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SDAF - South Downs Astronomy Festival - 8 June 2019

SDAF - South Downs Astronomy Festival 2019

DATE: 10am - 5pm, 8 June 2019

VENUE: Bury C of E Primary School, West Burton Lane, Bury, West Sussex RH20 1HB


Come and visit us at the second South Downs Astronomy Festival.

This will be a friendly local event with lots of talks, solar observation (weather permitted), retailers' offerings, refreshments, raffle tickets etc.

Talks by Dan Oakley, Gary Palmer, dr Lilian Hobbs, Nik Szymanek, William Joyce and more

Talks timetable:

Talks need to be booked upfront, click here!

Max 3 talks per person can be booked, but additional spaces might be available on the day depending on attendance!

dr Lilian Hobbs 10am 11am
Gary Palmer 12am 2pm
William Joyce 11am 1pm
Nik Szymanek 1pm 2pm
Dan Oakley 12am 3pm

Refreshments (for a small fee) will be provided by "Friends of Bury Primary School".

Buy Raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the following prizes:


TeleVue Nagler (Type-6) 13mm Eyepiece, 82-degrees, 1.25"


Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ

THIRD PRIZE: Win a 12 month supscription to Astronomy Now Magazine

FOURTH PRIZE: Gaoki X-Game v4 1080p 12MPixel Waterproof Action Video Camera

FIFTH PRIZE: 365Astronomy Padded Eyepiece Holder Waist Bag for 1.25" & 2" Eyepieces

Description of talks: (45-50 min each)

dr Lilian Hobbs

10am: Astronomy using your Tablet or Smartphone

Have you ever thought about using your smartphone or tablet to help you with astronomy? If so, then come along to this talk to see some of the Apps available that can help make observing easy, increase your knowledge and see what is happening in the skies above us and beyond the earth or watch the latest NASA missions or see the view from the ISS in real time. These portable devices can be very useful for the astronomer and many of the apps are free or cost only a few pounds.

11am: Eisa Eisinga the Planetarium in the Bedroom

Tucked away in a tiny village in the Netherlands is the worlds oldest working planetarium, which was built in his bedroom which was the only room in the house. Why was it built, what does it look like, why it is still working, come find out and maybe next time you are in the Netherlands you will visit this amazing place.

William Joyce

11am: A Whistlestop Tour of the Planets.

1pm: The Apollo Missions: Astronauts on the Moon

Gary Palmer

12am: Solar wavelengths

We will be looking at different ways of observing and imaging the sun in some of the new wavelengths available now and discussing the different detail seen in them.

2pm: High Resolution solar imaging

We will be looking at how we capture and process close up images of the sun using different equipment and software.

Nik Szymanek

1pm: Introduction to astronomical imaging.

CCD cameras, DSLR cameras, equatorial mounts, telescopes, autoguiding, focusing, filterwheels and filters. Field of view and pixel sampling

2pm: Processing astronomical images

Calibration. Image Stacking. Creating RGB images. Creating LRGB images. Creating Narrowband images. Photoshop processing (Level and Curves, Adobe Camera Raw)

Dan Oakley

12am: South Downs National Park Dark Skies Reserve

3pm:  Ten Curious Things about the Moon


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