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The Moon Rochester

Gary organised a trip to Rochester Cathedral to view the huge 3D moon that is touring the UK and to hear a lecture on the moon. 

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Informal Evening / Open Evening 2020/02/06

We had clear skies last Thursday (2020/02/06) and had many of the Societies Dobsonian telescopes out, a couple of members bought their own telescopes (both reflectors) and Leigh Slomer produced this image of the Great Orion Nebula (M42).

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Image by Leigh Slomer Stack of 27 images at ISO 800 for 30 seconds, 400mm FL Refractor

AstroImageJ Demonstration

We had an informal meeting over Christmas where Martin took the members through using AstroImageJ (AIJ) he covered the following… Loading an image analysing stars in an image plate solving an image batch processing images to calibrate them  aligning and...

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Christmas Imaging Session

About a dozen members used the 16″ telescope over the Christmas period with Keith providing a demonstration of the set-up and use of the new CCD. The evening ended with cloud relatively early but they did get 10 light frames and below is a stack of these using...

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Cycle 25 Sun Spots

After checking out spaceweather.com for any astronomy updates yesterday, Honor couldn’t believe the Sun had finally got some sunspots. Being up early anyway to walk her Mum’s dog, she got home and got her ED80 refractor set up on an EQ3 and took some...

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Meteor Report for November 2019

This is the meteor report for November 2019, by the Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society Dartford. This month we were plagued with poor weather and this is reflected in the low number of meteors captured. In total we observed 139 meteors from 29 different...

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All Sky Cam Project

At a recent society night Keith described how he has built an all-sky camera, mainly from parts he had laying around, the camera is capable of producing a live view of the sky, time laps video summary of the night, can upload the images to a website for public viewing...

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AM or PM for meteor observations?

It is well known that you see fewer meteors before midnight than after. This is explained by the fact that before local midnight Meteors hitting the Earth’s atmosphere must be travelling in the same direction as the Earth, so the relative speed of the meteor to...

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