Last Wednesday Observing session of the Season

A reminder that the last regular Wednesday observing session of the season is scheduled for 18th April 9:00-10:30pm provided the sky is clear. Updates will be posted on Twitter as usual.
Watch out for special sessions over the summer for opportunities to Observe Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

L.J.Guise

BAA Deep Sky Section Meeting : April 22nd

Any changes to the list of BAS members that have booked for this event through Linton must be made by April 17th at the latest.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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BAS AGM Wednesday 11th April

Members are invited to attend the Society’s AGM which will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 11th April in the Planetarium at Bedford School. Any member interested in joining the Committee should contact the Chairman, Peter Hudson.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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April Observing

Our last regular Wednesday Observing sessions of the season will take place on :
April 4th 8:30-10:00 pm and April 18th 9:00-10:30pm provided it is clear.
Please be certain to check the Twitter weather updates on the night before travelling.

Watch out for special Observing sessions over the Summer for viewing Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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25th March Observing report

The weekend of March 25th/25th was not very successful for observing, but we did get some excellent views of the first quarter Moon on the Sunday night. Craters Clavius and Tyco were in sharp relief next to the terminator and we spent some time studying the sequence of small craters in the floor of Clavius at high power.
Thanks to Darren, Tony and John for attending along with Yvette, Phil and Linton.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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Saturday 24th March Observing Evening

Provided the sky is clear we will have an observing session on Saturday starting at 7:00pm to mark the end of GMT. Hopefully we will catch Mercury and Venus at the start of the session and a first quarter Moon should give some excellent views. As it gets darker we should have one of our last opportunities to see the Orion Nebula, and many of the stunning open clusters.

Follow the updates on Twitter for conditions on the night, the Observatory will only be open if clear or part clear.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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Observing Report : Wednesday 7th March

After the snow and cold of last week, conditions for observing on March 7th were near perfect. A mild still evening with the Moon not rising until after midnight. There was practically zero cloud cover and the atmosphere was very steady.
In addition to the main observatory 16″ we used a motor driven 18″ dobsonian, a 10″ dobsonian and BAS member Kevin Quigg brought along his own refractor which gave some excellent wide field views.
A tour of open star clusters including M35, M41, M37, M51, M44, M45, NGC7789. (Caroline’s Rose), NGC 457 (Owl cluster), NGC869 & 884. (Double cluster) were all outstanding.
The Orion Nebula (M42) was observed through all the instruments and was a stunning sight being almost at its highest point in the South at the start of the evening. Observing the trapezium at around 200x through the observatory 16″ provided one of the best views we have ever seen of this central region.
The Eskimo Nebula NGC2392, a planetary Nebula in Gemini, was also stunning in both the wide field of the 18″ and at higher power through the 16″.
Other objects observed were the galaxy pair of M81 & 82 and Herschel’s Garnet star in Cepheus.
The only disappointing feature of the evening was the low turnout of BAS members. In addition to Phil, Yvette and myself only 5 BAS members and 4 Guests attended what was probably the best observing night of the 2017-18 season to date.

Linton Guise

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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BAA Lecture Day CANCELLED

With speakers due to travel from as far as Leeds, Cheltenham and Kent, sadly the decision has been taken to cancel the BAA lecture day on Sunday 4th March. We have a provision rescheduled date of Sunday April 22nd and will hopefully confirm this in the next few days.

Linton Guise

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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BAA Deep Sky Meeting at Bedford School March 4th

The annual meeting of the deep sky section of the BAA will be taking place at Bedford School on Sunday March 4th in the Old Theatre. Full details are at:
britastro.org/deepsky2018
There is an excellent list of speakers through the day. BAS members are welcome to attend for £6.00 which includes Sunday lunch. Please book direct with Linton by Friday 23rd February. lguise@bedfordschool.org.uk<mailto:lguise@bedfordschool.org.uk>

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

One for the Armchair Astronomers…

How the Universe Works.
If you have access to the Discovery channel and Discovery Science channel then this series is not to be missed, but worth recording to miss the adverts!

Series 1 was launched in 2010, series 6 first shown January 2018 so these programmes really are up to date. Various episodes from the first 5 series are showing on Discovery Science. Series 6 is starting again on The Discovery channel on February 4th ‘Are Black Holes Real?’

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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