April meeting

16 April, 2015

It was good to welcome our visitors! Hope you enjoyed the meeting,

We actually managed to get outside for some observing and having some fun watching and imaging the ISS as it went over. It was a laugh watching Lorna’s excitement when she discovered that she’d caught the ISS for the first time on her new fancy camera. Nice one Lorna. Meanwhile Bill’s all sky camera was picking up all sorts.
Before all that though, there was Bud’s ‘Back to basics’ talk which was entertaining as well as instructive. This was followed by Arthur’s sky notes for May. We had to wait until the viewing session was over before being treated to Bob Mizon’s ‘Object of the month’ Hydra; needless to say, the wait was well worthwhile!

Thanks to all contributors and to Zena and her merry band for yet again providing our monthly feast. Thanks too to the sweeper uppers who valiantly cleared all the grass we had tramped in to the hall from the field. Great job.
Next month’s talk is on eclipses. Should be a good one!


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April Sky Notes

29 March, 2015

April Sky Notes

April Sky Notes

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20 March, 2015

Hope you managed to catch the eclipse!

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March meeting

19 March, 2015

Another enjoyable and instructive evening! Thanks to Bob Mizon for his excellent presentation on 7 Moons. Not that Bob confined us to those 7. His account of the other moon-like objects out there was as usual, fascinating.
Quite coincidentally, Bob’s object of the month the constellation Monoseros, coincided with Arthur’s selected constellation for his monthly sky notes and some of  Bill Read’s great images including the Christmas tree and Cone nebulae  and Barnard’s variable nebula .Spooky!
Ron shared a lucky recently taken  H alpha image of a solar post flare loop.

Thanks to Zena and all who helped with refreshments and the all important kitchen duties.

If you have any ‘beginners’ questions’ don’t forget to let me have them, or you can bring them to the next meeting. Bud’s session next month will have a back to basics theme which I know will be of interest to many. Please feel free to bring any equipment you need a hand with.


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Bruton School for Girls

10 March, 2015

Mike, Bud, Chris and Ron enjoyed an astronomy evening with children and parents of Bruton School for Girls today. The skies could have been clearer but with Jupiter and moons to view and a few other sights, a good time was had by all. It was interesting to see how well some of the pupils did with their efforts at eyepiece photography with their mobiles. They got some impressive shots of Jupiter with four moons.

Thanks to Steve Brown from the school for inviting us.

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March ’15 Skynotes

25 February, 2015

March ’15 Skynotes

March’15 Sky chart

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Edington talk

21 February, 2015

We did a second  astronomy evening for the Edington and District History Group on 20 Feb. Cloudy skies of course but the presentation seemed to be enjoyed. Good chat afterwards. Thanks for inviting us!!


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February ’15 meeting.

19 February, 2015

First, it was great to welcome so many new visitors. Thanks for coming along and we hope to see you again next time.

Our own home grown speaker Bill Reed’s talk on the solar system was just the ticket and it’s clear we’ve found another media star in the making. Thanks Bill, great talk and a revision session that was greatly enjoyed.

Thanks too, to Arthur Davis for his monthly sky notes for March. These will be on our website near the end of this month.

Well done to Earnest Staines for making the parallelogram mount for his ‘bins. Great job.Thanks for the pictures Earnest. No more stiff necks for you, then. :-)

As usual we ended with members’ images and a hilarious video of an amazing flying machine/rocket  which defies description.

Next month, Bob Mizon’s talk will be ’7 Moons’. Which ones will he choose? Come along to find out.

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CADAS membership

15 February, 2015

Don’t forget to support us by renewing your membership at our next meeting on Wednesday 20th Feb. Still only £18 per year!

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Sherborne Learning Centre

14 February, 2015

Had a great evening talking stars at Sherborne Learning Centre on Thursday 12th. Thanks for asking us along!


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