Our usual 1st Tuesday in the month meeting was scuppered by a double booking hence it was on the 2nd Tuesday that we met for the Quiz Night.
What with the freezing weather and the date change our numbers were greatly diminished - just 14 faithful souls met up - many of our " regulars" were greatly missed - we look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Our new chairman - Jim - introduced the meeting with a few announcements and followed this with the "What's up in December" presentation - a brief look at what's on view this month.
One highlight mentioned was the Geminid Meteor Shower - one of the better meteor showers of the year, this one, and a number of our members had already seen some meteors even though the peak wasn't expected until the 13th/14th.
We then adjourned for refreshments while the room was set up for the quiz.
The quiz was a first for us but it was so well received that it is something we will be repeating in the future.
We had 3 teams of 4 people and the quiz had 16 questions for individual answering and another 4 "team" questions each divided into 4 parts.
The winning team - Jim's - had 60 points though Phil's team and Andrew's team were not far behind.
It was a bit of fun and the winning team members each received a fridge magnet, a PAG car window sticker (a new item - get yours for 50p at the next meeting) and a "Certificate of Excellence".
These pictures show a few of our members getting acquainted before the meeting started.
We generally have one or more attending for the first time and this month was no exception.
We have also had a number of inquiries through the website from people keen to join us - again we look forward to seeing them in January.
A few of our quiz questions to conclude with -
can you name these Messier objects either by name or by M number?.
Following the quiz it was again time for tea/coffee along with mince pies or biscuits depending on preference.
Next month - January - Stargazing Live returns to BBC2 on the 8th - 10th so we will be having our meeting the day following - Friday 11th January.
We will follow much the same format as last year with telescope displays, Andrew's image presentation and a rotating powerpoint presentation to show what is in the sky in January.
If the weather is kind we should get some viewing in also.
Please come and join us - invite family and friends and we can make this a night to remember.