18th September Lecture: The Search for Intelligent Life & Cygnus Opening Ceremony

Lecture Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS. Emeritus Professor of Physics, 14th Astronomer Royal of Durham University will be giving a talk on “The Search for Intelligent Life” on Sunday  18th September 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre . ‘Are we alone in the Universe?’ It’s is one of the greatest questions of our age. The lecture will deal with…

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…

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…

19th June – Day-time Photography Workshop

On the 3rd Sunday, June 19th, at 7pm at the Discovery Room , Washington Wetlands Centre. Bring your cameras, your memory cards and laptops. Distinguished photographer & SAS member Larry Bedigan will be doing a hands on tutorial on how to take better (day-time) photographs followed by an introduction to Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Who: Larry…

Astrophotography Competition 2016 – Results

This years astrophotography competition on 15th May 2016 had two main categories Solar System, Deep Sky Three classes of astrophotography for: Beginners, Intermediates. Advanced . The images in all categories were of a very high standard this year and in some cases between the  intermediate and advanced classes the votes separating the winner and runner-up…