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Paul Curtis of Andover AS has  been offered an observatory dome for free (owner recently died) It's a really well built glass-fibre construction in one piece with ply ribs for stiffening, 10' diameter and has motor drives which can be synchronized with the telescope movement. If you know anyone who could find it a home, the current custodian would be…

The Federation of Astronomical Societies has published its Summer Newsletter.  The newsletter can be downloaded here (PDF). This issue of the newsletter provides details of the FAS Convention and AGM which will take place at the University of Birmingham later this month.  Find out more about the Federation of Astronomical Society by visiting its website: http://fedastro.org.uk  

Photo: Night sky over the thousand-year-old Knowlton Church on Cranborne Chase (Nigel Ball)

The Cranborne Chase AONB, the darkest place in south central England, is aiming to protect and develop its starry skies by way of an International Dark-Sky Association reserve status bid. The Wessex Astronomical Society and the BAA Commission for Dark Skies are helping with sky measurements, public awareness events and literature. Click here for more information. Photo: Night sky over…

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Paul Curtis (Andover AS) has sent us the wonderful image above of the Lunar Eclipse which took place in the early hours of 28th September 2015.  This eclipse took place at "Lunar Perigee" when the Moon is closest to the Earth during its monthly orbit.  The image below was taken by Kevin Pretorius (Farnham AS).   The following images were taken by…

The Society for Popular Astronomy is running a "Starting from Scratch" meeting on Saturday 7th November 2015.  The meeting will take place in Dorking and within the SAGAS catchment  Price is £10 per person including lunch so good value.   Two event posters (PDF) can be downloaded: Download Poster 1 Download Poster 2 Details of the location where the event will…

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Newbury Astronomical Society hosted this year’s convention at a small conference facility near the village of Kintbury in Berkshire. More than 60 members of SAGAS societies and neighbouring societies enjoyed a full day of talks from a variety of speakers. Early arrivals managed a bit of solar observing before Matthew Stuttard of Airbus Defence and Space kicked off proceedings with…

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Chris Bowden from sent us the following images taken from the deck of the Boudicca North East of the Faroe Isles.   Chris reports that " it was an absolutely stunning sight which we were so lucky to have seen as prior to totality we had overcast skies and rough seas with even some snow to begin with!   We were on a themed cruise with…

Left to Right:  Russell Arnott Deputy Head of Science at Oriel High School, Exchange Tutor  from Loyola School and Neil Morrison  Chairman Crawley A.S.

Neil Morrison has shared with us some photos of a visit to Oriel High School.  Later Neil returned to Oriel to gift a some eyepieces and two books written by Strom Dunlop (one on astronomy and one on he weather) to teachers visiting from Loyola School ( Jamshedpur) .  Both books were autographed by the author, Oriel have a connection to Loyola  and have been…

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