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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
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EXO-Planet TrES-3b

Martin Crow observed this Exo Planet


Observation by Martin Crow for the EXC-Clock project

Member Observing – not so isolated

We have had some lovely clear and moonless nights the last couple of days and on top of this few contrails from planes making the sky ideal for observing, and whilst alone with your telescope or binoculars you can still share your experiences using our WhatsApp groups, just contact committee@crayfordmanorastro.com if you want to be added…

Here is a selection of member observations shared over the last few nights.


Image by John Archer – 20s no other details provided


Image by Simon Dawes It’s been 11 years, 1 month and 5 days since I last imaged Venus, now I remember why…


Data measured by Martin Crow So my non transit resulted in showing up an error in NASA’s exoplanet archive. The mistake has now been corrected apparently. This is a good result as finding errors once Ariel is up would not be great


Image by John Archer of the ISS – no details provided


Here is a test CCD image of the galaxies M65 (left) and M66, part of the Leo Triplet, which I took last night. My guiding still needs sorting out…


Image by Kurt Appreciate this will be basic stuff to most of you, but here’s my first astrophotography effort of the full moon a few weeks back. Nothing too complex, 5inch SCT and snapped with a Pixel 4 phone.


Edited by Martin Just adjusted highlights and shadows mostly. You may already know this but it’s always worth looking from the edge of Mare Crisium to the limb of the moon. Due to libration you will see that this changes and sometimes we can see a little further around the moon.

Free Open University Courses in Astronomy

Here are some Free high quality courses in Astronomy from the Open University Astronomy with an online telescope The Big Bang Comparing Stars Icy Bodies: Europa and elsewhere In the night Sky: Orion An Introduction to Exo Planets The Moon Moons of our Solar System...

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A brief introduction to Astronomy

Recently Mr Martin Crow, gave a talk entitled “A brief introduction to Astronomy” (The edges of the Jigsaw) for some of the societies new members, to help them better understand the “Jigsaw that is astronomy”. Martin spoke amongst other things...

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Society Night 2020/03/12

Members section: We were treated to 3 presentations at the recent society night.  Building Dobsonians – By Steve Floodgate & Dave Grist Modifications to the EQ6 Mount – By Simon Dawes  Knobs Mod Azimuth Mod Altitude Slide Mod Power Mod Belt...

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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...

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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...

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