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19th March Lecture: Getting Started in Deep Sky Astrophotography

Photography of the night sky can be an extremely rewarding hobby revealing the spectacular beauty of nature and wonders of the universe.

Astrophotography can be as simple as a camera mounted on a tripod but for those wanting to take it to the next level it can be confusing.

Chris Duffy’s talk will provide you with a practical guide to Deep Sky astrophotography using a DSLR camera and a telescope. What you need and how to set it up.

  • What equipment do I need?
  • What’s essential and what is just nice to have?
  • What is the minimum to get started?
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21st May: SAS Astrophotography Competition 2017

The Sunderland Astronomical Society’s Astrophotography Competition will held on Sunday 21st May 2017, from 7:00 pm, where the best of our SAS astrophotographer images will be displayed and voted on at this competition event.
 
Last year’s 2016 Astrophotography Competition winners and runners up, also viewable from the  Astrophotography Competitions drop down menu.
 
Traditionally, this is held at the end of our  talk season and consequently enjoys something of a more relaxed atmosphere.
 

This year there will be 2 categories on Solar System and Deep Sky,  and 3 skill levels: in beginner, intermediate and advanced, and a winner and runners-up photo will be voted on for each category & skill level.

 

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19th February Lecture: Weaving the Cosmic Web.

Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach, Durham University Department of Physics, will take us on a journey of discovery and exploration of the structure of the Universe.

Our local star, the Sun, is just one of the many billions that form the vast collection we call the Milky Way

Galaxy Observations with large telescopes tell us there are at least as many galaxies in the Universe as there are stars in the Milky Way.

Furthermore, these galaxies are not randomly distributed throughout the Universe, but form a spidery network that has a filamentary structure dubbed the ‘cosmic web’.

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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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Xmas Benker Night

28th December: Xmas Benker Night

Sunderland Astro Xmas Benker night.

Traditionally between Christmas and New Year has been our night (if you attend we will enlighten you on what the Benker Night means?), nothing wrong with an incentive to try to get people to go.

Due to available Saturday dates over the festive period it has been suggest we hold it on Wednesday 28th December at the Washington Wetlands Centre, from 7.00pm.

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18th December Lecture: The Microscopic World of Lunar Dust

Dr Carol Kiely visiting research scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA  and SAS member,  will be giving a talk on “The Microscopic World of Lunar Dust” on Sunday the 18th December 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre .

Magnificent Desolation”. Those were the words uttered by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he allowed his eyes to take in the starkness and monochrome hues of the lunar surface.

The scene was a pristine desert landscape, but instead of the familiar beige-colored sand, the entire surface was covered in a fine, charcoal-gray powder. Despite being the focus of intense scientific study for over forty years, very few optical micrographs of lunar dust particles have been published.

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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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Saturday Morning Physics – Talk Series: Autumn 2016 – Dates in October, November, December

The Durham University’s physics department is running a new outreach activity called “Saturday Morning Physics” on six Saturdays in October,  November and December, starting at 10:30.

Aimed at school pupils, high school students and all adults interested in Modern Physics and other natural sciences.
Some of the Physics department’s world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics.
The talks will take place in the Physics Department at Durham University, on eight Saturday mornings during October, November and December 2016.
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