Join "Baker Street Irregulars" (3rd-party hosted)

The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers is another (much larger) London group, not associated with us, who have monthly-ish meetings in Regent's Park. Their meetings are (as in the title), irregular, a bit like ours :) and move date based on moon/planet/star rising times and weather status. These meetings are very well attended (many many more than come from our group, typically somewhere between 50-a bit over 100ish, mostly ~100 at the busiest point).

For their future meetings, see  the facebook group or website (links below)/mailing list.

Their stargazing meetings are held at the Hub, Regent's Park - a cafe on a raised bump in the middle of the park. All park gates are only open til sunset; after sunset there is only one park gate open (usually Monkey Gate, near the zoo, the gate to the right of it when looking from outside the park), along a low-lit path (and some parts are not lit). Parking outside Monkey Gate is free on the Outer Circle after 6.30pm and it’s about 150m walk from the road to The Hub. Turn up when light/leave with someone from the meet if you're nervous in the dark.

PLEASE NOTE: * Do not drive into the Park. This is not allowed and risks losing their permit to continue meeting there. * Please sign the visitor’s book upon arrival. * Please only use open gates and never try to climb over the fences, for safety/security/their continued use of the park.

I (your organiser, John) usually try to attend their meetings too, and sometimes their pub socials; but you should not rely on finding me there; though you will find some of  the BSIA hosts Carl, Jerry, Mike, Paul, Ralph, Simon or Tom), there can also be other meetup groups there too. Some of the event's organisers are from the Widescreen center around the corner from the park, where you can buy telescopes, binoculars and find much more knowledge and advice about equipment and astronomy.

For further details see their facebook group (posts HERE) or its own website. There's a podcast too. Note - the Hub meeting usually has a "launch window" to cater for selecting the best day (of 3) for the weather, and facebook/website will have the final date a day or two before the meeting time-window and I'll update this event when I can.

While for everyone in the South West of London they may be more of a trek than many of our meetings, they are a large and well-attended group (50-100+ depending on weather/time of year) with many members bringing along telescopes that most of the time you are free to view through (or to queue for, on the biggest), even companies sometimes demonstrating their latest products or with competitions. Its a great way to find out what sort of equipment you might be happiest with, to try before you buy, with realistic expectations of what you'll see; and to learn about others' experiences and generally more about astronomy and the universe. Plus of course just hanging out socially with other amateur astronomers. They have pub meets too, to increase the social side.

All in, a great group - so why do I continue to run this one? For more local meetups, potentially at shorter notice and more of them, and generally aiming to be easier to access for those scared of going alone in the dark (at least some of the time).

NOTE: the rough date may not be set until a week or two before, or often known for sure until a couple of days beforehand. The event usually runs til ~10pm or a bit later.

DO NOT ASSUME THE DATE IS CORRECT for future meetings unless you have checked their website/facebook group (or are on the mailing list), or I've confirmed it here.

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  • Sharon H.

    Well, last night Saturn looked lovely here in Cornwall but, I must admit, no better than when I am in London. One last try tonight when I am staying in north Cornwall.

    May 23, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    Sure enough it is dark - dark with dark clouds!! Will try tomorrow.

    May 20, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    So, I am now in Falmouth in Cornwall. Carted my telescope all the way here and can't believe the hotel has a telescope anyway!!! Am waiting for it to get dark.

    May 20, 2013

  • John G

    So far, set for Wednesday 22nd still; I might not be along until later on.

    May 18, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    Well, here I am in northern Herefordshire - beautiful crystal clear night, no wind!, and Saturn turned on like a light switch. At 9 .30pm I could see it so clearly with the rings through the telescope. Will still keep looking for a while as it travels further in case there is an even better view - just terrific!

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Gabor

    Unfortunately I'll be abroad.

    May 10, 2013

  • Gabor

    Thanks for the update!

    May 9, 2013

  • John G

    NOTE! Postponed! Not on Thursday anymore

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just joined this country and this group....hope to see you soon

    April 27, 2013

    • John G

      Great! Hope you make it, seeing Saturn and many other sites is amazing, even in central London

      May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'd love to join it! i'll be there a bit late cos i'll be working...

    May 2, 2013

    • John G

      no probs. if you're going to arrive around sunset, I'd recommend take a torch (or use your phone as one if you can), I usually arrive around[masked]pm or so unless a good reason to arrive earlier. Look out for me, but don't worry if you can't find me. There might be another meetup group there too so don't get confused..

      May 7, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    They've had to change it to Thursday. Unfortunately, I can't make it.

    May 6, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    I am beyond excited - just seen Saturn with rings for first time in my life - how fantastic - just like a suspended spaceship. Probably wont be able to sleep just too happy!

    1 · April 27, 2013

    • John G

      It is indeed an amazing sight when you see it with your own eyes for the first time (better than seeing a photo of it for sure, even amazing Hubble/other great telescope photos with more detail). Knowing the light has come from Saturn all those millions of miles (750ish million of them) right into your eyes!

      April 28, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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