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Our June meeting is the date for our Annual General Meeting, at which we give you a summary of the previous year's activities, ask you to elect a new committee and present the society's accounts. This is intended to take a short time only, though of course you are welcome to ask questions and make comments on the running of the society. The AGM is held at the beginning of the meeting, and we can then get on with something more astronomical.
Following the AGM there will be several presentations by members. Martin Lewis will be explaining how he improves his planetary photos using a device that removes some of the effects of the atmosphere; Howard Brown-Greaves will be showing the photos and a video of his recent trip to Norway to view the Northern Lights; and Robin Scagell will look forward to the prospects for what some are claiming will be a spectacular comet. He will also show you how to take spectacular sky photos onb a cloudy night! The meeting will be on Monday, 10 June at Christ Church, Redford Way, Uxbridge.
Future meeting dates
8 July – Rupert Smith: Advanced Amateur Telescopes
9 Sept – Dr Andrew Norton: The New Cosmology or How the Universe Works
14 Oct – To be announced
11 Nov – Graham Marett: Calendars
9 Dec – Dr Lucie Green. Title to be announced
Meetings are held every month (except August) alternating between Christ Church, Redford Way, Uxbridge and St John's Ambulance Hall, North Harrow. Admission to meetings is free to members, and non-members are welcome to attend one or two meetings before deciding if membership is for them. Meetings begin at 8 pm sharp and finish at 10 pm.
Each meeting begins with the talk by the main speaker, which usually lasts 60-75mins. This is followed by a slot where we show astronomical observations made by members. The meetings close with society notices and we often have time for refreshments afterwards. Here you can socialise with other members, speak to WOLAS committee members, or even talk directly with the main speaker.
As an incentive for members to contribute their observations to the monthly observing slot, a small prize is awarded by a process of a lucky dip. We also run an observing competition over the year and whether you win the lucky dip or not, each month's entry also adds a point to a member's points tally. Attendance at a Piggotts observing night also adds a point. In September of each year, a trophy is given to the member with the most points. This is the Geoff Smith Award which commemorates a former secretary of WOLAS who was a very keen observer of the night sky. As a member you can read more about the trophy by logging in and clicking here.