Long Eaton Astronomical Society Meeting 27th November

Thursday 27th November 2014 (6:30-8:30pm): Speaker Phil Jaworek from the East Midlands Stargazers talking about Vintage refracting telescopes.


  • What is a Vintage Refractor
  • Brief history of the achromatic refractor – including description of Chromatic Aberration and focal length and their relationship in refractor design
  • Brief description of the Apochromatic Refractor
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the achromat
  • Achromats old and new – a few examples of famous (and not so famous) makes from the past 100 years including some of my own examples.
  • Accessories – eyepieces etc to match the vintage scope
  • What place does the achromat have in modern amateur astronomy – modern classic style achromats
  • What to look for in a vintage/classic scope
  • Where to buy and what to pay
  • Where to get info plus some interesting reading

Refreshments will be available from 6:15pm. All welcome, under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Free for members, non members are welcome for a suggested donation of £2 towards refreshments etc.

After the talk there will be opportunity for some observing if clear, if not there will be another shorter talk by Mr Perkins on topical subject matter.


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An astronomical observatory at The Long Eaton School, scheduled to open in early 2012
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