New Astronomers Group FAQ

In response to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) I started this page to answer them.
If you haven't found want you want in the other NAG pages then please send me your question!


Q - In order to join the NAG why do I have to join the ASV?

We use ASV facilities and resources that have been paid for by members. So like all other Section meetings NAG is open to ASV members only.
Exceptions are made for guest speakers or members visiting from other Astronomical societies. Please contact the Section Director to discuss.


Q - I am having trouble learning to use my telescope! Can I bring it along to the NAG meeting?
A - Yes of course.

There are always other new members in the group who have similar questions to yours. You are welcome to bring your scope along to share your experience. Arrive early or hang back late are good options. Pick a clear night if you want to do some viewing. February (telescopes) or May (discussion night) are the best meetings to bring your scope along. If you can't that long then please contact the Section Director.


Q - Who is NAG most suitable for?
A - Anyone with an Astronomical interest is most welcome to attend our meetings.

Parents please note: Members 16years and under will be better suited to the Junior section.

Over the years I've had many retired people who finally found time to pursue a long held interest in the night sky joining NAG. But we have all ages, all personality types, from all backgrounds. NAG is the opposite of an "on-line" Astronomy course. As volunteera we cannot compete against the resources of an Education facility like a University. Instead the monthly NAG meetings are an opportunity to meet and connect with other members who are also starting their journey into Astronomy. Group discussion and practical tips are what we try to do. Prior knowledge of Astronomy is not required. An interest to learn more is essential. Content is aimed at adults of all ages.


Q - What is the "Open Discussion Night" on the NAG calendar?
A - Here's your chance to show n share your Astronomy stories or experiences with others. It's about you, not me.

Most meetings are all about the monthly topic with a lot of topic material to get through. This night is a show n share night. Examples of what members could bring are a telescope or other equipment, favourite photos, maybe  ones you have taken yourself, news articles, presentat your pet project, share you favourite web-site, give a presentation, or tell us about a different ASV Section meeting you get along to.

Bribery will get you everywhere so please feel free to bring a small plate to share.