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MAIN MEETING - Thursday July 14th

Michael Morris
 

MEMBERS TELESCOPE/OBSERVING WORKSHOP
Members of the society are invited to a workshop on telescope and observing problems. This can be anything from setting up your equatorial mount, collimation your SCT telescope, how to set the exposure on your webcam, how do I organise the spaghetti of cables on the set up, or any other of the millions of questions you may have about the practicalities of observing.
Bring along your telescopes, imaging gear etc. If your query relates to a particular piece of equipment, you are encouraged to bring it along with you - this includes whole telescope set ups!

MAIN MEETING - Solar observing + talk on lunar observing, 6/9/2011, 7:30 pm

worcesteras@...
 

Reminder from:   worcesteras Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   MAIN MEETING - Solar observing + talk on lunar observing
 
Date:   Thursday June 9, 2011
Time:   7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location:   Crown East Scout Hut
Notes:   MAIN MEETING - Unfortunately Colin Pillinger has had to pull out of our June meeting due to ill health. The June meeting now has a completely different time, venue and subject!
Venue - Crown East Scout Hut
Start time - 7.30pm
The evening will start at 7.30pm with a session observing the Sun in white light and hydrogen alpha light.
At 8.30 we will have a talk entitled 'Observing the Moon - reading the lunar landscape' given by Michael Morris.
 
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IMPORTANT - changes to meeting on Thursday 9th June

Michael Morris
 

Sdaly Colin Pillinger has had to pull out of our June meeting due to ill health. The June meeting now has a completely different time, venue and subject!
Venue - Crown East Scout Hut
Start time - 7.30pm
The evening will start at 7.30pm with a session observing the Sun in white light and hydrogen alpha light.
At 8.30 we will have a talk entitled 'Observing the Moon - reading the lunar landscape' given by Michael Morris.

OBSERVING MEETING.REMINDER

Michael Morris
 

You are reminded that, because of the light evenings at this time of year. There are no observing sessions at Crown East on the 4th Thursday of the month in May, June, July or August.

Free Stargazer's Starter Guides

Michael Morris
 

Back in February we told you about three 16-page booklets produced by the Federation of Astronomical Societies - 'Observing the Night Sky', 'Buying your Telescope' and 'Photographing the Night Sky'. These are now available to members.

Members are entitled to a copy of any of one these titles free, with any additional titles for sale for only £1.50 each. Copies will be available at our June, July and September 2nd Thursday meetings.

Reminder - Thursday 19th May

Andrew Buckland
 

This Thursday's practical astronomer session is for member's contributions. Members are invited to present short (5 - 15 minute) talks on a practical astronomy based subject. Alternatively, just turn up and learn something new.

Venue - Crown East Scout hut
Directions on our website http://www.worcesteras.freeserve.co.uk

Time - 8:30pm.

Clear skies

"How to find a Black Hole"

Andrew Buckland
 

At very short notice Ms Chiara Mingarelli (University of Birmingham) stepped in for Dr Somak Raychaudhury to present this talk.

In an extremely entertaining and informative lecture Ms Mingarelli started off by explaining the terms of escape velocity, how it can be applied to different sized objects and how the term Black hole came into use.
e.g. if the mass of the Earth was squashed into a sphere 2cm in diameter it would form a black hole.

The talk went on to cover popular misconceptions about Black holes, the ways that they can form and how we can detect the massive Black hole at the centre of our galaxy - which we know must be there since stars have been tracked orbiting "nothing".

The audience was then informed that there are two good ways of finding a Black hole. Either using gravity wave detectors such as LIGO or by detecting the X-ray signature caused by the heating of material as it falls into the Black hole to form jets.

To sum up, Black holes can be felt but not seen. They are the ultimate victory of gravity over all other forces.

Reminder - Thursday 12th May

Andrew Buckland
 

This Thursday's talk is entitled "How to find a Black Hole" and will be given by Dr. Somak Raychaudhury. This is a joint meeting with the Institute of Physics.

Venue - University of Worcester
(directions http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/find-us.html)

Time - 7:30pm

Please note different venue and start time.

Clear skies.

OBSERVING NIGHT IS OFF - Thursday 28th May

Michael Morris
 

Due to a combination of the unavailability of committee member's to open up the site and the forecast of cloud from 9:30pm, tonight's observing night has been called off.

We look forward to seeing you at our next main meeting at UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER on May 12th. This is a joint meeting with the Institute of Physics.

Re: Moon photos

Michael Morris
 

Uploaded to photos section.

--- In worcesteras@..., Michael Morris <michaelmorris4@...> wrote:


Hi Mike
Thanks. I'll try to get them uploaded this week.
Nice photos by the way.

