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May meeting

Pete Adshead’s ‘camera surgery’ had us wincing. Thanks Pete, for sharing your experience of  replacing the filter on your DSLR. Not for the faint hearted or cack -handed I’d say, so that eliminates me at least. :-) That nice Owl Nebula test result showed that the patient had made a full recovery. The link to the Astrometry  site Pete mentioned is http://nova.astrometry.net/

Thanks to Bob Mizon for stepping in to fill the gap left by our speaker who was called away to  high level meetings in the UAE on space issues. Thanks too to Arthur for his sky notes and his account of the Rosse telescope at Birr Castle. (And congratulations on winning the raffle at last).

Inspired by last month’s talk on radio astronomy for amateurs, Bill Reed, (who else), constructed a kit and brought it along to demonstrate his meteor detection set up. Is there no end to the man’s talents? He’s hoping that the anticipated stream from 209P LINEAR on 23/24 May lives up to expectations. Fingers crossed.

My capture of the ISS crossing the sun seemed to be well received but I’m still shaking my head at the good luck with those clouds.

Thanks to Valerie and all who helped with refreshments in Zena’s absence. Much appreciated. Thanks too to those who donated books to our library and to CFDS.

All in all, an interesting and lively meeting and we hope our visitors enjoyed the evening


p s Hope using the scope goes well Hilda. :-)



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