Our Coordinator, Peter Cadogan, is currently holidaying in Australia, and has now arrived near Cairns for the eclipse.
It is all a bit iffy for Wednesday, but we are keeping our fingers crossed. There are lots of eclipse chasers here and one astronomer helped me to find my way about the Southern skies last night This is not easy at this time of the year, as the Milky Way is on the horizon and most northern constellations are a bit nondescript as well as being upside down. But 57 Tucana was magnificent – much brighter than m13.
This was the view on Monday morning from our beach at 6 am, so the sun is well up. But it’s raining at the moment
At our November meeting John Yates will be talking about the “Cyclic Model” of cosmology. This is an alternative cosmology to the commonly assumed “Inflationary Model”, but does provide an interesting alternative to conventional wisdom.
We will have a some telescopes along should it be clear after the break, and if any members have pictures they would like to show please bring them along.
We held a Deep Sky Imaging Workshop on November 3rd – magnificently led by Rik McRae. This was a ‘soup-to-nuts’ session on equipment, software, image capture and image processing. The only thing lacking was time! Though by the end of the day, brain overload was starting to be a problem.
At the monthly meeting this Saturday, Dr Helen Heath, from Bristol University will be talking to us about Cosmic Rays. These are not some metaphysical health remedy, but extremely energetic particles from the depths of space, so it will certainly be a meeting not to be missed.
The forecast for Saturday evening is a bit uncertain at the moment, but telescopes will be available just in case.
Today (October 1st) the new website has gone live.
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