Author Archives: Steve Southern

Stargazing Live 2014, report by Steve Southern

LAS at Stargazing Live, 7th and 8th January 2014 Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th January 2014 at Stargazing Live, Jodrell Bank Once again for the third year in a row, the LAS was asked to participate in the very successful Stargazing Live events run by the BBC at Jodrell Bank.  Adult Members and Young Astronomers […] Continue Reading »

Buying a Telescope by Steve Southern (revised November 2013)

This article is also available as a PDF for easy printing – Click here to download the PDF version. If you’re new to astronomy and you’re thinking of buying your first telescope then this article should help you Shiny new telescopes do look very desirable and despite a levelling of price in recent years a […] Continue Reading »

Stargazing Live 2014 Events

BBC Stargazing Live is back on our screens (7th to the 9th January 2014), and astronomical societies all over the country will be hosting events throughout the month. We at the Liverpool Astronomical Society have three events arranged: Court Hey Park on Tuesday January 7th from 7.30pm – 9.30pm Martin Mere, Saturday 11th January from 7pm […] Continue Reading »

Event Report: Stargazing Live 2013 by Steve Southern

Stargazing Live 2013 By Steve Southern Once again the BBC Stargazing Live programmes on BBC2 have sparked massive interest in the hobby of astronomy throughout the UK. And, as last year, the Liverpool Astronomical Society has been heavily involved with the live Jodrell Bank TV programmes. Plus our own local activities with more to come […] Continue Reading »

Getting started in Astronomy (Part 2), by Steve Southern

Continuing on from last month let’s look at how some more of the more obvious constellations and stars can be used as pointers and sign posts in the night sky. Let’s go back to the Plough which is part of the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The 2 pointer stars point towards Polaris, the […] Continue Reading »

Constellation of the Month (December 2008) – Taurus, by Steve Southern

Avoiding the obvious Orion, December’s constellation of the month is the wonderful Taurus, the bull. Click for printable map http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/tau/tau.htm Myth Taurus is one of the oldest zodiacal constellations. According to myth, Taurus represents the bull form taken on by Jupiter or Zeus in pursuit of the fair maidens of the seven sisters (Pleiades). There […] Continue Reading »

A Telescope for Christmas, by Steve Southern

This article has been superseded by an updated version written in November 2013 – please click here to view the new version. (Note by MG, 11th May 2013: The prices quoted in this article were accurate as of December 2008 but will likely have changed by now! It’s possible some of the prices given will […] Continue Reading »

Getting started in Astronomy (Part 1), by Steve Southern

We’re starting a new feature for those members new to astronomy. This month to start you off we have “Getting started in astronomy”, a guide to those “first steps” in astronomy and a view of some key constellations of the northern skies. Plus “Constellation of the month”, a closer view at Andromeda this month. Stars […] Continue Reading »

Constellation of the Month (November 2008) – Andromeda, by Steve Southern

High in the south at midnight in November is the wonderful constellation of Andromeda. Look for it almost directly above you towards the South at around midnight during November. Click for printable map http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/and/and.html Myth Andromeda is the Greek daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cephus of Ethiopia. Andromeda was very beautiful making Hera, wife […] Continue Reading »

The Liverpool Astronomical Society trip to the Leicester National Space Centre, Saturday 20th April 2002

A report from Steve Southern on the Society's day out to Leicester National Space Centre on 20th April 2002. Includes photos. Continue Reading »