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Sheffield Astronomical Society

The Sheffield Astronomical Society has around 100 members and serves Sheffield, South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. The society holds several meetings each month including observational sessions of the sun and the night sky. Sungazing sessions are held between the months of April and August in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, where we use a variety of specialist equipment to view the sun in complete safety. Using this equipment, members of the public can see sunspots, prominences, solar flares and other features of our star. Sungazing sessions start at 12:00 and run until 16:00. Stargazing sessions are held between the months of September and March at The Sportsman Inn on Redmires Road. Using the society telescopes, members of the public can join us in viewing stars, galaxies, nebulae, open and globular clusters and the moons and planets of the solar system. Stargazing sessions start at 19:30 and can last into the early hours if the skies are clear. Both stargazing and sungazing sessions are very dependant upon our changeble British weather, so please observe the facebook group or call the SAS hotline on 7852 298 612 if you are unsure. Beginner's Evenings are speaking events held at the Ranmoor Parish Centre where society members present on various astronomical phenomenon. Speaker's Evenings are speaking events also held at the Ranmoor Parish Centre where an external speaker from the astronomical community is invited to deliver a presentation. Speaking events start at 19:45 and run until no later than 22:00. This is an open Facebook group with little moderation and we would like it to stay that way. Please post responsibly. Spamming will not be tolerated.
Colin Steele
Colin Steele15/08/2017 at 10:29pm
Learned, with regret, the death of Melvyn Taylor, member of the Leeds AS, leading observer of variable stars and populariser of the subject. Travelled to many meetings over the years including those in Scotland in the eighties where I first met him.

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Vince Sellars
Vince Sellars13/08/2017 at 8:45pm
Cropped from one of the shots that I took yesterday evening of a Perseid meteor as it ploughed its way through the summer triangle. Canon EOS 60D with zoom lens at 10 mm focal length; ISO 3200; 10 sec exposure; f5
Bill Miller
Bill Miller13/08/2017 at 1:36pm
Im fed up with dew on my Canon EOS camera lens when doing night photography. Can anyone suggest a dew control system that doesn't mean lugging my heavy power pack around?
Kevin Deakes
Kevin Deakes15/08/2017 at 1:52pm
Long exposure image showing Perseid and sporadic meteors passing through the Plough on Saturday night 12th August over the Isle of Man.
Gianluca Masi
Gianluca Masi15/08/2017 at 1:13pm
*BREAKING NEWS* The Virtual Telescope Project will be showing LIVE the upcoming solar total eclipse, next 21 Aug. 2017.

Russell Atkin
Russell Atkin13/08/2017 at 8:55am
This is my best effort from last nights meteor shower st the Sportsman. Need a wider lens!
A great night though.
Darren Swindells
Darren Swindells12/08/2017 at 11:33pm
A Perseid meteor taken tonight at the Sportsman.
There were quite a number of people there and the sky was clear!
Vince Sellars
Vince Sellars13/08/2017 at 10:08am
A short video made from some shots that I took yesterday evening of meteors, satellites, aeroplanes (and a few blurry, ghostly-looking folk!) at our astronomy Perseid meteor watching event last night.
Giselle Woodward
Giselle Woodward12/08/2017 at 11:51pm
A Perseid meteor I caught this evening at the Sportsman- Had a brilliant evening too, lovely to see everyone who attended!
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Sheffield Astronomical Society12/08/2017 at 11:34pm
Thanks to everybody who came to our Perseids event at the Sportsman Inn on Redmires Road! Lots of big fireballs went over in addition to many smaller meteors. We had a bunch of folks imaging the sky and from what I've heard we have some great pictures! Further information on this annual meteor shower can be found at
Andrew Gilhooley
Andrew Gilhooley12/08/2017 at 10:59am

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Sheffield Astronomical Society24/03/2017 at 12:45pm
Don't forget, we will be at the Sportsman Inn Lodge Moor on Saturday 25th March for our last observing event of the season. (postponed form last week) - NOTE: New Start time of 19:30 to give it time to get dark.
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Sheffield Astronomical Society11/03/2017 at 11:02am
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Sheffield Astronomical Society09/10/2016 at 11:08am
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Sheffield Astronomical Society08/10/2016 at 10:05am
International Observe the Moon Night: it's on!!!
Starts at 7 p.m at the Sportsman Inn:,-1.5797782,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4879802d07425721:0xd1aaa51068ac2b23!8m2!3d53.3716013!4d-1.5775926
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Sheffield Astronomical Society17/05/2016 at 11:42am
Good time for a bit of Mars watching, although it's not that close and down in the gunk:
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Sheffield Astronomical Society24/04/2016 at 9:44am
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18/03/2017 at 12:58pm
Unlikely to be any stars this evening at the Sportsman Inn, so we're cancelling tonight and trying again next week. Sorry folks 🙁
18/02/2017 at 7:43am
Looks like we're going to be clouded out so we won't be at the Sportsman this evening. Sorry folks. 🙁
12/11/2016 at 8:53am
Weather has beaten us again. Forecast is poor and the ground at the Sportsman will be swampy. Sorry folks but no stargazing this evening.
29/09/2016 at 3:06pm
Retweeted ESA Rosetta Mission @ESA_Rosetta):

Many thanks to my scientists back home who are piecing together...
27/09/2016 at 3:43pm
Tonight's Beginner's Evening topic is The Zodiac!

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