Society Lecture – Astronomy: Back to Basics

February 5, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Willingdon Memorial Hall


Astronomy – Back to Basics

With many new members joining the society, this meeting is for you.

Introduction to Astronomy
Norman Walker
Synopsis: Norman talks about the Solar System, the Sun, the Planets (and their Moons) – their sizes and distances – and lots of other stuff!

Biography: Norman is of course one of our Societies professional astronomers. Working for the RGO at Herstmonceux, and in the Sierra Nevada, where he undertook observing, on and off, for 2 years at 8,600ft. He did some spectroscopy but is better known for his work on photometry, which has been published many times. Since then, he has built and/or designed various large private observatories, and has recommissioned old telescopes. He is a member of the Vincent motorcycle club and undertakes engineering design and build of upgrades for them. He also owns a small(ish) boat which he sails in the Med.

The History of the Herstmonceux Observatory
Keith Brackenborough

Biography: Keith has been interested in Astronomy since he was 12, and joined the newly formed Croydon Astronomical Society in 1956. He obtained the land on which the Croydon society has now their observatory in 1965. He has held all the major roles in the Croydon society, including Chairman 1963-1965. He was Secretary 1965-1970 and 1976-1979. Was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and is a founder member of the Southern Group of Astronomical Societies in 1972. In 1977 he held what was considered the first, major Astronomy convention in the UK by a local society, to celebrate 21 years of the Croydon Society an occasion on which he was given honorary life membership of the Croydon society. He is also an honorary member of the BAA.

In 2005 he moved to Eastbourne following his retirement as a Senior Buyer at Sainsburys head office in Blackfriars. London. He was librarian for the EAS from 2006-2021, and has been continuously on the EAS committee since 2006, becoming Acting-Chairman, due to Phillip’s ill-health, in 2021.

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