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We had a clear night!

After a healthy helping of the excellent food and drink in the Sportsman Inn on Redmires Road, we ventured outside to set up.

An early ISS pass really kicked off the evening, with a 12″ Dobsonian being used for visual observations, and a 9.5″ SCT, small refractor and a DSLR camera being used for imaging.

We spent a great deal of time looking at the M42 Orion Nebula through the Dob using a Narrow-Band Pass filter to get some additional contrast. The just-past-full Moon rose around 20:15 which bleached out most of the faint fuzzies, however once the NPB filter was replaced with a polariser, we had some cracking view of the moon which, like Norway, has some lovely crinkly edges along the terminator.

In the meantine, our imagers were taking in M42 and M82 which is one of the two galaxies that make up Bode’s Nebula.

Image Credit: Madeleine Davis

We were invited to bring some of our telescopes along to the Stargazing in the Cemetery event held on the evening of Saturday 12th March 2022 at Sheffield General Cemetery.

In spite of the patchy clouds, everybody had a good time, watching a number of presentations and taking pictures of the moon through the eyepiece of the Mighty Howitzer. Looking forward to more events at this venue!

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Firstly we hope you remain safe and well and are following the latest Government advice in these difficult times.

Obviously all society activity has ceased for the foreseeable future – there will be no more meetings until the situation is over.

Since we do not expect you to pay for something that is no longer available, we will extend subscription periods as follows:

Members whose subscriptions are due but cannot pay  for whatever reason will have their membership extended for the duration of the crisis.
Example: Your subscription is due in March but normality is not resumed until June.Your annual subscription would fall due in June and your membership would be deemed continuous.Your annual subscriptions thereafter would continue to fall due in June of subsequent years.

Members who have already paid will have their membership period extended by the same amount of time.
Example: You paid your subscription in September 2019 but normality is not resumed until June.Your next subscription would fall due  3 months later in December 2020.

The Annual General Meeting will be scheduled on the 4th Tuesday of the first month we can resume activities.

The Steve Adams Lecture will continue to fall on the second Tuesday of June, so there will not be one this year

On behalf of the committee I would like to thank you for your support and we hope to see you all as soon as is possible.



The Society will follow the Government’s advice with regard to public safety relating to COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) precautions.  As such, we have taken the decision to cancel events until Government advice recommends otherwise.

While our meetings in no way constitute a “mass public gathering”, we need to make every effort to ensure the safety of our members and visitors.

We will notify any changes by email, here on the SAS website and on the Facebook group.

Further advice can be found at:

Unfortunately this event was cancelled early by the organisers due to the Coronavirus situation. It’s a shame because it was quite spectacular, however under the circumstances the organisers were left with little choice in the interest of public safety.

We were invited to give a few talks, set up some displays and maybe do some observing if weather allowed.

The weather finally co-operated on Sunday evening, although the light pollution in central Sheffield washed out all but the brightest objects. In spite of this, we still managed to observe Venus, Aldebaran, Alcor & Mizar, and a few other interesting celestial objects.

We joined the fine folks from Sheffield Hallam University up at the Norfolk Arms on Ringinglow Road for an evening of talks and telescopes.

Although the full moon and the street lighting were washing out deep sky objects, the waxing gibbous moon offered some wonderful views of craters Schickard, Nasmyth and Phocylides near the terminator in the picture above. We also took in M45 Pleiades and of course the beautiful Venus which is in a waning gibbous phase.

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