The Section’s 2022 edition of Sagittarius newsletter has been released, it can be found in More>Newsletters or via this link.

For public events and visiting groups please view our Risk Assessment and guidance for visitors on our Health & Safety page link

Listed below are all the current events, lectures and courses which are coming up at the through out the year.

Our list of scheduled talks can be viewed via this link and previous topics discussed viewed via this link

COVID-ADVICE

Please note, that as the observatory meeting room is small and unventilated and some members are either at risk or have at risk relatives, we ask that club members carry out a lateral flow test before coming to one of the Tuesday club nights. Additionally, we ask that members don't attend club nights while they show any Covid symptoms, you can find a list of symptoms below:

  • Headache, sore throat and a runny nose
  • Tiredness, new and severe fatigue (recent onset)
  • Aches and pains, new muscle ache for no obvious reason (recent onset)
  • Headache (sinus pain, pain around eyes)
  • Conjunctivitis (itchy, watery, painful or pink eye(s)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (high temperature, rigors, chills, can’t get warm)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Dry cough (Continuous new cough)
  • Diarrhoea
  • A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes (seek urgent medical advice)
  • Chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, chest tightness (phone the emergency services on 999)
  • Loss of speech or movement (phone the emergency services on 999)

Further to this, some members may wish to wear a mask, we ask that all members respect those who decide to do so. There is also hand sanitizer available on site which we encourage members to use.


Talk - Astrophotography

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This is the first in a series of astrophotography lectures. What photographers call a raw file is in fact, a highly processed file. This lecture looks at how digital sensors work, and demonstrates what a true-raw camera data is and why it is important in astrophotography. It also gives an overview of image calibration, which will be discussed in more depth in following lectures.

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The lecture looks briefly at the Apollo space program of the late 1960's and early 1920's. To mark the eve of the 54th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 8, there is a short video showing the original footage of the 6-day mission, that for the first time took man out of Earth orbit and towards another world.

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