Coventry and Warwickshire Stargazers is an informal meetup for anyone interested in the night sky and space. Whether you are an experienced astronomer with lots of equipment, or someone who's totally new to astronomy and wants to give it a go, we're the group for you! This group is open to anyone of any level of experience and any age groups. Our galaxy is for everyone to enjoy. You don't require any equipment to come along, sharing of optics as well as knowlege and enthusiasm is encouraged.
What we do:
We meet at an outdoor location in late evening when the skies are clear and the weather is fair, so that when night falls we can observe and photograph the planets in our solar system, the moon, stars, comets, nebulae and much more in our own galaxy and even other galaxies billions of light years away!
You will never forget the time you first saw the coloured bands and moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn or your first Deep Sky Object (like a star cluster or nebula.) We encourage our members to show newcomers around and share their telescopes with them.
Where we meet:
We meet in the playing field behind Stoneleigh village hall, which is very easy to find and is away from the light pollution of nearby cities. Amateur Astronomy is dependent on weather conditions and time of day (or night!) so we operate on an ad-hoc basis. If the weather is looking good with clear skies, check the meetup page to see who else is going. There is ample parking at the village hall for anyone driving to the venue.
What you need:
You'll need a warm coat and a curious mind which is ready to experience the awe-inspiring sights of the night sky through a telescope! Perhaps a flask of tea or coffee and a snack to keep you warm, and a folding chair to sit and chat in. When you are more experienced and want to purchase your own optics, we can help you pick up the best equipment for you needs and budget. If you have your own equipment feel free to bring it, and if you have an extra scope to share on the night we're always grateful.
We'll see you when the sun goes down - clear skies!