CODY Astronomical Society

 

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QinetiQ Open Day - July 2016

Members were out manning the stand for the QinetiQ family day in July this year. Click on the thumbnails left for some images of the event.

 


Total Lunar Eclipse - September 28th 2015

Members were out in the early hours of monday September 28th to observe the total lunar eclipse. Here are some images taken by Paul Curtis and Gordon Lloyd.

 

  Jupiter Venus Occultation - June 30th and July 1st, 2015

Jupiter and Venus came very close to each other, just 20' apart on 30th June, which is about 2/3rds the diameter of the moon. Here are some images taken by Paul Curtis and Gordon Lloyd.

 

Jupiter Moon Occultation - April 19th 2015

Jupiter showing moon Io occulting Ganymede. Frames taken using Imaging Source DBK 21AU618.AS Camera. Each frame is the sum of 600 frames each 1/60th second, processed in AutoStakkert2 and Registax 6. Movie compiled in Windows Movie Maker. By Paul Curtis

Comet q2 Lovejoy 2014 - January 2015

Comet Lovejoy is a good object in the sky right now and has exceeded expectations on brightness, getting to magnitude 4. It shows a lovely green nucleus with a very faint ion tail, the latter only visible in images. See left for images by members Gordon Lloyd and Paul Curtis.

 

Northern Lights - October 2014

Click on the thumbnail left to see pictures of he Northern Lights taken by member Paul Curtis in Norway in October.

 

Mars - April 2014

Mars is bright in the south and members have been out imaging. See left for images by members Gordon Lloyd and Paul Curtis. Gordon's image was taken with his 10" Newtonian and a Celestron Neximage 5 at f14.4. Paul's image was taken with his 10" Meade LX200 and an Imaging Source DBK 21AU618.AS Camera at f24.


Jupiter - March 2014

Jupiter is high in the sky and members have been imaging with a range of scopes and cameras. See left for images by Gordon Lloyd (showing a double shadow transit) and Paul Curtis (a single transit and the red spot).

Werner's X - March 2014

The images to the left are photos of Werner's X, taken by Gordon Lloyd with his new Celestron camera, on 8th March at 1938 and 1942 GMT, when the Sun's Selenographic Colongitude was 358.5 and 358.6 degrees. Werner's X is a lunar feature that appears for a very short time at a specific lighting condition on the moon. It is of course just a quirk of the lighting, being the illuminated tops of crater walls, but under the specific lighting conditions captured in these images it is a striking artifact.

Supernova in M82 - January 2014

A new bright supernova has been found in a nearby galaxy, M82, in the constellation of Ursa Major. The galaxy is about 12 million light years away, which makes it a near neighbour to our own Milky Way galaxy. The supernova is currently about magnitude 11 and should be easily visible in binoculars or a small telescope. It is the brightest supernova for 30 years. Click on thumbnails to the left for images taken by Cody members Gordon Lloyd and Paul Curtis.

Some New Lunar Drawings by member Gordon Lloyd - January 2014

Gordon Lloyd has recently completed some excellent new lunar drawings from observations through the society's Zeiss telescope. Click on the links left to see them in all their glory.

This link gives some information on how to draw the moon.

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy

in Corona Borealis (Mag 5), 9 minute exposure at iso800, Modified Canon 1100D DSLR. Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT. December 2013. Image by member Paul Curtis


Comet 2011 L4 Panstarrs

Members of the society have been observing Comet 2011 L4 Panstarrs. Click on the thumbnails on the left for images taken by members Paul Curtis and Gordon Lloyd. The third image shows the comet close to the Andromeda Galaxy M31.

Asteroid 2012DA14

Members of the society met at the Cody observatory on the evening of 15th February to view the close pass of the asteroid 2012DA14. About 15 members attended, but unfortunately there was a lot of cloud. See left a photo of the asteroid taken by member Paul Curtis.



