Forthcoming lecture by Marcus Chown, Dorking Library

Marcus Chown is giving a lecture at Dorking Library on Wednesday 14 May 2014, (7.30pm – 8.45pm).  Tickets, including refreshments, cost £5 until 16 April, thereafter £6., and can be obtained online, by telephone (01483 543599) or in person from any Surrey Library. A small handling charge may apply. For more info see the Surrey […]

Sark Astronomical Society Easter Stargazing Weekend


The Sark Astronomical Society (SAstroS) has sent SAGAS details of its Easter Stargazing Weekend which takes place on the island from 18th t0 20th April 2014.  This event will see the unveiling of SAstroS’ new telescope. As well as stargazing there will be talks by Dr Marek Kukula, Royal Observatory, Greenwich. For more details please see […]

Photometry Express – Software for Variable Star Observers


Peter Campbell-Burns of the Farnham Astronomical Society has set up a website dedicated to sharing some astronomy software developed by John Moore. John, a dedicated member of Farnham AS and a highly respected astro-imager, died in August 2013 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. John had built up a very well equipped observatory based around […]

Newsletter – February 2014

If any member society has any interesting news that they would wish to include in the next newsletter please contact the SAGAS webmaster. In this issue: SAGAS societies support Stargazing Live Crawley AS receives a surprise visitor Farnham AS member hoping for resolution to lighting nuisance Anyone for a MOOC? UKMON Update Stephen J O’Meara […]

Images by Brian M Johnson


Brian M. Johnson, a member of Foredown Tower Astronomers and Adur Astronomy Society, has sent us some of his images. Brian has been a visual observer for many years but more recently he has turned his hand to imaging. The following deep sky images were taken by Brian within the last year using a DSLR […]

Stargazing 2014 – Society Round-up

Photograph by Peter Alton, AFCC

Despite record breaking rainfall societies across the country have been busy staging local events in support of BBC Stargazing Live and SAGAS societies were amongst them. Below is a round-up of just some of the events organised by SAGAS member societies. Crawley Astronomical Society Over the last Winter Crawley AS has again collaborated with Oriel High […]

Crawley AS has a surprise visitor to it’s stargazing event


Our Star Gazing evening at Oriel High School was a night to remember with the surprise visit of Al Nagler from the USA and his family to our joint Star gazing event, which was blessed with a clear sky, in a Winter otherwise on record as the wettest ever. Al was in the United Kingdom […]

New Telescope for Hampshire Astronomical Group

Dome and telescope at night

In 2012 the Hampshire Astronomical Group decided to replace their aging 24 inch Newtonian reflector which was the first telescope opened at their Clanfield Observatory site in 1978. The current telescope was built principally for visual work, CCD Cameras had not been developed at that time, and consequently the need for extremely accurate tracking is […]

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