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East Riding Astronomers : FAQ

Let us guide you round East Yorkshire skies


Welcome to ERA

Frequently Asked Questions:

If you have a question that is not covered here then email it to the Chairman and we will do our best to answer it.

Question: How much does it cost to be an ERA member
Answer: ERA charges 16 for one years membership which runs from 1st January each calendar year.

Question: How much is it for one meeting?
Answer: Simply 3 per meeting if you are a non member. Generally if you aren't earning you are not charged.

Question: Which telescope should I buy?
Answer: Don't buy anything until you have looked through ours. If you are not proficient in the night sky with both your own eyes and a suitable pair of binoculars then you almost certainly will not cope with any size of telescope.

Question: OK so what type of binocular should I get?
Answer: ERA recommends that you consider 10 x 50 binoculars but you should mount them on a tripod to get best results.

Question: I have some 8 x 30 binoculars that I use for bird spotting. Will they be alright for Astronomy?
Answer: Barely - as they have reduced aperture and exit pupil compared to our recommendation. If that is double dutch to you - come and talk to us.

Question: I admit to having already got a scope but I am having some difficulty in using it. Can you help?
Answer: Definitely, one of our main objectives is to help anyone get into this wonderful hobby. Bring either your scope or simply describe the problem and we will get you started.

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Email: Chairman
Lorraine C Scaife, 15 Beech Road, Elloughton, East Yorkshire, HU15 1JX
Tel:(01482) 668665 or 07801 415396