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2012-07-07 Walkley Festival

Despite some heavy showers (look at the sky in the background!), the Sun was seen by many enthusiastic visitors who were treated to some excellent talks in the bowling pavilion at the end of the afternoon.

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2012-06-06 Venus Transit

A hardy group of members headed up Ringinglow Road to get a good viewpoint for the transit, visible from dawn at 04:45.  As usual for an important astronomical event, no Sun was to be seen but they followed the event live using an iPad on the Internet.  Roll on 2117!

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2012-04-21 Sungazing starts with some Sun!

Our first Sungazing of the year and guess what?  The Sun actually shone most of the afternoon, despite dire weather predictions.  Lots of sunspots and an enormous prominence were seen by the many people who visited us at Mayfield.

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2012-02-24 Spectacular Sky View

Here is a great picture of Jupiter, Venus and the Moon with the ISS zipping past taken from society President Steve’s back garden on 24th February. The ten exposure second causes the Moon to be very bright but allows the movement of the ISS across the sky to be seen clearly.

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2011-08-09 New Images

Society Secretary Darren Swindells has produced new images whilst on holiday under the dark Exmoor skies in Devon. Darren isn’t happy with the final quality of his new images, as the weather prevented good alignment of his telescope. Intermittent mist and thick cloud kept obscuring portions of the sky, but in the breaks he managed to capture

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2011-07-30 Sun in white and H alpha light

Using a webcam we took some movies of the Sun in white and Hydrogen alpha light which were then processed using Registax.  Here are the results showing sunspot groups 1260, 1261 and 1262 (left to right).  In the Ha image (right) you can also see some prominences around the limb and near the sunspots.

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2011-07-02 Walkley Festival

We had a great afternoon at Bole Hills Bowling Green, showing the Sun to many visitors and passers-by.  Using our specialist solar telescopes we saw sunspots and some prominences and they all left with a new appreciation for our nearest star.

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2011-06-12 Supernova in M51

M51 with supernova 2011dh. The supernova is the bright star on the edge of the galaxy to the left of the galaxy core. Taken by D. Swindells on 2011-06-12 with a Canon EOS1000D set at 1600ISO on a Skywatcher 200PDS Telescope. 18 stacked images of 2-4 minutes each

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2011-03-18 Jupiter and Mercury

Jupiter and Mercury (top) in the evening sky taken by Steve Adams.

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