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Astronomy Festival Archive 2014

Information about the Astronomy Festival 2015 will be added in the New Year. 
September 5th, 6th & 7th 2014
Main event days - 6th & 7th September


10th Anniversary 2014!

What a fabulous weekend! Although the weather was not too kind in terms of cloud on Friday evening and haze on Saturday evening the weekend was warm and dry.

Thanks must go to everyone who came to support the festival. The atmosphere was incredible and the speakers were fantastic. The programme was packed and the 10th anniversary was a huge success.


CAMPING CAMPING CAMPING Camp under the backdrop of the observatory domes: Friday, Saturday and Sunday (5th/6th/7th September)£25 per pitch regardless of the number of nights. Allows up to 4 people per site. IF YOU ARE BRINGING A CARAVAN OR CAMPERVAN WITH TOILET FACILITIES, PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO PROVISION FOR EMPTYING TOILET WASTE.There are a limited number of sites so BOOK EARLY!Pitches will be allocated beforehand on a first come first served basis. Please select your pitch from the camping field plan and the camping rules (top right on this page) before you phone The Centre to book your place.There is a separate admission price for The Centre, please see below for further details.

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES (subject to change) For our 10th Anniversary we want to do something special! We have a packed programme of activities including:Grand opening on Friday evening with keynote speaker Professor Donald Lynden-Bell5 lectures on Saturday5 lectures on SundayTalks about the telescopes in Dome EViewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)Viewing through smaller telescopes with amateur astronomy societies (weather permitting)Amateur Radio Group of Sussex - see belowPlanetarium showsSketching the Sun and Moon with Sally Russell - see belowInteractive science activities with SEPnet (University of Sussex) - see belowInteractive activities with the South Downs National Park Authority - see belowTrade standsAstronomy SocietiesSolar Observing Rocket Launching (Sunday ONLY)Pub Quiz with SCTelescopes (Saturday Evening)Spectacular science exhibits Raffles on both main event days with fabulous prizes donated by the sponsors and trade stalls Grand Prize Raffle Draw to win a Meade ETX125 Telescope rrp £699 (Sunday)Beer tentFood and refreshmentsWORLD RECORD ATTEMPT A special 10th anniversary festival programme is being produced which will give further information during the weekend about the activities. PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES (subject to change) For our 10th Anniversary we want to do something special! We have a packed programme of activities including:Grand opening on Friday evening with keynote speaker Professor Donald Lynden-Bell5 lectures on Saturday5 lectures on SundayTalks about the telescopes in Dome EViewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)Viewing through smaller telescopes with amateur astronomy societies (weather permitting)Amateur Radio Group of Sussex - see belowPlanetarium showsSketching the Sun and Moon with Sally Russell - see belowInteractive science activities with SEPnet (University of Sussex) - see belowInteractive activities with the South Downs National Park Authority - see belowTrade standsAstronomy SocietiesSolar Observing Rocket Launching (Sunday ONLY)Pub Quiz with SCTelescopes (Saturday Evening)Spectacular science exhibits Raffles on both main event days with fabulous prizes donated by the sponsors and trade stalls Grand Prize Raffle Draw to win a Meade ETX125 Telescope rrp £699 (Sunday)Beer tentFood and refreshmentsWORLD RECORD ATTEMPT A special 10th anniversary festival programme is being produced which will give further information during the weekend about the activities.
Interactive activities with SEPnet (South East Physics Network)

Spectrometers are one of the most important tools in astrophysics - learn how to build one with just a handful of household objects and investigate a range of mystery gases! You will also get the chance to see the invisible through an infrared camera with these drop-in workshops from the University of Sussex.
Interactive activities with South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) - Dark Skies Project

Solar viewing, Dark skies Badge making, Astronomy feely boxes, Light boxes (just to show what bad lighting looks like).
For the evening we’ll have Telescopes and a slide show.
Lunar and Solar Sketching with Sally Russell (FRAS), amateur astronomer and arstist

Sally is an avid amateur astronomer with a passion for astronomical sketching - the Moon being her favourite target. She co-authored the book “Sketching the Moon – An Astronomical Artist’s Guide” in the Springer “Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series”, and examples of her work have been published online and in various astronomy magazines and books. Sally hosted lunar sketching workshops for us in April 2009 for the International Year of Astronomy. 