Intech - February 2013

Members of the society once again supported a public Stargazing Night held at INTECH in Winchester on 2nd Feb 2013. Fortunately early clouds soon dissipated and we had glorious clear skies for the rest of the evening. There were non-stop queues waiting to look through the two telescopes we set up for the public to get a taste of amateur astronomy for themselves. Most of the time was spent looking at Jupiter, which put on a good display with a transit and shadow transit of Io to provide interest, and M42 (see picture). Meanwhile we also had an indoor stand where people could talk to our members and learn more about astronomy. Turnout was phenomenal with over 850 people braving the cold, a new record for this event. Check the INTECH website for information about the next event.
See images left taken by member Peter Randall of Orion and M42 and a picture of our stand.

Jupiter at Opposition 2012

Jupiter is at opposition in December in 2012 and is showing some high levels of activity in the Northern Equatorial Belt and the revived Northern Temperate Belt. Click the image to the left to see a photo by member Paul Curtis.

QinetiQ Fun Day July 2012

The society mounted a stand at the QinetiQ fun day in July.  See images to the left.

Supermoon May 2012

On may 6th 2012 the moon was nearer to the Earth (perigee) than at any time during the year. It was 14% larger and 30% brighter than average. Click the image to the left to see a photo by member Paul Curtis.

Some Interesting Lunar Features - November 2011

A motorway slip road into a lunar crater? Or what?  
Click here for the an article by member Gordon Lloyd.

Jupiter at Opposition 2011

Members have been observing the magnificent Jupiter at opposition in October this year. The southern equatorial belt is back and the great red spot appears to be moving in the middle of the belt rather than in a hollow below it. Click the image to the left to see a photo by member Paul Curtis.

Some Interesting Lunar Features - August 2011

Until the USA Lunar Orbiter photography in the late 1960s, the Moon’s surface was not mapped in the fine detail that it is now. Observers often found strange shadows under certain lighting conditions which were hard to explain. Some wild “discoveries” were made!

One object was the so-called “O’Neill’sBridge” announced in 1953 – which does not exist. On the other hand, “Larrieu’s Dam” from 1955, is an interesting, misshapen crater that exhibits what looks like a straight road on top of a dam, crossing dark water. Click here for the full article by member Gordon Lloyd.

Cody Astro Barbecue - September 24th 2011

Members met up for a barbecue at chairman Phil Alner's house in Fleet. Phil and Pat cooked up a great feast enjoyed by all. Then to top it all we actually had a really clear night so there was lots of viewing !

Comet 2009 P1 Garradd - September 2011

Members images of Comet Garrad. Click on thumbnails at the left.

Supernova in M101 - September 2011

The brightest supernova for 30 years was visible in September 2011. Click on thumbnail to the left for an image taken by member Paul Curtis.

Saturn at Opposition - April 2011

Members have been observing Saturn at opposition in April. See images at the left.


Aldershot Observatory - 12th March 2011

There were about 12 to 15 attendees at the Farnham 'Introduction to the Military Observatory' on the 12th March. The sky was cloud covered although there was a slight break allowing the moon to poke through for 10 minutes. 4 Cody members attended. See images on the left.


Society Observing Evening - 7th March 2011

Members of the society attended a club observing evening in March. We had 4 scopes and 6 members viewing. A good viewing evening had by all.
See images to the left.

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Recent Images taken by Members

Jupiter, sum of 450 exposures, 10" LX200@f24, OpticStar P131C camera, October 2010
Mars, Meade 10" LX200. Image by Phil Alner.
Comet 8P/Tuttle (Approx mag6) in Pisces. Sum of ten x 30s exposures. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. Jan 2008. Image by Paul Curtis.
M42, Orion Nebula - 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. 20 second exposure, Jan 2008. Image by Paul Curtis.
Moon, 29-10-07 - Canon 30D EOS prime focus on Tal Newtonian (150mm, F8). Picture by Glenn Shackleford
Comet 17P/Holmes, 15-11-07, Canon 30D EOS, 45sec exposure - prime focus on Tal Newtonian (150mm, F8). Picture by Glenn Shackleford
Comet 17P/Holmes, 30-10-07, Canon 30D EOS 30sec exposure - prime focus on Tal Newtonian (150mm, F8). Picture by Glenn Shackleford
Mars, Sum of 409 exposures each 1/50th second, 10" LX200@f24, TouCam Pro webcam, December 2007. Image by Paul Curtis.
Comet 17P/Holmes, sum of ten x 30s exposures, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. October 2007
Lunar occultation of saturn. 22nd May 2007. 250mm Orion Newtonian, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Mercury and the Moon (phase 1.5%), 17th May 2007. 6M Sanyo digital camera. Image by Paul Curtis.
Moon, Hommel to the limb, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. April 2007, Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Saturn, sum of 307 exposures each 1/25 second, 10" LX200@f24, TouCam Pro webcam, April 2007
Moon, Clavius, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. March 2007, Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Saturn, 250mm Orion Newtonian, Celestron Neximage Webcam, Focal length 3750mm. Average of 1000 images processed in Registax. March 2007. Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Total lunar eclipse, 250mm Orion Newtonian, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). 3rd March 2007. Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Lunar Eclipse photos by member Paul Hugill, 3rd March 2007

