stops and get the tower up quickly and efficiently. The essential work was carried out and then we took the opportunity to continue our maintenance programme so everything was greased and oiled, tweaked and adjusted. The Dome was up and ready again within about 3 weeks following the initial problem - just in time for the Uniformed Twilight week (which incidentally was mostly cloudy!!!). Have a look at the photo gallery to see the dome and scaffolding.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who give so generously to our raffle - YOUR DONATIONS REALLY HELP. THANK YOU!