11th/12th August: Perseids Meteor Showers at the Cygnus Observatory

The Perseids are coming, THE PERSEIDS ARE COMING!!!!!

This weekend the Earth will swing through the debris left behind from comet Swift-Tuttle.

The peak of the shower is on Saturday the 12th.

To make sure that we see this we will be opening the Cygnus Observatory FREE to all on both Friday 11th and Saturday 12th from 10pm!

Obviously this is hugely dependent on the weather, so if it’s anything else but clear we will not be opening up.

Details of how to finds us on the the website.

Please check our SAS Facebook page at 8pm on both days to see if we are going to be open.

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6th August: Image Processing using PaintShop Pro / Lightroom (For Members)

Astro Image Processing using PixInsight.

This is the 4rth SAS members workshop as part of series of workshops/tutorials over the summer period.

Larry Bedigan, renowned Photographer and Sausage maker, will talk us through the use of these two classic Image manipulation packages including the latest features which benefit the Astrophotographer

  • Date:  Sunday 6th August 2017,
  • Time: 7p – 9pm.
  • Instructor: Larry Bedigan
  • Venue: Will take place at the Cygnus Observatory (Discovery Room).

This event is free to attend for SAS members. 

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30th July: Astro Image Processing using PixInsight (For Members)

Astro Image Processing using PixInsight.

This is the 3rd SAS members workshop as part of series of workshops/tutorials over the summer period.

John Lynch will discuss his experience with the PixInsight software package, its benefits and techniques to deliver exceptional images.

  • Date:  Sunday 30th July 2017,
  • Time: 7p – 9pm.
  • Instructor: John Lynch
  • Venue: Will take place at the Cygnus Observatory (Discovery Room).

This event is free to attend for SAS members. 

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16th July: Astro Image & Processing Workshop (For Members)

Image Capture & Processing workshop.

Sunderland Astronomical Society is all about giving.

This is the 2nd SAS members workshop as part of series of workshops over the summer period now on the 3rd Sunday of the month, until new season starts in September on Image Capture and/or Processing with instructions, tips & gotcha’s given throughout by some of our more experienced SAS astrophotographers.

  • Date:  Sunday 16th July 2017,
  • Time: Setup from 6:15pm, workshop(s) starts from 7pm until late, observing/imaging afterwards if weather is favorable.
  • Venue: Will take place at the Cygnus Observatory.

The event is free to attend for members. 

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31st January: RSC Astrochemistry Themed Event at Cygnus Observatory

Back by popular demand, Sunderland Astronomical Society are hosting an event for the Royal Society of Chemistry (Local section members).

Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017.

Time: from 6:30 pm.

Entry: RSC Members: Free, Friends & Family: £2.

(Contributions to SAS fundraising nonetheless welcomed).

Royal Society of Chemistry members from across the North East are invited to attend for a fun night of assorted astronomical treats at the Cygnus Observatory  and various SAS members telescopes of all shapes and sizes at/around the WWT Washington Wetlands Centre.

Note: This is a private event for RSC members and friends and family.

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Membership Subscription Renewals for 2016-2017

September is the start of our new season. SAS Memberships will be due from 1st September (payable throughout September) for this season 2016/2017.

Joining/Renewing helps support your local astronomical society & community.

So come on down to Cygnus Observatory join or renew your SAS membership. One of the largest & most active astronomical society’s in the North East, for advice, information, join in the ‘Craic’ on all things astronomical.

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3rd September: SAS Starbeque

From humble beginnings and as a pre-season event, the annual SAS Starbeque event has now become the stuff of legend and it was our largest attended Starbeque to date.

Held usually on last Saturday in August, but due to the nearest new moon phase it’s the 3rd September 2016, starting at 6:30 pm until very late, observing afterwards if weather is favorable.

 

This is our traditional celebration of the return of darker nights and, as in previous years, will take place at our other site at Derwent Resevoir located at our Millshield dark sky site.

The event is free to attend (members,  invited guests & the public) though you will need to supply your own barbeque goodies (for e,g, food, disposable barbies, etc), scopes, etc.

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Fundraising News: Donation of £1000

On Friday, July 8th, the SAS at Washington Wetlands Centre we were presented with a very kind donation for £1000 from the Freemasons of the province of Durham has kindly donated from their Durham Benevolence charitable fund £1000 to the SAS.

This will help enormously in funding for our newly constructed Cygnus Observatory’s dome control system laptop/equipment.

The Chairman, Vice-Chairman , Treasurer and Secretary were there to receive the donation from Dave Dorward and Rod Scott from the Freemasons of the province of Durham .

It’s quite poignant as the Freemasons of the province of Durham had previously kindly donated £1000 in 2002 that was part of a number of community-based funds from local businesses & organisations that helped towards the initial construction of the Cygnus Observatory.

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