Invitation by Lord Simon Tanlaw to mark installation of 5m radio telescope. 14th September 2019

The Society has been invited for up to 5 of its members to attend the installation of this telescope, at Black Esk, near Eskdalemuir, which will be accompanied by a hog roast.

Lord Tanlaw is a keen astronomer and this is the first of what is planned to be a 4 telescope array.


I don’t yet have timings for this event, but if you are interested please contact Simon via his e/mail or phone him on 02037 204 697.




Dumfries Astronomy Club AGM

A reminder to all members that our Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th May, 7pm, at Lochvale House, our normal venue in Georgetown.

Please attend if you can.




Yuri’s Night at the Museum

Not a variation on the “Night at the Museum” film! This is to highlight an open evening on Thursday 11th April, beginning at 7pm, hosted by the Dumfries Museum, at which members of the Dumfries Astronomy Club will be celebrating the achievements of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.

We are pleased to welcome as our guest speaker Dr Hugh Hudson, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow University, who is a specialist in solar astronomy.  He will be speaking about the sizing of the sun and also be sharing some of the knowledge that has been gained as a result of citizen science.

Members of the public are very welcome at what promises to be an enjoyable evening.

Steven (Secretary)




Quiz Night!

Tuesday 12 March 7.00pm at Lochvale House, (Georgetown Community Centre), is the evening of our annual Astronomy Quiz.

Which team will get first prize and which one the wooden spoon this year?

Steven Ballard, our secretary, has been busy compiling the questions…….. All welcome.


“Gravitational Wave Astrophysics-The Shape of Things to come……”

We are delighted to welcome back to our club Professor Sheila Rowan, from Glasgow University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, as our guest speaker on Tuesday 12th February.  To be held as normal at Georgetown Community  Centre, 7pm.

Sheila, who is from Dumfries, has an international reputation as a leading scientist in the field of Gravitational Wave Detection, and is an advisor to the Scottish Government on scientific issues.

Please ensure a good turnout for what promises to be an interesting, informative meeting.



Rhessi and the Sun

This is the theme of the talk by our President, Dr Mark Toner, on Tuesday 8th January 7pm, at The Georgetown Community Centre.

The Rhessi spacecraft, which advanced our knowledge of the Sun, has now been retired and Mark offers his insights on this.  The Sun is an area of astronomy that Mark is especially qualified to speak on having completed his PhD at Glasgow University on the subject!

Happy New Year to all members.


“All you need to know about Meteors”

I’m not sure whether our guest speaker, Hayden Goodfellow, who works at the Kielder Observatory will be able to cover every aspect of this subject, but hopefully by the end of our meeting on Tuesday 11th December we will be a little more informed before the Geminid Meteor Shower peaks this week on 13th and 14th.

Georgetown Community Centre 7pm as usual.

Please give Hayden, who has been very supportive of our events since he was an astrophysics student at St Andrews University, a good turnout!