June 2014 Sky notes

29 May, 2014

June Sky notes

June sky diagram

Filed under: Sky Notes — Ron at 8:58 pm

May meeting

22 May, 2014

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. :-)


Filed under: News — Ron at 10:50 am

Colin Pillinger

8 May, 2014

Sad news that Dr Colin Pilliger has died suddenly . He’ll be greatly missed by the space and astronomy community.

Filed under: News — Ron at 11:44 am

May meeting update.

28 April, 2014

Unfortunately our speaker Professor Garry Hunt will not be able to make it to the May meeting.

Instead we will  have a ‘telescope  and getting started clinic’ for anyone needing help, so bring your ‘scope along.  Bob Mizon will also present a short talk and there may be time for members to show any  images they might have.


Filed under: News — Ron at 8:30 pm

May 2014 Sky Notes

26 April, 2014

May 2014 Sky notes

May 2014 Sky chart

Filed under: Sky Notes — Ron at 8:48 pm

April meeting.

17 April, 2014

First, a ‘thanks for coming and hope to see you again’ to our visitors and a warm welcome to those who joined CADAS last night. It was a lively meeting with a wonderful speaker. Paul Hyde’s  description of amateur radio astronomy certainly went a very long way to taking some of the mystery out of the activity. Who knew that observation at radio wavelengths did not require a  degree in electronics and an outlay of thousands. Some software, a dongle and some copper pipe?? Who’d a thunk it! This is an area we really must explore further.

It was a bit of a rush, but we managed to get out for a good ISS pass and a couple of iridium flares. Thanks to all who cleared up the grass cuttings we tramped into the hall when we went back in. That man playing with  the big double sweeper (you know who you are) left at least 3 bits. :-)

Details of next month’s meeting are awaited, so watch this space.

Finally, thanks to Zena and the refreshment crew and all the usual suspects who helped get the show on the road.


Filed under: News — Ron at 9:32 am

BAA Winchester Weekend

14 April, 2014

It was good to meet up with Nick, Liz, Arthur, Bob  and Joe at the WW. Great speakers, and a whole lot of new stuff to absorb.  I won’t say which of us contributed hugely  to  Astronomia’s profits, but will just say that one of the above drove away with two very large boxes in the back of their car. Another person will have to wait for their box of goodies to be delivered.

Can’t wait for  next year’s event!


Filed under: News — Ron at 8:34 pm

April Sky notes

10 April, 2014

April Sky notes

April Sky chart

Filed under: Sky Notes — Ron at 11:07 am

Messier Marathon

25 March, 2014

Here is an invitation from Chris Starr  to join the Wells and Mendip Astronomers for a Messier Marathon.

Dear fellow astronomers,

Just to let you know that the Wells & Mendip Astronomers will be running a Messier ‘Marathon’ night at Charterhouse Observatory, between Wells, Somerset, and Bristol on Saturday 29th March.

We’ll be using the 18.25″ Dudley Fuller reflector in its dome, recently refurbished by one of our group (Adrian Dening), as well as a number of our own telescopes. The evening will kick off at about 6pm with setting up in the field behind the Charterhouse Centre, then there will be a short talk and slide show on the Messier objects, before we go out and have a lot of fun (weather permitting)!

Refreshments, a good warm room, toilets and car parking available.

Entry £5 / £8 for couples and families / £3 for full-time students (we have to hire the Observatory/Centre).

We hope that some of your members will be able to join us.

Clear skies!

Chris Starr FRAS MBIS
Chairman, Wells & Mendip Astronomers
Starscape Education & Public Outreach

Filed under: News — Ron at 10:10 am

March 2014 meeting

20 March, 2014

A warm welcome to our new members.

We were treated to an excellent presentation by Bud Budzynski that was both entertaining and informative. Now we know a bit more about how Bud produces those superb images he treats us to.  Not sure many of us (except perhaps Bill) would be taking a drill to the back of a scope like his though. You’re a brave man, Bud!

Thanks to Arthur for this month’s sky notes, to Zena and helpers for refreshments and to Chole for so glamourously modeling our branded merchandise. Lorna reported that she had record sales afterwards.

For once the skies were clear so we were able to do some viewing after the meeting.  Thanks to Bill for quickly setting this up and to all who helped on the evening.

Next month Paul Hyde’s presentation will deal with Radio Astronomy for Amateurs.  Should be fascinating! Can’t wait.

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