Two members will be sadly missed

We recently lost two members of the Society.

Martin Sinton passed away on March 13th, and Dick Warden on March 20th.

Martin was a member since before the year 2000, and was a regular at meetings and a great supporter of our outreach activities.

Dick was a (or probably more accurately the) founding member of the Society, back in 1982.

Martin Sinton, winner of the Robin Townley award in 2011.
Dick Warden, was presented with life membership in 2007.

Website update

Refreshing the website look and feel this month.

There may be one or two things that need to be fixed up – if you notice any problems please let the website manager know.

Showcase 2015

DSC_4541_1260At the April AGM meeting Peter Cadogan showed the entries for this years astro-photo competition for the Dan Turton trophy.

As many members were not able to attend that night, and not able to view or vote, those who did not vote on the night can view the pictures in the Showcase 2015 gallery, and vote by emailing your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice favourite pictures to Peter Cadogan ( Please use the number on the image slide. Voting is open until Sunday 26th April.

The Showcase gallery images are generated from Peter’s powerpoint and are a somewhat downscaled from the originals – so apologies to the imagers that their images may not be the best quality possible.

March/April Mercury now available

Mercury_March_April_2015_coverMembers can now download the March / April Mercury from the Downloads page.

Contents include:

  • The Coordinator’s Spot
  • Four Moon photographs
  • Baader Herschel Wedge
  • Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
  • Dates For Your Diary
  • Constitution Change
  • The Seven Sisters and Orion’s Belt
  • Jupiter and Three Moons
  • The Bahtinov filter
  • A School Visit
  • Mercury and Venus
  • Orion Nebula and Jupiter
  • Astronomical tidal ranges
  • Microsoft ICE review


Mutual Phenomena of Jupiter

Jupiter on 2014 December 24 by Ian Sibley
Jupiter on 2014 December 24 by Ian Sibley

During 2015, the Jupiter system will be edge-on to the Earth and Sun, which allows observers to see fascinating phenomena of the Galilean moons. First, this alignment allows the moons and the shadows to transit across the Equatorial Zone so that observers have the greatest chance of seeing one or more of them on the disk. Second, it allows the moons to eclipse and occult one another in so-called ‘mutual phenomena’. These events can be followed even with modest telescopes, especially mutual eclipses where one can see the rapid dimming of the eclipsed moon even if it cannot be resolved. Larger telescopes do allow the moons to be resolved, and should allow some impressive images and even videos to be obtained.
John Rogers, BAA

Tony Ireland has prepared a listing of mutual events to look out for.
You can download the PDF here.

January/February 2015 Mercury now available to download

Mercury_Jan_Feb_2015_coverThe January/February Mercury is now available for download.

Visit the Members | Downloads page – you will need the password, which has been emailed to members.

Contents includes:

  • The Coordinator’s Spot
  • The Sun on 30th Sept
  • A very large sunspot
  • Sun and Moon photos
  • A Movie Review
  • Secrets of the Planets
  • Sun Focus Group
  • Messier Binocular Challenge
  • Lunar Challenge
  • Largest 1st Qu Moon
  • Geminid Report
  • Model of Asteroid Vespa
  • Venus at last
  • Image File Naming
  • BAA Deep Sky Section Meeting 2015
  • Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy
  • Venus 29th December
  • Dates for your Diary
  • Two Moon Photos