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On June 21st 2015 Dunfermline Astronomical Society along with Dalgety Bay Astro Club are taking part in the event outlined below. A scale model of the Solar System has been marked out in Anstruther Fife and this will be the official opening day. We will be on hand with several telescopes and a display area where we hope to allow the public to look through our specially adapted telescope at the Sun and observe Solar Prominences and sunsets as well as surface detail. We will explain our various telescopes and be on hand to answer all your questions. A great day envisaged for you and the kids make a day of it bring a picnic or partake of the local hostelriessmile emoticon
If you plan to attend please click on the button on the event post further down the page (only if viewing this on Facebook see Facebook link on menu to left).
Geoff Ruzgar

Anstruther Model Solar System - Opening Celebration June 21st
Anstruther's scale model of the Solar system. It is 600 m from the Sun to Pluto, and the distances and bodies are all to the same scale, 1 to 10 000 000 000. We are
having an opening celebration on June 21st 2015, which will end with tea and biscuits etc at the Dreel Halls (which is just round the corner from Neptune).

The model consists of a display board on the Folly, located opposite the foot of Hadfoot Wynd, and 11 bronzed plates fixed to the frontages, mostly along Shore Street, but ending up about 100 metres past the Dreel Tavern on the way to Pittenweem. The Sun is at the old Sun Tavern, which until recently was the Tourist Information Centre, and is located across the road from the Lifeboat Shed.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:40)

 

Solar Eclipse Friday March 20th, 8.30am-10.30am

Event Location:

Letham Farm Park Area, access via Chandlers Rise or Farmstead Rd, Dalgety Bay, see location image link
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130674311 ybayastro/
Park Area Access:

As the access to this park area is via a residential area please park considerately, if you are not bringing heavy telescope equipment,
parking should be available in the nearby Dalgety Bay Sports Centre car park.

You may want to arrive earlier than the eclipses 08:31 start time.
Some of us may be there pre-sunrise in order to get mount alignment done before the eclipse starts.
Note that it may be quite soft underfoot so bring something to stop your telescopes tripod legs sinking into the ground.

Waterproof footwear might also be an advantage if the grass is wet.
Eclipse Timings at our latitude:
Sunrise from: 06:00
Starts at 08:31
Deepest point, 94%, occurs at 09:35
Ends at 10:43.
Safety:

REMEMBER it is never safe to look at a partial or annular eclipse, or the partial phases of a total solar eclipse,without the proper equipment and techniques.

There are still some eclipse glasses that will be available on the day at a cost of 1.50 you can also pick a pair up from Cosmic PCs Ltd,

19 St Andrews St. Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 4QG Tel: 01383 432296 to order yours now. NOW SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT!

Hospitality:Feel free to bring flasks of tea, coffee, biscuits, etc. hopefully plenty to share:)
Facilities:There are toilets in the nearby Dalgety Bay Sports Centre.
After the Event:Please leave the area as you would wish to find it.

Please check your solar filters for integrity (pinholes, scratches, tears, etc.) and security (on the telescope maybe masking tape etc.)

before bringing them along to the eclipse.

 

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Why Not Join Us on the Night Skies Network. We run the Dasoc channel and most clear nights you can see what we are observing at the Dasoc observatory through the eyes of our Astro Video Link. See the wonders of the night skies in colour and in real time. You can also join in live broadcasts from the hundreds of other members around the world. You can view as a guest but why not register and become a member? it's free!

If the skies are clear then there's a good chance we will be broadcasting. You can ask questions in the chat window but please remember the chat is for questions relating to what's being broadcast or the equipment used.

We look forward to welcoming you on the Night Skies Network

 

M16 Eagle Nebula Image courtesey Darrin Nitchske Australia

Welcome to the home of Dunfermline Astronomical Society Fife Scotland . Here you will find many other like minded enthusiasts for this wonderful hobby of ours. Throughout the year we hope to bring you the latest news in Astronomy and Space exploration as well as practical observing and Rocketry events. We need the help of anyone with an interest in the Universe and Space in general. So if your interest is Astronomy, Aeronautics, Jupiter, Mars, Orion. nebulae or the Universe andyou would like to contribute please put yourself forward.

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Had a fine view of Comet Panstarrs from Limekilns in Fife. Myself, Chris, Pete, and Paul were joined by several members of the public and local residents who came out to see what were up to.
Perseverance paid off and we had some great views with a selection of scope including a 3inch refractor and 15x70 binoculars as well as a 6 inch Astrosystems reflector.

Below is an image Chris managed to snap with his DSLR attached to the 6 inch reflector. For once our luck held out and we were able to see this wonderful once in a lifetime event.

Geoff Ruzgar

Last Updated (Tuesday, 19 March 2013 15:50)

 

Dunfermline Astronomical Society and Dalgety Bay Astronomy Club are proud to announce Stargazing Live 2013 at the Fairmont Golf and Hotel resort in St Andrews Fife.

Monday 7th January 2013: Outdoor Stargazing event from6 PM(weather permitting, if not talks and demonstrations indoors)

Tuesday 8th January 2013: Lecture evening from 19:30 in the main Auditorium in the company of Prof. Ian Morison F.R.A.S.and Jodrell bank. Lecture 1 Choosing and using Telescopes and binoculars - Lecture 2 The Beauty of the Heavens. Please be seated by 7:30pm .

STOP PRESS*** as the weather looks to improve this evening we will be having Live Stargazing and Astrophotography at the club house AFTER the first lecture*****


Wednesday 9th January 2013: Stargazing Live outdoors with help and advice from Prof. Ian Morison.

All the events are free and open to all.

Further details can be found here.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/stargazing-live-2013-at-the-fairmont

watch this space for further updates

Geoff

Last Updated (Tuesday, 08 January 2013 12:21)

 
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