Arthur Davis’ July Sky notes and Sky chart

2 July, 2017

July’17 sky notes

July’17 sky chart

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Sky and space notes

30 May, 2017

Adrian Zielonka’s June ’17 Sky and space notes


Comet Johnson position1

Comet Johnson position1


Comet Johnson2

Comet Johnson2

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Arthur Davis’ June 2017 Sky notes and sky chart

29 May, 2017

June’17 sky notes

June’17 sky chart

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May 2017 meeting

18 May, 2017

Another great meeting with an excellent speaker in Dan Oakley, Lead Ranger of the South Downs National Park Dark Sky Reserve.  Dan’s lively presentation gave us a good overview of the park and what it took to achieve its Dark Sky status. Meeting the criteria of the International Dark –Sky Association was no mean feat! Dan also discussed many issues relating to good and bad lighting practice generally. Thanks Dan, your talk was much enjoyed and was most instructive.

Bob Mizon’s Object of the month was the strange NGC 6745 in Lyra This is a 10 billion year old galaxy over 200 million light years away that has been disrupted by a another passing galaxy causing massive new star formation. Some object!

After our refreshment break, Arthur Davis’ Constellation of the month was Sagitarius, filled with deep sky objects. Arthur highlighted the galaxies M8 and M20.

Bill Reed shared some of his images including Comet Johnson, M 13, a solar prominence and a short clip of solar surface activity. All of course up to the high standard we’ve come to expect from Bill.

Pete Adshead’s account of his occasional struggles with clouds to get his deep sky imaging done, rang bells with all who have tried. But he also shared with us in his usual clear and entertaining style, how he finally found and imaged M98 in the Coma Cluster.

Many thanks to Zena, and her merry band for providing and serving our refreshments and to all who again volunteered in the kitchen and with clearing away.

Next month Steve Tonkin will be warning us of  ‘Ten ways in which the Universe tries to kill us’. Hope we survive to hear the talk!!

See you on June 21st

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Adrian Zielonka’s May ’17 Space and Astro notes

24 April, 2017

Night Sky 2017

Adrian Zielonka’s Space and Astro notes for May ‘17

Comet Tuttle 2nd May

Comet Tuttle 2nd May


Comet Tuttle 2nd May 10pm enlarged view

Comet Tuttle 2nd May 10pm enlarged view

Comet Johnson 31 May 10.30 pm

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May 2017 Sky notes and sky chart.

Arthur Davis’ Sky Notes and Sky Chart for May 2017

May 2017 Sky Notes

May 2017 Sky Chart

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April meeting

There was a great turnout for our April meeting!

Unfortunately Bob Mizon was unable to give his talk, so many thanks to Paul Bennett, Ambassador for the Lunar One Mission (LM1) for taking his place.
The object of LM1 is to land a craft on the South Pole of the moon to do science in support of future human habitation. A major spinoff from the project is in education particularly in the STEM subjects. The mission also intends to remove a core sample from the landing site and to archive material contributed by ‘earthlings’ at the site. See for further details on how get involved.

After the break, Arthur Davis presented Coma Berenices as his ‘Constellation of the month’ and identified interesting objects including M53, M64, M100 and the Coma cluster.

Bud Budzynski described the superb lunar images he showed as his ‘best ever’. If you’ve ever seen his previous shots you would understand how good these were. Awesome! Great work, Bud.

Martyn Pryce’s image of M81, M82 and NGC 3077 was excellent, and as a refreshing change, he shared with us a great shot of a double rainbow taken in Merriott. If this is an example, we should pay more attention to the atmospheric phenomena of our own planet! It would be nice to see some more of this type of shot.

Very many thanks to all who helped at the meeting and especially to the ‘kitchen crew’ who had extra work to do because of a larger than usual attendance.

Thanks too to Zena and Mike for getting our speaker to and from the meeting.

Next month Dan Oakley’s talk will be ‘Dark Skies’. South Downs National Park and beyond. Hope to see you there.

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Programme change alert!

13 April, 2017

Just to let you know that Bob Mizon won’t be able to do his talk as scheduled. In his place will be  Paul Bennett, Ambassador for the Lunar Mission One project. Further details of this project can be found at:
See you next Wednesday!


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Arthur Davis’ April Sky notes and chart

19 March, 2017

Arthur Davis’ Sky notes April ’17

Arthur Davis’ Sky Chart April ’17

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Adrian Zielonka’s April Space and Astro notes

Adrian Zielonka’s April astro notes.

Asteroid Vesta charts

Comets Tuttle and Swift charts

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