Please be aware that our meeting in November will be held at the Nottingham Emmanuel School. More information can be found in the Journal.
During Spring 2021 the Nottingham Astronomical Society Observatory was refit with new telescopes and mount. On Thursday 15th July our meeting was broadcast live from the observatory to official launch the new instruments inside the dome.
Our Treasurer Mike Provost looked back through the archives to document the history of the NAS Observatory located on the Cropwell Wolds between Cotgrave and Cropwell Bishop.
Vice Chairman Richard Severn provided a virtual tour of the observatory site and a look at the future plans to develop the facility.
Chairman Julian Onions and Observatory Director James Dawson demonstrated the new Telescopes installed inside the dome.
With clear skies live views of the moon and Venus were provided through the new C14 telescope.
The first image taken of Jupiter through the C14 at a low altitude of 17 degrees. on 18th July 2021 11:53 UTC.
Jupiter with shadow transit of Ganymede, Ganymede off the planet to bottom left. Great Red Spot at 3 O’clock
- Celestron C14
- ZWO ASI224MC
- Skywatcher EQ8
- X2 Powermate
Perseid meteor shower at the NAS Observatory
Below are images taken by NAS members of the Perseid meteor shower at our star party last night.
It was terrific to see so many members back at our first opening of the observatory, with such a family atmosphere.
Images by Mark Fairfax – eVscope Dumbbell Nebula and Whirlpool Galaxy
The new society C14 scope was kept busy with Venus, Moon, Saturn and Jupiter all making an appearance during the evening. But the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules M13 stole the show.
What a special sight to look at, thanks to Barrie for bringing his eyepieces for us to use on the C14 to view it.
It was lovely to see our members once again.
Our June Plumtree meeting was a talk on Noctilucent Clouds by James Dawson & Sandra Brantingham. With an update of the Nova in Hercules with Jeremy Shears
Our May Plumtree meeting, Treasurer Mike Provost reviews his eVscope by Unistellar
Our Practical meeting for April was on Aberrations, artefacts & optical issues in Astronomy. Watch a recording of the talk on YouTube
Mike Provost has captured this image of the recent nova V1405 Cas.
The nova is in Cassiopeia very close to the Bubble Nebula – NGC 7635. Here’s an image from Leigh Blake taken a few years prior.
Julian and James provide a talk on Double Stars. + Live views of Mars through C11 Telescope
Tonight we welcome Damian Peach to give the 2020 NAS Prestigious Lecture on High Resolution Astrophotography
Julian and James look the autumn constellations and the physics of them. Richard looks ahead to the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter on 21st December 2020