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Winchester Weekend

Posted by Gary Poyner at 14:12 on 2011 Feb 08

Can someone please tell me in which BAAJ I might find details of the very first Winchester Weekend (how and why it was set up etc.) My Journals only go back to early 1978 when I first became a member, and of course you can't search the PDF's on the members pages.Thanks,Gary

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Posted by Callum Potter at 14:33 on 2011 Feb 08

Hi Gary,the 2006 Winchester Weekend was billed as the 40th - so that would make 1966 this first - assuming there was one held every year.Been thinking about how to provide searchable journals, but no easy technical solution so far :-(Cheers, Callum

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Posted by Gary Poyner at 14:47 on 2011 Feb 08

Thanks Callum. Narrows it down a bit.Just out of interest, this will be my 33rd Winchester. I know John Wall, Roger Pickard and Dick Chambers all have a long Winchester history. Anyone else out there with a few weekends under their belt?Gary

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Posted by Nick James at 23:26 on 2011 Feb 09

The first reference I could find in my searchable Journal set was vol 77, no. 2, p74. It was announced as a residential weekend course (in drinking beer?) and ran from 1967 April 14 to April 16. That would put the 40th one in 2006 as Callum said. I'll see you there!Nick.

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Posted by Gary Poyner at 10:31 on 2011 Feb 10

Thanks Nick. I like the price (£4.4s with a 12/6 deposit, or for our younger members £4.20p and 63p - I think :-).In JBAA Vol. 77 No. 4 page 264 (June 1967) you will find the write up to the first meeting. Fifty six "students" attended, and with an assortment of telescopes from a 2.5 inch to 8.5 inch reflectors managed to observe theMoon, Jupiter and Mars through breaks in the cloud, and a sun spot projected with a 3 inch OG. Lecturers were Howard Miles, J. Hedley Robinson, Michael Hendry and Alfred Cuirtis. Not a bad speaker list I'd say!Gary

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Posted by Duncan Bryson at 18:01 on 2011 Mar 06

Well this will be my 3rd weekend.

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Posted by Gary Poyner at 20:06 on 2011 Mar 06

If you had your photo as an avatar Duncan, I'd look out for you and say hello!Galaxies don't help in this respect :-)Cheers,Gary

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Posted by Duncan Bryson at 21:54 on 2011 Mar 08

GarryI'd prefer not to have my picture on my profile. But I'll look out for you.Sorry It's just I prefer my picture not to be on the net.See you in April.Duncanp.s A picture of a galaxy is better than no picture at all