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  1. Following on from 27th, on 28th, the crescent Moon will be closer at 4.5 degrees away, and Neptune still 1 degree away. View the calendar event
  2. C/2017 T2 Panstarrs will be equidistant between NGC869 and NGC884, another good visual or photo opp. View the calendar event
  3. A close conjunction between Venus and Neptune, at 5pm they will be approx 10 arc minutes apart, getting down to 4 as they set. The 7.3% illuminated crescent Moon and Mercury will also be visible further to the West. View the calendar event
  4. Another good conjunction worth having a go at either visually or for imaging. C/2017 T2 Panstarrs will be just over half a degree from the NGC884, one of the two clusters that make up the Double Cluster. On 28th it will be equally positioned between the two at around 40 arc minutes from each. View the calendar event
  5. Remote imaging is just another form of astronomy so, so long as there is no misrepresentation as to who owns the equipment, we don't see a problem. There is no need for anyone to be unpleasant.
  6. Mid-transit 15:20. UK sunset 16:72. Not particularly well positioned for UK observers, but some of us might not get to November 2032 to see the next one ... View the calendar event
  7. Talk by John I. Davies, Senior Researcher & Principium Editor, The Initiative for Interstellar Studies i4is Project Glowworm – near term low earth orbit demonstration of laser push technology Visitors are welcome at our meetings, but because of the popularity of our talks, visitors must register for a free ticket as visitor spaces are limited. Visitors can also leave after the main talk or are welcome to stay on for the rest of the meeting. Tickets will go live 1 month before the event. https://www.astronomyedinburgh.org/event/first-steps-to-interstellar-probes/ Also at our meetings: What’s in the night sky this month Overview of astronomy and space news Occasional member presentations View the calendar event
  8. 29 September 2019 Event time: 7.30pm Location: Caban Coch Car Park SN923646 Booking is required - please book online via Eventbrite A unique night-time event, held under the dark skies of the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park. Join storyteller, Kama Roberts, as she takes you on a journey of the stars. She will illuminate the night with her immersive tales of the constellations, touching on ancient mythology and night-time culture from across the world. This will involve a gentle walk along the Caban Coch cycle trail and will not be more than 2 miles in length. Please note, this event is also suitable for supervised children aged eight years old and above. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing, bring torches and your imagination! Meet at Caban Coch Car Park SN923646. If the weather is bad, the event will be held at Penbont House – you will be contacted prior to the event. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. View the calendar event
  9. Event date: 19 September 2019 Event time: 7.30pm Location: Gilfach Nature Reserve, Rhayader Booking is required - please book online via Eventbrite This area of Mid Wales is known for its stunning, dark skies with an International Dark Sky Park nearby. Listen to night noises and gaze at the stars if it is clear. We will be looking at moths and detecting bats with our specialised detectors. Please bring torches, a mat to sit on, insect repellent and wear outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet at the Pont Marteg Gateway, Gilfach Nature Reserve SN 952715. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. View the calendar event
  10. Talk by Dr Richard A. McCracken, Research Fellow Heriot-Watt University Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences The discovery of an planet orbiting a Sun-like star in 1995 sparked a quarter-century of research. In this talk we will look at how we hunt for exoplanets, some of the incredible systems observed so far, and what the future holds for this exciting field. Visitors are welcome at our meetings, but because of the popularity of our talks, visitors must register for a free ticket as visitor spaces are limited. Visitors can also leave after the main talk or are welcome to stay on for the rest of the meeting. Tickets will go live 1 month before the event. https://www.astronomyedinburgh.org/event/25-years-of-exoplanet-discoveries/ Also at our meetings: What’s in the night sky this month Overview of astronomy and space news Occasional member presentations View the calendar event
  11. Seven metre diameter moon, talks, solar observing, open air (space-themed) cinema, and much more, plus a stargazing session in the evening up at Maiden Castle ... More details here: http://moonburyrings.co.uk View the calendar event
  12. Talk by Prof. Andrew Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Edinburgh’s forgotten astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth. In 1856, Charles Piazzi Smyth, together with his scientist wife Jessie, and a crew of sailors and Spanish helpers, changed the way we do astronomy. They traveled to Tenerife, lived on the mountain in stone houses they built themselves, and made amazing measurements that proved that observations were much better – clearer, sharper, deeper – than from smoky cities like Edinburgh. Piazzi Smyth believed that in the future we would all become “peripatetic astronomers”, wandering from mountain to mountain to get the best results. I will trace the story of how this idea became a reality, and how indeed wandering the globe to use bigger and better telescopes has been the story of my own career for 40 years. However, this golden age of peripatetic mountain astronomy is coming to a close. Why, and what lies ahead? This is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the extraordinary Charles Piazzi Smyth, so it is an excellent time to examine his legacy. Visitors are welcome at our meetings, but because of the popularity of our talks, visitors must register for a free ticket as visitor spaces are limited. Visitors can also leave after the main talk or are welcome to stay on for the rest of the meeting. Tickets will go live 2 weeks before the event. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/61638104229/ Also at our meetings: What’s in the night sky this month Overview of astronomy and space news Occasional member presentations View the calendar event
  13. Telescopic Astronomy - Afternoon of June 19th 2019 (Provisional) View the calendar event
  14. Naked-eye Astronomy - Afternoon of June 3rd 2019 (provisional) View the calendar event
  15. Dear Admins. I'm one of the two developers of the commercial Android app for Deep Sky observing the "DSO Planner". Thus I'm wondering are there any special rules besides the obvious "no advertisements"  for vendors on SGL forums? I finally have the capacity to provide my support here as well and see several questions already, though hesitating to jump in for rescue as I'm used to very harsh vendors' rules on the Cloudy Nights forum (which is my primary dwelling). Please, direct me.

    1. daz

      daz

      Hi Alex

      Thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the delay in replying - the usual (best!) method is a direct PM, rather than via the public status....

      We'll get right back to you!

       

      Cheers,

      Daz

    2. AlexK

      AlexK

      Thank you, Daz. Yeah, I've been a bit lost in your sophisticated forum's engine at first :) But in fact, I like it much more than the one on the CN now. I have several posts already so you have some food to judge my style :)

      Best!

      Alex.

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