Telescope maintenance and set up
Sep
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Telescope maintenance and set up

As the evenings draw in again, it’s time to get some serious observation and photography in! Now is the time to make sure your scope is in good condition and we’ll run through some of the key steps to get the most out of your instrument. Plus our regular items – planetary round-up, Cullen Objects and a Book of the Month.

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Astroimaging – Part 1 – Taking the picture
Nov
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Astroimaging – Part 1 – Taking the picture

It’s clear that a number of our members are at the stage they’d like to dip their toes into the complex business of astrophotography. But even getting to the stage of attaching a camera to your scope can be daunting. It isn’t, and we’ll show you how. And hopefully we’ll be able to take some sort of image on the night. You’ll need to bring scopes and cameras (whether they’re CCDs or DSLRs, or even you smart phones!). Plus our regular items – planetary round-up, Cullen Objects and a Book of the Month.

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Astroimaging – Part 2 – Image processing
Dec
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Astroimaging – Part 2 – Image processing

Now for the cool part (though some call it the Dark Art!) of processing those astro-images you’ve so carefully and painstakingly taken. For this you’ll need your image files and your computer. You’ll need to have some stacking software on your computer (we shall be demonstrating Deep Sky Stacker). Also we shall be using Adobe Photoshop so you need to have that on your machine as well. We’ll be covering the Levels and Curves routines to bring out the detail of those images and showing you a couple of sharpening techniques to improve those images even further. If you haven’t managed to capture images at this stage we’ll have a few we prepared earlier for you to work with. Plus our regular items – planetary round-up, Cullen Objects and a Book of the Month.ow for the cool part (though some call it the Dark Art!) of processing those astro-images you’ve so carefully and painstakingly taken. For this you’ll need your image files and your computer. You’ll need to have some stacking software on your computer (we shall be demonstrating Deep Sky Stacker). Also we shall be using Adobe Photoshop so you need to have that on your machine as well. We’ll be covering the Levels and Curves routines to bring out the detail of those images and showing you a couple of sharpening techniques to improve those images even further. If you haven’t managed to capture images at this stage we’ll have a few we prepared earlier for you to work with. Plus our regular items – planetary round-up, Cullen Objects and a Book of the Month.

 

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Perseid BBQ - Woodrow House (by WAS Observatory)
Aug
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Perseid BBQ - Woodrow House (by WAS Observatory)

The Perseid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 12th August 2017. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 23rd July to 20th August. The maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 80 per hour. The Moon will be 21 days old at the time of peak activity, and so will present significant interference in the pre-dawn sky. 

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Solar astronomy (Wednesday instead of Thursday)
May
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Solar astronomy (Wednesday instead of Thursday)

** on Wednesday instead of Thursday**

There is probably still time for you to book a ticket to the USA to witness the total eclipse which will take place on 21st August 2017 and will be visible in a band right across the United States – the last time that happened was before their Independence! We’ll only see a partial eclipse here in the UK and then not all of it because the sun will set before it is complete. We’ll cover the practical and safety aspects of solar viewing and imaging. And, of course we’ll have our regular items – planetary round-up, Cullen Objects and a Book of the Month.

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Constellations, key stars and finding objects
Apr
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

Constellations, key stars and finding objects

A session primarily aimed at our newer members (but experienced members will also learn a thing or two!) and all about using the constellations and key stars as celestial signposts to those exciting astronomical objects we all like looking at. We’ll also have our regular items – planetary round-up, Cullen Objects and a Book of the Month.

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Cosmic Kidz & Star Gazing Live
Apr
2
2:15pm 2:15pm

Cosmic Kidz & Star Gazing Live

The planetarium

The planetarium

The spacesuit

The spacesuit

Our Cosmic Kidz event is back by popular demand and this year we are incorporating it with the BBC's Stargazing Live which will be returning to our televisions at the end of March.
 
For children and adults - come and experience the planetarium with shows being run throughout the afternoon. See science experiments and wear a genuine space suit. Look down the microscopes and see a variety of telescopes. There will be mini talks on astronomy, members photographs to look at, a competition and raffle with some super prizes!
 
The venue is Amersham School, Stanley Hill, Amersham, HP79HH
 
Time 2.15 to 5.30pm
 
Cost £5 per person (children and adults)
 
If the weather is clear there will be observing in the school grounds between 8 and 10pm
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Helen Fraser - "The Cosmic Chemical Cauldron"
Mar
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Helen Fraser - "The Cosmic Chemical Cauldron"

In regions of space where stars and planets are forming, there are a plethora of molecules. It turns out that our molecular universe plays a key role in governing the processes that lead to star and planet format. But why is chemistry in space so important? In this talk we'll go on a journey from interstellar space to early solar systems, to see how chemistry helps us to understand the astrophysics of star and planet formation, and the potential for the origins of life itself.

