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 Chris Callaway captured this image of Markarian's Chain of galaxies in Virgo in April this year.  More detail...  


The Flamsteed Observatory OUR NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be held on Saturday 15th May 2021 from 9:30 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. Please note that we are implementing COVID-19 protection measures requiring all participants to leave their contact details in line with Government track and tracing policy, the wearing of face masks, use of hand sanitiser, social distancing, restricting the number of people inside the observatory itself, and the cleaning of equipment before the next person uses it. Families attending the session must also stay within their own social bubble. If you would like to attend please email DDAS Secretary .

Our next INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY evening will be held on Friday 21st May 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. DDAS member Mike Lancaster will be talking about what's in the night sky over the summer months. Please email the or of the society for further details.

Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 4th June 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. We welcome back Dr Susan Cartwright from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, to give a presentation on the Footprints of the Big Bang. Please email the or of the society for further details.

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

FOR SALE... Tele Vue Powermate 5x at the very reasonable price of just 100. Originally bought in 2014 for 150 and its only been out of the box a few times. Currently retails new at 207. Please email DDAS Chairman for further details. See this review in The Sky At Night Magazine.

LATEST IMAGES!  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. Comet C2020 F3 Neowise taken on the 22nd July 2020 by Chris Callaway, on the 20th July 2020 by Peter Branson, on the 19th July 2020 by Anthony Southwell and on the 11th July 2020 by Tony Barker. The Moon, Mercury and Venus taken on the 24th May 2020 by Chris Callaway. The moon taken on the 5th May 2020 by Chris Callaway and M106 taken in spring 2020 also by Chris Callaway.

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.

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

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