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To celebrate its 40th anniversary the Federation of Astronomical Societies is holding its annual Convention and AGM at the brand new Elgar Concert Hall in the University of Birmingham, on October 11th from 0930 to 1730. The programme includes a series of talks by world leading experts in their fields. There will also be numerous trade stands, early career researchers,…

On March 4th the Universe came to the Market Place in the centre of Newbury, with evening shoppers finding themselves looking at the hidden mysteries of the cosmos above their heads. Members of Newbury Astronomical Society brought along a collection of telescopes to do some “Sidewalk Astronomy” as part of National Astronomy Week. Fortunately, after weeks of cloud, the sky…

The Foredown Tower Astronomers held a three-night event during National Astronomy Week to show Jupiter and the Galilean Moons to the public. The event was held in the Grounds of the Emmaus Community, Brighton, and during the course of the event there were more than 150 people attending. One of the Management Team at Emmaus who was helping with the…

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 a 12" Orion ODK telescope which…

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 talks to SAGAS Societies Hampshire…

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 and camera lens. The ISS…

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 School Maidenbower to run a…

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 on a visit that had…

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 beyond the design of this…

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 this opportunity to capture what…

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