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by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sky at Night Forum closing after 15 years
Replies: 7
Views: 1932

Re: Sky at Night Forum closing after 15 years

Like many, I have not often visited the Sky at Night forum, despite often writing for the magazine. However, now I have revisited, I see there are some threads that are quite useful. I hope the magazine doesn't just vape them as they could be useful for future reference.
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 5211

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

This all has little to do with joining the SPA, I know but amateur astronomy is just not about meetings and talks. Someone on the committee of the Foredown Tower Astronomers, (which I set up 20 years ago as the Foredown Tower Astronomy Group), asked me recently why I joined an astronomy group if I ...
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: OK OK I'm back :)
Replies: 1
Views: 1112

Re: OK OK I'm back :)

skyhawk wrote:Thank you
Welcome to Society for Popular Astronomy.

Membership
Membership:Adult 1 year (UK)
Fee:£22.00
Start date:Mon 13 May 2019


:)
That's great news! Thank you.
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 5211

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

This has been a very interesting and informative thread. Can I just mention a couple of things? Firstly the Society officers are unfailingly helpful in my own experience, for example, my subscription became due in March when I was out of the country for a long time. I tried to renew by paypal but c...
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 5211

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

I think I prefer "doing" than listening which is why I never attend local club meetings, I WILL make an effort to travel to an SPA meeting now I have re joined, and am glad I have. It will be great to see you! We are always interested in our members' views on how we can improve! Thank you for being...
by Paul Sutherland
Sun May 12, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 5211

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

I was a SPA member but there were no benefits to me being in Wales. I can not afford to travel to the one venue, London, there are none in Wales, which is a shame. We had a meeting in Wales last year (Cardiff). Almost all our meetings are now videoed, so that those who cannot attend may still view ...
by Paul Sutherland
Sat May 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Please join the SPA!
Replies: 0
Views: 1640

Please join the SPA!

A special message to users of the Forum. Thank you for using the SPA’s Forum, and we are glad that you find it useful. We know that not everyone here is a current member of the SPA, and there has never been a requirement to be a member to take part in the discussions. However, as one of the service...
by Paul Sutherland
Wed May 02, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Nova in Perseus
Replies: 2
Views: 1393

Nova in Perseus

Here is a crop from a photo I took on the evening of May 1st from Botany Bay, Broadstairs.
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by Paul Sutherland
Wed May 02, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Bright (mag 6) nova in Perseus
Replies: 9
Views: 3536

Re: Bright (mag 6) nova in Perseus

I imaged the nova last night. It appears to be below magnitude 7 now. The session was enlivened by a lovely slow fireball that dropped below Polaris at around 20.10 UT and looked of similar brightness to Venus.

Image
by Paul Sutherland
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Perseid limits
Replies: 0
Views: 1733

Perseid limits

As most forum members will know, the Perseid meteor shower is now active, and sources generally quote July 17 as the date when activity begins. I was interested in NASA research, led by Peter Jenniskens, that found the earliest Perseids to occur at the start of July and for the shower to continue in...
by Paul Sutherland
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Cambridge Convention
Replies: 2
Views: 1130

Re: Cambridge Convention

Thank you, Steve! It was indeed a hugely successful event, with a great line-up of speakers. So glad that everyone seems to have enjoyed it!

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter & Venus - Spectacular Conjunction!
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Re: Jupiter & Venus - Spectacular Conjunction!

Sorry David, I have only just seen this. It is a crop of a single shot. 1/25 of a second at ISO 3200, using a Canon EOS 600D.
by Paul Sutherland
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter & Venus - Spectacular Conjunction!
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Re: Jupiter & Venus - Spectacular Conjunction!

Mike, I also found the conjunction spectacular. And the air was so clear that the planets shone brightly when barely risen and still close to the horizon, having just cleared a line of cloud in the direction of Belgium. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-R4gjLXsWX4g/U_cYLewZVcI/AAAAAAAALSU/fcIBoy9Kw...
by Paul Sutherland
Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Possible outburst of Andromedid meteors
Replies: 2
Views: 1369

Possible outburst of Andromedid meteors

There are reports that a usually minor meteor shower, the Andromedids, is currently undergoing something of an outburst. Here's a report on Spaceweather.com. European observers are being urged to look out now!
by Paul Sutherland
Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Early-morning Expedition to find Comet ISON
Replies: 19
Views: 4873

Re: Early-morning Expedition to find Comet ISON

"However, I'm still wondering which comet the Bayeux Tapestry depicts" It is Halley's comet that is shown. The comet reached perihelion around March 20 (old style, I presume) The Battle of Hastings was on October 14. So the comet had been seen during the previous few months, and it was taken to be ...