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I was asked "what would you recommend as a first telescope"

Posted by Owen Gwynne on March 31, 2018 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

So, someone asked the above question via this website. My immediate response was this 

All telescopes are compromises between aperture (size) , magnification and bulk.

In an ideal world, you would want a telescope that had the largest possible aperture as that collects the most light and gives the brightest image.

Less obviously, you also want to consider the range of magnification you want. Now, most newbies would expect to go for th...

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Want to share your photos? Now you can...

Posted by Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group on March 9, 2018 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We've created a MCAG Photo album on Google Photos.

You can access it here - https://tinyurl.com/MCAGpics

If yiou have a Google account, you can add photos to the Album - so why not ?

A clear night at a local school

Posted by Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group on February 16, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (3)

We were contacted by one of our local primary schools, who asked if we would help with their Space Themed Science Week; in particular, whether we could bring some telescopes along to their Science Evening, for pupils and parents on Thursday 15th Feb.

The forecast was clear and we were able to take some telescopes and a mounted binocular for people to look through.

The school was really well organised, with a number of indoor and outdoor activities on offer, including an inflatab...

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Collimating a Newtonian - a link sent to us

Posted by Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group on February 4, 2018 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A transcript here.


or, Making you mighty in collimation by myself, Peter Clark, a retired Master Mariner and amateur astronomer, living near South Cave in rural East Yorkshire, England. 'With California like skies, says renowned artist David Hockney.


It is in fact the script for the You Tube movie access...

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January 2018 Talk Resources

Posted by Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group on January 28, 2018 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr Steve Barrett has kindly provided links to the slides and a recording of his fantastic Hubble Space Telescope talk

The slides (if you didn't pick them up as a handout)

https://www.liv.ac.uk/~sdb/Talks/Legacy-Hubble-MCAG.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.liv.ac.uk/~sdb/Talks/Legacy-Hubble-MCAG.pdf

A recording of the talk (a 1h 10m video) is here

https://stream.liv.ac.uk/s/3th4vj9f" target="_blank">https:...

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GCSE Astronomy

Posted by Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group on June 23, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

If anyone is interested in trying for a GCSE Astronomy, the Thursday evening group are going to be following the syllabus when we start back in September.

The course is likely to be meeting at Cransley School (to be confirmed) on a Thursday evening. There will be a mix of classroom teaching and project work, with observation work done as a group if possible on Thursdays, or in our own time. We think the school grounds are able to give reasonable views of the night sky.

Malc Bees...

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Updated Eyepiece Buyers' guide link

Posted by Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group on May 3, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I've updated the link on the Resources page so it links to the Cloudy Nights 2017 Eyepiece Buyers' Guide

Mouse over the 'MORE' navigation and then click on 'RESOURCES' link

News from Gaia - 2 million stars, 5 million years

Posted by Owen Gwynne on April 20, 2017 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Gaia mission from ESA continues to provide a wealth of data on stellar positions and motions.

If you're not familiar, it's a satellite that continuously scans the sky as it rotates, plotting the position of stars with unprecedented accuracy. As the satellite moves with the Earth around the sun, this gives it the scope to measure the parallax of a billion stars in our galaxy, and measure the proper motion of a lot of them too. The satellite is fitted with a spectroscope so that it ca...

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What's up this month

Posted by Owen Gwynne on April 3, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)
The Jodrell Bank website has a regularly updated page showing what's up each month. Find it here... http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/astronomy/nightsky/

How to Photograph Meteor Showers

Posted by Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group on August 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In our July meeting, Tracey gave us a heads-up for August's Perseid Meteor Shower. She also gave us a great advice sheet to take away.

A copy has been linked to from the Resources Page