|Posted by Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group on August 3, 2016 at 6:05 AM|
A quick summary of the July Meeting.
We had a round-up of images from club members from July -
- a 'beginner' image of Saturn comparing software processing
- hand drawn images of the Moon
- solar prominences and filaments
- some 'summer special' images of Noctiucent Clouds
- deep space images to make you wish you just had more time
We didn't have an external speaker this month, so we had short talks from Group members about
- the Juno Mission to Jupiter
- a revision of the number of Black Holes in the Galaxy
- BlueDot festival at Jodrell Bank (which took place the previous weekend)
- North West Astronomy Festival, which had been a great success
- plus the usual "What's up in August"
After the formal meeting closed, we had the rare opportunity to do some summer observing in the Old Pale carkpark.
Several 'scopes were in action, but the highlight was Craig's 12" Newtonian, which gave us superb views of a range of objects - the great Globular Cluster M13, The Dumbbell Nebula M27, the Cigar Galaxy M82, and the Blue Snowball Nebula NGC7662.
In other scopes we also saw the Ring Nebula M57, and the lovely double star Albireo.
However, what many of us will remember is the very rare sight of the Milky Way clearly visible in Cheshire.