Newsletter – July 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 Summer Convention 19 July 2014 Outreach Activities Across the SAGAS Area Monkton Science Group UK Meteor Network (UKMON) Dark Skies Initiatives in SAGAS Area Jupiter Watch Vernal Equinox […]

Photometry Express – Software for Variable Star Observers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Supernova SN 2014 captured by SAGAS members

SN 2014J in M82 imaged by Kevin Pretorius, Farnham Astronomical Society

The recently discovered Type 1a supernova in galaxy M82 (the ‘Cigar Galaxy’) discovered in mid-January 2014.  This supernova, SN 2014J, was a serendipitous discovery made during an undergraduate teaching session at University of London Observatory. Whilst SN 2014J is now subject to intense scrutiny by the professional astronomical community, amateur astronomers are making the most of […]

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