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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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February Stargazing at the Sportsman Inn

After last week’s cancellation, the weather was looking good for the evening of Saturday 21st February with the BBC and CNtimer agreeing on the conditions. We took the society’s well known ‘Howitzer’ 7″ achromatic refractor because Jupiter was always going to be the star (planet) of the show. The evening kicked off with an early

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Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33)

Our own society secretary, Darren Swindells took this image of the notoriously difficult to see Barnard 33, otherwise known as the Horsehead Nebula in the constellation of Orion. The reflection nebula NGC 2023 can also be clearly seen at the bottom of the image just off centre. After Darren added the luminance data to the

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Stargazing at the Sportsman Inn

A surprisingly good observing this evening on Saturday 17th January at the Sportsman Inn on Redmires Road. The weather forecast suggested a clear night with heavy clouds and snow, which made no sense, so we rolled the dice and went along anyway. Hedging our bets on equipment we took the Celestron 72mm Firstscope mini-dobsonian and

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Speaker’s Evening ‘Astronomy’s Other Instruments’ with David Hughes

Professor David Hughes visited us in December to tell us about Astronomy’s Other Instruments. Professor Hughes retired from Sheffield University around 2008 where he held the position of Emeritus Professor of Astronomy. He has published over 200 papers on asteroids, comets, meteorites and meteoroids. Asteroid 4205 is named in his honour.

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2014-10-18 Astromind comes to Sheffield

The annual Yorkshire astronomy Mastermind quiz (Astromind) came to Sheffield this weekend, as usual hosted by Neil Haggath and as usual some interesting and mind bending questions. This year’s competitors were Marcus Armitage from Huddersfield, Mick Waterfield from Mexborough & Swinton and our very own Darren Swindells sporting his Sheffield Astronomical Society polo shirt. The

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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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2014-01-21 Beginners Evening

Our Beginners’ evenings have become more and more popular over the past few months and we had a full house for our Beginners’ topic “Jupiter”.

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2014-01-16 Lydgate Juniors Outreach

A full house of children and adults enjoyed a great evening of astronomy at Lydgate Junior school.  They learned about Jupiter and Orion and found out what it takes to be an astronomer.

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