SCARBOROUGH & RYEDALE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY entered its 41th year of existence on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, 2016.
I would like to acknowledge here the members who helped me establish this Society in those early days.
thanks go to:
AUDREY WILSON of the Osgodby Community Association, who allowed the Society to come into being at the Osgodby Community Centre on Osgodby Lane in 1976.
MARK WISON, who was the first secretrary.
ANDREW KING, the first Treasurer.
DAPHNE and REG WATERWORTH Long time members, Reg was in The Webb Society and excelled in measuring the Position Angles and Separations of various binary stars. His favourite, I believe, was Delta Herculis! They were the Society's representatives in
Pickering, and supported our Star Parties vigorously.
JOE SHAAF from South Carolina in the USA was the first member to donate a telescope (a 6" Newtonian reflector) to the Society.
TONY NIXON Now at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich as a guide.
Tony was one of the founder members who introduced a monthly news sheet which he photocopied and distributed amongst members. He now lives in Croydon.
MARTIN CLARKE Marin and I organised the Friday Night observing at my Observatory in Throxenby Lane,
which included amongst other things observing and plotting the paths of a number of main belt asteroids (dwarf planets), comets and deep space objects.
TINA and RICHARD WARWICK. Tina remains one of the longest serving members of the Astronomical
Society, and in the early days encouraged me to keep the Society going, for which I thank her greatly. After a Perseid Meteor Watch and count above Hackness, she rushed us back into Scarborough in order to observe a very close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter,
which were less than 30 arc minutes apart in the early morning aky. Both planets were visible in the same field of view, and Tina went around the cars in the Holbeck Car Park waking people up and dragging them to see the delightful appearance of the two planets
in the telescope. Tina was society Treasurer for many years.
ALAN DOUGLAS, Tina's father, was a great supporter of the Astronomical Society.
ROB OVERFIELD A staunch and enthusiastic member of the Astronomical Society; together Rob and I
set up our First Messier Marathon in a good observing area above Sawdon. Many members attended, and on a clear but freezing night in March we star hopped to a total of 76 objects. There were no 'goto' facilities in those days. At 04h 30 we were beaten by the
frost !!! This record for us, has not yet been beaten within the Society.
LAURA GREY. Laura now lives in France but she was a great supporter at our star parties. She assisted Sheila and Tina with the distribution of our famous 'Green Alien
Soup' and is the expert at giving star party visitors the best ground views of the Pleiades!
NEIL WOODHEAD, Neil was a good Society Chairman, and astronomer. When he married Gillian at Nottingham Parish Church. They set up home just outside that
city, where they live to this day.
SARAH BUCKLE, A collegue at Scalby School in the Maths Department, was Treaurer of the Society for several years
DEIRDRE BORE, our member from Hornsea who supported our star parties by bringing her very long
focal length refractor, which, when set up, looked like a huge gun. Albireo was a sight to behold through this instrument.
GEOFF and HILDA BROWN, a lovely couple from Kirby Moorside. Jeff was interested in satellites and had been involved in their
construction. He gave several talks on this subject.
MARK DAWSON Mark and his friends came down from Whitby to our meetings and asked us to set up a star party on the Abbey Plain above the town, which we did. Mark was so impressed with the
number of Whitby folk who came along to look through our telescopes that he later went on to form the Whitby and District Astronomical Society. The members hold numerous star parties of their own in the vicinity of Captain Cook's monument on the West Cliff.
The Whitby Society has the use of the Observatory at the town's community college, which houses a historical Thomas Cook of York Refractor, of fair size.