Derby and District Astronomical Society

DDAS member Dave Selfe captured this image of the Andromeda Galaxy M31 on the 30th October 2021.  More detail...  


Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 3rd December 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. Gary Poyner from the Heart of England Astronomical Society will be giving a presentation on Variable Stars: How and Why They Vary. Please email the or of the society for further details.

ELVASTON CASTLE EVENING...   The DDAS will be having a second stargazing evening and indoor display this year at Elvaston Castle, Borrowash Road (A6120), Elvaston, Derby, DE72 3EP, on Saturday 4th December 2021 from 6 pm till late (the first was held the Saturday before). Please note that the indoor display closes at 9 pm but if its clear the stargazing will continue outside until late.

The Flamsteed Observatory OUR NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be held on Saturday 11th December 2021 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 .

We will be holding a CHRISTMAS DINNER for DDAS members and their partners/spouses on the evening of Friday 17th December 2021 from 7:00 pm onwards at Brookfield Social Club, Barrow on Trent, DE73 7HG. If you are a paid up member of the DDAS and would like to attend then please email DDAS Secretary . Please note that this replaces our Introductory Meeting slot for December.

LATEST IMAGES!  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 now 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!

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH METEORS?...   The following article by DDAS member Tony Barker will show you how.

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