Michael Morris





To: worcesteras@...
From: im.clement@...
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:16:42 +0100
Subject: [worcesteras] Moon photos









To The Moderator of the W.A.S. Group

Here attached are 2 Moon photos I made recently
and I thought that members might like to see them posted on the Yahoo newsgroup website.


12sr-Copy2
Part of the Terminator towards Moon's North . Taken on (day 8), April 11th 2011 , at 22.19 BST from Woodmancote , Cheltenham , Gloucestershire.

Composition shows :- Plato (N ,top of photo) , Mare Imbrium with the great mountain ranges, curling around Archimedes and other craters, running from Plato to Eratosthenes (S).

Equipment used :- Meade ETX 125 fitted with a X2 Barlow and Canon 350D camera body ( primary mounting )

Photographic settings :- 1/5 th second at ISO 400.

Photo editing :- PhotoPlus X4 and Registax.

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10-4-2rsjpg
Middle-of-Moon area . Taken on (day 7 ), April 10th 2011 , at 21.30 from

same location.

Compositiion shows :- crater Hipparchus and others around it , to the W of Mare Tranquillitatis.

Equipment and editing details were same as per above except exposure time was 0.3 sec.




Yours sincerely

Mike Clement ( Member )


22 Denham Close , Woodmancote,
Cheltenham, GL52 9TX. tel.no. 01242 674866.

Re: Moon photos

Michael Morris
 

Hi Mike
Thanks.  I'll try to get them uploaded this week.
Nice photos by the way.
 
Michael Morris


 

To: worcesteras@...
From: im.clement@...
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:16:42 +0100
Subject: [worcesteras] Moon photos

 

To The Moderator  of the  W.A.S. Group

 

Here attached are 2 Moon photos I made recently

and I thought that members might like to see them posted on the Yahoo  newsgroup website.

 

 

12sr-Copy2

Part of the Terminator towards Moon’s North .  Taken on (day 8),  April 11th 2011  , at 22.19 BST  from  Woodmancote , Cheltenham , Gloucestershire.

 

Composition shows :-  Plato (N ,top of photo) , Mare Imbrium with the great mountain ranges, curling around Archimedes and other craters, running from Plato to Eratosthenes (S).

 

Equipment used :-  Meade ETX 125  fitted with a X2 Barlow and Canon 350D camera body ( primary mounting )

 

Photographic settings :-   1/5 th second at ISO 400.

 

Photo editing :-  PhotoPlus X4  and Registax.

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

10-4-2rsjpg

Middle-of-Moon area .  Taken on (day 7 ), April 10th 2011 , at 21.30 from

same location.

 

Compositiion shows :-  crater Hipparchus and others around it , to the W of Mare Tranquillitatis.

 

Equipment and editing  details were same as per above except exposure time was 0.3 sec.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mike Clement   ( Member )

 

 

  22 Denham Close , Woodmancote,

Cheltenham, GL52 9TX.  tel.no.   01242 674866.

 

 




Moon photos

Mike <im.clement@...>
 

To The Moderator  of the  W.A.S. Group

 

Here attached are 2 Moon photos I made recently

and I thought that members might like to see them posted on the Yahoo  newsgroup website.

 

 

12sr-Copy2

Part of the Terminator towards Moon’s North .  Taken on (day 8),  April 11th 2011  , at 22.19 BST  from  Woodmancote , Cheltenham , Gloucestershire.

 

Composition shows :-  Plato (N ,top of photo) , Mare Imbrium with the great mountain ranges, curling around Archimedes and other craters, running from Plato to Eratosthenes (S).

 

Equipment used :-  Meade ETX 125  fitted with a X2 Barlow and Canon 350D camera body ( primary mounting )

 

Photographic settings :-   1/5 th second at ISO 400.

 

Photo editing :-  PhotoPlus X4  and Registax.

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

10-4-2rsjpg

Middle-of-Moon area .  Taken on (day 7 ), April 10th 2011 , at 21.30 from

same location.

 

Compositiion shows :-  crater Hipparchus and others around it , to the W of Mare Tranquillitatis.

 

Equipment and editing  details were same as per above except exposure time was 0.3 sec.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mike Clement   ( Member )

 

 

  22 Denham Close , Woodmancote,

Cheltenham, GL52 9TX.  tel.no.   01242 674866.

 

 



Reminder - Thursday 21st April

Andrew Buckland
 

This Thursday's practical astronomer talk is entitled "The Eye in Astronomy" and will be given by Dr Pete Goillau.

