Section Report 2018.8.1

A certain law governs all astronomers’ attempts to observe events in the sky – you know the one I mean! It was certainly working against us Friday 27th of July when the much-publicised total eclipse was itself eclipsed by thick clouds. The ensuing thunderstorm brought us some much-needed rain but why, after weeks of clear skies, did it have to come on that particular night? Read more

Section Report 2018.7.12

It’s ironic that, after an autumn and winter when clear skies were a rarity, the summer should provide so many clear nights at a time when  it hardly gets dark! Judging by the increase in the number of images sent in to the Lunar Section many members chose to turn their telescopes on the brighter objects that were visible and these, of course, include the Moon. Read more

Section Report 2018.5.30

The long-awaited clear  skies and the warm weather have clearly brought SPA members out to their telescopes and I have received images from Paul Brierly and Dave Finnigan.  The seeing has not always been the best and this was the case on May 23rd when Paul acquired the image below. Nevertheless with the aid of a Baader 742nm IR Proplanet filter he produced a result with which he was happy and which shows a lot of detail. Read more