From the Society and elsewhere


March 2020 meeting report

7 March 2020|

A big thank you to Dr Alan Thomson, Head of Geomagnetism, British Geological Survey for an excellent and engaging talk on Space Weather.

Telescope Help Shop report

6 March 2020|

On 29 January 2020 ten members and 20 guests attended our second Telescope Help Shop. Following on from last year's successful event, we had a waiting list and sufficient interest to run another one.


2 March 2020|

There is now a project everyone can participate in that combines two of our recent talks: GALAXYZOO:LOFAR.

Software for astronomy

13 February 2020|

There are so many pieces of astronomical software available to the amateur these days - often for free. We've added a list of some of them to our Links page.

Occultation by 4 Vesta

19 January 2020|

From Alex Pratt of the BAA - On the night of 11 Feb 2201-2203 UT, the second largest asteroid Vesta will occult a brightish (mag 5 - 6) star: HIP14439, SAO 93276, TYC 654-1754-1, HD19270 Predicted times at selected locations:- [...]

January 2020 meeting report

13 January 2020|

What a really great meeting we had with Bob Mizon from Commission for Dark Skies and the BAA. Special thanks also to Peter Harrison, Technical Director at Institution of Lighting Professionals.

The Quadrantids New Year meteor shower

13 December 2019|

This meteor shower radiating from a forgotten constellation is one of the most prolific of the year but not as popular as other showers. This year the Moon is mostly out of the way so it could be a good one.

December 2019 meeting report

10 December 2019|

Prof. Colin Cunningham of Edinburgh University described the many engineering and scientific challenges associated with the building and future operation of the ELT.

Observe the ever-changing Moon

24 November 2019|

Surely the Moon is boring because nothing ever changes on it? Not at all - it changes its appearance daily. The angle of Sun hitting the surface varies and casts strange and beautiful shadows across its landscape.