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- Planets – a few facts
The first Sungazing event of 2015 was off to a cracking start in Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Although not completely clear skies, the cloud was broken enough to enjoy views through the Herschel Wedge (white light) and through the Hydrogen-Alpha and Calcium-K line filters. A few good prominences were visible and some minor sunspot activity with
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
A few brave society members travelled about as far as you can go without leaving the mainland to experience the partial solar eclipse of 20th March 2015 at over 95% of totality. Observing from a cottage overlooking the sea near the Caithness town of Wick, the eclipse was clearly visible from first to last contact.
Society member Vince Sellars captured this superb image of the Globular Cluster M3 (NGC 5272) in the constellation of Canes Venatici on 24/03/2015. At a distance of roughly 34,000 light years, it has an unusually large population of variable stars, and is one of the finest globular clusters to observe in the northern hemisphere. Vince
The Orion Nebula (Messier 42) is always a popular target for imagers – capturing the intricate details of the nebula is always a challenge. I think you’ll all agree that Russell Atkin has done some fantastic work getting the detail out of M42 in this excellent shot.
The National Trust invited Sheffield Astronomical Society to visit the historical Eyam Hall on the evening of Saturday 28th February. Over 50 visitors attended to see presentations about the Cosmic Zoo, Constellations, and the Planet Quiz. Unfortunately, the weather was against us with cloud from horizon to horizon and some rain so no observations could
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
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.