Archive for the ‘Kevin Pretorius’ Category

Programme 2017

Our speaker programme for 2017 is as follows: Date Topic / Speaker 10 Jan 17 “Many Worlds – The diversity of Climates on Other Planets”, Professor Peter Read, Oxford University 14 Feb 17 “Making a Telescope Mirror” John Price, Farnham AS 14 Mar 17 “How...
November 2nd, 2016 | Programme, Kevin Pretorius | Read More

Norwegian Lights

I guess the Northern Lights have been on my “bucket list” for quite some time. I almost saw them in Finland in 2007, when a faint, barely-discernable ‘something’ danced on the horizon for maybe 15 minutes. It wasn’t very impressive, and I didn’t consider that it counted. So...
February 23rd, 2014 | Featured Articles, Kevin Pretorius | Read More

Brand new supernova in M82

A bright supernova has been discovered in Messier 82 – the well known cigar-shaped galaxy in Ursa Major. It’s currently shining at 11th Magnitude, but experts say it may continue to brighten for the next two weeks. This bodes well (apologies for the pun) for our upcoming Star Gazing Live...
January 23rd, 2014 | Featured Articles, Kevin Pretorius | Read More

Saturn Encounter

Inspired by a couple of recent talks at the society, I used the occasion of the recent Saturn opposition to grab this image of the ringed planet. It’s still a little fuzzy, but clearly shows the outer grey A ring, the middle bright B ring, and the fainter inner C ring. In between the A & B...
April 22nd, 2012 | Featured Articles, Image Gallery, Kevin Pretorius | Read More

WebCam Imaging MasterClass

I’ve dabbled with webcam imaging before, but hitherto I’ve only achieved mediochre results – seeing perhaps a couple of cloud belts on Jupiter, some suggestion of a red spot, the faintest hint of additional structure with the contrast and sharpness filters turned way way up –...
December 3rd, 2011 | Featured Articles, Observing, Kevin Pretorius, Teaching resources | Read More

The Sombrero Galaxy and M88 by Kevin Pretorius

These two wonderful galaxy images were captured by Kevin Pretorius using his Meade 8″ S/N on an LDX 55 mount.  The Sombrero Galaxy The Sombrero Galaxy is also known as M104, although it was not actually discovered by Charles Messier.  Messier became aware of this galaxy after it was discovered...
May 14th, 2010 | Featured Articles, Kevin Pretorius | Read More

The Leo Triplet and NGC 3628 by Peter Campbell-Burns and Kevin Pretorius

Peter: Kevin and I met at my house for a night of imaging. Despite the cloud of volcano ash over the UK we enjoyed a lovely sky.  The promised glorious sunsets had not appeared suggesting that the cloud was having minimal effect, but my images showed a brighter than usual background which may have...
April 19th, 2010 | Featured Articles, Kevin Pretorius, Peter Campbell-Burns | Read More