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By dashastro, Sep 17 2017 08:19PM

Dash Astro has had a very busy summer period with public solar events at NT Dunwich Heath, attending OASI’s anniversary events at Suffolk University as well as numerous school visits. The period has ended with two days at the Henham Steam Rally on the 16th and 17th September. The weather held back the observing opportunities but did not hold back a very productive and positive approach that involved Chris Bailey, Roy ( Vic) Anderson, Emily Challis, Linda Gwynn, Jim Slight and myself. The science involved with our observing was given prime position and consequently we have established contact with local people who have expressed interest in our activities. In the early days of our activities we were disadvantaged with display opportunities but we now feel that this has been rectified with our present displays on the boards. My grateful thanks to those who participated at these events.

By dashastro, May 28 2017 08:13PM

we have just had our first of the summer season solar observing sessions at Dunwich Beach. This had the added advantage of engaging our activities with the general public. I think I can safely say it was extremely successful in that every member of the public that looked at the Sun through our equipment had never done so before! This is the whole point of it.

The early rain very quickly passed and we were blessed with superb sunny weather. We are now probably entering a solar minimum but there is still plenty to see. Through the hydrogen alpha scopes we were still able to see prominences, filaments ,plages and faculae. Through Bill Barton's scope using his white light filter we had amazing detail of small Sun spots. We finished about 3pm largely because we were exhausted? Great day.....great company.

Grateful thanks to Lynn, Jim, Bill, Michelle and family, Vic and family and Irene who managed to keep us fed during the course of the afternoon!


David Gwynn



By dashastro, May 14 2017 12:14PM

Following a short AGM where the committee were re-elected for the coming year, tonight's presentation: Talk with ET? I think not!!!! given by Dr Steve Hubbard and Dr Malcolm Brown went down well with the members. It was both interesting and thought provoking and stimulated conversation well into the evening. Lynn, Emily and myself were still discussing the implications of the talk whist driving home well past 11pm! Also great to catch up with Annaliese this evening and hope she does join us again.

David, Lynn and Emily.


By dashastro, Apr 23 2017 09:03AM

Last night was our last evening observing sessions before our summer break, and we had mixed fortunes. firstly the euphoria of the big black clouds clearing as the sun set, followed by high cloud, that allowed views of Jupiter and its moons, the as night fell we could see Arcturus and Vega through the light cloud, but that is where the evening ground to a halt.around 9:00 pm by the time we packed up it was to late to open up the hall, so that treat still awaits us.

My thanks to Malcolm and Eileen, for bringing one of the clubs scopes, Irene, Nicky and Renate, Vic, Sheila, and new members Ian, along with Alison and Glen who bought there new scope for a bit of help and tuition.

We now look forward to a break from evening observing and a summer of Solar observing, so keep an eye on the website for latest news.

By dashastro, Mar 13 2017 07:43AM

After an introduction to event dates and future possibility plans by David ,Jim kicked off with what can be seen in the night sky during March/April.

This was followed by our speaker for the evening Bob Greef from Breckland Astronomical Society. His talk was "Globular Clusters" and for many of our members this was their first encounter. For the more experienced it was a gentle reminder of what could be seen in our dark skies. His talk was enthusiastically received by a large attendance and I think I can say that Bob has become a firm favourite of the membership!

David Gwynn.


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