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M64 by Bob Winter

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03/10/2011 - 14:19
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This image of Messier64, the "Blackeye Galaxy"in Coma Berenices was taken by Bob Winter using a Takahashi TSA 120 Refractor andQSI 583 Camera fitted withAstrodon L, Ha, Red, Green and Blue filters. Exposure time was90 mins intotal and the image was taken inWales.
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Another great Back to Basics meeting

Soaring temperatures did not deter over 80 people from attending the BAA Back to Basics Beginners’ Meeting hosted by the Cotswold Astronomical Society at Cheltenham last Saturday (1st October).

Talks and workshop sessions on Solar observing (Peter Meadows), Lunar observing (Martin Morgan-Taylor), Planets (David Arditti), and Astro-Imaging (Rik McRae) were complemented with a general overview and equipment talk by Callum Potter.

An excellent lunch kept everyone well nourished for the afternoon session.

And during the lunch break, solar H-Alpha scopes were set up outside and a number of sunspots and small prominances were seen.

Much thanks goes to the Cotswold Astronomical Society, local organisers of the event.

In 2012 the BAA will be holding two more of these Back to Basics meetings – in Newbury on March 17, and in Bedford on October 7th (Sunday).

Here are a few photos of the day (taken by Tony Ireland of the Cotswold Astronomical Society).

 

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The Propellor Nebula by Gordon Rogers

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Gordon Rogers
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02/10/2011 - 23:30
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The Propellor Nebula in Cygnus. Gordon has annotated the image with exposure and equipment details.
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Mars Approaching - by Marc Delcroix

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Marc Delcroix
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02/10/2011 - 17:00
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We have received a number of excellent images of the solar aurora of 26th September this week, but as they said in "Highlander" - there can only be one! (POTW, that is). So with apologies to those who have sent aurora images, this week's accolade goes to this splendid series of our near neighbour - the planet Mars. Marc Delcroix took this sequence - also on 26th September, and we await with interest more images from members as the red planet edgescloser to us. Sadly, this will be a poor apparition in terms of closest approach, withMars only coming toa closest distance of 0.67AU.

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Mars at the New Apparition - Delcroix

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Marc Delcroix
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30/09/2011 - 16:55
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This is our first Mars image for the new apparition, from Marc Delcroix. Despite the small 5.1 arcsec diameter disc we can see North Niliacus Lacus and Mare Acidalium, and East Deuteronilus, and South Chryse very bright, dark Mare Erythraneum, with Sinus Meridiani/Sabeus East. And the North Pole covered with clouds.

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Aurora from Norfolk - Peter Carson

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Peter Carson
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30/09/2011 - 16:51
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This picture was taken in the early stages of a hour long display of aurora on Monday evening 2011 September 26th at 21.22UT using a Canon 20Da and an 18mm lens at ISO 800. The aurora conveniently occurred during the Equinox star party at Kelling Heath North Norfolk and caused quite a stir amongst the gathered campers. Peter Carson http://www.astromania.co.uk
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Aurora from Whitstable, Kent - John Kemp

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John Kemp
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30/09/2011 - 16:46
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Taken on 2011-09-26 at 21.29UT from Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent N51.3 deg E 1.0 deg. Observed from 21.29UT till 01.30 UT next day but saw nothing more except slight resurgence of a red glow for a few minutes around midnight. This was thought to be the tail end of the display, which died down after about 15 minutes. The display was very static. Green very prominent visually, the red rays were right at the limit of visual observation. Image field of view 47deg x 31 deg - KonicaMinolta Dynax 5D DSLR with 28mm f/2.8 prime lens at full aperture, 30sec at 800 ISO.
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C/2009P1 Garradd

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26/09/2011 - 17:59
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M76 by Paul Downing

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25/09/2011 - 13:01
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This images of the "Little Dumbbell" was taken in Spain on 21st September, 2011 using a C14 at f/7 and SBIG ST10-XME CCD camera. It is an LRGB of 50:30:30:30 minutes
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NGC 7331 by Paul Downing

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Paul Downing
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25/09/2011 - 12:55
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NGC 7331 imaged on 20th September, 2011 from Spain. This image was taken using a C14 at f/7 and SBIG ST10-XME CCD camera. It is an LRGB of 70:40:40:40 minutes.
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