Society heads to the forest for star gazing events

Nightwatch in Dalby Forest
Nightwatch in Dalby Forest

Star gazers are invited to enjoy the night’s sky at a series of open events held by the Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society.

The group’s public observing events are about to begin in Dalby Forest over the autumn and winter period along with an open evening in October.

Public observing sessions are held on the first Friday of each month between October and March in Dalby Forest, with the first one on Friday, October 5.

The observing takes place by the society observatories located by the Forestry Commission Visitor Centre in Low Dalby.

All sessions start at 8pm prompt.

During the evening an amateur astronomer from the society will give a talk and virtual tour of the night sky for around 30 to 45 minutes.

If the sky is clear gazers will then be shown some of the objects visible in the night sky through the telescopes of the society and its members.

Objects visible throughout the autumn and winter season include the Planets, the Moon, galaxies, star clusters and nebulae.

Anyone taking part in any of the public observing events is asked to wrap up warm and take along a torch, preferably red light or covered in red cellophane to preserve night vision.

They are also advised to watch out for moving vehicles in the car park which is unlit at night.

There is no charge for these events but donations are welcome.

These will be used to help maintain the society’s equipment and observatories as it is a registered charity.

As well as the public observing events the Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society is holding an open evening on October 19, where it is welcoming individuals of all levels of ability to the society.

There will be the chance to look at members telescopes, ask questions to members on starting out in the hobby, and also learn more about the society which was founded in 1976.

Refreshments will also be available.

The Open Evening takes place at East Ayton Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.