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GET SET FOR STARGAZING 2018 STYLE!
THE Cranborne Chase AONB’s stargazing evenings are proving incredibly popular, with numerous night sky enthusiasts turning up at Semley Village Hall in November and at Sixpenny Handley 1st Woodcutts Scout HQ in early December.
If you missed these events, there are plenty more in our special stargazing series, during which astronomer and Cranborne Chase AONB Dark Skies advisor Bob Mizon regales the audience with stories of the astronomical wonders above their heads, while the AONB’s director Linda Nunn details developments concerning the Cranborne Chase AONB’s bid for prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve status. Afterwards, the audience join Bob and members of the Wessex Astronomical Society outside for a spectacular stargazing experience.
The series of stargazing events during 2018 will be on
- • Thursday 18 January at Bishopstone Village Hall (Butt Lane, Bishopstone, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 4AA)
- • Thursday 15 February at Ansty Pick Your Own (Ansty PYO & Farm Shop, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 5PX)
- • Thursday 15 March at Sutton Veny Village Hall (High Street, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire BA12 7AP)
All events commence at 7pm and last for around two to two-and-a-half hours, depending on weather conditions.
The cost for adults is £5 each (cash or cheque on the night/includes a free tea or coffee), with no charge for children.
Please book in advance, tel: 01725 517417, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, on Monday 19 February, renowned night sky photographer Nigel Ball will be hosting a talk on the techniques used to capture fantastic night images and star trails using a standard digital SLR. The discussion includes planning, equipment and top tips for success.
The talk will be held at 1st Woodcutts Scout HQ, Sixpenny Handley. Tickets cost £10. To register your interest, email email@example.com.
For more information on stargazing in the Cranborne Chase AONB, log on to www.chasingstars.org.uk.