Club Meetings - 2006iMeetings are held at Birnie Village Hall near Elgin. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Non-members are always and refreshments are provided for a small donation.
*** There will be a public observing session at our dark site on 17th & 18th February.
Friday 6th Jan 2006 - Annual General Meeting
The first meeting of 2006 sees the AGM and is a chance to recap on 2005 and to see what SIGMA has planned for 2006. Following the AGM, Bill Leslie will be giving a talk/presentation following the live Faulkes Telescope session at Going Nova in November, as well as giving us a chance to see some of the fantastic images captured during the live sessions. Weather permitting, there will be an observing session immediately following the meeting.
Friday 7th April 2006 - The Moon Hoax Conspiracy
Dr Martin Hendry, Astronomy Dept at University of Glasgow gives us his views on the moon hoax conspiracy and tells us how his talk went down in the Southern States of America.
Friday 5th May 2006 - Astrophotography with a Digital Camera
SIGMA member, Alan Tough’s photographs have amazed us all and now he gives us an insight as to how he creates these extraordinary images using today’s modern technology
Friday 2nd June 2006 - Scottish Space School
Bill Graham from Going Nova will be giving us some insight into the Scottish Space School and showing us just what the students have to achieve in order to attend NASA's space school.
Friday 7th July 2006 - Equipment Night
Find out what is available to observe your favourite astronomical objects – from binoculars to telescopes and various other bits in between! There will also be a display from Strathspey Binoculars who are a highly respected local binocular retailer.
Friday 4th August 2006 - Travelling Camera Obscura
Jim Skelton from Garmouth will be visiting us to talk about his travelling Camera Obscura. Unfortunately it won't be bright enough to actually use the camera obscura, but this will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about one of science's sneaky wonders!
Friday 1st September 2006 - The Secret Life of Stars
SIGMA member Ian Brantingham will be explaining how analysis of the light from a star can tell astronomers information such as the elements within a star, its temperature and even if it is moving towards or away from us.
Friday 6th October 2006 - How On Earth Can They Tell That?
SIGMA member Bill Leslie will be giving a talk on how scientists have worked out the distances of astronomical objects as well as their masses and ages!