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Remote imaging to be talked about at society meeting

Created on 06/03/2018 @ 14:19
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Remote imaging will be the subject of the next meeting of Newtown Astronomy Society which takes place on Saturday.

The society, which meets at the Scout Hall in Park Lane, will have a talk from Peter Williamson FRAS.

"His talk is about the rise of and how to use public access observatories, how education can have access to large telescopes across the globe, how Hubble is now allowing the public to access and process raw data and what NASA are doing to allow the public to get involved with using Space Probe data for themselves," said Les Fry, NAS Secretary.

"He will also show some of his images and explain the procedure in obtaining them via these methods.

Pete has been doing Astronomy since 1967 and undertaken many University Certificated Courses with East Lancs and John Moore’s Universities.

"Founding The Shropshire Astronomical Society in 1989, he was five years later elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society after observing and having confirmed, a TLP (Transient Lunar Phenomena) on the Lunar Surface which bought him to the attention of the press of the day."

Mr Fry added: "In 2012 he started imaging and observing the Sun from a scientific point of view, later landing the position of BBC Radio Shropshire’s Resident Astronomer and in 2015, set up and built Astro Radio, an Astronomical and Music Station broadcasting to 20,000 plus listeners World wide, which is the mouthpiece of the annual Solarsphere Astronomical & Music Festival here in Mid Wales."

Pete continues to image the Sun as his main astronomical subject and has had Solar images published in many places.

"Since visiting the Kerry International Dark Sky Park with Europe's darkest skies, he is now experimenting with Deep Sky and planetary photography."

The meeting takes place at 7pm. Full membership fees are £20 per annum (10 meetings per year), with visitor fees at £3.50 per meeting.

Light refreshments are available during the meeting, with raffle prizes up for grabs during the main break, and a monthly “sky update” feature by Tony Cook of Aberystwyth University brings the meeting to a close.

Members are also encouraged to bring along there own observations/photographs for display or inclusion within Tony’s presentation.

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