Welcome to Doncaster Astronomical Society

IMPORTANT NOTICE: DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND IN THE LIGHT OF GOVERNMENT ADVICE, DONCASTER ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY HAS TAKEN THE DECISION TO CANCEL ALL TUESDAY MEETINGS AND SOCIAL GATHERINGS AT THE OBSERVATORY FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE. WE WILL REVIEW THE ONGOING SITUATION AS REQUIRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT ADVICE.

Providing astronomy for the casual observer, serious enthusiast and a means of accessing the night sky using the best facilities in Yorkshire. Local schools are especially welcome to use our facilities and experience.

Please Note: From Tuesday 11th June 2019, our meetings will be held at Club 39, First Floor, 39 College Road, Doncaster, DN1 3JH on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (Club 39 shares an entrance with “Sticky Mits Childcare Centre”, just press the door-buzzer for admittance). There is free on-street parking outside the swimming baths and in the small college road car park after 6pm. A multi-story car-park across the road from Club 39 charges £1 after 6pm.

We are available for group visits to the Observatory and can also take astronomy to your groups with telescopes and illustrated talks. Contact our Secretary for more details.

View the night sky in mixed and pleasant company in a secure environment. Go to the Observatory item above for directions to the site in Austerfield.

But before you set out, take a look at the Monthly Night Sky to see what’s about, and the Local Weather too.

We’re open on clear Friday nights for members, and welcome the public too during Summer and Winter months, at no cost. 

We ask that members of the public pre-arrange their visit with our Observatory Manager before attending.

Being a Society member, brings many other benefits, including observing on clear nights at our Observatory, use of the best of amateur solar equipment and being able to borrow telescopes.

For non-members, if you would like to visit us to see what we’re all about, your first two meetings are free of charge. Membership is open to to all ages. If you are 17 years of age or below, an adult must accompany you.

If you would like to join the society, then please email the  Secretary for details or just come along to the next society meeting and meet our members.

Light refreshments are available.

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NGC7000 taken by Doncaster astronomical society members Rachael and Jonny

Skywatcher Evostar ED80

6min subs

ISO800

Total : 2hrs 30 data

Canon 600D full spectrum + Ha clip
#astrophotography #thephotohour #doncasterisgreat
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This incredible piece of astrophotography is by society member, Jonathan.

M81 (left) aka Bode's Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in Ursa Major at a distance of around 12 million light years from Earth. It is about half the diameter of our own Milky Way.

M82 (right) aka the Cigar Galaxy is a starburst galaxy again around 12 million light years distant. It is about 5 times more luminous than our own Milky Way and the star burst activity is thought to have been triggered by an interaction with M81.

152 x 90/100/120s Red G0 O10

52 x 120s Green G0 O10

137 x 120s Blue G0 O10

43 x 300/360s Ha G200 O50

~15 Hours Total

Imaged using the Takahashi FSQ-106ED at Austerfield Observatory by
society member Jonathan with his ZWO ASI1600 camera.
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This video by Dr Luke Tyas gives an insight into the SpaceX Starlink satellites

https://youtu.be/ELtxlLYio9I
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The #Lyrids #meteorshower is active from 16th to 26th April with a radiant in the constellation of Lyra.

The peak this year is on 21st to 22nd April with a rate of 18 meteors per hour under ideal conditions.

With the Moon out of the way, this should be a good year. #astronomy #space
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