MKDAS 2020

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Amateur Astronomy in Milton Keynes
Home of the Milton Keynes Deaf Astronomical Society (MKDAS),
advancing the education of the public in the subject of Astronomy.
MKDAS is a thriving deaf society located in Emberton, near Olney.


With regret, and following the latest advice Government and Health services,

all observing and events meetings are now postponed until further notice.

Please stay safe during this challenging time, and we hope conditions return
to something close to normal in the near future.


Programme 2020

Mostly meeting start at 7pm.
(Click here for print out the MKDAS 2020)


The MKDAS Observatory is located at:-
The Emberton County Park,
Olney Road,
near Olney,
Milton Keynes,
Bucks, MK46 5FJ.

Find us on the A509 and meet us at the Gatehouse (Reception) at 7pm.

.Milton Keynes Deaf Astronomical Society
Programme 2020
Please text us if you are coming on 07845319228.
(Because the best of our knowledge, information and location
presented in this MKDAS programme 2020 is corrected at the
time of going to publication. However it might have changed.)

.Friday 10th January (7pm)
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
(Maximum eclipse to be seen @ 19:10 / 7.10pm)

Friday 31st January (10am till 5pm)
Running trip to AstroFest at Kensington Town Hall
in London with a singer which was provided by Access Ambassadors.
(Photo: AstroFest 2019, London)

Friday 21st February (7pm)
Understanding the Sky Atlas map and
how to target the celestial objects.

Saturday 21st March (9am-5pm)
Cancelled due to Corvid-19
Free entrance to Practical Astronomy Show
at Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive,
Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6PB.
(More information:

Friday 24th April (7pm)
Cancelled due to Corvid-19

Observing the Markarian’s Chain in the constellation of Virgo.
(Markarian’s Chain is a stretch of galaxies
that forms part of the Virgo Cluster.)

Friday 22nd May (9pm)
Cancelled due to Corvid-19

Conjunction of the Venus and Mercury
(Good opportunity for astrophotography.)

Friday 19th June (10pm)
Cancelled due to Corvid-19

Saturn will be well placed for
observation, in the constellation Sagittarius.
(It will be visible for much of the night, reaching its
highest point in the sky around midnight local time.)

July – August
No meeting events

Friday 18th September (7pm)
Cancelled due to Corvid-19

Astronomy Talks
(Location – to be followed)

Monday 12th October -Monday 19th October (one week)
Running trip to British Deaf Astronomical Association
hold at Kelling Heath in North Norfolk for the main day on
Saturday 17th of astronomy stalls and talks and observing the night sky.

Friday 27th November (7pm)
Observing the Comet 11P Tempel-Swift-Linear
(Good opportunity for astrophotography.)

Friday 4th December – 6pm
Christmas Festive meals at The Fountain Harvester,
London Road, Loughton, Milton Keynes, MK5 8AF.

Derek Rowley
Mobile Text:-  07845 319228
Email:-  derek(at)


2020 MKDAS – Captured the partial eclipse of the Moon.
(Friday 10th January 2020 at 7.10pm)

2020 MKDAS – Thank you to Access Ambassadors

IMG 6101A BSL interpreter was provided by Access Ambassadors CIC
at AstroFest in London

We would like to thank you to Access Ambassadors, because we were very grateful for Access Ambassadors supported us by a provided a BSL interpreter in London at the European AstroFest Exhibition on Friday 31st January 2020 for our MKDAS members who have confident that they have grasped and understood clearly their experience in technology of astronomy by better communication between the dealers and deaf MKDAS members – their feedback really appreciated – their positive feedback to share with you that they have learnt something and alternative to buy at the saved costs – if without a provided interpreter that they could wasted more cash on unnecessarily.

Click below for more information about;

Access Ambassadors CIC

Helpful hints when working with Interpreters

BSL Training


MKDAS – Running trip to AstroFest in London

(Friday 31st January 2020)

MKDAS Introduction
(Founded 2003)

MKDAS of the Year Archive
2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010
2011 / 2012 / 2013 /2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019

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