Cam & Dursley Astronomy Club hosted our 5th BBC Stargazing Live event on the morning of Friday 20th March 2015 at the Berry Blue Café in Cam. This year the BBC mini series was broadcast later in the year than usual (March 18th, 19th and 20th (am for live eclipse coverage) & pm on BBC2) so that it coincided with the substantial Solar Eclipse on the morning of 20th March 2015 starting from first contact just before 08:30 until final contact just after 10:30, hence we held a safe Solar viewing session at the same venue, Berry Blue in Cam on the morning of the 20th March 2015 from 08:30 onwards. Approx.100 members of the public and Wycliffe college attended, inc the local Gazette reporter culminating in a front page slot in the following edition of the Gazette.
SAFE direct observation of the Sun and eclipse at the event was possible via:-
A). Highly specialised Hydrogen Alpha (Ha) telescopes (allowing views of prominence's and Solar surface activity).
B). Mylar filtered telescopes (allowing high contrast white light views of sunspots and moon encroachment as the eclipse progresses).
C). Solar spectacles (direct safe views).
D). Projection techniques (projection of image onto screen beyond the optical train, without looking directly through main telescope or finderscope).
WARNING:OBSERVATION OF THE SUN REQUIRES SPECIALISED TELESCOPES, FILTERS OR TECHNIQUES AND SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPED UNLESS USING SUCH TELESCOPES, BESPOKE SOLAR FILTERS OR INSTRUCTED TECHNIQUES.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO OBSERVE THE SUN WITH UNAIDED EYE, BINOCULARS OR TELESCOPES.
PERMANANT EYE DAMAGE OR BLINDNESS COULD RESULT, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The Berry Blue Café was open to purchase Bacon Butties, drinks etc. and was well supported. Our thanks to them for allowing us to utilise the space in front of the Cafe.