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Corona Virus COVID-19 Update

Until further notice we will not be holding lectures or meetings at the pavilion.

How to stay in touch:
We want to continue to function as a society and we have a number of ways you can keep in touch with the group. 
  • Email – we run an email list for announcements from the committee, if you are not receiving emails and want to be added please contact committee@crayfordmanorastro.com and we will add you to the list.
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  • Zoom Meetings – we are holding virtual meetings including some lectures, please make sure you are on our mailing list to receive invites

Conjunction of Mercury, Venus and the Moon.

The recent conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Mercury in the evening sky has been delighting our members, below are some contributions from those who imaged it.

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Image by Jim Burchell The Moon and Mercury showing Earthshine. Taken Dartford top road. Pentax K70.

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Image by John Howarth Venus is at lower right on both photos, Mercury (faint, but visible) is about equidistant from Venus and the moon, practically level with the moon.

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Image by John Howarth Venus is at lower right on both photos, Mercury (faint, but visible) is about equidistant from Venus and the moon, practically level with the moon. Taken from the park.


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Image by Stephen Goldson ‘First time I’ve seen Mercury clearly’

Leigh Slomer’s Saturn Images

Images of Saturn are from the same 2 minute long raw format video, but stacked and processed differently. The last version had a 1.5x drizzle applied to enlarge the size.

Equipment used:

•Skywatcher heq5 pro mount
•Skywatcher skymax 150 pro maksutov cassegrain telescope
•celestron 2× Barlow 
•Zwo asi290mc one shot colour uncooled CMOS camera

•Captured with ASICAP for android
•First and second version stacked in registax, the last version in autostakkert with wavelets in registax 
•Final processing in GIMP

Camera settings:

•Raw16 colour space 
•Gain 300
•Exposure time 82000ųs

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Image by Leigh Slomer processed in RegiStax

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Image by Leigh Slomer processed in RegiStax

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Image by Leigh Slomer processed in AutoStakkert

Conjunction of Mercury and Venus

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Image by John Howarth Image taken through glass in upstairs window. (Window will open but not in the right direction. Telephone wires are a nuisance too, just in wrong place..or perhaps Mercury’s in the wrong place!)

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Image by Jim Burchell – no details provided

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Image by Jim Burchell Image of Venus and Mercury taken this evening (2020,05/19) at Barn End Lane Dartford