Congratulations Peter!

Written by Scott Creed on .

We would like to pass on our congratulations to Peter Jenkins, our expert astrophotography member.

Peter has had another of his pictures published in the BBC Sky at Night magazine. His image of NGC 281, the Pacman Nebula, appears in the Hotshots section on page 29 of the February issue, and is the fourth time he has had a picture in Sky at Night since April, along with three other images published in two other magazines.

A link to Peter's picture will appear here later, but in the meantime you can view it and all his other images on his own website,

Congratulations once again Peter!

Telescope Help and Advice

Written by Scott Creed on .

Wednesday 18th January, 8.00 p.m - 9.30 p.m.

Have you been given a telescope for Christmas but don't know how to use it? Perhaps you have an older telescope gathering dust at the back of a cupboard for the same reason.

Bring it along to our observatory and our knowledgeable members will give you help and advice on how to set it up and use it correctly.

The help and advice is free, although donations to the Society will be welcome and appreciated.

Note - Please also bring any controllers and power supplies for your scopes, and manuals if you have them.

Note for MSAS members - This event is being held in conjunction with our usual weekly Members Astronomy Meeting. We will be holding a training session for members wishing to learn how to use the Society's large telescope in the dome or our smaller telescopes.

Next open evening

Written by Chris Dakin on .

During Autumn and Winter the society holds public open evenings once a month.

The next open evening will be on Saturday 4th February.

Activities on offer include:

  • A talk on an astronomical topic. This month the talk will be "Other planets and ocean worlds within our solar system".
  • Opportunities to view the moon and astronomical objects through the societies’ main 61cm Newtonian reflector and a variety of smaller telescopes (weather permitting).
  • An introduction to finding your way around the night sky with the naked eye and binoculars (feel free to bring your own binoculars along).
  • Short video presentations on astronomical topics.
  • Displays on the solar system and beyond, astrophotography, and the society.
  • Meteor detection by radioastronomy.
  • Opportunities to ask questions about astronomy.Refreshments.

For more information see our Public Open Evenings page.



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