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Moon over Lymm – Member photo

Gerald Birbeck This picture was taken by me last year in Agden, Lymm using a 4″ reflector with a 25mm wide eyepiece. I put my small Polaroid i733 digital camera with a 7mp lens up to the eye piece and took the shot. It shows what can be done by amateurs with fairly basic equipment.

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Gegenschien – Glowing spot in the sky – Member photo

The image below is of the Gegenschein taken with my 28mm wide angle lens with a 59s exposure on November 1st., from a dark site outside Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. I confirmed that it was not a vignetting effect in the lens by taking another image with it offset from the centre, towards the left of […]

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The Appulse of Delta Geminorum – Member photo

The Appulse of Delta Geminorum by Jupiter was observed on October 5th. I was taking images of NQ Geminorum at the time, which I normally do by pointing the camera between Delta Gem and Pollux. NQ Gem is about half way between the two stars. However this time I could not find Delta Gem, and […]

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Partial Eclipse – Member photographs

These stunning photographs were taken by Colin Henshaw who lives in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, on November 3rd., 2013, where the eclipse was partial.  

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How to measure the universe – Chris Suddick

    This is a talk given on Friday 1st November by one of the society’s members Chris Suddick. The talk takes a historical and present day look at how the universe was first measured and how this approach has led us to understanding more about the universe.         If you are […]

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Lucianne Walkowicz: Finding planets around other stars

How do we find planets — even habitable planets — around other stars? By looking for tiny dimming as a planet passes in front of its sun, TED Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz and the Kepler mission have found some 1,200 potential new planetary systems. With new techniques, they may even find ones with the right conditions […]

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TedX Salford – Amazing speakers: NASA Astronaut

TED talks, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, are a series of conference events that bring together great and not so great thinkers of our age on a wide range of subjects. Some of our blog posts incorporate TED videos e.g. Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids In just over […]

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Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids

What’s six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid — and there are lots of them out there. With humour and great visuals, Phil Plait enthrals the TEDx Boulder audience with all the ways asteroids can kill, and what we must do to avoid them.

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Astronomy from Saudi Arabia

A short description of the joys and challenges of astronomy from Colin Henshaw in Saudi Arabia. The night sky from Saudi does not look all that much different from that seen in the U.K. except that you have another twenty or so degrees of southern sky. At southern culmination the circumpolar constellations are upside down, […]

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