Derby and District Astronomical Society

DDAS members with the 36-inch Yapp Reflecting Telescope on a visit to Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre on the 9th April this year.  Picture Credit: Gary Lambert.  See the full set of pictures from the trip...  


Our next INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY evening will be held on Friday 20th May 2022 from 7:30 pm onwards at both The Friends Meeting House, St. Helens Street, Derby, DE1 3GY, and on Zoom. DDAS member Mike Lancaster will be talking about The Late Spring & Early Summer Sky. If you require the Zoom link or for further details please email the DDAS Secretary .

Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 10th June 2022 from 7:30 pm onwards at both The Friends Meeting House, St. Helens Street, Derby, DE1 3GY, and on Zoom. We welcome Paul Eccleston, Chief Engineer at RAL Space to give a presentation on The James Webb Space Telescope. If you require the Zoom link or for further details please email the DDAS Secretary Please note this meeting falls on the second Friday in June rather the first, to avoid the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

The Flamsteed Observatory OUR NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be held on Saturday 11th June 2022 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. If you would like to attend please email the DDAS Secretary .

LATEST IMAGES!  M65 and M66 taken by Dave Selfe on the 2nd April 2022. Caldwell 25, NGC 1501 and NGC 1502 taken by Dave Selfe on the 18th March 2022. M13 and M34 taken by Dave Selfe on the 25th and 18th March 2022 respectively. M13 taken by Dave Selfe on the 19th March 2022. M48 and NGC 2355 taken by Mike Lancaster on the 21st March and 19th March 2022 respectively. The Horsehead Nebula, M63 and M109 taken by Dave Selfe on the 26th February 2022. NGC 2266 and NGC 1931 taken by Mike Lancaster on the 14th and 6th March 2022 respectively. M97 and M108 taken by Dave Selfe on the 26th February 2022. M36, NGC 2420 and Caldwell 25 taken by Mike Lancaster on the 22nd, 25th and 26th February 2022 respectively. The Leo Triplet taken by Peter Branson on the 6th February 2022. M35, M37, M38, M67, the Beehive Cluster, Rosette Nebula and Orion Nebula taken by Dave Selfe in January 2022. The Bubble Nebula and M52 taken by Peter Branson on the 19th January 2022. The Moon and the Flame and Horsehead Nebulae taken by Peter Branson on the 19th-21st January 2022. The Eskimo Nebula taken by Mike Lancaster on the 22nd January 2022. 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.

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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