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.

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

Asteroid 2012 DA14 – maybe

Postscript: After some further analysis, Rik has decided he is not now confident in claiming this is an image of the asteroid. What it is, we will probably never know...

Although the weather was generally poor over the Cotswolds for attempts to observe this near earth asteroid on Friday evening - Rik McRae in Gloucester managed to capture one enigmatic frame with a trailed object - perhaps this could be it!

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2012 DA14 (?) 20130215 2223UT Rik McRae

Rik writes:

I set up my camera with a 50mm lens on a polar aligned tracking mount, pointed it at the predicted path given by the BAA at the prescribed time and fired of 2min exposures for an hour. On one frame through a gap in the clouds, in the right area at the right time and moving in the right direction there is a short streak, where the stars are all round. Nothing else like it shows on any of the other frames due to cloud cover, so I can't track it frame to frame and prove it, but this is as good as I could manage this evening.