British Astronomical Association
Supporting amateur astronomers since 1890

Secondary menu

Main menu

BAA Gallery Planets Mars
Image search

Mars in March 2012 by Marc Delcroix

Image

Expand image

About this observation
Observer
Marc Delcroix
Time of observation
16/03/2012 - 10:30
Object
Mars
Like This Image
Share

Taken by Marc Delcroix using his 318mm Newtonian reflector and IR742/RGB Astronomic filters. Cloud features visible in the image are orographic clouds on Elysium andclouds on the limbs.

Copyright of all images and other observations submitted to the BAA remains with the owner of the work. Reproduction of the work by third-parties is expressly forbidden without the consent of the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the webmaster.
BAA Gallery Lunar
Image search

Simulated Earthshine by John Bell

Image

Expand image

About this observation
Observer
John Bell
Time of observation
16/03/2012 - 10:23
Like This Image
Share
The picture is a composite of a full moon shot taken withJohn's 8 Newtonian at f6 (f4x teleconverter) 1/200sec , and a crescent at 1/20sec. The full moon shot was then darkened and given a blue tint in photoshop cs5 to simulate the earthlit moon. The crescent was slightly resized to match the scale of the full moon and pasted on top. The intention was to capturethe whole scene to look like an idealised earthlit moon. The final effect is quite dramatic.
Copyright of all images and other observations submitted to the BAA remains with the owner of the work. Reproduction of the work by third-parties is expressly forbidden without the consent of the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the webmaster.
BAA Gallery Planets Jupiter
Image search

The March 2012 Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter - by John Bell

Image

Expand image

About this observation
Observer
John Bell
Time of observation
16/03/2012 - 10:15
Object
Venus and Jupiter
Like This Image
Share

BAA member John Belltook this photograph of the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on Sunday 11th March, 2012. He useda 200mm lens at f8 and 5sec 100iso. It shows Jupiter with Io, Ganymede and Callisto and Venus.

Copyright of all images and other observations submitted to the BAA remains with the owner of the work. Reproduction of the work by third-parties is expressly forbidden without the consent of the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the webmaster.
BAA Articles

Splendid aurora observed on 15th March

Yesterday evening, following much agitation of the Earth’s magnetic field, an aurora (the northern lights) was viewed by many from the north of Scotland. Poor weather in other areas may have prevented views further south.

BAA member Denis Buczynski captured a few images of the display from Portmahomack, which will give a flavour for what was seen.  These were taken between 20:58 and 23:48 with a Canon 400D and a 28mm lens at f2.8 at ISO 800.  Exposures were all about 30 secs.

 



Like This Article
 0  
BAA Gallery Picture of the Week
Image search

Saturn in RGB - by Marc Delcroix

Image

Expand image

About this observation
Observer
Marc Delcroix
Time of observation
11/03/2012 - 18:47
Like This Image
 0  
Share
Last week's POTW featured Mars by Marc Delcroix. This week we feature his RGB image of Saturn, taken with his 12.5 inch reflector. The image was taken on 29th February from Tournefeuille, France.
Copyright of all images and other observations submitted to the BAA remains with the owner of the work. Reproduction of the work by third-parties is expressly forbidden without the consent of the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the webmaster.
BAA Articles

BRIGHT FIREBALL ON 3 MARCH 2012

Many reports are coming in of a bright fireball, visible at about 21:40 UT on Saturday, 3rd March 2012. That night the skies were exceptionally clear over large parts of the UK, and many people had been out observing the nice display of the Moon and planets visible that evening.

Gerard Gilligan of Liverpool AS reported that about 20-30 members who were still at the site of the March Wirral Star Party witnessed the magnificent fireball, which rounded off their very busy and successful evening in spectacular fashion.

Sightings have so far been received over a wide area extending from Scotland down through the Lake District to Merseyside. Many eyewitnesses have reported that the fireball was clearly fragmenting towards the end of the track. Observations of this fireball from locations on the eastern side of the Pennines would be particulary useful.

