When he was 13, a neighbour brought home a small and basic (by modern standards) refractor and showed the rings of Saturn, his first look through a telescope. Education, work and family commitments put paid to any more than armchair astronomy until he bought his first telescope 6” TAL2 in 1992. Mirror grinding (he is glad telescopes are now cheap enough to buy!), Eclipse chasing – 6 for 6 seen so far that lead to a regular slot on local BBC radio, and 14 years of weekly broadcasts followed.
2 years ago Mary also took over the running of the UK Women in Astronomy Network.
5th May Nick Howes entitled ‘A tail of two comets- or Sense & Serendipity’ Nick Howes is a freelance science writer and amateur astronomer, whose work has included science writer for the European Space Agencies Science Portal.
Mary is a keen astrophotographer and has had her images appear in online magazine, in local newspapers and on various tv shows.
She is also a writer, and has recently written articles for Sky at Night magazine, as well as giving talks and astrophotography workshops in the area.
Mary uses photos throughout the whole talk to show what kind of results can be expected with different equipment.
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Born and raised in Lancashire, Mary had her head in astronomy books before she could even read and got her first telescope when she was just 11 years old.A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he has written for Astronomy U.S, Sky and Telescope, Popular Astronomy and many other publications and websites, including occasional guest articles for NASA's website.7th April 2016 Steve Tonkin Binocular Astronomy Don't forget to check his site out for great binoculars resources: return of Steve Tonkin with his talk Binocular Astronomy.Last time Steve was with us we were in the Pebsham Community Big Hall where the acoustics were so bad that many members did not hear what was being said, so we have another chance to listen to his talk and discover what can be seen with a simple pair of Binoculars, what to look for when buying binoculars, how to use them, what to use with them and so much more.Within a generation, we’ll see the first real Martians colonising the Red Planet. And will life there be anything like the scenes depicted in Ridley Scott’s new film, The Martian?This informal talk discusses the early mission attempts and failures; data and images from the first flybys; and the incredible scientific discoveries collected over the last decade from ambitious orbiters, landers and rovers. 4th February 2016 Bob Mizon entitled Seven Moons – seven weird and wonderful moons of the Solar System.a) Practical aspects of the Dark Energy Survey; b) How clusters of galaxies allow us to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy; c) How galaxy patterns allow us to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy; d) How exploding stars allow us to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy; e) How gravitational bending of light allow us to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy.Biography 2nd June 2016 Mary Spicer - A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography Our Speaker is from Oxfordshire she is giving her first installment of Astrophotography for beginners could you please add to our web page.Both recent transits of Venus covered, the last from Venus point in Tahiti 2012.Andy joined the fledgling Wiltshire AS in 1992, became Vice Chair and is now the society's Chair (since 2006).