7th February 2005 Meeting Report

Dr. Andy McCrea MBE in his roll-off roof observatoryOn Monday 7th February 2005, over 50 people gathered for our annual beginner's and observing night.

Mark Stronge, EAAS member from County Down, shows us some of his excellent photos from the recent aurora including some animations of how the aurora shifted and moved so quickly. He captured all the photos using a B setting on his camera and taking photos of about 10seconds each with ISO400 film (in this case it was digital film). You can see these photos on the January 2005 Aurora page.

John McConnell introducing the meetingDr Andy McCreaSection of audience

Dr Andrew McCrea, the current president of the IAA, spoke to us on "Selecting and Using Binoculars for Astronomy". This was an excellently delivered talk, as usual, by Andy and everyone went away learning much about how to select a good pair of binoculars, including the use of the terms exit pupil and eye relief. Unfortunately, the skies did not co-operate so no observing was done after the meeting. If you are wishing to observe with the EAAS, then check out our Forum where observing sessions are posted regularly to the message board.

Check out the North Down Telescopes Binocular Fact Sheet.



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