Category Archives: Monthly Newsletter

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 Myth Andromeda is the Greek daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cephus of Ethiopia. Andromeda was very beautiful making Hera, wife […] Continue Reading »

The Distance Learning in Astronomy Experience – Brian Finney

I have always had a passing interest in Astronomy and Space; about 15 months ago I decided to take it further and attended my first LAS meeting. As a part of this new venture I needed to move up the learning curve quickly to take advantage of and maintain my new interest. Looking around for […] Continue Reading »

Multi-wavelength Observing – November 2008, by Brian Finney

Following on from his article last month Brian Finney brings the latest news on Multi-wavelength observations with a portrait of a star-forming cloud, called NGC 346 which is the brightest star-forming region in the Small Magellanic Cloud. The colour code is red for infra red wavelengths showing cold dust; green for visible wavelengths and blue […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky – November 2008 by Dave Owen

The constellation of Perseus is about 60 degrees high, and still rising, at about 21:00 GMT in mid November. This can mean  that  some  objects  in  this  constellation,  especially  with  Dobsonian  telescopes,  can  be difficult  to  see near  its passage through our zenith. Therefore, they can sometimes be seen more easily when they are still […] Continue Reading »

Adventures in Arizona, Rob Johnson

It could be said that Arizona is the world ‘capital’ of astronomy, with clear skies for much of the year and home to several major observatories it is an irresistible holiday destination. So my family and I visited this summer and combined holiday with astronomy to tour around some of the many places of astronomical […] Continue Reading »

Multi-wavelength Observing – The Future, by Brian Finney

Our electromagnetic wavelength detectors – eyes to you and me – are only sensitised to light in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Whilst I have a great respect for nature and its ability to even develop the eye, a magnificent piece of equipment, it has extreme limitations for the purposes of astronomy. The […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky – October 2008 by Dave Owen

The constellation of Cassiopeia rises to considerable altitudes during the course of October evenings. There are a very large number of star clusters in this constellation that are easily visible in quite small telescopes. Although Charles Messier, in the 1780’s only noted two in his catalogue of around 100 nebulous objects; M52 and M103. William […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky – September 2008 by Dave Owen

The constellation of Capricorn, dim and indistinct  in light polluted skies, due to its low altitude, reaches its highest elevation above our horizon in mid September at about 22:30 BST. It is worth hunting for its only Messier object, the small globular star cluster M30, (RA 21:40, Dec -23:11 epoch 2000). It is only about […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky August 2008 – Dave Owen

The constellation of Delphinus, the Dolphin, reaches its highest point in our skies, due south, at about midnight in the middle of August. Although the individual stars are fairly faint, it is easier to see than the fainter constellation of Vulpecula that lies on its northern border. Although it contains no Messier Objects, it does […] Continue Reading »