With dense cloud replacing the previous weeks clear, but very cold nights. the first gathering of the year at Rodington VH did not meet expectations. Three dozen or so hardened stargazers turned up suitably prepared only to be disappointed. However as always an alternative activity was on offer. Using the STFC star guide, a society member shared with the group, of mainly experienced astronomers but with an encouraging number of fresh faces keen to explore the skies, what is available for hardy winter observers. The key theme being star hopping to learn our way round the sky. Following a warm drink and the obligatory piece of cake, the room was buzzing with conversation ranging from 'what telescope should I buy?' through to the usefulness of smart-phone apps. With refreshments running out, the enthused gathering dispersed into the murky night hopefully to return next month.
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