Briars Observatory Centre
Over the years the Briars Observatory site
has had a transformation.
In 1996, this is how our Briars site
looked facing north east.
Pictured are (from left) Peter Skilton, Don Leggett, Roger
Cleverdon, Ken Bryant and Peter Lowe.
By 1999, the grass was down and two slabs
were laid as viewing platforms. The old ASF caravan (visible
in first image) found a new home as a storage shed, and
working bees were arranged to develop the site. The Peter
Norman 12" reflector was brought out at this particular work
day so a refurbished mirror could be installed.
Throughout the year, the MPAS holds a
series of member education events, usually on a Saturday
afternoon prior to observing later that night. Known as
Telescope Learning Days or TLD's, they are the brainchild of
long-time member David Girling, who organises and runs them.
One of these has been set aside as the annual Ken Bryant
Scope Day, in memory of a very active and much missed member
of the then ASF. Below is the Ken Bryant Scope Day of 2002.
Christmas 2005 at the Briars
2007, the Briars Observatory site has two
viewing platforms, the main larger platform adjoining the
Societies Public Building that is primarily used for
presentations to the public, and a second smaller platform,
all with power supplies for members convenience.
2009 Aerial View of the Briars Site
Provided by John Cleverdon
Greg Walton proudly stands by the two deep
sky viewing telescopes he built of a truss-tube
construction, these are pictured on the lower, smaller
viewing platform. Sky Dancer on the right is Greg's own
personal scope, while Sky Venturer is mechanically driven
scope, it is for use by the MPAS.