The Wolverhampton Astronomical Society Annual Award

By Phil Barnard The Society presents a £20 annual award to a student at St. Peter’s Collegiate School, chosen for achieving the requisite standard in IT/ Electronics. The recipient of the 2018 award is James Longman. The citation reads: James worked at a consistently high level throughout his A Level Electronics studies, gaining a much deserved A … Read moreThe Wolverhampton Astronomical Society Annual Award

Comet 46P/Wirtanen

By Richard Harvey 46P/Wirtanen is a small short-period comet with a current orbital period of 5.4 years. It was discovered on January 17, 1948, by the American astronomer Carl Wirtanen, and expectations were high for the comet’s 2018 visit. Many astronomers hoped for naked eye brightness reminiscent of 1997’s Hale Bopp, (which I remember seeing easily over … Read moreComet 46P/Wirtanen

Pack Your Bins

A report from our Spanish correspondent (aka Doug Bickley) I remembered on this holiday to Gran Canaria to pack some binoculars.  I chose my trusty old Tasco 40mm 8-16x zoom which to my mind are a good compromise between light gathering power and portability.  I also took a lightweight tripod. [Pic 1 & 2] The balcony … Read morePack Your Bins

Obituary: Neville Goodger

From daughter Karen Kendall, on behalf of her mother Shirley, sisters Lynne and Kathryn, grandchildren Richard, Bethany, Jamie and Charlotte, and other members of Neville’s family. Neville was a remarkable man who was loved by his family and friends. He was born on 29th September 1926 in Fallings Park in Wolverhampton. He was the younger … Read moreObituary: Neville Goodger

Trysull Observation Session Thursday 13th September 2018

By Richard Harvey With Mars at its closest approach since 2003, and the prospect of a clear sky to view it, a last-minute observation session was hastily arranged for Thursday 13th September at our Trysull observation site. I took the society’s 12” dobsonian reflecting telescope (the Tom Collier Telescope), and several other members turned up, all … Read moreTrysull Observation Session Thursday 13th September 2018