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  1. The British Astronomical Association is holding an Observers' Workshop coming up in just one months time - October 12th - at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (Scotland). Places need to be booked in advance, and this can be done online or by calling the BAA Offie. The price is £6 for all, which just covers the refreshments that will be available on the day. Full details about the meeting can be found here: https://britastro.org/greenock2019 If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Clear, dark skies, Callum
  2. There is still time to book the 2019 British Astronomical Associations' Deep Sky Section annual meeting. All welcome. Venue: Shurdington Social Centre, Bishop Road, SHURDINGTON, Cheltenham,Gloucestershire, GL51 4TB. Date: Saturday, 2019, March 23 (All day) The 2019 section meeting will be hosted by the Cotswold Astronomical Society, and will be held at Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham. Doors open 9:30 - tea and coffee 10:00 - 10:10 Callum Potter - Welcome 10:10 - 11:00 John McCue - Observing Doubles Down Under Coffee break 11:20 - 12:10 Mark Stuart - Weather and Astronomy 12:10 - 12:40 Robin Leadbeater - Spectroscopy of extra-galactic novae and supernovae Lunch 13:50 - 14:20 Eddie Carpenter - Astrophotographers Issac Roberts and Dorothea Klumpte 14:20 - 15:00 Grant Privett - Gyulbudaghians Nebula 15:00 - 15:50 Ian Smith - Imaging Planetary Nebulae Tea 16:20 - 17:20 Prof. Steven Phillipps (Bristol University) - Surveying the Deep Sky – Edwin Hubble to the Hubble Space Telescope 17:20 - Wrap-up Please note - programme my change without notice. Trade stands: BAA Sales, Webb Deep-Sky Society Price including buffet lunch: £7.50 for BAA members, members of Cotswold Astronomical Society and affiliated societies. £10.00 for non-members. Book online at britastro.org/deepsky2019
  3. A partial programme seems to be published now: http://europeanastrofest.com/conference/ /callump
  4. If you are interested in Python you should check out AstroPy which is developed by the pros. http://www.astropy.org/ Happy coding! /callump
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    Heard the sad news today that Maurice Gavin aka Nytecam passed away this morning after a short illness. One of the Great Observers - he will be sorely missed. /callump
  6. If anyone form North Gloucestershire or South Worcestershire is planning on going, and could give me lift on the day, please DM me. Thanks, Callum
  7. Thanks for posting Owen - yes, this is right - programme will be substantially the same though one speaker cannot make the new date. Callum
  8. There is still time to book for this meeting - visit https://britastro.org/deepsky2018 Thanks, Callum
  9. British Astronomical Association Deep Sky Section will be holding it's annual meeting on Sunday 4th March at Bedford School, Bedford. Topics to include: variable nebulae, double star observing, visual observing Arp catalogue objects, imaging, and ancient galaxies. Price is only £6 for BAA members (and usual concessions) and £10 for non-members, includes lunch. Full details and you can book online at: https://britastro.org/deepsky2018 Hope to see you there! /callump
  10. The LSST will have a 64cm diameter CCD camera - 3.2 gigapixels. https://www.lsst.org/about/camera /callump
  11. Congrats on the highly commended Michael - was nice to chat. Tot ziens. /callump
  12. Yes, was a very enjoyable day - congrats to the organisers. /callump
  13. It has been renewed so should be ok now - it may take a little time for this to work its way through your caches. /callump
  14. Should be a good one - i'll be there... /callump
  15. This should be a really good meeting - looking forward to it. /callump
  16. The BAA Deep Sky Section is holding its annual meeting on 4th March at Kintbury, near Newbury. Programme includes: Guy Hurst - Novae/Supernovae Patrolling Jonathan Blake - Astrophotography - data capture and data processing Mark Radice - Have telescope will travel Steve Tonkin - Binocular Deep Sky Observing Greg Parker - Mini-WASP Dr Philipp Podsiadlowski. Oxford University - “From Supernova to Gamma-Ray Burst: Understanding the Diversity of Cosmic Explosions". The meeting is open to all and price includes a cooked lunch and refreshments throughout the day - £20 for BAA members and £25 for non-members. Book online in advance, and further details are available at http://britastro.org/dss2017 /callump
  17. Should be in the shops tomorrow according to the twitter feed... https://twitter.com/AstronomyNow /callum
  18. I think the micro-usb is fused, and of course there is no polarity protection if you go straight on the gpio... /callum
  19. There's no reason why you could not use a couple of RPi's - they can be chained for INDI control. For powering a RPi you can power straight to the GPIO pins and not use the micro-usb. /callum
  20. I found the 7 port hub from pihut to work well with my pi2. https://thepihut.com/products/7-port-usb-hub-for-the-raspberry-pi /callump
  21. If you plug it straight into a PC you'll probably need to use a cross-over LAN (Ethernet) cable. (though I would probably use a switch / Ethernet hub as suggested above...). /callump
  22. Depends on the size you need - but you could try a bike shop and ask for a "star fangled" or "star" nut... /callump
  23. The Cotswold Astronomical Society is hosting a BAA Back to Basics, Beginners Workshop on March 5th, at the Cotswold AS regular meeting venue, Shurdington Village Hall, Shurdington, Cheltenham. The meeting is intended for those new to astronomy, and recently starting out, though others may gain useful information, help and contacts. Aside from general sessions, there will also be sessions on observing the Moon, Planets, Variable Stars and Deep Sky. Information is on the BAA website at: https://britastro.org/node/6752 And it is also possible to book online at: https://britastro.org/cotswoldb2b The last time we held such a meeting it was very well received, and should be a grand day out. Thanks, Callum
  24. 14-15 October 2016 is showing as the date for this years event. http://www.ukastroshow.com/ C.
  25. It's the material that's heading into the black hole that's visible... /callum
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