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By dashastro, Sep 30 2018 11:27AM

On Saturday 29th September 2018 a few members of DASH Astro joined members of LYRA on a field trip to the Mullard Radio Observatory near Cambridge. It was a fascinating vist getting the chance to get up close and presonal to equipment on the forefront of Radio Astronomy research in the UK and collaborations from all over the world.

we were shown the Ryle Telescope Array, , new installations such as AMI Array and historical arrays such as the 4C Array and the sad site of the remnants of the array used by Jocelyn Bell's in her ground breaking research on Pulsars. the state of the site was explained by the fact that accademics consentrate on today's project, and look forwar to the future projects and have no iterest in redundant and out of date equipment. This was also born out by glimpses of control rooms where no one had entered ( apart from the odd technition looking to canabilise equipment for new projects) for many years.

our thanks to LYRA for organising the visit and the Technician Peter for his time and most enjoyable talk.

By dashastro, Sep 30 2018 11:03AM

On Monday the 24th September the Solar Outreach Team had the pleasure of visiting Calton Colville Primary School Lowestoft for an afternoon of lessons on the Sun by David Gwynn who is a STEM Ambassidor and Solar Observing in the playground. We had 3 Ha Solar Scopes and a White light scope and the Sun box, to enthrawl two classes of about 30 students plus teaches and support staff.

Many thanks to the children and staff at CCPS for making it such an enjoyable afternoon, and Roy, Alison, Glen, Linda and David for all there help and support.

By dashastro, Sep 16 2018 09:29PM

The solar Team have once again completed a very successful Two and a Half day Solar Outreach Event at the 2018 Great Henham Steam Rally. Friday afternoon was taken up by a few of us Setting up our pitch at Henham, ready for two full days of solar observing with the general public,

Saturday started fine and clouded over towards late afternoon, whereas Sunday started with cloud and developed into a sunny afternoon. Both days were full on showing all age groups, a variety of views of the sun. We had two white light viewing opportunities suitable for sunspots, one a small refractor telescope with a solar filter over the front lens, and the Sun viewer with radio tracking which is ideal for those that have difficulty seeing through an eyepiece, such as the very young. Also available were three Specialized Hydrogen alpha ( Ha ) Telescopes to be able to view details of the sun’s surface and prominences.

A special thank you to the solar team, David and Linda Gwynn, Roy Anderson, Chris Bailey and David Murton, for two very long, but enjoyable, days taking our message to the public and promoting our little society.

Jim S

By dashastro, Sep 13 2018 10:20AM

Southwold Golf Club. Mayors Fund Raiser

Another great night with the DASH Outreach Team spreading the gospel according to Astronomy.

Setting up at 6:00 pm under a cloudy sky, ( forecast says it will clear.... ) ready to entertain and enthral 60 + members of the public, with stunning views of the heavens.

While the skies cleared the assembled masses were treated to short talks on cosmology, constellation mythology and what they could expect to see in the night sky. As darkness fell the skies did start to clear allowing sneak views of A nice crescent moon, Saturn and Mars. As the heavy cloud gave way to thinner high cloud double stars such as Mizar and Alberio were on show. The skies began to clear and the Milky Way put on a show overhead, and views of M57 the Ring Nebular in Lyra, NGC 457 the Owl cluster in Cassiopeia, M81 & M82 Bodes Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy in Ursa Major ( the Plough ) M31 the Andromeda Galaxy.

The crowds finally made their way home around 10:00pm suitably impressed and wowed by the views they had been treated to.

A special thanks to all who contributed their time. David & Linda Gwynn, David Murton, Roy Anderson, Alison & Glen Chapman.

Jim Slight DASH Secretary

image by Dave Murton

By dashastro, Jul 28 2018 07:37AM

After weeks of virtually unbroken sunshine and clear nights, we had a day of sunshine through high cloud... Looking good, we set of 19:30 BST with some cloud to the South. Got to our event viewing site ( Dunwich Heath N.T.) set up the 8"Newt, to get Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in twilight, set my camera and tripod ready.... We had low cloud to the East over the North Sea so wouldn't get first moonrise. Then as the magic hour arrived, so did the first spots of rain, flashes of lightning and claps of thunder. A mad dash to pack the gear back into the car, with the help from some friends.... The 100 or so people that had joined us scattered to the wind.

A few if us remained in the vain hope we would get a break and make attempts at lightning shots, but as usual either to late or facing the wrong way. Thank goodness for digits cameras, all I need to do is delete blank shots. Well that's astronomy here on the east coast of the U.K.

I'll always have September 2015... :-)

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