Lectures 2

The Society Lectures at Willingdon Memorial Hall are generally presentations by highly regarded professional astronomers and astrophysicists – from across the UK and further afield. The lectures are at a level most people can understand and rarely contain any mathematics! The Library is also on display and is open to members for the borrowing and returning of books. Coffee and biscuits are available for a small fee – proceeds to the society.

Location: Willingdon Memorial Hall, Church Street, Willingdon, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 9HT


Society Lecture: The 21st Century Amateur Astronomer – Graham Bryant @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: The 21st Century Amateur Astronomer


Long gone are the days of the Victorian Grand Amateurs who were often wealthy with large telescopes at their disposal and time on their hands. The task of pushing back the frontiers of science largely moved to professional institutions at around the turn of the 20th century. Amateur images can now certainly rival those from professional observatories of the early–middle 20th century. This talk will explore some of the areas where the 21st-century amateur can stillmake his/her mark, and where the amateur can still contribute to the body of scientific knowledge.

A lavishly illustrated talk featuring only amateur images.


Biographical details

Graham Bryant, FRAS

Graham has been involved in astronomy as an amateur for 50 years. He is chairman of the Hampshire Astronomical Group and has his own observatory with a 12-inch reflector on the Clanfield Observatory site. He is a Trustee of the South Downs Planetarium and part-time presenter of shows to the public and school children. Over the past several years Graham has also been a tour guide for Arctic trips to view the aurora from both land and ship.

Graham is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the BAA and a founder member of the BAA’s  Commission for Dark Skies. A council members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and recently awarded an Honory Fellowship by the University of Portsmouth, sponsored by the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, for collaborative work undertaken over the past 24 years between the Hampshire Astronomical Group and the University of Portsmouth’s Mathematics and Physics students.