MILLS OBSERVATORY: OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2018   Mills Observatory events for the month ahead. Provisional programme subject to change. Please check with the observatory prior to any visit.

Please note the following.

Impact of Issues with Dome
The principal function of the Observatory Dome is to enable public access to view night skies. Public viewing takes place Mon - Fri evenings and delivered in the following ways:
"Informal Drop-in sessions, as part of Planetarium Shows or as part of a pre-booked Group Visit for a range of Children's, Community or Special Interest Groups
Without access to Dome and main telescopes, some viewing of the night skies can still be offered to visitors using tripod telescopes and binocular sets, sited on the Observatory's first floor Balcony area. However, this method is more labour intensive than public viewing from the Dome; requiring higher levels of set up/take down of equipment and supervision of activity from staff due to its external location on the Balcony. Two members of staff are required when using tripod telescopes; with a third member of staff to providing Reception and Shop duties on the ground floor during each public opening evening.

In order to deliver this temporary option during the winter period, changes to Public Opening hours & Visitor Assistants working patterns have been made. Closing on Sunday afternoons and opening at slightly later time on weekday evenings has enabled some staffing hours to be re-directed to times where there is a higher level of public demand for viewing of night skies. The Observatory's regular Programme of Talks, Planetariums Shows, Group Visits, Children's & Family workshops can be successfully delivered within these amended public opening times. There is no impact to Dundee Astronomical Society Members evenings, Friends of Balgay meetings and University of Dundee Outer Space/Inner Space events; which can continue to take place on the usual days and times.  Proposed Public Opening Hours during winter 2018/19 are:

Monday to Friday, 5pm - 10pm
Saturday, 12.30 - 4pm
Sunday, Closed

PROPOSED SCIENCE LEARNING & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME (October - December)
Welcome, Reception & Shop (Public)
Available Mon - Sat, during public opening hours. Providing an essential point of contact for visitors, Bookings, Retail, and Public Enquiries relating to Astronomy/Night Skies. Public enquiries are made in person, by phone or email.

Viewing of Night Skies (Public)
Available Mon - Fri evenings through mobile telescopes and/or binoculars sited on tripods outside on the Observatory's Balcony area. This activity is weather permitting and dependant on appropriate staffing levels.

Self-Directed Activities (Public)
Available during public opening hours, at times when the Planetarium Room is not in use for Shows, Talks or Workshops.  Visitors can drop-in to the space and access self-directed activities including digital displays, Reference Books and Oral History. The Observatory's mobile 'Astro Cart' is located on the ground floor and offers a range of books, activities sheets and games for families and younger visitors. 

Group Visits (Science Learning option for Schools, Children & Young People and Community)
Available to book on Tue & Wed evenings. Each visit includes a Planetarium Show and Night Skies Viewing *Arrangements for any bookings made during last season will be honoured.

Planetarium Shows (Public)
Available fortnightly on Friday evenings.  Due to the expected higher visitor footfall on Friday nights, additional support to viewing of night skies will be provided by Dundee Astro Society members.

Dundee Astronomy Society Evenings (Members)
Fortnightly Members evenings on Friday evenings. Additional support to viewing of night's skies will be provided by Dundee Astro Society members.

Saturday Activities & Events Programme
Programme of Astronomy Talks from invited speakers, drop-in events for children and families, science learning sessions from Researchers at University of Dundee (Outer Space/Inner Space), access to local Community and Friends Groups
 
2018/19 Dates for your diary  Click on highlighted dates for reports
October 12th Will Joy - Finding Space Rocks.  An introduction to meteorite hunting, and Will's exploits in finding them, including tips on identifying specimens.
October 26th Hazel Collett - The Beauty and Violence of the Sun.  A look at the make-up of the sun, and its effects on our own planet.
November 9th Vanessa Smer-Barreto - Dark Energy. Dark Energy is one of the most mysterious forces in our Universe, and Vanessa will cover the evidence for its existence, and some of the theory behind it.
November 23rd Nick Rowell - GAIA, Data Release 2 Update.  Nick returns to DAS to give us an update on the latest data from the GAIA mission, and some of the more interesting findings.
December 14th Christmas Quiz. Our regular fun quiz night, followed by snacks and refreshments, and a chance to chat. There may be a short report or images.
January 11th 2019 Joseph Kennedy - Expand your horizons: The mystery of cosmic acceleration.  More on Dark Energy, this time from the theoretical side
January 25th Alan Clitherow - Solar Imaging.  Continuing with his series of tutorial-style talks, Alan will explain techniques for solar imaging
February 08th Ken Kennedy - Great Moments in Astronomy. A selection of important moments from the history of astronomy.
February 22nd   Members' Night   Your chance to shine!!  Short talks, demonstrations, show & tell items, on any relevant subject - all contributions welcome.
March 08th Dave Gavine - The Development of the Schmidt- Cassegrain Telescope.  Sadly Dr. Gavine was ill and unable to attend.  Instead Bill Samson and Ken Kennedy gave spirited talks on astro photography and star hopping, which were both well received. Thanks to them both.
March 22nd AGM.  Possibly including a brief talk or presentation. Members only
  Mondays Welcome, Reception and Shop.
Planetarium Room/Digital Screen. Astronomy display / drop-in/self-directed activities.
Public Viewing of Night Skies on Balcony.
At various times; and weather permitting. Staff using tripod with telescopes/binoculars.
9.45pm Night viewing finishes
Clear Away equipment from balcony.
Tuesdays Welcome, Reception and Shop.
Planetarium Room/Digital Screen. Astronomy display / drop-in/self-directed activities.
Public Viewing of Night Skies on Balcony.
At various times; and weather permitting. Staff using tripod with telescopes/binoculars.
9.45pm Night viewing finishes
Clear Away equipment from balcony.
Wednesdays Welcome, Reception and Shop.
Planetarium Room/Digital Screen. Astronomy display / drop-in/self-directed activities.
Public Viewing of Night Skies on Balcony.
At various times; and weather permitting. Staff using tripod with telescopes/binoculars.
9.45pm Night viewing finishes
Clear Away equipment from balcony.
Thursdays Welcome, Reception and Shop.
Planetarium Room/Digital Screen. Astronomy display / drop-in/self-directed activities.
Public Viewing of Night Skies on Balcony.
At various times; and weather permitting. Staff using tripod with telescopes/binoculars.
9.45pm Night viewing finishes
Clear Away equipment from balcony.
Fridays Welcome, Reception and Shop.
Planetarium Shows (Check dates with Mills Observatory)
Booking essential
Public Viewing of Night Skies on Balcony.
At various times; and weather permitting. Staff using tripod with telescopes/binoculars.
9.45pm Night viewing finishes
Clear Away equipment from balcony.
Fridays
(Dec 14th, Jan 11th, Jan 25th, Feb 8th, Feb 22nd.Mar 8th
Mar 22nd)
(Alternate weeks) Welcome, Reception and Shop. As above
Dundee Astro Society Meeting
Members only
Public Viewing of Night Skies on Balcony.
At various times; and weather permitting. Staff using tripod with telescopes/binoculars.
9.45pm Night viewing finishes
Clear Away equipment from balcony.
Saturdays Welcome, Reception and Shop. As above

Activities & Events Programme
**No access to telescopes/viewing
No Public Viewing With Telescopes on the Balcony On various dates and activities include:
> Astronomy  Talks  (Invited Speakers)
> Saturday Stars Family Workshops (CS Creative Learning Team. Check with Observatory)
> Outer Space|Inner Space Sessions (University of Dundee)
> Friends of Balgay Members Meeting
Events Diary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Events further afield HERE