Basic Astronomy and Observation Programme
Welcome to Cranfield Astronomical Society.
We look forward to welcome the new arrivals to Cranfield University.
Our ‘normal’ regular weekly meetings shall resume online from 12 October. To receive the link to join the events, please join using the registration link.
Our main communication is through emails to registered members. Our Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are also channels used by the community.
2021 Autumn Term Programme
Programme from October 2021
Shall be published soon.
Regular meetings are online in this term.
The Teams link for meetings is email to members who registered.
|All meeting are on Teams for now.|
The Teams link shall be emailed to registered members one day before the meeting.
|12 October 19:30-20:30||An Introduction to Practical Astronomy|
How to how to get started with observing and an explanation of terminology used.
|19 October 19:30-20:30||Navigating the Sky|
A first look around the sky at night and some principals of locating particular objects.
Demonstration 1; Astronomical binoculars.
|26 October 19:30-20:30||Astronomy Software and Apps|
A guide to Stellarium and other astronomical apps.
Skywatch for November
|2 November 19:30-20:30||Observing The Moon|
Visually interpreting the Moon’s features.
Demonstration 2: Refractor telescopes
|9 November 19:30-20:30||Astrophotography using Smartphones.|
How to get the best images using your mobile phone’s camera.
Demonstration 3; Reflector telescopes
no moon later
|16 November 19:30-20:30||Astrophotography and Image stacking.|
A guide to taking longer exposure photographs and image staking software.
|23 November 19:30-20:30||The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction.|
How and why this phenomenon occurs.
The Galilean Moons of Jupiter.
|30 November 19:30-20:30||The Voyager Missions. 4 Decades and Counting.|
A look back at the highly successful Voyager Missions and their current mission exploring interstellar space outside of the Sun’s heliosphere.
Skywatch for December
|7 December 19:30-20:30||Q & A, Discussion session and a chance to show your Astro images.||15.7%|
no Moon later
|The programme is subject to change; depending on sky conditions and availability of speakers. Issued 26 September 2020|
The Cranfield Astronomical Society membership is mainly Cranfield University students and staff. It is one of the active local amateur astronomical societies and helped many to enjoy the night sky.