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Great fun at Young BRLSI scientists workshop

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Great fun at Young BRLSI scientists workshop

A class of 8 young scientists came along to BRLSI on Saturday to attend a workshop entitled Sculpted by Gravity. Previous sessions may have been headlined by the copious quantities of Lego to help explain astronomical instrumentation or events but the 2 metre diameter ring of lycra, the poles from a tent and plumbing parts…

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Quick Start to Astrophotography

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Quick Start to Astrophotography

This article is a brief primer on how you might make your first attempts at astrophotography. It was written by Steve Kimmins in 2010 but remains a good starting point

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Telescopes for Loan to Young People

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Telescopes for Loan to Young People

Bath Astronomers have generously been given two telescopes for loan to young people taking up an interest in observing the night sky. The new kit is: A Meade DS-2080AT-LNT. It is a 80mm f/10 refractor with a goto mount and a red dot finder. It has a diagonal and 26mm(x31) and 9.7mm(x81) eyepieces; both 1.25″. It…

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March Night Sky

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The recent dearth of bright planets in the evening sky is coming to an end as Jupiter reaches opposition on 8 March. It is then at its closest, biggest (44″), and brightest (-2.5), though with Jupiter the more important thing is how well placed it is in the sky; if you can see it at…

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February Night Sky

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February Night Sky

February is a good month to see two very different nebulae, the Eskimo and the Rosette. The Eskimo Nebula, NGC 2392 is a planetary nebula in Gemini. It was discovered by Herschel, though after he had moved to Slough. Planetary nebulae have nothing to do with planets , but tend to be circular and quite…

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