22 May, 2014
Pete Adshead’s ‘camera surgery’ had us wincing. Thanks Pete, for sharing your experience of replacing the filter on your DSLR. Not for the faint hearted or cack -handed I’d say, so that eliminates me at least. That nice Owl Nebula test result showed that the patient had made a full recovery. The link to the Astrometry site Pete mentioned is http://nova.astrometry.net/
Thanks to Bob Mizon for stepping in to fill the gap left by our speaker who was called away to high level meetings in the UAE on space issues. Thanks too to Arthur for his sky notes and his account of the Rosse telescope at Birr Castle. (And congratulations on winning the raffle at last).
Inspired by last month’s talk on radio astronomy for amateurs, Bill Reed, (who else), constructed a kit and brought it along to demonstrate his meteor detection set up. Is there no end to the man’s talents? He’s hoping that the anticipated stream from 209P LINEAR on 23/24 May lives up to expectations. Fingers crossed.
My capture of the ISS crossing the sun seemed to be well received but I’m still shaking my head at the good luck with those clouds.
Thanks to Valerie and all who helped with refreshments in Zena’s absence. Much appreciated. Thanks too to those who donated books to our library and to CFDS.
All in all, an interesting and lively meeting and we hope our visitors enjoyed the evening
p s Hope using the scope goes well Hilda.
8 May, 2014
Sad news that Dr Colin Pilliger has died suddenly . He’ll be greatly missed by the space and astronomy community.
28 April, 2014
Unfortunately our speaker Professor Garry Hunt will not be able to make it to the May meeting.
Instead we will have a ‘telescope and getting started clinic’ for anyone needing help, so bring your ‘scope along. Bob Mizon will also present a short talk and there may be time for members to show any images they might have.
17 April, 2014
First, a ‘thanks for coming and hope to see you again’ to our visitors and a warm welcome to those who joined CADAS last night. It was a lively meeting with a wonderful speaker. Paul Hyde’s description of amateur radio astronomy certainly went a very long way to taking some of the mystery out of the activity. Who knew that observation at radio wavelengths did not require a degree in electronics and an outlay of thousands. Some software, a dongle and some copper pipe?? Who’d a thunk it! This is an area we really must explore further.
It was a bit of a rush, but we managed to get out for a good ISS pass and a couple of iridium flares. Thanks to all who cleared up the grass cuttings we tramped into the hall when we went back in. That man playing with the big double sweeper (you know who you are) left at least 3 bits.
Details of next month’s meeting are awaited, so watch this space.
Finally, thanks to Zena and the refreshment crew and all the usual suspects who helped get the show on the road.
14 April, 2014
It was good to meet up with Nick, Liz, Arthur, Bob and Joe at the WW. Great speakers, and a whole lot of new stuff to absorb. I won’t say which of us contributed hugely to Astronomia’s profits, but will just say that one of the above drove away with two very large boxes in the back of their car. Another person will have to wait for their box of goodies to be delivered.
Can’t wait for next year’s event!
25 March, 2014
Here is an invitation from Chris Starr to join the Wells and Mendip Astronomers for a Messier Marathon.
Dear fellow astronomers,
Just to let you know that the Wells & Mendip Astronomers will be running a Messier ‘Marathon’ night at Charterhouse Observatory, between Wells, Somerset, and Bristol on Saturday 29th March.
We’ll be using the 18.25″ Dudley Fuller reflector in its dome, recently refurbished by one of our group (Adrian Dening), as well as a number of our own telescopes. The evening will kick off at about 6pm with setting up in the field behind the Charterhouse Centre, then there will be a short talk and slide show on the Messier objects, before we go out and have a lot of fun (weather permitting)!
Refreshments, a good warm room, toilets and car parking available.
Entry £5 / £8 for couples and families / £3 for full-time students (we have to hire the Observatory/Centre).
We hope that some of your members will be able to join us.
Chris Starr FRAS MBIS
Chairman, Wells & Mendip Astronomers
Starscape Education & Public Outreach
20 March, 2014
A warm welcome to our new members.
We were treated to an excellent presentation by Bud Budzynski that was both entertaining and informative. Now we know a bit more about how Bud produces those superb images he treats us to. Not sure many of us (except perhaps Bill) would be taking a drill to the back of a scope like his though. You’re a brave man, Bud!
Thanks to Arthur for this month’s sky notes, to Zena and helpers for refreshments and to Chole for so glamourously modeling our branded merchandise. Lorna reported that she had record sales afterwards.
For once the skies were clear so we were able to do some viewing after the meeting. Thanks to Bill for quickly setting this up and to all who helped on the evening.
Next month Paul Hyde’s presentation will deal with Radio Astronomy for Amateurs. Should be fascinating! Can’t wait.