PostHeaderIcon Joined stargazers anonymous

A quick “Google” for “astronomy club” turned up one of the biggest and most active astronomy clubs in the country right on my doorstep. So I sent a mail to them and a really nice chap replied with all of the info needed.

I am always weary of joining any local club because of my language skills (see the about section) but the chap who replied clearly has a great sense of humour when he wrote “we have nothing against her gracious majesty’s subjects joining our [stoutly French and republican] club”.

So today I duly filled in the application form and sent  it off complete with the obligatory cheque (yes they still use cheques in this country!!!).

Now when I say that the club is “active” what I really mean to say is that they are “hyperactive”. I do not know of any other volunteer based association or club that has built its own clubhouse. At this point you think “big deal, I know a of a couple”! But let me finish, for their “clubhouse” is actually a fully equipped observatory at 500m (1500ft) altitude complete with not one but 2 observing domes and a small lodge lodge for up to 9 people equipped with beds, a kitchen, toilets and washing facilities and  all of this than an hours’ drive away! Kudos to club!

Anyway, long story cut short is that I joined up and enrolled on their theory and practical observing courses starting next month. This means two things.

1. I get to learn astronomy

2. I get to improve my French!

So the moral of the story is “If you want to get ahead get a hat”, no actually it not that its “If you are serious about getting into astronomy join your local club, not only will you meet interesting people with their impressive equipment (one even has an 11 incher!) but you will get quality training, tips and trick, and meet like minded people”.


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