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Largest Sunspot Group of Cycle 25

Last month solar observers had a real treat. Peter Meadows of the BAA Solar section wrote “In addition to producing 3 X-flares over the last day or so, sunspot group AR 13590 is also the largest of this cycle so far. Today (23rd Feb) it reached an area of 1800 millionths of the Sun’s visible hemisphere (MSH). It is an easy naked eye sunspot (using suitable eye protection such as eclipse glasses). It addition…


Pixinsight Workshop: 17, February

It’s been a while since the club did an imaging workshop. Back then, no-one had ever heard of a CMOS sensor and all the big boy camera manufacturers like SBIG, Starlight Express, and Atik were only making huge pixeled mono only CCD sensors. The Skywatcher EQ5 mount was the imaging mount of choice – unless you could afford something from Software Bisque or Astrophysics. The tracking wasn’t great, so you had to use a…


March 7th: Trevarrian

This evening will be a Solar Observing hands on practical for using and making equipment to prepare for  what will hopefully be an increased Solar activity during 2024 and beyond. Also, our resident Solar imaging wizzo, Nigel will show how he processes his wonderful Hα solar images. Meet 19:00 for a 19:30 kick off.


Cornish John finds Ice Giant 2 

JWST Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI Through his telescope In March 1781, the astronomer William Herschel noticed an object appearing as a disk and not a star and found it to be a new planet beyond the orbit of Saturn. He had discovered the Ice Giant planet Uranus which became the outermost of the seven known planets in our solar system.  Thirty seven years after Herschel’s discovery, poor tenant farmers Thomas and Tabitha Adams…


February 15: Summercourt

The next meeting of Kernow Astronomers is on Thursday 15, February at the Summercourt memorial Hall. Gather at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Tonight Nick will be discussing one of the most popular free desktop planetaria – Stellarium. Most users never get beyond the default setup, so Nick will show you a number of options that will maximize your usage and enjoyment from this software. Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your…


February 1st: Trevarrian

Tonight’s meeting will be a basic image processing workshop. Phil will give a quick demo of both lunar/planetary and deep sky image processing using basic, free software: Registax, Deep Sky Stacker and Gimp. You will then all be able to have a go yourselves. Bring along your own laptops and download the above software before you come along, if you can. Phil will have copies of the software on USB sticks, along with some…