Streatham Common is where we're holding our next meet, this Thursday 6th. We'll meet nearer the bottom of the common to start with, next to the A23 main road, and then shortly after walk up to the top of the common up the hill, so any latecomers should head there (and call my mobile if needed), but lets give it a go. It looks like being a sunny day and reasonably clear skies later - AND WE'RE STILL GO! So come along and chat, meet the others, learn, teach, see what we can see (a surprising amount in London, if you've never tried), and be inspired!
Sunset is at 7.35, so it'll start getting dark about half hour beyond that; but if you are bringing equipment that needs fiddling with, you might wish to be there nice and early so you can see.
The moon rises at 9.46, so if you want to stay a little later you'll see an almost-full moon a little after then (won't be very visible until its cleared the trees/horizon probably after 10pm). Before then we ought to see some of the brighter stars out, yes even in London with the naked eye - and with binoculars or better, quite a few more things. The moon will make it brighter so fewer stars visible if you hang around late enough, but is also good to look at craters and markings, and as many of you will be beginners its a good easy-to-find target.
I'll be bringing 2 pairs of binoculars, and my tripod.
If only 3 or 4 members are left rsvp'd for it I will move it to next week so people have more time to plan for it.
Getting there/finding us:
I will have a meetup logo with me, and my mobile no. is in the "how to find us" section on the website event details and in the email I sent out Wednesday. We'll meet up nearer the road to be easy to group up, look for a meetup logo on A4 paper and binoculars/tripod, then soon after be further up the hill of the common. Look for the group, call, or send an SMS if you arrive later and don't see us. I recommend bringing something warmer to wear too. Unsure when we'll be there til, I'll hang around while there's still any kind of group, that might be til after 10pm, or might be even later. Bad weather will truncate it but forecast looks good so far.
There is at least one bus stop at the common, nearest train station is either Streatham Common or Streatham (busses come past the common from both stations).
Please update your RSVP and only say Yes if you're definitely coming, you'll annoy us all if lots of yes rsvp's don't turn up; I'd rather re-arrange it when more can come instead if lots can't make it.