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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.
  • WhatsApp group for membership discussions about Astronomy please contact committee@crayfordmanorastro.com
  • Twitter follow @CrayfordAS for public outreach
  • Web siteplease send contributions to webmaster@crayfordmanorastro.com 
  • Zoom Meetings – we are holding virtual meetings including some lectures, please make sure you are on our mailing list to receive invites

Perseid Meteor Shower Report 2020

The below video is a report for the perseid meteor shower, based on meteors captured by the semi-automated meteor camera operated by the society members.

Milkyway from my back yard competition

This is a simple competition, take an image of the Milkyway from your back garden – or close to where you live. The winning image will be the one that the webmaster is most impressed with.


  1. You have to be a member of the society
  2. No telescopes! This is for camera and lens only!
  3. Must be from your location not some superb dark sky you travelled to.
  4. Ends November-ish

What will impress the Webmaster most?

  • It’s all about effort taken and obstacles overcome.
  • Local sky conditions vs image captured

Good luck!


Cygnus Rift Closeup

mage by Leigh Slomer 26 light frames at 75 seconds ISO 800. 15 darks frames 20 flat frames Equipment used: Canon EOS200D Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC HSM lens @ f2.2 Skywatcher Star Adventurer tracking mount. Processed in Deep Sky Stacker and GIMP


Image by Leigh Sloamer I made an attempt at capturing the milky way last night. This is a 14 x 3 minute stack at iso 3200. I would have captured more but my new lens is a dew magnet. I also had to crop the image a bit due to amp glow in the lower left corner.


Image by John Archer Thought I would pop out and snap the Milky Way while the evening is still mild and the breeze has died down. Bit of a change from planet spotting….


Image by Honor Wheeler finally found this image of the Milky Way taken from my back garden on the evening of the 23rd of August 2014. I’d just got back from the cinema and the sky was amazing. As you’ll see it was a single shot with my Canon 1100D on a tripod, no tracking! Black and White as light pollution was an issue.


Image by Richard Bohner Taken with Canon 6D with wide angle lens at 24 mm at iso 1600 for 60 seconds. Jupiter & Saturn at far left with Sagittarius Teapot to left of galaxy and constellation Scorpius to right of galaxy. Taken on 15 June in Arizona, USA. (Richard lives in the USA so this is a valid entry)

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.


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


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.


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.


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...

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