I got an email today from Alison Tripp from the Faulkes Telescope saying “We wondered who had been promoting us as we’ve had a few people sign up recently” So as I’ve been promoting it, I suppose I ought to be telling people how I use it and what it’s all about.
When a group of teachers met in a outdoor centre for a weekend of snoring, laughter and resource sharing we got a talk about a project called the Faulkes Telescope. This appeared to be a great new project for Mrs Physics to try, so I signed up, found out about it and Mr and Mrs Physics did our first trial run on my 40th Birthday (no more details given!) This was my first image. Since then I’ve had a love/ hate relationship with the telescope, but I can vouch that it has a massive impact on the students astonishment about Science and the wonders of our beautiful world.
The telescope has undergone huge changes since 2004 when it opened (and before I was 40!) and the changes just keep on going. I was taken aback on Thursday 5th November 2020 when armed with my list of 6 potential targets (quite high for one session, but unusually involving lots of short exposures) I found that the telescope was no longer needing to change each filter, red green and blue, to image each part of the sky as 3 individual images but that it could take these images simultaneously. So my 6 targets and 2 back ups weren’t enough for my 1/2 hour session. However, when processing the images it was certainly more tricky with different images not quite aligning, but the technical Mr Physics came up with the solution.
In this post I’ll go through a few of my favourite images from the last 13 years, (whoops I’ve given that away) and then over time I’ll build up some posts about how I go about preparing for a session and analysing the images. Hope you like what you see and feel free to use the pictures, although a credit would be nice!
Hot off the press- here is the September Newsletter. You ought to receive one through your Science Teacher. There is also a couple of spare places. This might be the last chance that you get to be part of D&G Space School, so don’t miss out. We will accept people from the current S2, if you are one of the oldest in your year, to the current S4.
Great meeting tonight folks! Thank you to the students for joining in and to the parents and carers for bringing the students along. If there are no objections I’ll post the 2 photos I took on to this page and you can remind yourself who everyone was. As long as we know we have final numbers of 50 we can then go up to 55. We can’t travel with 49 for numbers as we wouldn’t be legal! So just check you’ve no friends who’ll be in S4 to S6 when we travel and at a Regional School.
I’m sure those on the reserve list will be getting their invites soon.
I’m looking into easygiving and will get in touch when I have details of the account.
19th June 2019
Please can the students vote on the colour of the t-shirt that you’d like. See the image below, or stick to the blue? We can’t choose 3 colours, although might be able to do two.
We have an amazing opportunity to be involved in a fantastic and life changing school trip in October 2020. This is a chance to be part of a Dumfries and Galloway Space Experience. As someone who was part of the Scottish Space School in 2005, and who has taken groups in 2016 and 2018, I can assure you that students who attend have a great time and develop personally. We are planning this trip early so that there is plenty of opportunity to save over the next eighteen months to pay for the trip or to be involved in fundraising opportunities. We will be taking a group of 16-18 year olds, who we expect to be studying Physics, Engineering or Science in October 2020 and will still be at a secondary Dumfries and Galloway State Secondary school. This trip is not a site seeing trip and will involve practical tasks linked to launching, landing, and roving on Mars, so it is important that you have an interest in Science and or engineering.
I have enclosed details of the trip below. The cost of the trip will be in the region of £2,000 but we hope that much of this can be obtained through fundraising. The more people we can get to go the cheaper it will be per person. If you wish to be considered for the trip please can you indicate below and bring in a deposit of £150 by 21st May, with a further £100 due on the 10th June. I am aware that this is a large sum of money to pay, but I assure you I will do all I can to keep the costs down and I would not recommend this trip unless I thought the benefits were well worth it. Cheques should be made payable to LOCKERBIE ACADEMY
IN-RESORT SAMPLE ITINERARY
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR
Airport transfers in the
Meals & Transportation
not indicated in itinerary
Dinner on arrival evening
Lunches on non-NASA days
Cost of visas, full or
Cost of inoculations or
medication required for travel
& entertainment options
Hotel incidental bills –
meals, mini-bar items, recreation charges, purchases billed to room, etc
Any gratuities – coach
drivers, maid service, bellman service, tour Ambassador
Additional taxes, fuel
surcharges or service charges levied by the governments or our suppliers
Please get signed up as soon as possible so that we can start planning some fund raising ideas.