Despite the inconsistent weather forecast, we had a good day observing the Sun in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
- Planets – a few facts
At the Transit of Mercury event, Stephen Jackson brought along his telescope and the Raspberry Pi camera. This is no normal astronomical imaging device. The setup of this camera allows anybody armed with an i-device (eg. iPhone, android phone, tablet PC, etc) to view the live image from the telescope directly on their device. The
I met Mike Mills at 09:30 at our top-secret location where we store the Telescopes. Mike was extremely organised with his comprehensive check-sheet of required equipment and paraphernalia. We took about 30 minutes to load up, checking and double-checking everything. We were due to meet Mike Gover and Andy Noble at Hallam Square around 11am;
The 2016 Transit of Mercury occurs on Monday 9th May. We will be in The Amphitheatre at Sheffield Hallam University, Hallam Square with our solar telescopes. First contact is at 12:12, with the planet Mercury crossing the disc of the Sun reaching last contact at 19:42. As always, take care when observing the Sun. The
Under 18s can now join FREE! Background In his will, our late, former President Steve Adams bequeathed the sum of £300 pounds to the Society with express purpose of paying the annual subscriptions of junior members (currently £6 for a year). The society has also contributed an equal amount, and set up the Steve Adams
After the disappointment of cancelling the Stargazing evening of the 14th, we met a week later at our usual Stargazing venue of the Sportsman Inn on Redmires Road. The weather forecast was with us this time, showing clear skies until around 23:00. We arrived at 17:30 to set up, and although there was a fair
Our first stargazing evening since April coincided with the International Observe the Moon night. We took this opportunity to try out out new acquisitions. In operation, we had: Meade LX200R 10″ Aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain on HEQ6 Pro The Mighty Howitzer (7″ achromatic refractor) on HEQ6 Pro The Pashley (a donated 10″ dobsonian named for it’s late