Astronomy Items for Sale

We’ve been offered some equipment. Any members who would like to investigate further, please ask Mark or Stephen and we’ll put you in touch with the sellers.


Dates for Your Diary

I hope all our members have been enjoying a good summer and I’m glad now to post details of our meeting dates for the 2018-2019 season.

September – Please note no meeting on Tuesday 11th but an outing to The Edinburgh Observatory is planned for Saturday 29th for their Open Doors Weekend.  I suggest we go by train, leaving from Lockerbie Station just before 10.00am.  Book a place on our Facebook event if you intend to go.

October Tuesday 9th 7.00pm.  Member Mike Perry “What we know about the stars and how we know it – Looking into the astronomer’s toolbox”

November  Tuesday 13th 7.00pm. Dr Pete Edwards (University of Durham) “Extra-solar Planets”

December Tuesday 11th 7pm. Hayden Goodfellow (Astronomer Kielder Observatory) “Minor Bodies in the Solar System

January Tuesday 8th 7pm. Member Mark Toner “Reading the Sun”

February Tuesday 12th 7.00pm. Professor Sheila Rowan (University of Glasgow) (no title yet but Sheila is a leading international researcher in the field of Gravitational Waves)

March Tuesday 12th 7.00pm. The Big Astronomy Quiz

April Thursday 11th NB no Tuesday meeting on 9th –Yuri’s Night Dumfries Museum, speaker Science Writer Duncan Lunan “Incoming Asteroid” Time to be confirmed.

May Tuesday 14th 7.00pm. AGM.

In addition we hope to arrange a few viewing nights over the winter part of the season.  One of our members suggests publishing a date (which will inevitably rain) but secretly going for another one when it may not!!

Please support this year’s programme of events.

(All meetings at Georgetown Community Centre, apart from April 11th.)

Please also invite anyone you know who may be interested, to our meetings.

Steven (secretary)


Dumfries Astronomy Society AGM 2018

All members and officials of our Society are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting which takes place on Tuesday 8th May at The Georgetown Community Centre, 7pm.

Formal business will be kept to a minimum!

One of the main purposes of the meeting is to pool ideas for our future programme in a friendly, relaxed setting.  It would be good if anyone has ideas about events that have not been tried before, which might bring in new people.



Yuri’s Night, Thursday 12th April, 7pm, Dumfries Museum. “Runaway Rockets and Other Space Disasters”

This annual event celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight which took place on 12 April 1961. Join the Dumfries Astronomy Society for a talk by Dr John Davies, astronomer at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre. Refreshments will be served.

‘A look back at failures over 50 years of rocketry and space travel. We will see how chance, engineering error and unforeseen circumstances can turn success into failure in the blink of an eye and learn how human ingenuity has sometimes snatched missions, and astronauts, back from the brink of disaster. Featuring runaway rockets, crippled satellites, what really happened to Apollo 13, saving space stations and the ‘curse of Mars’.

An evening not to be missed!



Help and Presence of our Members appreciated

Dr Fiona Wilson, curator of the Dumfries Museum, has been in touch to ask if any of our members can come to lend a hand at an event on Saturday 24th March, which is entitled “Earth Hour”.  The aim will be to do some observing led by Elizabeth Tindall, Freelance Ranger so please bring a telescope if you have one.

Please contact Fiona if you’re able to go.  I’ve posted the details below:


Saturday 24 March 2018,
8.15 – 10pm
Earth Hour
Join us for the global Earth
Hour party, highlighting the
need for action on climate
As the lights are turned
off, we will be stargazing
and moon watching with
freelance ranger, Elizabeth
Tindal, followed by hot
drinks, fun star trails and
making activities inside the
museum. Wrap up for all
weathers. If it is raining there
will be alternative indoor
activities. Suitable for all
No booking required.

Fiona Wilson
Museums Officer, Access
Communities Directorate
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Contact details:
Dumfries Museum
The Observatory
Rotchell Road
Phone 01387 253374 (ex 65044)

How Big is the Universe?- Our Night at the Movies.

How big is the Universe?  This is what we’ll be trying to get our heads round on the evening of Tuesday 13th March, Georgetown Community Centre, 7pm.

After an intro by yours truly, Mark Toner has been looking at some of the scientific presentations online which deal with this biggest of all subjects and will be showing some of them to us.

Volunteers to bring round the ice creams during the interval?!!