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Title: The Sherwood Planetarium

Organization:  Actual Astronomy

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Description: The Actual Astronomy Podcast presents The Sherwood Planetarium.  In this episode we’ll talk with our guests from the Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society who are constructing a planetarium out of a Victorian era water reservoir. Find out what goes into making an astronomy’s club dream a reality.

Bio: Shane and Chris are amateur astronomers who enjoy teaching astronomy classes and performing outreach where they help the eyes of the public to telescope eyepieces.

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The Sherwood Planetarium on Episode 432 of the Actual Astronomy podcast. I’m Chris and joining me is Shane. We are amateur astronomers who love looking up at the night sky and this podcast is for everyone who enjoys going out under the stars.

Today we have some special guests joining us from the Sherwood Planetarium project.

Steve Wallace and Adam Firth

The Sherwood Observatory and Planetarium is the home of

Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society and is situated in Sutton-in-Ashfield overlooking the town of Mansfield to the north.I’m not sure if I have the locations correct folks so please correct me, it’s been a long time since I was in the UK.

Welcome to the show!

Steve, I understand you are the Project Manager for the Planetarium Project.

Adam, thanks for connecting us, you are a listener who had sent some amazing photos of the Planetarium project.

There is a Unique design characteristic, perhaps we can start with you Steve and we’ll start with you and make sure we’ve introduced things correctly.

Can you tell us about the general plan for the Planetarium?

What do you hope to ultimately achieve with the project?

Can you each tell us about your involvement?

How did you decide to undertake converting a Victorian Era water reservoir into a planetarium?

How did the project get started?

How did you find funding?

Who are your partners?

What stage is the project currently in and when do you hope to finish?

What challenges have you had to overcome?

This is associated with Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society and an existing Observatory, how will this all work together?

Can you both tell us about your interests in astronomy and your personal motivations for being involved in such a massive public outreach project?

What is the observatory like there?

What telescopes are there?

When is it usually open to the public?

How are members involved?

How can people get involved / contribute / visit?

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