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Neil Booth Photo M45 Seven Sisters from Timperley

This is a photograph taken on Monday 3rd March 2014 by local Astro-photographer Neil Booth.  M45 from Timperley before it went cloudy. Combined exposure time of 46 minutes. Should point out that it’s not cloud in the picture but blue reflection nebulosity from a cloud of dust passing infront of the cluster. Technical details: Total […]

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Reinventing Space Flight

This video and text about re-inventing space flight comes from SpaceRip. Lots more of their interesting video content on Youtube. Follow Dr. Ben Longmier and his team into the rugged Alaskan wilderness on a quest to build a whole new type of rocket engine. Their goal is to test sensitive components by launching them into […]

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Stargazing in 2014 – A month by month diary

This week we had a very informative talk by Rickard Bullock about the astronomical happenings in 2014. Richard takes us month by month through the things we should be looking for in the night sky to get the best from our stargazing.     If you are interested in learning more about astronomy or stargazing […]

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Moon photos from Cheshire

  These shots were taken on 11 December 2013 at 5:45pm through my 4” telescope with a Polaroid i733 digital camera and touched up with Windows live photo gallery. Photos courtesy of Ged Birbeck, ADAS member.   This does show what you can do with fairly basic equipment. If you want to learn how to […]

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Sagittarius Star Cloud – Member Photo

This photograph of the Sagittarius Star Cloud was taken by Colin Henshaw in Saudi Arabia. He used 30sec exposure -1600ASA-135mm Telephoto lens f3.5-2 We have deliberately kept this image at full resolution. If you click on the image you can view it full size which is amazing to say the least. If you are interested […]

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Comet Lovejoy viewed from Saudi Arabia

Comet  Lovejoy, C2013 R1, is quite a nice gassy comet with a short tail. It  appeared green through the presence of ionised oxygen. Photos and text by Colin Henshaw

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Comet ISON from Saudi Arabia

Over the last two nights I managed to image Comet ISON C2012 S1 .     Like Comet Lovejoy it also appeared greenish, though not as intense. It was the green colour that confirmed the comet on the first night. Certainly bright as comets go, but about twenty mag fainter than the wildest guesstimates that […]

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Build your own observatory

I was looking for some information on the design and manufacture of observatories. I came across some plans to build this observatory. Even though this is not a traditional dome roof observatory it does look like a good option. If you are handy with a saw and comfortable doing a spot of DIY there are […]

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Comet ISON – Where and When to Look

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) is now visible in the morning skies before dawn – and after a little outburst in brightness, many people have reported that it is now just visible to the unaided eye, and should continue to brighten over the next ten days as it approaches its perihelion at just 1 solar diameter […]

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Altrincham Astronomy Society at Jodrell Bank

On Saturday 16th November several members of the Society attended the Jodrell Bank Astronomy Event. The evening began with a talk by Professor Jamie Gilmour about the make up of the universe, the physical difference between Comets and Asteroids what the planets are made of and how they came about.     Following the talk, […]

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