Programme change!

15 June, 2015

Sadly, our scheduled speaker Gemma Lavender can’t make it to our meeting on Wednesday. Instead, Bob Mizon and James Fradgley  have kindly agreed to fill in. Gemma will be with us at a future date.

Filed under: News — Ron at 2:22 pm

June2015 Sky notes

5 June, 2015

June 2015 sky notes

June 2015 sky chart

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May meeting

24 May, 2015

Many thanks to Chris Bowden for sharing his many eclipse chasing adventures with us. As Chris said, nothing compares the the spectacle of a total solar eclipse and travel to see one often gives  the opportunity to see and experience a whole lot more.

In addition to Chris’ talk, Bob Mizon treated us to a variety of ‘objects of the month’ and Arthur Davis presented his Monthly Sky Notes.

Bill Reed and Ron Westmaas shared the images they’d taken since the last meeting.
CADAS will have a stand at the South West Astronomy Fair on 8 August.

Next month Gemma Lavender will be giving a talk on ‘Antarctic Astrophysics’ so wrap up warm.

Filed under: News — Ron at 2:07 pm

May meeting

17 May, 2015

Don’t miss Chris Bowden’s talk ‘Eclipses I have known’ . This will be at our next meeting 7.30 pm on 20th May. See you there.


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May 15 Sky notes

2 May, 2015

May Sky notes

May Sky chart

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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.


Filed under: News — Ron at 9:52 pm

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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