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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 2nd November 2018
Lochaber to the Cosmos
Dr Alec MacKinnon, University of Glasgow
Alec will talk about the Ben Nevis Observatory, the Scots Nobel Prize winner CTR Wilson, and the origins of cosmic ray science with some modern stories on cosmic rays. 

This promises to be an interesting presentation with a mix of subjects from, high-energy astrophysics, particle physics to Scottish scientific history.

Friday 7th December 2018
Christmas Quiz
SIGMA Members and your Families
Bring along the family for a night of fun, questions and mince pies to end the year. 

There will also be the usual Xmas raffle and an update on future planned events for SIGMA in 2018.

The full programme for 2018 can be found here or as a pdf.

We meet first Friday of the month (unless otherwise specified) at Birnie Village Hall. Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Not a Member? Why not come along as the first meeting's free so you can 'try before you buy'.

Club members can also attend the meetings of the Highlands Astronomical Society (HAS). Details of forthcoming meetings of both can be found in the Whats On section of this website, or download a copy of our 2018 Leaflet (pdf).

You can also follow SIGMA on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with our latest news.

Image(s) of the Moment:

Comet 21P/Giacobini–Zinner, 15 September 2018
by club member Alan Tough

This morning I managed to get a few shots of Comet 21P/Giacobini–Zinner approaching the open cluster M35. This image, a stack of 3 x 20-second exposures, was captured from my back garden at just before 4 a.m. (BST) with a Canon EOS 5D DSLR at the prime focus of a Sky-Watcher 80ED refractor. The fuzzy object to the mid-right is NGC 2158.

Sky transparency wasn't great: hence the short exposures and less-than-impressive tail. It would also have helped if I'd remembered I have a field flattener for my 80ED!

Click on image for larger version


More images from club members can be seen on our Flickr pages.

For more information about NLCs and to report your own sightings to the BAA vist our Noctilucent Clouds page.