Derby and District Astronomical Society

The Derby and District Astronomical Society will endeavour to maintain a full programme of meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. For now, all our scheduled meetings (apart from observing sessions) will take place via the Zoom video-conferencing medium. Our scheduled observing sessions have now resumed with appropriate COVID-19 protection measures in place. If you would like further information about the society, or on how you can join in our meetings, then please email the of our society.

DDAS member Mike Lancaster captured this image of globular cluster M13 in Hercules on the 20th July 2021.  More detail...  

The Flamsteed Observatory OUR NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be held on Saturday 14th August 2021 from 8:30 pm onwards at the Society's Flamsteed Observatory. A variety of telescopes will be available, including the Society's 10" Newtonian under the dome, as well as any that may be brought along by members. If you would like to attend please email DDAS Secretary .

Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 3rd September 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. Howard Parkin from the Isle of Man Astronomical Society will be giving a presentation on Mr Hubble and his Amazing Telescope. Please email the or of the society for further details.

LATEST IMAGES!  M5, M56, M13, M92, M57 and Caldwell 55 taken on the 20th-22nd July 2021 by Mike Lancaster. The Dumbell Nebula and North America Nebula taken on the 18th July 2021 by Dave Selfe. The sun taken by Pete Hill on the 29th May 2021. Sunrise on the Moon taken by Pete Hill on the 19th April 2021. Markarian's Chain of galaxies in Virgo taken by Chris Callaway in April 2021. The Jellyfish Nebula taken in March 2021 by Chris Callaway. A 1% crescent moon taken by Tony Barker in March 2013. The California Nebula, the Flame and Horsehead Nebulae, the Soul Nebula and the Plieades, all taken by Chris Callaway in February 2021. M33 and the Elephant's Trunk Nebula taken by Chris Callaway in September through December 2020. Mars taken by Pete Hill in September and October 2020.

DDAS Logo THE SUMMER 2021 EDITION OF ARIES IS NOW AVAILABLE... here. Thanks to our Aries editing team of Anthony Southwell and Gill Pryor, and to all our contributors for making this edition possible.

DDAS Logo You can now view VIDEOS OF PAST MEETINGS that we have held on Zoom. These are available from November 2020 onwards, Links may be found on our 2020 and 2021 meeting programme pages. Alternatively visit our Facebook page.

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH METEORS?...   The following article by DDAS member Tony Barker will show you how.


The DDAS is a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies

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