Moon phase

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Jupiter

Slowly getting the hang of my new camera, a ZWO ASI 224mc. Much improved over the older Altair 130mc, higher frame rate and sensitivity. This means that lower gain can be used which results in less noise and the higher frame rate means points of good seeing can be captured more often. Still a way to go and it would help if Jupiter (and friends later in the year) weren't hugging the horizon.


Taken with an 8" Celestron Evolution, ZWO adtmospheric dispersion corrector, Revelation x2.5 barlow (telescope thus at F25), ASI224mc. Captured 13000 frames in 2 minutes in sharpcap pro, stacked in Autostakkert 2, 60% then processed in sharpcap. The moon to the lower left is Europa.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

More News

Hi All,

I've had a chop around on the talk schedule. The Jodrell Bank talk which was going to be in June is taking a bit longer to research so I'm moving this to September and am doing summer and autumn objects instead in June.

Also we now have a listing on Metcheck,

https://www.metcheck.com/HOBBIES/astronomy_forecast.asp?LocationID=5747

this provides weather info for the area.

Regards

John

Saturday, 5 May 2018

News

Hi all,

Bits of news for you all.

1. We were part of the local Coop group green token scheme and have been awarded £300 to go towards a solar scope, whoop!!

2. I've booked 2 external speakers for October and November and will update the event list when I've finalised details. October will see a talk about the UK meteor network, a group of video astronomers who record meteors and use their combined data to narrow down the orbital path of the objects. November sees a visit from the University of Kent to talk about a professional project using amateur images to monitor the proper motion of stars in clusters.

Best Wishes and clear skies

John

Friday, 6 April 2018

Library

Hi All,

I've added a list of science/astronomy books that the club has available to lend to members. Just click the Library tab on the right.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Introduction to Astronomy Report

After being postponed due to the snow at the start of the month the East Essex Astronomy Club held its Introduction to Astronomy Day in Burnham on Crouch in Essex. Club chair John Press gave information to the 18 novice astronomers in attendance about the basics of astronomy. The day covered descriptions of astronomical objects, stars, planets, nebula, galaxies and meteors,information about different kinds of equipment to view the night sky and mounts to securely hold equipment and track the night sky. The day ended with details about how to use simple equipment such as point and shoot cameras and DSLRs on undriven tripods to take images of the night sky. Our next meeting is on Saturday 7th April at 6:45pm at the village hall in Burnham, there will be a members talk by Andy Hutcheon (subject to be determined) and the main talk by John about Pluto and the Kuiper belt. We look forward to seeing you.


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Intro to Astronomy Day

Hi All,

Just a quick reminder to get your booking forms in for the Introduction to Astronomy Day on 3rd March.

We'd like the forms in by around 10th February so we know which hall to book.

If you would like any further information please either email us at eeac@essexastro.com or comment on our Facebook page.

Regards

John
Chair EEAC

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Introduction to Astronomy Day



Hi all.


We're planning an Introduction to Astronomy Day on Saturday 3rd March.

If you've just got a telescope or binoculars for Christmas and want to know how to get the best out of them or if you've just wanted to know more about the night sky and what you're looking at then we hope to see you.

The day will start at about 10am and will run to 3pm with breaks for tea through the day and lunch.

We will cover what to look at (stars, planets, galaxies, nebula etc), how telescopes work and how to get the most out of them and how to take pictures of the night sky.

After the daytime activities, to round the day off, if the skies are clear, we will have a practical observing session where you can bring your own equipment along, look through club member's equipment or use some of the club's telescopes.

The day will cost £15 for an adult, £10 for children under 16 (must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Discounts available for club members and family groups.

Please let us know if you are interested so we can start getting an idea of numbers. You can contact us via our Facebook page or email us via eeac@essexastro.com.

The daytime event will be at the Village Hall in Burnham on Crouch, the observing will be near by at an accessible dark site or a member's garden.

Regards

John, Chair EEAC.