Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society
Welcome to the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society. We are a non-profit making registered charity dedicated to furthering interest in astronomy within the local community.
|05 Apr 2014||Public Open Evening |
|27 Jul 2014||Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower |
|28 Jul 2014||Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower |
|11 Aug 2014||Perseids Meteor Shower |
|12 Aug 2014||Perseids Meteor Shower |
|07 Oct 2014||Draconids Meteor Shower |
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|21 Oct 2014||Orionids Meteor Shower |
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National Astronomy Week Events Report
We'd like to thank everyone who attended our National Astronomy Week events.
We hope those who brought their own telescopes along to our Scope Surgery evening are now getting better use and enjoyment from them.
We also hope those that attended our Open Evening enjoyed your evening as much as we did holding the event. The afternoon's clouds cleared just in time to give some magnificent views of Jupiter, the Moon and other astronomy sights.
The Open Evening Raffle draw has now taken place, and the winning tickets are:
- 1st Prize, First View Starter Telescope kindly donated by UK Hobby Store - Ticket 261
- 2nd Prize, Soap & Glory Gift Set kindly donated by Boots - Ticket 315
- 3rd Prize, Universe Book - Ticket 299
- 4th Prize, LED Head Torches also donated by UK Hobby Store - Ticket 328
- 5th Prize, Society / Observatory Mug - Ticket 282
Prize winners will be contacted over the next few days. We'd also like to remind the notified winners from our Stargazing Live event in January to come to the observatory on a Monday or Wednesday evening to collect your prizes.
Finally we'd like to thank all of our members who attended to help run the events and also to thank everyone involved with organising National Astronomy Week for bringing attention and publicity to our beloved hobby.
Public Open Evenings
During Autumn and Winter the society holds public open evenings once a month.
The last open evening of this season will be on Saturday 5 April.
Activities on offer include:
- A talk on an astronomical topic.
- Opportunities to view the moon and astronomical objects through the societies’ main 61cm Newtonian reflector and a variety of smaller telescopes (weather permitting).
- An introduction to finding your way around the night sky with the naked eye and binoculars (feel free to bring your own binoculars along).
- Short video presentations on astronomical topics.
- Displays on the solar system and beyond, astrophotography, and the society.
- Meteor detection by radioastronomy.
- Opportunities to ask questions about astronomy.
For more information see our Public Open Evenings page.
"The Night Sky" Evening Course
The course run by the members of the Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society covers all aspects of modern astronomy, with a bias towards hands-on practical sessions whenever the weather permits.
For more details, or to register an interest in future courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The expansion of Ashfield and Mansfield over the years since our observatory opened has substantially reduced the quality of night sky viewing and MSAS has long been an advocate of keeping our skies as dark as possible. Astronomy is a popular pastime enjoyed by many local people and the members of our society but there are precious little dark sky sites in our locality.
We are supporters of the British Astronomical Association's Campaign For Dark Skies and the Peak District National Park Authority's Peak District Dark Skies project, and advise local business about efficient exterior lighting to reduce light pollution and save money and energy.
We have also campaigned against proposals for substantial housing development on greenbelt land near our observatory, and a large sand quarry within 3/4 mile of our site due to the impact we believed these would have on light pollution levels.
The society is pleased to count the 13th Astronomer Royal Professor Sir Francis Graham-Smith F.R.S. and Professor Michael R. Merrifield, from the University of Nottingham School of Physics and Astronomy as its patrons.
Professor Sir Francis Graham-Smith held the position of 13th Astronomer Royal from 1982 to 1990, and also officially opened the Sherwood Obervatory in 1986.
Mike Merrifield primarily studies the properties of nearby galaxies using telescopes at radio, infrared, optical and even X-ray wavelengths.
NG17 5LF, England
Telephone (+44) 01623 552276
Lat.: 53° 06' 50" N, Long.:01° 13' 20.7" W
Altitude above sea Level 187.9 m
The Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society is a
registered charity (No. 518183), devoted to promoting and advancing public education in astronomy.