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Meeting Location Change for 2017

Location ChangePlease note the change of monthly meeting location for 2017.

All meetings will now be held in the Newchurch Pavilion which is directly adjacent to the VAS Observatory in Watery Lane Newchurch – map etc here.

The Pavilion has recently been refurbished and now provides an excellent facility for us:

  • Parking is easier
  • It is marginally cheaper for us
  • On clear nights we can adjourn to the observatory

A list of the planned meetings is here.

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A Fantastic Moon Picture

Regulars at the observatory will have seen a fair few photos from Simon Plumley. There is no doubt that his views of planets and nebulae are among, if not the best taken by anyone on the Island. Tonight Simon showed a photo of something he openly admits he had previously hated, that thing being the moon.

Well, I’ll let you judge, but I think that this is one of his very best.

Now a little warning! It may take a while for you to see this image as it’s over 110Mb and has an original size of 6120 x 6394 pixels. Believe me it’s worth the wait….

Click here to see the picture.

Technical Details
  • The picture was started on 30th Dec 2014
  • The picture is made from 60 videos of 2400 frames each = 144,000 frames
  • Each video is quality sorted and about 40% of he frames are stacked per video to make 60 single pictures
  • These were stitched together to make mosaic
  • Cloud hindered the captures so it took 3 hours to video and then well over a week to process and put together
  • The final output image with no resizing is 2.25 meters long
  • The video camera was only 0.9 megapixels
  • Telescope was 2,800mm however the small camera used gave a field of view/magnification equivalent of around 13,000 mm
  • Moon was 53% illuminated
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Appeal for content…

I have just added a few pages to the site under the “Resources” menu and now I need content to fill them. The intention being to create a section where visitors can find useful and entertaining information about astronomy.

If you have any of the following you’d like to see published then please contact me:

  • Pictures (you can have a whole gallery if you like!)
  • Practical projects you have undertaken
  • Software recommendations and reviews
  • Anything other content you think may be useful…

Of course you are also welcome to let me know about any astronomy related links you would recommend.

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