Any BAA members who saw this event, or who may have been contacted by non-astronomers who witnessed it, are asked to collect as much information about the sighting as possible and send it either to the BAA Meteor Section’s Fireball Co-ordinator Len Entwisle at len.entwisle@btinternet.com or to meteor@britastro.org.

Useful information will include the name and location of the observer, the precise time of the event, the altitude and azimuth of the start and end points of the visible track, the position of the observed track against the background stars (or in relation to the waxing gibbous Moon and Mars in the sky, if seen towards the south-east), and a description of the fireball’s visual appearance, colour, etc. together with any unusual features.

It is clear from some of the reports in the national news media that there were other bright meteors visible during the evening of Saturday, 3rd March, but this appeal relates particularly to the event occurring at about 21.40 UT.

Like This Article
 0  
BAA Articles

BAA Deep Sky Section Meeting – 2012 March 10

This meeting will be held at the Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castillian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD

There has been a slight change to the previously advertised programme as due to illness Martin Lunn is unable to give his talk on dating Cassiopeia A. However David Boyd and Owen Brazell have kindly stepped in at short notice to give talks and the (hopefully) final programme is shown below.

09.30 Coffee
10.00 – 10.45 Welcome and Review of the Year – Stewart Moore
10.45 – 11.30 The Death of Stars – Bob Winter
11.30 – 12.15 The Spectra of Dying Stars – Robin Leadbeater
12.15 – 12.30 Behaviour of Gyulbudaghian’s Nebula and PV Cep – David Boyd
12.30 – 12.45 New Planetary Nebulae – Owen Brazell

12.45 Buffet Lunch

14.30 – 15.15 Building and Using a Large Dobsonian – Andrew Robertson
15.15 – 16.00 Observing from New Mexico Skies – Chris Longthorn

16.00 Tea

16.30 – 17.30 Cosmic Genesis – a Unique View of the Birth of a Neutron Star – Dr Matthew Malek (Imperial College)
17.30 Meeting round up – Stewart Moore

Everyone welcome. Entrance £10 (to include buffet lunch) payable at the door.

No need to book in advance. All talks subject to possible change.

Exhibition of deep sky material by Section members is encouraged (bring your own display boards).

The BAA and Webb Deep Sky Society hope to have sales stands at the meeting.

Like This Article
 0  
BAA Gallery Picture of the Week
Image search

Mars Near Opposition - by Marc Delcroix

Image

Expand image

About this observation
Observer
Marc Delcroix
Time of observation
03/03/2012 - 23:51
Like This Image
 0  
Share
We've received a number of excellent images of Mars recently as it approaches opposition. This example is perhaps the best, taken by Marc Delcroix at Tournefuille, France using a 318mm Newtonian reflector, Astronomik RGB filters and a x5 powermate. Note the clouds over Elysium.
Copyright of all images and other observations submitted to the BAA remains with the owner of the work. Reproduction of the work by third-parties is expressly forbidden without the consent of the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the webmaster.
BAA Gallery
Image search

Comet C/2009P1 Garradd

Image

Expand image

About this observation
Observer
Time of observation
29/02/2012 - 19:27
Like This Image
 0  
Share
ccd image and observation
Copyright of all images and other observations submitted to the BAA remains with the owner of the work. Reproduction of the work by third-parties is expressly forbidden without the consent of the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the webmaster.
BAA Gallery
Image search

Comet C/2012C2 Breunjes

Image

Expand image

About this observation
Observer
Time of observation
27/02/2012 - 15:04
Like This Image
 0  
Share
ccd image and observation
Copyright of all images and other observations submitted to the BAA remains with the owner of the work. Reproduction of the work by third-parties is expressly forbidden without the consent of the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the webmaster.

Pages

Subscribe to British Astronomical Association RSS