Observing sessions and other events
CAS holds regular observing sessions at our own observatory at Dyffryn Gardens. Members are able to look up at the sky with the help of more experienced observers and use some of the telescopes owned by the Society. For those who need help there is usually a naked eye sky tour to start the night off.
The Society also has a busy programme of astronomy outreach events (future public events), where we engage with the public, promoting an interest in astronomy with talks, demonstrations and observing in many locations around South East Wales. We currently stage about 20 such events per year and always welcome more volunteers to help with this rewarding project. We would particularly welcome volunteers who are willing to give a short talk. We also participate in events such as the BBC's Stargazing Live and contribute to television and radio programmes.
We also sometimes organise trips to locations of astronomical interest and other events. The Observers' Club meet on the same evening as the Star Parties at Dyffryn Gardens, irrespective of the weather, where beginners and experienced astronomers meet each other to chat about things astronomical and even, if possible, do a spot of observing.
A comprehensive Library is available for use by all members attending the fortnightly talks. In addition, members may also borrow Society telescopes by arrangement with the Society.
In addition to the Society's annual Handbook for members, a Society newsletter is published four times a year. This contains news of planned Society events and activities, reports of various types, and information on current astronomical phenomena and forthcoming astronomical events. Individual members are invited to contribute by sending material to John Richards, the CAS Publications Officer. The newsletter is available online to members and a paper copy may be requested, if preferred.
The Society maintains a very comprehensive website - www.cardiff-astronomical-society.co.uk - where the latest information regarding forthcoming Society activities can be found. In addition, members can access their own area where they can access the minutes of meetings of the Society's Trustees and Committee as well as lots of information on CAS matters. There are links to many other sites relevant to astronomy regarding the current skies, making this a vital resource for planning members' observation sessions. There are also links to our Twitter and Facebook accounts where members can exchange information informally. Members making purchases from Amazon can do so via the CAS website, in which case a percentage of the purchase price goes into our funds, without incurring any cost to the purchaser.
The all-inclusive policy of the Society in recruiting members means that the annual membership subscription is kept as low as possible, to ensure membership remains affordable to all.
Subscription rates remain at:
- Adults £15.00
- Juniors £2.50
- Family £20.00
Payment can be made at any time and lasts for one calendar year from the date of payment.
The Committee is always pleased to receive suggestions from members as to potential improvements to our operations. Members are encouraged to use the suggestion box available at each fortnightly talk or to email any Committee member - the suggestion will then be discussed at the next Committee meeting.