We had a clear night on Thursday 21st February 2019, and before the Moon rose a few members had a go at the Orion Star Count, showing the diversity of eyesight and experience in our group.

The moon rose above the trees as a golden gibbous Moon and some of our group took to observing it with one of the Societies telescopes, affectionately known as Anita.    

On the right is an image from Honor Wheeler taken through Anita, a Fuller Scopes 8″ F8 recently converted to a Dobsonian by a couple of our members.

Plane crossing in from of the Moon

Other members were experimenting with the new CCD camera purchased by the society for the Peter Hindle telescope, a 16″ LX200, using the F3.3 focal reducer we got a wide field view of the Orion nebula (M42) and M1 the Crab nebula.

Observing evening 2019-02-21 first light with a new CCD camera

Another member, Leigh Slomer, was experimenting with his Skywatcher Star Adventurer, DSLR and a 70-200mm zoom to capture images of M42.

Orion M42 Leigh Slomer, 2019-02-21