Cadets from 1181 (Syston) Squadron ATC spent an enjoyable evening viewing the Moon. stars and planets with the assistance of Melton Astronomy Society. 

As luck would have it the night, whilst very cold, was clear with good visibility. After a brief talk on finding objects in the night sky and the different types of telescopes available the cadets relocated outside to try out the 3 different type of telescope brought along for the demonstration. Everyone was impressed by the clarity of the images especially the moon which presented a near perfect aspect with it's half moon aspect casting shadows across the craters. These photographs don't do it credit.

Image taken through the eyepiece of the telescope

The clouds on Jupiter were also clearly seen in the night sky together with three of its satellites (we learnt not to call them moons). Agin these photographs taken through the eyepiece don't do it credit.

Image taken through the eyepiece of the telescope

 

Image taken through the eyepiece of the telescope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also took a look at Sirius, a very bright star in the sky though at almost 9 light years away it was sobering to think that the image we were seeing left the star back in 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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