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  2. This image pairs a couple of colourful groupings in the Large Magellanic Cloud. On the left is the bright Dragon Head Nebula (NGC 2035), which is situated in the center of the much larger N59 gas complex. The two objects on the left are the reflection nebula NGC 2020 (blue) and the emission nebula NGC 2014 (red). In astronomical scales, all these objects similar distances away; about 160 kly).
  3. Image from a light polluted site.

    Yip, NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) is a good one. For anyone interested in spotting galaxies in binos or small scopes here's some good ones: NGC 5128 M83 M104 near Corvus (Sombrero) M65 & M66 (2 of the Leo triplet) M84 & M86 in Virgo (Markarian's Chain) M87 & M49 in Virgo M33 in Triangulum (spring) NGC 253 in Sculptor (spring)
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  5. https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/news/jupiters-great-red-spot-spotted Clearly shows the white ring we can from Earth on our own images Nice!
  6. Public Open Night


    Hey Rob, Sean Mullis is with me (he has forgotten his password) and he is coming out to help tomorrow night at the open night.
  7. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43790557
  8. Image from a light polluted site.

    Hi, ngc 5128 is pretty easy in bino's and you have omega cen close by. There's a few galaxies visible in bino's but as you say you have to know where to look! Virgo's a good place to look and it's coming in a good viewing position over the next couple of months.
  9. Image from a light polluted site.

    Nice image, nice galaxy! Saw it the other night in 15x70s. This is a special one for me. I saw it on my first visit to Staverley, before I was a member of CAS. Someone had an ETX90 and showed me this. Up to this point I had struggled to see galaxies with my 114mm, mostly because I didn't know which ones to look at. This proved to me that it could be done - and that joining CAS was a pretty good idea!
  10. Image from a light polluted site.

    Thanks. I tried for years to see it in bino's. Have recently spotted it in 20 x 80's.
  11. Image from a light polluted site.

    Nice. 4945 is often overlooked, but it’s a great object for a medium-sized scope. Well done.
  12. Hi, Nice night from home. limiting mag from here around 4.8. An old favorite ngc 4945. 12inch meade at f10. no filters 86 x 30sec. unguided. Atik4000. Original is nearly to mag 20
  13. 2018 New Zealand Astrophotography Competition

    application form attached 2018 HW Astrophoto Competition entry form.doc.docx
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    The Big Bang theory tells the story of the beginning of the Universe, our cosmic home for the last 13.8 billion years. But what is the story of its end? Find out what modern astrophysics tells us about the ultimate fate of the cosmos, and what each possibility would entail if there were people there to see it. Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Throughout her career she has studied dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. Alongside her academic research, she is an active science communicator and has been published in a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and Cosmos Magazine, where she is a columnist This is a free event on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand. Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available via our booking site on Eventbrite
  15. From: Auckland Astronomical Society Calling all Astrophotographers! The 2018 New Zealand Astrophotography competition is now underway, this year we have changed things up a bit, the first thing you will notice is the new name of the competition, this is to reflect that the competition has now been officially recognized and endorsed by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, of course contestants will still compete for the highly coveted Harry Williams Trophy which goes to the overall winner of the competition. This year we are honoured to have Michael A. Covington as our judge, Michael is a pioneer of DSLR Astrophotography and is also the author of the text book "Digital SLR Astrophotography" which for a lot of people was the first text book that helped get them started in DSLR Astrophotography, the book was released in 2007 by the Cambridge University Press and the 2nd edition of this book is slated for a 2018 release in November which will contain many updates and revisions, for more information please check out Michael's website here ... http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/dslr/index.html For this years competition, we are happy to have Optolong Astronomical Filters sponsor the overall winner again with one of their wonderful filters offered as a prize ( filter type yet to be determined ), we are also happy to announce that Astronz will also be sponsoring the competition again with a $300 Astronz gift voucher offered for the winner of the Solar System category, Australian Sky & Telescope have also generously offered to sponsor the competition again with two one year subscriptions to their prestigious magazine for both the Deep Sky and Artistc / Nightscape categories, the Auckland Astronomical Society is also giving each category winner a $200 cash prize, with hopefully more sponsors and prizes to be announced later on, so keep an eye out for updates. This year there has been some rule changes so please read over the competition rules carefully, the competition rules and entry form can be found on the Auckland Astronomical Society website, I'll also upload an editable entry form to the group as well to make things a bit easier for you guys. The competition cutoff date is the 25th of August, 2018 and the competition awards will be announced at the annual Burbidge dinner which is the Auckland Astronomical Society's premier annual event, keep an eye out on the society website for details on the forthcoming Burbidge dinner. Looking forward to seeing all your images and wishing you all clear skies. :)


    Great Robert!! You will have a chance to talk to CAS members and to ask them about CAS. We will also have application forms at the meeting if you want to sign up on the night or you can do so on our webpage. I look forwar to meeting you.
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    Hi, I would like to attend also as I'm looking at becoming a member. Thanks, Robert


    Hi Claire, no worries. Our meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. I look forward to catching up with you next Tuesday night.
  20. skywatcher dovetail bar

    Im after 45mm wide ones Managed to make soem ones out of oak an pinched the alumuim one for the 6 inch
  21. course Astronomy at Heathcote Valley

    Here is the link to the course description: https://hvcc.org.nz/2018/04/11/astronomy-2/
  22. course Astronomy at Heathcote Valley

    After a successful first astronomy course at the Heathcote Valley Community Centre last term, I can announce a second course entitled “Exploring the Solar System”. It is a seven week 2-hour course on Thursday nights (7 – 9 pm) starting 10 May 2018. This is NOT a CAS event, but it will be of interest to CAS members (thinking especially of new CAS members) who want to get up-to-date about all the exciting objects in our Solar System and hear about the latest space missions. Regular course cost is $105 but CAS members will pay $70. My teaching is not commercial but I do need to recover some of the direct costs. The course will be posted sometime soon on the HVCC website, but while it already is short notice, just email me at ngawheturesources@gmail.com when interested. Find out more about my vision, motivation and course content on http://ngawhetu.nz. Cheers.
  23. Running Chicken Nebula (IC2944)

    love those globules :) this is a cool target - I am going to have to run the SV70 on this using the NB filters and see what it comes out like :)
  24. Running Chicken Nebula (IC2944)

    Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian, Canon 700D Full Spectrum, Baader MPCC III, Baader UV/IR Cut Filter: 20 @ 180sec ISO 800 , 20 @ 180sec ISO1600 A better target for a scope with a wider field of view. I was just testing my new Moonlite focuser and sequence generator pro.


    Hi, I would love to attend but I'm not a member yet. Thanks, Claire
  26. Resource:All Sky May 2018 doc

    All Sky May 2018 doc View File All Sky May 2018 doc from RASNZ Submitter Dale kershaw Submitted 04/05/2018 Category CAS Practical Astronomy  
  27. Resource:May 2018 star chart set

    May 2018 star chart set View File May 2018 star chart set Submitter Dale kershaw Submitted 04/05/2018 Category CAS Practical Astronomy  
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