Derby and District Astronomical Society

DDAS member Mike Lancaster captured this image of the Dumbell Nebula on the 11th January 2022.  More detail...  

The Flamsteed Observatory OUR NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be held on Saturday 15th January 2022 from 7:30 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, 4th February 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. We welcome back the well known and ever popular speaker Paul Money to give a presentation on Through the StarGate. Paul explains the problems of imaging deep sky targets with an alt az telescope and showcases the many deep sky objects that have been imaged with the StarGate 500 Dobsonian. Please email the or of the society for further details. Meanwhile why not check out Paul's website.

Our next INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY evening will be held on Friday 18th February 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. DDAS member Mike Lancaster will be giving a presentation on The Winter Sky. Please email the of the society for further details. Please note that there will be no introduction to astronomy meeting this January.

ALVASTON PARK STARGAZING   We'll be stargazing in Alvaston Park on Saturday 19th February 2020 from 6 pm onwards at the Community Building, Alvaston Park, Derby. A variety of telescopes will be brought along by members and if its clear there will be a chance to see some celestial wonders. We'll also be on hand to offer advice on choosing and using telescopes and binoculars and finding your way around the night sky. Suitable for all ages and anyone interested in the night sky. Admission is free.

LATEST IMAGES!  Galaxies M81 and M82 taken by Peter Branson on the 5th and 12th January 2022. The Crab Nebula taken by Mike Lancaster on the 11th January 2022. The Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus taken by Malcolm Neal on the 7th December 2021. The Plieades and M31 taken by Gary Lambert in October and November 2021 respectively. Jupiter, the Cat's Eye Nebula, the Bubble Nebula, M31 and M42 all taken by Peter Branson in August, September and November 2021. M31, M45 and the Double Cluster, taken on the 30th October 2021 by Dave Selfe. The sun taken on the 7th September 2021 by Pete Hill. The Crescent Nebula taken on the 27th September 2021 by Mike Lancaster. A sun pillar taken on the 15th September 2021 by Pete Hill. M15 taken on the 7th September 2021 by Mike Lancaster. The Dumbell Nebula taken on the 8th August 2021 by Mike Lancaster. 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. M10, M11, and M12 taken by Peter Branson in June 2012. 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 and the Soul Nebula all taken by Chris Callaway in February 2021.

THE AUTUMN/WINTER 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 view VIDEOS OF PAST MEETINGS that we have held on Zoom. These are available from November 2020 onwards. Just follow the links on our 2020 and 2021 meeting programme pages. Alternatively visit our Facebook page. Please note that you don't need a Facebook account to view them!


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