Neil Webster, St Marys Platt, Kent
The following measurements were made throughout 2018 using a Meade 12mm astrometric illuminated reticle eyepiece plus 2.5x powermate attached to an Altair Astro 115mm refractor (focal length 805mm, f7). The total magnification was 167.5x with a field of view of 0.3 degrees.
Fewer measurements were made this year due to relocation which finally happened at the end of February. Serious observing, measuring and imaging did not begin until the middle of April. Although St Marys Platt is a much darker site than Bromley measurements are still limited to 8.5 magnitude due to the red light in the eyepiece. However, a Southerly aspect is now available so many of the measurements are of systems previously unavailable.
A big thank you to Dr Matt Smith for coming all the way from Cardiff to speak to us. Matt spoke to the Society about Galaxies, the Interstellar Medium and Black holes, including the most recent image of a black hole, during the talk Matt demonstrated how they can all be observed in both the optical and infrared wavelengths of light as these photos show.