Lunar Eclipse photo by member Paul Curtis, 3rd March 2007
Moon, Theophilus to Fracastorius, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. November 2006, Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Lunar images (Clavius and Straight Wall) by Phil Alner using a Meade LPI with the society's Zeiss scope, November 2006
Jupiter, 250mm Orion Newtonian, Celestron Neximage Webcam, Focal length 3750mm. Average of 1000 images processed in Registax. April 2006. Image by Gordon Lloyd.
HGC7293, Helix Nebula, Aquarius, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. 15 minute exposure. October 2006. Image by Paul Curtis
Comet 73P Schwassmann-Wachmann (fragment C) in Corona Borealis at Mag 8.8, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. 7 x 30 second images summed on Comet. April 2006, Paul Curtis
Mars, sum of 50 exposures each 1/33 second, 10" LX200@f24, TouCam Pro webcam, 19th December 2005, Paul Curtis
Saturn, sum of 126 exposures each 1/25 second, 10" LX200@f24, TouCam Pro webcam, 8th February 2005 at the Cody Observatory. Image by Paul Curtis.
Comet/2002 Q2 Machholz in Aries at Mag 4.1 - showing detail in the tail, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. 10 x 60 second images summed on Comet. Jan 2005. Image by Paul Curtis
Pleiades, drawing using 15x70 binoculars, by Mark Radice, November 2004
Saturn, by Mark Radice using a Toucam Pro Webcam with a 4" refractor, November 2004
Moon, Shroters Valley,  by Mark Radice using a Toucam Pro Webcam with a 4" refractor, October 2004
Some lunar images taken by Mark Radice using a Toucam Pro Webcam with a 4" refractor, June 2004    
Pictures taken by Phil Alner at the Cody Observatory, June 8th 2004      
Pictures of the Venus transit taken by Paul Curtis at the Cody Observatory, June 8th 2004
    

    

   
Comet 2001 Q4 NEAT in Cancer. Eight 30 second images summed on the comet. Paul Curtis, 10 LX200, MX5 CCD, May 2004
Jupiter, by Mark Radice, 4" refractor, June 2004
Moon in full eclipse by Paul Curtis. Image taken with Minolta Dimage Xt digital camera. 4th May 2004
Moon emerging from eclipse by Paul Curtis. Image taken with Minolta Dimage Xt digital camera. 4th May 2004
Moon emerging from eclipse by Paul Curtis. Image taken with Minolta Dimage Xt digital camera through the eyepiece of the Cody Scope. 4th May 2004
Venus, Mars and Saturn - 6 second exposure taken with a Minolta Dimage Xt digital camera. 4th May 2004
Moon just emerging from eclipse - stack of 22 images taken through the society's Cody Scope by Andy and Rachael Parsons.
Moon in partial eclipse. Image taken with a Meade 60mm refractor by Andy and Rachael Parsons.
Moon showing crater Petavius by Phil Alner and Roy Mitchell. Image projection with Fuji 2900 digital camera. 23rd April 2004
Image of Venus taken by chairman Phil Alner using the society's Zeiss telescope on 22nd April 2004.
Jupiter and the GRS, sum of 275 exposures each 1/25 second, 10" LX200@f24, TouCam Pro webcam, 19th April 2004, Paul Curtis

Click here to see some superb lunar drawings by member Gordon Lloyd