Light pollution petition

12 May, 2016

Please petition the Govt. to introduce legislation to combat light pollution.


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CADAS at Chard School

29 April, 2016

Pete and Ron were at Chard School on Wednesday 27th April with Jo Richardson’s Space Detectives as part of the ESERO-UK Tim Peake Primary Project.
After a short presentation  the children all had a chance to have a safe look at the sun which happened to have some sunspot groups and prominences, A hugely enjoyable day and the children really impressed us with how much they knew.

Pete at Chard School

Pete at Chard School

'That's a sunspot

'That's a sunspot

Pete projecting the sun

Pete projecting the sun

Prominences are cool!

Prominences are cool!

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April ’16 meeting

23 April, 2016


Bob Mizon, our star speaker, in his usual entertaining way gave us lots of insights into the origins of the names ancient and modern of many of the stars and other celestial objects. What variety! And who knew there were so many ways in which the stars were catalogued. Having an appreciation of this background adds an additional layer of interest to the things we look at.

Bob’s ‘Object of the month’ covered the upcoming transit of Mercury on 9th May with advice on how to view the transit safely and what to expect. Hope the skies are clear!

Arthur’s sky notes for May followed and a copy is now on our website. Thanks Arthur.

Pete Adshead’s description of how he imaged the quasar 3C23 really impressed us. A great example of deep sky imaging and it was the first time someone has shared such an image with us. Nice one Pete!

Another great image was Bill’s latest of Jupiter. Without doubt his best so far and that’s saying something!

There were some solar images from Ron who also caught the ISS crossing the moon.

As usual, many thanks to Zena, Annabelle and Mike for providing refreshments and to all those who helped in the kitchen and with setting up and clearing away the hall.

At our next meeting  on 18 May Bob Mizon’s talk will be based around ‘Astronomy Pictures of the Day’. If the weather played ball, on May 9th there should be some images of Mercury’s transit to see. If not, there will just be a load of long faces.

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May ’16 Sky notes

22 April, 2016

May 2016 Sky notes

May 2016 Sky chart

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April 2016 Sky notes

24 March, 2016

April 2016 Sky Notes

April 2016 Sky Chart

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Redstart School, Chard.

What a great evening at Redstart! This year we had clear skies so the 100 or so children  and parents were able to get great views of Jupiter, the moon, and lots of constellations.

Pete, Martyn, Mike and Ron had ‘scopes on the go and a good time was had by all. Thanks for asking us Redstart and we look forward to next year.

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March meeting report

17 March, 2016

All we needed was for the clouds to stay away for one hour. One hour! No chance. Just as the shadow transits of Jupiter started, in they rolled. And there they stayed until our meeting was over. Only then did some of us manage to glimpse the shadows between breaks in the murk. Sadly some people had left by then, so missed the opportunity. That’s astronomy in the UK for you! Many thanks to Pete and Mike for staying out with the ’scopes to monitor the situation.

Fortunately, during the rest of the meeting, Nigel Colling was able to share his varied and entertaining Space News with us despite having to leave his sick bed to do it and having to beat the technology into submission. What a hero! Thanks Nigel, don’t know what we’d have done without you.

Thanks also to Arthur Davis for his Constellation Notes featuring Leo and its many deep sky delights.
The evening finished with Bud, Pete, Ron and Bill’s images. Bud’s Jupiter shots were as usual outstanding and it was great that Pete now has the time again to produce the deep sky shots he does so well.

Thanks of course to Richard, Zena, Annabelle and Mike for their catering and to those who helped them in the kitchen.

Next month, Bob Mizon will be presenting ‘Names in the Sky’. It’s Bob, so need I say more? See you April 20th.

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March meeting

11 March, 2016

During our March meeting on Wednesday 16h, the shadows of Ganymede and Io will transit Jupiter. If it is clear, please bring your ‘scopes to the meeting. We will set up outside and try to observe these transits. To allow this, our speaker has kindly agreed to reschedule  his talk. A final decision will be make on Tuesday depending on the forecast.


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Society for the History of Astronomy Spring Conference

5 March, 2016

Spring_Conf_2016 .docx

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February meeting

18 February, 2016

We had a near record turnout for our February meeting and welcomed several new members and visitors. We were able to get our AGM out of the way quickly so we could get to Bud Budzynski’s excellent talk ‘A life on Mars’. Bud raised a whole lot of interesting issues for us to consider and I got the impression from the discussion afterwards that not many of us would fancy making the trip any time soon.  Leave it to robotics was the consensus.

Thanks to Alan Hall for producing those attractive planet information sheets for us. They proved very popular. If you didn’t get yours, some should be available at the next meeting.

After the break, Arthur Davis presented his Sky notes for March and Bob Mizon followed with his ‘ Object of the month’.

The evening ended with some recent solar images from Ron.

Many thanks to everyone for helping with setting up and putting away and especially those who helped in the kitchen. We couldn’t manage without you!

The Redstart School event will start at 6.30 on  Thursday 17th March. If you can bring a ‘scope, please let Ron know. The more of us the merrier.  Address is Redstart School, Redstart Road, Chard, TA20 1SD

Next month our speaker will be Chris Starr, Chairman of Wells and Mendip Astronomers whose talk will be ‘Dawn of the Solar System’. Not to be missed, so we look forward to seeing you there.

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