Moon phase

Sunday, 25 June 2017

East Essex Astronomy Club July Meeting.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 8th July at the Village Hall in Burnham on Crouch. Doors open at 6:45pm. We will be talking about the sun, it's history and how it will end its days. We will also cover how to safely observe the sun and how to make a simple solar filter. If the skies are clear we will also do some solar observations through various instruments.

As usual £3 per adult and £1 per child under 16. All under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Tea and coffee provided.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Saturn at opposition

Opposition is the point in a planet's orbit where the Earth is in a direct line between the sun and the planet. Usually this means that the planet is at it's closest to the Earth and the brightest.
Unfortunately this apparition of Saturn occurs when Saturn has a very low altitude when viewed from the UK. This means that the light from the planet has to pass through a lot of atmosphere and can be quite distorted so some fine detail can be lost when viewing.

This shot from last night shows some colour and the Cassini division  can be seen in the rings. It is noted that the edge of the rings are visible behind the body of the planet. This changes as the position of Earth and Saturn change. At present the rings are "wide open", in 11 years the rings will barely be visible as they will be viewed edge on from the Earth.

Imaged from Burnham on Crouch in Essex using a Celestron 8" Evolution and an Altair Astro GPcam v1. Captured using sharpcap, stacked in Autostakkert 2, processed in Registax and Gimp.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

June Meeting. 10th June 2017, 6:45pm, Burnham Village Hall.

Hi Everyone,

This month we will be discussing the moon, our largest natural satellite. If clear there will be a couple of telescopes on hand to have a look at the moon after the meeting. As always club members are on hand to answer any astronomical questions and help with using or choosing equipment.

We are going to be at the Village Hall in Arcadia Road.

Doors open at 6:45pm with tea and coffee provided.
Adults £3, children (U16) £1 (all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).
Adult members £2, child members free.

Hope to see you there,


Chair EEAC.