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.

Next Zoom Meeting: Wednesday 12th at 8pm. Dr. Julian Onions “One Gigayear at a Time – Galaxies”. For info contact the Secretary

Members of DAS cleaning the observatory domes. Photo: Paul Booker.

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.

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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We are very excited to launch our first Zoom talk with Julian Onions this evening speaking about Galaxies, One Gigayear at a Time.

Our talks will take place every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 8pm.

If you are interested in joining us, please email our secretary who will share the log in details with you.

Secretary@donastro.org.uk
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Saturn taken by DAS member Peter Lloyd
30th July 2020

DFK 21AF04 camera at prime focus
10-inch LX200 and an Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector. Processed in RegiStax.
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Milky Way over Tekapo taken by DAS member Jonathan Lodge

The band of the Milky Way only visible from the Southern Hemisphere, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds above the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand in December 2017.

~700m elevation, class 2 Bortle sky. (Austerfield is class 5 Bortle).
Sigma Art 14mm, f1.8, ISO 1600 30s, sky and foreground processed separately. Nikon D750.
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Whirlpool Galaxy M51

A stunning capture by DAS member David

Acquired through Sequence Generator Pro, guiding with PHD2 through an Altair Astro 60mm guide scope, captured with a ZWO ASI294mc pro CMOS camera, mounted on a Skywatcher EQ6 R Pro mount.



14 frames x 300s @ 50 gain

35 frames x 300s @ 120 gain
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