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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 12th January 2018
SIGMA Stargazing and Equipment Night
Venue: Lhanbryde Community Centre
SIGMA’s annual Stargazing meeting -  a joint club night and public observing session.

Held at Lhanbryde, this event will give members and visitors a chance to see many of the wonders of the local night sky (weather permitting), talk with local amateur astronomers and see SIGMA members’ astronomical equipment.

Friday 2nd February 2018
Variable Stars
Maarten de Vries, SIGMA
Most stars, even our own Sun, do not always shine with the same brightness all the time.  Some indeed appear to change in brightness quite dramatically over short periods of time.  So what causes this? 

In this talk Maarten will explain the various mechanisms that cause stars to vary in brightness and how observations of some of these stars have helped shape our understanding of the entire universe.

The full programme for 2017 can be found here or as a pdf.

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 2017 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:

Total Solar Eclipse - United States of America, 21 August 2017
by club members Ann and Ken Holmes

The image below is the midpoint of totality - more images of the eclipse by Ann and Ken are on our Flickr pages.

Perseids Meteor Shower
by club member Mick O'Donnell

Taken at West Beach, Lossiemouth at 01:55 Hrs BST on 13 August 2017, using my Canon EOS 70D with Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens at 10mm, f/4.5, 30 secs exposure, ISO 1600.

Partial Solar Eclipse from Burghead, 21 August 2017

by club member Alan Tough

Alan caught the PSE from Burghead. This photo was taken at 19:48 BST with a Canon EOS 60D and Sigma EX DG 150-500 mm lens (sans solar filter).  [Look at the bottom of the sun]

Click on image for larger version

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