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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…

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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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SAGAS is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website, designed with a fresh new look and improved (user-friendly) navigation.  It also delivers a lot more features such as the ability for visitors to share our content at the click of a button via twitter, Facebook or email.  Many of the improvements are behind the scenes and make…

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Looking at the quality of the images that are showcased across the Internet it is hard not to be amazed by the amount of talent that exists within the amateur astronomy community.  A recent example from within SAGAS is this beautiful set images of Jupiter produced by Geof Lewis using his 10"Meade LX200.  Geof, a member of Farnham AS. has…

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The SAGAS meeting, which usually meets at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, moved to the Clanfield Observatory site for the April meeting and AGM.  The Clanfield Observatory is the home of the Hampshire Astronomical Group who hosted this recent meeting. The 21 delegates, representing  14 astronomical societies across the south were, during a break in proceedings, able to tour…

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Foredown Tower Astronomers held a "Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Event" on Thursday, April 23rd in the grounds of the Emmaus Community, Hove.    When we built an analemmatic  sundial we asked Sir Patrick to record a message that we could use on the day of opening.  While we were with him we asked for his opinion on how to create a…

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