A brief history of the CNAAG group

Following a series of bi-monthly astronomy articles published in the local Chipping Norton News, feedback from readers indicated that there were many people in the local area interested in the fascinating subject of astronomy. Further study revealed that many were keen amateur astronomers with a wide range of equipment, knowledge and skills. A lack of any Astronomical Society within easy travelling distance generated the idea of forming an active astronomy group based in the local area. Consequently, in December 2004, three amateur astronomers got together and founded the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group (CNAAG) with the first official meeting scheduled for January 2005. From the outset we agreed that CNAAG would operate on an amateur and informal basis, non-subscribed and with the emphasis on practical observing and promoting astronomy to everyone interested – from raw beginner to astronaut (so far, no astronauts!) After two years operation, CNAAG has gone from 3 to over 30 registered members. With the high level of interest generated, we have been able to find several indoor venues where, regardless of the weather, we can provide astronomy talks and demos. Although still early days, we hope to be able to feature regular professional astronomers and experts for talks. So far we have had a trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester, a couple of us as members of the Society for the History of Astronomy have been down to Selsey to Patrick Moore’s home and there are other excursions being planned for 2007 – Everyone welcome – keep an eye on the website. At our first meeting in January 2005, comet Malchoz , a naked eye object moving through Taurus , proved to be a good omen for the CNAAG group. With the enthusiasm and interest of its members, CNAAG is now established locally and intends to continually improve its promotion of amateur astronomy in the Chipping Norton area. About Us Area for outstanding astronomy

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