17 November, 2016
Again it was nice to welcome some visitors.
It was great to see so many at the meeting to enjoy Sheri Lynn Karl’s presentation on solar observation and imaging. Sheri used her excellent images in white light, H-Alpha and Calcium K to show just how much there is to see at different depths on the always – changing sun. Although some of the imaging equipment can be fairly expensive, observing and imaging in white light is not and is well worth it as Sheri clearly showed. Great talk. Thanks Sheri!
Arthur Davis chose Perseus for his constellation for December and kindly made copies of his sky notes for the month available.
Bob Mizon gave a short presentation on Aurorae in addition to his ‘Object(s) of the month’ talk on interesting objects to be found in and around Canis Majoris. Many thanks to both Arthur and Bob.
Bud Budzynski showed some superb close up images of the moon taken with two different cameras so that we could compare the quality differences. There was no doubt his new (secret) camera was the better one.
Iain Torrance’s cakes were as usual superb. If he keeps this up we’ll just have to abandon the astronomy stuff and just spend the time stuffing ourselves..
Thanks to all who helped in setting up and clearing away so quickly and especially Zena and Annabella for managing the goodies.
Next month is our Christmas Social so no main speaker, but members’ short talks. How about contributing a quick 5/10 minute item.
Please bring a few nibbles and/or drinks to share as we celebrate another great year.
30 October, 2016
Many thanks for this information Adrian!
20 October, 2016
Our topic ‘Starting out in astronomy’ gave an opportunity for Bob Mizon, Bill Reed, Arthur Davis, Ron Westmaas and Bud Martin Budzynski to share their experiences of how they first got hooked. And a varied lot of experiences they were, from wartime blackouts, lonely bedrooms, rooftop hideaways. to destroyer decks and jungle clearings. Seems you can get hooked on astronomy in all sorts of places.
The common theme was of being inspired by seeing a really dark sky without equipment before moving to binoculars of a simple scope. Bob stressed the advantages of a Dobsonian. It was also important to seek the advice of more experienced astronomers before plunging ahead with more complicated and expensive kit.
It was heartening to see the kitchen so full of helpers in Zena’s absence. Whether or not this had anything to do with the threat of ’no more cake’ or else, I’ll leave you to judge. Suffice to say that the record for helpers was broken by a long way. Thanks to all for a great job but it better not be the last time.
After the break and raffle, Arthur Davis presented Pegasus as his constellation of the month. This was followed by Bob Mizon’s object of the month slot and Bob also shared some information on the recent Dark Sky (ALAN 2016) Conference held in Romania which he attended. (Beware Blue-white LED lighting).
Bill Reed and Martyn Spice shared their images and it was particularly good to see Jan Wrightson’s shots taken at COAA as it was the first time she’s been able to show us what she can do. Due to a ‘technical glitch’ Ron was unable to show his shots.
As ever, thanks to all for setting up and clearing away so quickly. It’s starting to be an impressively slick operation.
It was a well attended meeting with 39 signing in. Perhaps we can get to the 40s for the November 16th one when an old friend of CADAS, Sheri-Lynn Karl, will be sharing with us how she images the sun.
Hope to see you there – and packing out the kitchen again.
3 October, 2016
22 September, 2016
This was a varied, full and lively meeting. It was a pleasure to welcome our young visitors Wallis, Mary, Rebecca and Megan (who is a junior member).
Our speaker Philip Perkins gave us excellent insights into the mysteries of capturing the deep sky. His superb images showed what an amateur can achieve with today’s equipment and software. His plea for awareness of and action to combat the scourge of light pollution fell on fertile soil! Thanks Philip.
Following our refreshment break, Bob Mizon presented his ‘Object(s)’ of the month’ and Pete Adshead presented us with the ‘Unidentified Cosmic Object’ he had captured during an imaging session. It wasn’t a bird, it wasn’t a plane, we didn’t think it was Superman and although resembling one in many ways, it didn’t appear to be a comet. Was it an internal reflection in the imaging system? Whatever it was, it had us intrigued. Further investigation continues and we look forward to the answer.
Paul won the raffle – again!!
It was a treat to see Ken Honour’s great deep sky images and we hope there will be many more to come. Thanks for sharing them Ken.
Ron shared his recent solar images and Bill showed his captures of deep sky objects. The bubble nebula was outstanding. Bill shared his first dip into spectroscopy with spectra of Vega.
The meeting was rounded off by Arthur Davis’ ‘Constellation of the month’, Cepheus. Many thanks Arthur and thanks for the sky notes and sky chart you let us have for free each month.
Thanks to Zena for her tea and cakes and to her helpers in the kitchen, to Lorna for doing the raffle and to all who helped with setting up and putting away.
Our next meeting on Wednesday 19 October will be ‘Starting out in astronomy’. So come along to either offer your experience or learn the basics.
26 August, 2016
18 August, 2016
A warm evening and an a warm welcome to our visitors and our main speaker Chris Starr, Chairman of Wells and Mendip Astronomers. In an excellent presentation Chris took us back to the origins of the solar system and explored some of the ideas of how we’ve ended up with the composition and arrangement of our planets as they are today. Chris also described the impressive Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres and what this is telling us about the early solar system.
Bob Mizon took us to France and described his find of a large lump of breccia (impact altered rock) a sample of which he brought to the meeting for us to examine.
The break that followed allowed us to again enjoy Iain Torrance’s amazing cakes whilst we chatted among ourselves about astronomy and just about everything else.
Following the break we had time to enjoy the many images of Perseid meteors taken by Bill Reed and Martyn Spice. Bill also shared his excellent recent images of the Cocoon and Veil nebulae and Adrian Owen described his observation of the ISS occulting a star.
Because of the full programme, Arthur Davis was unable to present Monthly Sky Notes but this will return next month.
Many thanks to Zena and Annabelle and those who ‘volunteered’ for washing up duty, setting up for the meeting and clearing up at the end. We’d be stuck without you.
Philip Perkins will be our speaker on September 21. His provisional topic is Deep Sky imaging.
Could anyone interested in attending the film ‘Last man on the Moon’ at Wells Town Hall in October please let me know as soon as you can so I can pass this on to Chris.
See you in September,
15 August, 2016
We had a stand at the Norman Lockyer Observatory South West Astronomy Fair on Saturday 13th August. It was an enjoyable day with lots of interest shown in our images.