Category Archives: Observing

Stargazing at the Sportsman

21st September and it’s the first public astronomy session of the season. Located at the Sportsman pub, on Redmires Road, West of Sheffield, we had lots of visitors. Importantly though, we had a clear sky! We set up in the daylight as the sun went down. As the sky darkened we were able to show

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Partial Solar Eclipse March 2015

Now the dust has settled and we can draw breath again it’s time to post an update from our Eclipse event. Our preparations for the event started in January, when we formed an organising sub-committee, with our acting Vice President, Geoff Charlton at its head. This involved a few “fact-finding missions” (or going to the

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Imaging Orion

During the Stargazing evening on Saturday 21st February, Rob Bates spent some time imaging the constellation of Orion and managed to capture some fantastic detail of the nebulae. Orion’s belt and sword with the Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33), the Flame Nebula (NGC2024), De Mairan’s Nebula (Messier 43) and the unmistakeable Great Nebula in Orion (Messier

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The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (M13 / NGC6205)

Darren’s doing more imaging! This time the target is The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, also known as Messier 13. This was taken through a SkyWatcher Explorer 200PDS telescope using a Canon 1000D camera.

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2014-05-17 Sun shines on Botanical Gardens

Our most successful ever Sungazing event with well over 200 people of all ages looking down our specialist solar telescopes.  They asked many questions and learned a lot about our nearest star.  We had a great time too and enjoyed the sunshine and ice cream immensely!

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2014-04-12 Sungazing in the Botanical Gardens

Our first event in the Botanical Gardens for many years was a great success despite the cloudy weather. There were many interested visitors and a few actually saw a fleeting image of the Sun during some brief cloud breaks. By an amazing coincidence, the grandson of our founder, Reginald Cox, was visiting the city and

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2013-10-23 Off The Shelf

We were invited to Totley Library to give a few talks as part of the Sheffield ‘Off the Shelf’ festival – a festival of words. An audience of about 30 turned up and enjoyed a talk by Mike on ‘Navigating the Night Sky’ and ‘Tour of the Planets’ by Carl.

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2013-09-21 Stargazing at the Sportsman PH at the equinox

Our first public observing evening outside Mayfield was a great success with over 50 people coming along.  After a bit of cloud, the sky cleared and we watched a near-full Moon rise through the clouds on the horizon. Many Messier objects were seen and a -7.5 magnitude Iridium flare rounded off a great evening.

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2013-08-12 Perseid Meteor Downfall !

The society had a wonderful send off for Mayfield tonight as it was our last public event at the site we have used so successfully for the last 14 years. And what a send off it was as it was possibly the best Perseid meteor shower in years. Over 40 people oohed and aahed as

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2013-07-19 Waving at Saturn while Cassini takes picture

A group of us met on Burbage Moor around 22:00 to prepare for the picture which was a series of images taken between 22:27 and 22:42 BST by the Cassini spacecraft, from the orbit of Saturn. Earth was only about a pixel in size from Cassini’s vantage point 898 million (1.44 billion kilometers) away, but

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