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Grant

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  1. This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Mabula Haverkamp the lead developer and founder of Astro Pixel Processor (APP) https://www.astropixelprocessor.com/. APP was launched in 2017 and is in continuous development, it provides a complete deep sky image processing application with a number of new and innovative features. APP is being developed primarily by Mabula who has a doctorandus and Master of Science degree in Astrophysics from the University of Utrecht, 2004. Mabula uses current scientific insights to develop APP besides developing and creating new innovative features and algorithms like it’s unique debayer algorithm Adaptive Airy Disc, Local Normalisation Correction and fully automatic N-View mosaics. Mabula is going to give us an overview of APP, how it works and what it can do plus a live demo and will also give us a sneak peak at upcoming features due to be introduced soon. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A at the end. Meeting details below: Topic: EP12 - Sunday, 26th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Introduction to Astro Pixel Processor by Mabula Haverkamp Time: Jul 26, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96005272477?pwd=dEExcFFGYTUvUkxwOE8zNU5CRGNUUT09 Meeting ID: 960 0527 2477 Passcode: 341269
  2. There is an adapter for exactly this: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/astro-essentials-adapter-for-sky-watcher-focal-reducers.html
  3. This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Gary Poyner of http://www.variablestars.co.uk/ giving us his talk 'An Introduction to Variable Star Observing'. Gary is one of the most prolific variable star observers on the planet, clocking up more than 300,000 visual observations! Astounding especially when you consider he observers from the heart of Birmingham. Gary has been observing variable stars for over 40 years! During that time he has been Director of the BAA Variable Star Section, Editor of 'The Astronomer' magazine Variable Star pages, BAAVSS CV & Eruptive Stars Secretary, VSS Circulars editor and Web Master and Chairman of the Heart of England AS. His main interests are Cataclysmic and Eruptive Variables, which he observes at every opportunity with his 51cm and 22cm reflectors from his observatory in North Birmingham. He also uses AAVSOnet remote telescopes in New Mexico and Arizona for CCD observations of Variables. Over the past few years he have mentored a number of observers in the UK and abroad in the art of variable star observing, and gives talks to Societies around the country. Mentoring and talking to clubs about different aspects of Variable Stars is clearly a passion. Gary will give us a brief account of the science behind a selection of Variable Stars, explain how to observe them and discuss the reasons why we observe them. He will also touch on how and why they vary. This should be an extremely informative talk from somebody who is an expert in the area of variable stars. Meeting details below: Topic: EP11 - Sunday, 19th July 2020 7:30pm BST - An Introduction to Variable Star Observing by Gary Poyner Time: Jul 19, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/98776512803?pwd=U1ExNXJlTkJDL0dmcXQwbnNseGF3dz09 Meeting ID: 987 7651 2803 Password: 543320
  4. Zoom details for this: Topic: EP10 - Wednesday, 15th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Sequence Generator Pro by Darren Jehan Time: Jul 14, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91955140516?pwd=WkIxdFJQSGc0WlZNUllLZC9kL2s0UT09 Meeting ID: 919 5514 0516 Password: 402055
  5. If anybody missed this and would like to watch the video, please PM me and I will send you a private link. This will be removed in one week. Colin makes his living giving these talks so it's not something we can make available publicly / indefinitely.
  6. Something a bit different this week, on Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by David Bryant of http://www.spacerocksuk.com/ to talk about 'Meteorites: A Twenty-Year Gold Rush!'. David is a very well known figure and you may have met him at talks and shows over the years - a true character with lots of interesting stories of the meteorite trade and industry over the years. David Bryant, BSc, Cert Ed has been described as a renaissance man: wildlife photographer, teacher, lecturer, ex-naval officer, rock guitarist, published artist, author and the UK's only full-time professional meteorite dealer, he has had what could be considered a full life! This is reflected in the breadth of content of these four books, which range from the UFO phenomenon, the Apollo lunar missions, ghosts, religious apparitions to evolution, planetary astronomy and the formation of the Universe! David has been widely published on many topics including natural history, meteoritics, climate change and ornithology. The format of this talk will be a little different, it will be more of a conversation / interview style talk with David talking us through some of the history of meteorite collecting with lots of entertaining stories along the way! So pull up a chair, grab a glass of wine and join us on Sunday for what is sure to be a super talk! Meeting details below: Topic: EP9 - Sunday, 12th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Meteorites: A Twenty-Year Gold Rush! by David Bryant Time: Jul 12, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/98737087930?pwd=WVVzaHpObWtRcmpBRng1NTZmQkhIZz09 Meeting ID: 987 3708 7930 Password: 355999
