Herschel’s Planet – Mike Foulkes

Royal Masonic School Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

The planet Uranus was discovered by William Herschel on 13 March 1781- the first planet to be discovered since ancient times. This talk will provide a top level overview of the Uranus system including the planet itself, its satellites and rings, both from amateur and professional observations. This description will be set in part, in […]

SWHAS Monthly Meeting Oct. 2020

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Friday  30 October 2020 at 20:00 – 21:30 GMT “A VIRTUAL TOUR OF MY HOME OBSERVATORY” – IAIN MELVILLE. Iain will take us on a tour of his observatory, including a brief chat about the computer running things  –  a RaspBerry Pi. He will talk about the choice of cameras, filters, etc. and what is […]

SWHAS Monthly Meeting Jan 2021

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Astronomical Instrumentation before the Telescope - Mike Leggett There were many astronomical instruments before the introduction of the astronomical telescope.  After a brief historical introduction, Mike will talk about some of these instruments and their uses: • Observational/measuring tools, including Ptolemy's Rules, Jacob's Staff and Quadrant • Astronomical devices used to represent the sky, including […]