More Success at Trysull

16th January 2024

By Richard

Our observing/social event on Tuesday January 16th was the first time we’d used Trysull Village Hall since winter 2021. The event was a resounding success, and we all agreed that we shouldn’t leave it so long before our next meeting there. It really is the perfect semi-rural venue to meet up in, with a large car park out back to set telescopes up, and a large, warm room with excellent facilities.

The event was healthily attended, with around twenty five members turning up, as well as a local scout group, their parents and scout leaders. Inside the hall, there was plenty to see and do, with an astro book giveaway, telescopes on show, a display of vintage astronomy books and tea, coffee and biscuits for everyone. In case we were totally clouded out, there were lectures planned, as well as demonstrations of smart telescopes, and reflecting telescope laser collimation.

At eight-thirty, luck smiled on us and we were gifted a clear sky. Many telescopes were hurriedly set up outside, including reflectors, refractors, binoculars (on a parallelogram mount), and even two of those new-fangled smart telescopes! I think we had all bases covered. The scouts got to see the Orion Nebula imaged in real time via Cath’s SeeStar S50 smart telescope, and then they looked through conventional telescopes to see Jupiter, the moon and some deep sky objects. With Orion climbing high, many scopes were turned towards this fabulous constellation.

Cath imaged the Orion Nebula and Horsehead Nebula with her SeeStar, along with the open cluster M35.

Doug bagged some lunar images, along with tricky the reflection nebula M78, also in Orion.

Crescent Moon by Doug Bickley
M78 by Doug Bickley
M33 by Doug Bickley

I’m also including here a picture Adam took at our previous Trysull event in 2021.

A superb image of the Andromeda Galaxy, taken with only twenty-five minutes of exposure time.
Wolvas at Trysull 2021

The most popular targets for observers on the 16th January were Jupiter and its moons, our own Moon, the previously mentioned Orion nebulas, the open clusters of Auriga and Gemini, the Perseus Double Cluster, the Andromeda Galaxy and Mizar and Alcor in Ursa Major. I managed a glimpse of M81 & M82 through Robin’s 15X70 binoculars, but they really were on the cusp of being invisible, as a faint misty haze rolled in around 9.30pm.

Everyone agreed it had been a splendid evening. These events are ‘extra-curricular’ to our lecture program, so all the donations towards refreshments and room hire are very much appreciated. The donations from members covered the majority of the costs on the 16th, and will ensure we have more of these events in the future. Well done to all the organisers, and thank-you to everyone that attended.