  7. Continuing a bit of a Solar theme, this Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Colin Stuart of https://www.colinstuart.net/ giving us his talk 'Rebel Star - The Sun's Greatest Mysteries'. Colin an astronomy speaker and author who has talked to over half a million people about the universe, ranging from schools and the public to conferences and businesses. He has written sixteen books which have sold more than 350,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 21 languages. He has also written over 200 popular science articles for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, The Wall Street Journal and European Space Agency. In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy, the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him. In 2014 he was awarded runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He's talked about the wonders of the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live and been quoted in national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and The Observer. Having seen a couple of Colin's talks now I can't wait for this one - he is a superb speaker and he's talking are extremely informative and entertaining - definitely not one to miss! Rebel Star – The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries GET TO KNOW OUR NEAREST STAR LIKE NEVER BEFORE The Sun is many things: beauty, beacon, battery, belligerent. It’s the biggest thing for light-years around and yet we actually know relatively little about it. That’s changing thanks to an armada of new spacecraft recently lofted into the solar system to scrutinise the Sun in unprecedented detail. In a 45 minute talk packed full of jaw-dropping images and videos, I’ll be your guide on a journey deep into the heart of our nearest star. Meeting details below: Topic: EP8 - Sunday, 5th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Rebel Star – The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries by Colin Stuart Time: Jul 5, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99985123857?pwd=MU0xeklkdjJsdWEwTkNNUURkbFl6dz09 Meeting ID: 999 8512 3857 Password: 106194
  8. Any gaps in sound are due to copyright requirements on youtube - only a couple of song clips got culled:
  9. Meeting details for later: Topic: EP7 - A Closer Look at the Sun by Gary Palmer Time: Jun 28, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96520755134?pwd=NHlQNDhJRFc2Ny9MWFUrV2pSVy9RQT09 Meeting ID: 965 2075 5134 Password: 620078
  10. This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Gary Palmer of http://www.solarsystemimaging.co.uk/. Gary is a highly regarded solar and deep sky imager and one of the leading solar imagers in the world with images widely published in books, magazines and online. He is the author of many articles and reviews in various astronomy magazines and tv programmes and works closely, alongside many manufacturers to develop and test upcoming astronomy equipment. Gary also offers many workshops across the UK for groups and 1-to-1 via http://www.astrocourses.co.uk/ which some of you may have attended before. Gary is going to give us a talk showcasing the various methods for capturing the Sun as well as talking through his workflow and showing us lots of processing tips and tricks touching on SharpCap, Registax, Photoshop and AutoStakkert!. He will also be discussing some of the recent innovations in equipment for solar imaging. We look forward to seeing you Sunday, at 7:30PM. Zoom meeting details will be posted here Sunday. Meeting details below: Topic: EP7 - A Closer Look at the Sun by Gary Palmer Time: Jun 28, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96520755134?pwd=NHlQNDhJRFc2Ny9MWFUrV2pSVy9RQT09 Meeting ID: 965 2075 5134 Password: 620078
  11. Tonights meeting details: Topic: EP6 - Hershel to Hawkwind by Peter Williamson Time: Jun 21, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93741540897?pwd=U1dnWk5rOE10OUIxTmtkQTVkR09zQT09 Meeting ID: 937 4154 0897 Password: 406334
  12. This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Peter Williamson FRAS of http://www.peterwilliamson.co.uk/, http://www.solarsphere.events/ and http://www.astroradio.earth/. Peter is an astronomer, broadcaster and musician who created the Astro Radio station, organises the Slarsphere astronomical and music festival as well as delivering talks / workshops across the country. He is also a Deep Sky imaging consultant for the Faulkes telescope as well as many other things related to astronomy and astronomy outreach - we are very honoured to welcome him. Peter was meant to join us at last years star party to deliver this talk but following the floods in Herefordshire the star party was cancelled so we are very pleased to be able to invite Peter to deliver this talk to us virtually! Peter is going to deliver the talk Herschel to Hawkwind, Astronomy & Music how each influence each other. We look forward to seeing you Sunday, at 7:30PM. Zoom meeting details will be posted here Sunday. Meeting details below: Topic: EP6 - Hershel to Hawkwind by Peter Williamson Time: Jun 21, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93741540897?pwd=U1dnWk5rOE10OUIxTmtkQTVkR09zQT09 Meeting ID: 937 4154 0897 Password: 406334
  13. Meeting details for tonight: Topic: StarGaZine Episode 5 - Members Talks - Mark at Beaufort & Lunator - Visual Astronomy Time: Jun 17, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96772584139?pwd=QmoyR2k1T1FjaDRyYjJrYXQ4ZlQ4dz09 Meeting ID: 967 7258 4139 Password: 753841
  14. We have a special bonus double talk for you this Wednesday at 7:30pm BST from our very own mod team! We are also trialling a mid-week slot for these members talks. If anybody else fancies delivering a talk or partial talk, please let us know Talk 1 - Observing Visual Double Stars - Jewels of the Night Sky by Ian / Lunator Kicking off is Ian / Lunator who's specialist subject is double stars Ian will be sharing six interesting double star targets, how to find them with star hopping and what to expect. Talk 2 - Visual Observing Arrangements, Procedures and Tips plus some Challenges by Mark at Beaufort Mark is a passionate visual observer and will guide us through how he plans and arranges his observing sessions with lots of tips and some observing challenges for us all to have a go at. Each talk is going to be around 15-20 minutes with a 10-15 minute Q&A break. As usual, I will post the Zoom meeting details in here sometime during the day Wedesday. See you all then! Meeting details for tonight: Topic: StarGaZine Episode 5 - Members Talks - Mark at Beaufort & Lunator - Visual Astronomy Time: Jun 17, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96772584139?pwd=QmoyR2k1T1FjaDRyYjJrYXQ4ZlQ4dz09 Meeting ID: 967 7258 4139 Password: 753841
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