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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

4th August 2017
TV Astronomy
Robert Law, Mills Observatory, Dundee
Robert will show how to use simple video cameras to get pictures of the moon and planets with small telescopes.  He will also show pictures from the 16 inch reflector telescope at Mills Observatory.

1st September 2017
Hunting the Dragon
Prof. Andy Lawrence, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Mysterious and violent events take place in the very centres of galaxies - huge outpourings of X-ray and ultraviolet radiation, jets streaking out at nearly the speed of light, and erratic changes from week to week.  Andy will trace the history of how we have pieced together the puzzle over several decades, with telescopes, detectors, and theory, and look at what we think we understand now.

The full programme for 2017 can be found here or as a pdf.

We meed first Friday of the month (unless otherwise specified) at Birnie Village Hall. Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Not a Member? Why not come along as the first meeting's free so you can 'try before you buy'.

Club members can also attend the meetings of the Highlands Astronomical Society (HAS).  Details of forthcoming meetings of both can be found in the Whats On section of this website, or download a copy of our 2017 Leaflet (pdf).

You can also follow SIGMA on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with our latest news.

Image(s) of the Moment:

Noctilucent Clouds from Arbroath
by club member Alan Tough

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 6D and L-series 24-105 mm lens. Exposure was 2 Seconds @ f/4 and ISO-250

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Eta Carinae Nebula
by club member Alan Tough

This wide-field view of the Eta Carinae Nebula was obtained remotely using iTelescope T8 at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. The nebula is named after the very massive and unstable 5th magnitude star, η Car, which can be seen here above a dark, V-shaped rift and to the left of the aptly-named Keyhole Nebula.

Total exposure time: 3 hrs 12 min through LRGB+Ha filters.

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More images from club members can be seen on our Flickr pages.