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Messier Objects
Mar
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Messier Objects

This is the time of year where in one night you can see almost all the Messier Objects. We’ll run through some of them and if we’re lucky with the weather even see some of them. As an aside, we shall also be covering the planet Mercury – the best chance to observe this planet will be between the middle of March until the end of the first week of April, for it will set around 20.00 UT (21.00 BST). The best dates for this will be from the 29th March to the 1st April, because in the same region will be Mars and the young crescent New Moon. We’ll also have our regular items – planetary round-up, Cullen Objects and a Book of the Month.

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Webcam imaging of the Moon (and Planets)
Feb
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Webcam imaging of the Moon (and Planets)

Coming up on 10th/11th February there will be a Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon. There are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral. A penumbral eclipse is very subtle. At no time does a dark bite appear to be taken out of the moon. Instead, at mid-eclipse, observant people will notice a shading on the moon’s face. They might say the moon looks strange. Others will notice nothing at all. We’ll use this as a background to discuss webcam imaging and processing. We’ll also have our regular items – planetary round-up, Cullen Objects and a Book of the Month.

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Christmas Fayre and Quiz
Dec
14
7:45pm 7:45pm

Christmas Fayre and Quiz

It’s still not too late to book your place at our Christmas Fayre and Quiz at 7.45 pm on Wednesday, 14th December 2016 at Coleshill Village Hall.

If you’ve already paid for your ticket, then we already know you’re coming. But if you haven’t yet bought one and you’ve decided to come, you can still come along and pay on the night (£5.00/head). If you do decide you want to come please drop Sarah an e-mail  (events@wycombeastro.org) so we can ensure we have enough food and drink!
 
On the night you will all surely want to enter our raffle. We have a number of exciting prizes this year but the first prize will be £200 worth of John Lewis Vouchers! Raffle tickets will be available on the night at £5.00/ticket (or £10.00 for three) – so bring some cash!!!

Sarah

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Astroimaging Part 2 - Image processing
Dec
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Astroimaging Part 2 - Image processing

Now for cool part (though some call it the Dark Art!) of processing those astro-images you’ve so carefully and painstakingly taken. For this you’ll need your image files and your computer. You’ll need to have some stacking software on your computer (we shall be demonstrating Deep Sky Stacker). Also we shall be using Adobe Photoshop so you need to have that on your machine as well. We’ll be covering the Levels and Curves routines to bring out the detail of those images and showing you a couple of sharpening techniques to improve those images even further. If you haven’t managed to capture images at this stage we’ll have a few we prepared earlier for you to work with. And of course we shall have our regular slots for Rowland Objects, Images and Books of the month.

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Astroimaging Part 1 - Taking the picture
Nov
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Astroimaging Part 1 - Taking the picture

It’s clear that a number of our members are at the stage they’d like to dip their toes into the complex business of astrophotography. But even getting to the stage of attaching a camera to your scope can be daunting. It isn’t, and we’ll show you how. And hopefully we’ll be able to take some sort of image on the night. You’ll need to bring scopes and cameras (whether they’re CCDs or DSLRs, or even you smart phones!) And of course we shall have our regular slots for Rowland Objects, Images and Books of the month.

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Observing the Moon; use of DSLRs and web-cams for imaging
Oct
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

Observing the Moon; use of DSLRs and web-cams for imaging

Some people love it – others hate it – but understanding when and how to observe the Moon may make you want to take a new look at our nearest neighbour. We’ll also revise our imaging skills for taking pictures of the Moon, including the use of webcams. And of course we shall have our regular slots for Rowland Objects, Images and Books of the month.

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Professor Carolin Crawford ‘Dark energy and the   ever-expanding Universe’
Sep
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Professor Carolin Crawford ‘Dark energy and the ever-expanding Universe’

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Carolin Crawford is an observational astronomer with over twenty years of active research experience, carried out alongside – and later eclipsed by – a growing role in the public communication of science. Carolin is just finishing a four-year term as the Professor of Astronomy for Gresham College, a role she combines with admissions and undergraduate teaching for Emmanuel College, and running an active public outreach programme at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University. She gives many presentations each year to a wide range of audiences, and can often be heard discussing astronomical matters on both national and local radio.  Carolin is a confirmed speaker at this year’s International Astronomy Show, and will be bringing us up to speed with the latest developments in ‘Dark energy and the ever expanding Universe’. 

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Telescope maintenance; optimising set-up; handset sub-menus
Sep
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Telescope maintenance; optimising set-up; handset sub-menus

As the viewing season gets going again, let’s look at making sure our scopes are in tip-top condition and remind ourselves how best to set them up. We’ll also take a look at those handset sub-menus (for example Precise GoTo). And of course we shall have our regular slots for Rowland Objects, Images and Books of the month.

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