During Saturday, and Sunday mornings, there will be opportunities to see how Sally creates her sketches of the Sun (weather permitting). On Saturday afternoon and early evening Sally will be running drop-in workshops when you can try your own hand at sketching the Moon.
QRZ Amateur Radio Group of Sussex

QRZ ARGoS congratulates the Observatory Science Centre on the 10th Anniversary of the Astronomy Festival.  To celebrate the event we shall be running a world-wide Special Event Station, GB2RGO. Visitors are invited to send messages to other radio operators live on-air and will receive a souvenir card confirming their contribution. We shall also be holding hands-on tutorials on various aspects of astronomy, e.g. recording and analysing the spectra of stars, the study of meteors and live tracking of satellites from research institutes around the world. A full programme of detailed timings and activities will be available nearer to the event. We look forward to being part of a successful weekend!
Solar Record Attempt  

To celebrate the 10th Astronomy Festival at The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, solar imager Gary Palmer of solarsystemimaging.co.uk and well known presenter and imager Pete Lawrence will be attempting to create the largest image of the Sun so far from a mosaic of over 150 separate images. 

The attempt will involve the use of two APM Apochromatic Refractors fitted with Daystar Quark H-Alpha Chromosphere Filters and Point Grey Research Blackfly Cameras to produce a large scale image of unmatched detail. The image will then be completed by imaging the prominences using a Daystar Quark Prominence filter. 

The attempt is being sponsored by Astrograph Ltd, who will provide the equipment for the attempt in co-operation with SCTelescopes, main sponsors of the festival.
Prize winning pub quiz with SCTelescopes 

Join Steve Collingwood and Kerrin Smith for an all out fun astronomy quiz on the Saturday evening.
RAFFLES:   There will be two daily raffles during the festival which will include various items donated by our sponsors and trade stands. We would like to thank them in advance for their generosity and thank you for purchasing tickets which helps towards our fund raising efforts and the upkeep of the fabulous historic telescopes and domes.

GRAND PRIZE DRAW: Once again we are indebted to Telescope House for donating an ETX-125 telescope (rrp £699). This draw is separate to the daily raffles and tickets, which are £5 each can be purchased in advance from The Centre. You do not have to be at the draw to win the telescope. Tickets will be drawn on Sunday 7th September during the festival weekend. Once again we would like to thank Telescope House for their very generous donation and their continued support of The Centre and our fabulous telescopes.
Trade Stands

There will be a number of trade stands selling numerous items at the festival this year including:

Astronomia
Astronomy Now
Dark Skies Jewellery
Io Astronomy
Usborne Books
365Astronomy

SCTelescopes will also be present.
Astronomy Societies

Astronomy Societies this year will all be located on the bottom lawn between the whispering dishes:

Wealden Astronomical Society
Havering Astronomical Society
Eastbourne Astronomical Society
East Sussex Astronomical Society
ADMISSION:
We are again offering a fantastic deal if you are able to join us for the whole weekend. Also if you purchase a ticket during the day then we are offering evening admission at just £5 per person (this offer is only valid on production of a receipt purchased during the same day). 

Normal admission price applies to EACH of the four sessions:
Friday 6.30pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Saturday 6.30pm-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

£8 adult, £6.25 senior, £6 child, £24.70 family of 4, £28.15 family of 5. Under 4 and memebers FREE 

ALTERNATIVELY you can book for the whole weekend:
Whole weekend registration:  £30.00 per adult, £23.00 per senior £20.00 per child, £90 for a family of 4 and £105 for a family of 5.

With your weekend registration you will receive a souvenir, a ticket to visit the gardens and grounds of Herstmonceux Castle and a lanyard which permits entry into The Centre from Friday afternoon until 6pm on Sunday.
THIS CAN BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE (does NOT include camping).

Herstmonceux Castle is well worth a visit during your stay. There is a separate admission price if you do not purchase weekend registration. Entry to the gardens and grounds of the castle: £6 adult, £4.95 senior, £3 child. Tours of the castle are sometimes available at an additional cost.  

Don't forget our membership scheme which allows you entry into The Centre for a whole year. If you take out membership before or at the festival, then you will not have to pay entrance over the whole weekend. Sorry but we cannot offer a discount for members on the camping fee. 

If you are not camping but require local accomodation here are a few suggestions:

Cleavers Lyng B&B

Halfway House B&B

Big Sky Tipi luxury camping

Wartling Place B&B

Butlers Farm House B&B

Stone Acre Lodge B&B

Sandhurst B&B

Ivydene Guest Accomodation

Lamb Inn, Wartling

Alternatively you could hire a VW Camper Van
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