Venue - Crown East Scout hut
Directions on our website http://www.worcesteras.freeserve.co.uk

Time - 8:30pm.

Clear skies.

"South Pacific Eclipse"

Andrew Buckland
 

Jerry Workman gave us an informative talk about his visit to see the total eclipse in French Polynesia on the 11th July 2010.

Jerry's talk covered his post eclipse visit to Easter Island and he gave an interesting description of the Moai and other geological and meteorological aspects of this isolated island.

His talk then moved on to describe his stay in Tahiti and visit to the island of Moorea.

The talk finished with his description of the eclipse itself, viewed from the Hao coral atoll located 600 miles east of Tahiti. Jerry was able to get good shots of the build-up to totality and all of the stages of totality apart from the third contact diamond ring where the cloud intervened.

Jerry's next astronomical visit is to view the transit of Venus in June 2012.

Reminder - Thursday 14th April

Andrew Buckland
 

This Thursday's talk is entitled "South Pacific Eclipse" and will be given by Jerry Workman.

Venue - Lower Smite Farm, the headquarters of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Directions on our website http://www.worcesteras.freeserve.co.uk

Time - 8pm.

Clear skies.

Re: OBSERVING NIGHT IS ON – 24th March

Andrew Buckland
 

This observing night was well attended with about 15 members observing during the session despite the presence of thin high cloud, which stubbornly refused to lift.

Four telescopes were in use and a pair of (10-40)x88mm binoculars.

Viewing included M44, M45, M36, M65, M66, the double cluster (NGC884/869) and M1 though the thin cloud prevented observations of other fainter fuzzies.

Later in the evening Saturn was observed "through the trees" at about 100x with Chris' 8".

All in all a good session,
Clear skies

--- In worcesteras@..., "michaelcharlesmorris" <michaelmorris4@...> wrote:

OBSERVING NIGHT IS ON – 24th March

OBSERVING NIGHT IS ON – 24th March

Michael Morris
 

OBSERVING NIGHT IS ON – 24th March
The weather forecast looks reasonably clear, so the observing night at Crown East Scout Hut will go ahead as planned. We start arriving at Crown East at 8:30pm. Don't forget to wrap up warm.
Please feel free to bring along your telescope or binoculars; or you can look through one of the other member's instruments.
As with all observing events, you are asked to follow a few simple guidelines to enhance everyone's observing experience.
- If practicable, please try to reverse into car parking spaces - this means your headlights won't shine into the observing area when you leave.
- No bright torches please. If you bring a light, please try to use a red light torch and shine it downwards.
- Be careful in the observing area – it's dark so there is a risk you could bump into someone's equipment in the dark.

Happy observing

THURSDAY 10TH MARCH - CHANGE OF SPEAKER

Michael Morris
 

Unfortunately our scheduled speaker for this Thursday, Dr Ian Kenyon, has had to cancel because of an illness in the family.

However, all is not lost. Chris Livingstone has arranged for Andrew Lound to give us a talk on Jupiter.

We don't have any vacant spots for this year, but hopefully Ian Kenyon will be able to come and update us about progress at the Large Hadron Collider early next year. We hope his family member makes a speedy recovery.

Best wishes and clear skies

OBSERVING NIGHT IS OFF – 24th February

Michael Morris
 

OBSERVING NIGHT IS OFF – 24th February
Whilst the present weather is clear, the forecast is poor, with cloudy rolling in from the west by 9.00pm. We have therefore decided that the planned observing night at Crown East Scout Hut will NOT go ahead.

Our next meeting is at Lower Smite Farm on Thursday 10th March. We look forward to seeing you there.

AURORA ALERT

Michael Morris
 

I've just received a report from the Aurora Alert service operated by Lancaster University about possible aurora visible from the UK over the next few nights.
The message reads ...
"As you may have seen in the news, recent solar activity means that in the next few days we have the best chance of seeing the aurora for several years. If activity is detected we'll send another email. You can also follow us on twitter: @aurorawatchuk.
If you do see any aurora please add your photos to the AuroraWatch UKgroup on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/aurorawatch/
You can also add past sightings - we'll use the best contributions on our webpage: http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk
The AuroraWatch team

This email has been sent by the AuroraWatch mailing list.To unsubscribe or change your subscription options visit
http://www.dcs.lancs.ac.uk/iono/aurorawatch/cgi-bin/subscribe "

To keep updated with the latest news on Aurora displays, visit
wwwww.spaceweather.com. You can subscribe to the Aurora Alerts service free at http://www.dcs.lancs.ac.uk/iono/aurorawatch/

Please post an observing report here if you see an aurora display.