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SIGMA's Astronomy Weekend - October 2008

Thanks to the generosity of the Baxters Foundation, SIGMA was able to host our own astronomy event. The event was run and hosted by SIGMA at our meeeting venue, Birnie Village Hall, Elgin on 24th and 25th October 2008.

SAW Baxters DSS

Thanks and gratitude go to: Baxters Foundation, Dave Chalton and Dark Sky Scotland and Mrs Campbell, The Level, Birnie

Thanks also to Going Nova for providing the rocket launching kit.

The event ran over two days, with workshops and presentations on the Friday evening and a family fun day on the Saturday.

Friday night was, considering the weather, a huge success!! 40 visitors joined us for the evening, spending time in the starlab, listening to talks and watching a comet being made. The wet weather programme was on offer and everyone enjoyed the extra talks given by SIGMA members.

Saturday was a blustery day and, with threats of power cuts, we weren't too sure what to expect! Amazingly 65 guests turned up to enjoy what we had on offer. All the workshops were a huge success and everyone seemed to enjoy what they saw and did. The rocket launching appeared to be have been the most popular, closely followed by the starlab and sundials although the umbrella astronomy, pinprick telescopes and comet making were thoroughly enjoyed too.

High winds meant the evening session was a littler quieter than hoped, but all those who came along appreciated the talks and workshop on offer, including further talks by SIGMA members.

All in all it was an extremely exciting and energetic weekend and an experience for all those who helped organise and run the event. Definitely something to build on, so watch this space for further events in 2009.

Photographs from the SIGMA Astronomy Weekend