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Christmas meeting Livestream

This year the Christmas Meeting  is being held at the new Institute of Physics building in London and this has given us the opportunity to livestream the event. To watch the meeting live go to the IoP homepage here and, shortly before the meeting starts you should see a link which which will take you to the stream (there won't be anything there until just before the meeting starts). This is the first time that we have ever done this and only the second time that the IoP have used this facility at their new building so please be patient if there are any technical gremlins.

For those that can't watch live we hope to have a recording online fairly soon afterwards.

For those of you unable to get tickets or unable to make the journey to London I hope you find this facility useful. Very many thanks to the IoP for making this possible.

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How about doing the same for the Winchester Weekend for those of us who missed the cut?

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Well, I suppose if we moved

Well, I suppose if we moved it from Winchester to the IoP building in Kings Cross that would work...

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Thanks for the headsup.

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Roger Dymock: The main technical difficulty with creating live streams of meetings is that we need a very reliable and fast internet connection at the meeting venue. A dodgy Wifi connection isn't good enough: it needs to be a rock solid wired connection.

Surprisingly few venues offer this. The internet in Burlington House is not great, and when we enquired about live streaming the Christmas meeting at UCL a couple of years ago, even that was a no go. I very much doubt Sparsholt College would be able to help us, unless they already do live streaming themselves.

In my opinion, doing this badly is probably worse than not doing it at all. If we offer a live stream, and then it keeps breaking up and isn't actually watchable, we're sure to annoy lots of people. So, on balance, I think it's best to focus efforts on what we know we can achieve, which is high-quality videos of meetings after the event.

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Dominic, Thanks for your most helpful and explanatory reply.

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Anyone see the link ?

Anyone see the link ?

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Go to YouTube and. Search for

Go to YouTube and. Search for IOP please tell others

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Thank you Lars for posting that link to the live stream. I was struggling to find the link until you kindly posted it. 

I note that 30 of us were watching live and must say that the link was excellent and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to everyone. A particular thanks to Nick James whose Sky Notes are always very informative and well presented.

Merry Xmas and particularly a very Happy New Year when it arrives.

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Thanks for putting up the youtube link Lars, its a good way for us to see the Christmas Meeting.

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Great! Thanks  to all involved in doing this, brilliant to be able to watch from my sofa in real time...it all worked very well. Could you add a facility to take part in the raffle remotely, perfect then..

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Good meeting so far

The quality of the stream is very fine and prof. Zarnecki's lecture was very interesting.

Here are some pictures. Some of the gentlemen did not get all details, I'm afraid...

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Excellent.

Excellent.

Great to be able to see the talks from home.

Might be useful if the slideshow of images playing at present were to have some text saying "we are having our coffee break, the video feed will return at about 16:15" or the like.

Great stuff.

James

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glad the videolink is working.

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Thanks very much for arranging the live-streaming. I very much enjoyed the afternoon of lectures.

Cheers,

Andrew.

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Excellent Live Stream Meeting

Thank you to everyone involved. Great talks and the streaming worked very well.

Two comments:

On my laptop the sound was rather quiet. This was solved by connecting amplified speakers. The sound quality was excellent.

The video quality on my machine defaulted to a rather poor quality Auto 144p. It was excellent when I changed it to 1080p.

Not as good as being there but a good next best thing.

Thanks again.

Best regards

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Thanks to all the speakers and the technical people who put the material online - and of course the organisers too. David Swan

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excellent quality cast to TV

I cast it to my TV and wound up the volume. It was almost like sitting at the back of the theatre. Thanks to all who made this work

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Excellent.

Excellent.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Best of both worlds; I got to hear the talks and stay away from the stinking capital. Well done all involved; I too watched on you tube. I think it worked well for 3 hours or so; I’m not sure I would have sat and listened to a full day. I especially enjoyed the SkyNotes, a very entertaining and informative edition; just far too much on variable stars ;)

James

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Now now James.  We had to give Nick something interesting to talk about!

Just like to thank the BAA for putting on another excellent Christmas meeting.  Thank you all for your hard work and well done!

The IOP is a terrific venue, and I look forward to more meetings there in the future.

Gary

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Thanks for the feedback. It

Thanks for the feedback. It sounds as if it worked pretty well.

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 The live streaming worked

 The live streaming worked really well for me and allowed me to enjoy a meeting that I had booked for but was unable to attend. Great innovation which I hope will be extended to future meetings. Thanks to those organising this.

Martin

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Worked well here in the Yorkshire borderland and much appreciated bit of astronomy as the wind and rain battered the house windows. Please repeat for some of the major meets if it can  be done as efficiently/smoothly.

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It worked very well. I managed to catch the last bit (Sky notes.)

Andrew

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Many thanks for the feedback on the livestream - this was just the second time the IoP tech team had done this form their new HQ and a first for the BAA. 

Sorry if finding the link was a little tricky (thanks Lars for posting) - we'll take this as a learning point for the future.

Everyone - have a very Merry Chrsitmas.

Callum

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What an enjoyable experience watching the meeting live, I enjoyed the Titan lecture and Sky notes. There was a bit of pixilation now and then but nothing serious. The sound was loud and clear. I hope future meetings are broadcast live giving members who can't attend the event the chance to watch.

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We'll certainly try to do

We'll certainly try to do this again when we have the opportunity. I've just watched a few clips from the meeting on Youtube and the quality is very good. This was a learning experience for us but it worked well and we had around 30 people watching the livestream.

We could livestream this meeting because that the IoP had the facilities and expertise to provide a very good user experience. This is not the case at our other venues. Hopefully we'll be back at the IoP soon so that we can do this again and, hopefully, some of the other venues we use would be able to offer this in the future.

Thanks again to the IoP for hosting the meeting and to Hazel Collett for the excellent organisation.

Happy Christmas and look out for that comet (and those meteors and variable stars).

Nick.

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I liked this meeting

I liked this meeting - my first live meeting in BAA - and look forward to next time.

Lars

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Lars. Glad you enjoyed it and

Lars. Glad you enjoyed it and found it useful. It's certainly something that we want to do again when we can.

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Christmas meeting Livestream

Hi to the group.

Hello again to Nick, its been a while since the Mayo Dark Sky Festival you attended and spoke twice at in 2016, thanks also for using my photo in your December Highlights talk at the IOP. Was a surprise but nice to see my photo being used in your talk. Thank again

  I would be delighted to present my new and in depth talk about Noctilucent Clouds to any English Astronomy Society if asked.

Great Forum and great to be a member of the BAA.

Off now to go observing...Thanks

Ronan Newman 

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Hi Ronan. Glad you enjoyed

Hi Ronan. Glad you enjoyed the meeting watching from the west of Ireland. Yes I remember the wonderfully dark skies in Mayo and I hope you're getting a great view of 46P when the weather cooperates.