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    David Swan


    Many of you, I suspect, are already aware of this – but I thought I’d flag it nonetheless.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich has been kitted out with some modern equipment – at the very least there’s a C14 and piggy-backed refractors on a Paramount going on the photo – and the operators of the scopes are keen for public involvement.

    I am sure the BAA would want to make its presence known, if it has not already done so.

    It is a pity the gas giants will be at a southerly declination for some time yet, as I bet the public will be most keen to get a look at them through big scopes. But of course they will offer fantastic views of the moon, double stars and star clusters, for example.


    Dr Andrew Smith

    However, I don’t fancy trying a 400 star T-Point run with that manual dome!

    Regards Andrew

    David Swan

    Yes, I am sure that is right! It will be interesting to see what happens. There was a suggestion of spectroscopy in the article too, wasn’t there? As well as giving people a peek through the scopes at bright targets, I think the operators should deploy the latest EAA software for showing essentially-live pics to a wider audience. Lucky imaging of planets and near-live imaging of asteroids, comets, globulars etc is possible even from that location. I know from my interactions with the public that people are amazed by what’s possible now with the right hardware and software.

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