Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Boyden Observatory Open Evening - 4 August 2012

 Dr. Brian van Soelen - Explaining the SKA Telescope…

National Science Week 2012
Boyden Observatory Open Evening

4 August 2012
18h30 for 19:00

18:30: Observing with the 13-inch telescope - Saturn
19:00: Presentation on SKA: Dr. Brian van Soelen - Explaining the SKA Telescope…
19:45 Observing through telescopes weather permitting
Informal outdoor presentation

Refreshments for sale

Proposed donation: R 30 per car
Booking essential: Yolandie Fick: (051) 401 9751
Presented by: Friends of Boyden Observatory and the  en die Amateur Astronomy Society

Nasionale Wetenskapweek 2012
Boyden Sterrewag Ope-aand

04 Augustus 2012,
18h30 vir / for 19:00

18:30: Waarneming deur 13-duim teleskoop - Saturnus
19:00: Presentation on SKA: Dr. Brian van Soelen - Explaining the SKA Telescope…
19:45: Waarnemings deur teleskope indien die weer dit toelaat.
Informele buite-aanbieding

Verversings te koop

Voorgestelde donasie: R 30 per motor
Bespreking noodsaaklik
Yolandie Fick: (051) 401 9751

Aangebied deur: Vriende van Boyden Sterrewag en die Amateur Sterrekunde Vereniging

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Astronomy Books at a Bargain Price!

Bargain Books opened in Bloemfontein, Preller Square and these bargain price books are on the shelve.
Alson in Welkom: Goldfields Mall

Astronomica  (R199) 
- A Coffee Table book with a foreword by Sir Patrick Moore, 524 Pages packed with information.
Publication Date: 2007  Reprinted 2010
Written in an engaging and accessible format, Astronomica is an invaluable reference book. There are comprehensive profils of each of the planets in our Solar System, the dwarf planets, the major stars, and other astronomical bodies. The galaxies - including the Milky Way - are examined. The history of cosmology focuses on the advances that have been made through the centuries, up to the latest in cutting-edge technology. The chapter on space exploration discusses early program development, historical milestones, current ventures, the role of space stations, and the long-distance spacecraft sent out to the far reaches of the Solar System and beyond. Successful sky-watching is covered, with detailed charts of each of the 88 recognized constellations, helpful monthly sky charts, and information on equipment. Discover all you need to know about the cosmos and its fascinating features. Stunning photographs (including dual page fold-outs), detailed charts and illustrations, fact files, and timelines enhance the descriptive and informative text, as Astronomica brings the cosmic world within easy reach. (Source: Amazon)

The Practical Astronomer
Publication Date: May 17, 2010
For anyone who's ever looked at the night sky and wanted to know more about the galaxy around them, The Practical Astronomer shows readers how to discover and understand the mysteries of the solar system and beyond. Illustrated throughout with detailed photographs and illustrations, and using clear, easy-to-follow text, The Practical Astronomer takes you on a step-by-step journey from the basics of what can be seen with the naked eye, to how you can view more distant objects such as the planets of the solar system, and even galaxies far, far away-all in your own backyard. Source: Amazon

The Practical Skywatcher's Handbook. by David H. Levy, John O'Byrne
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
This practical, hands-on guide is the sailor's essential atlas of the sky. Assuming no prior knowledge, this comprehensive, practical handbook helps the user at sea or on land read and understand the changing sky. Readers are given hands-on advice on how to read the night sky and star charts, as well as information on whether particular stars can be seen with the naked eye or require binoculars or a telescope. At the core of the book are 150 sky charts, showing what features can be seen in each position and when. Every constellation in the northern and southern hemisphere is mapped out. Simple methods are given for finding the biggest, brightest stars and then identifying other lesser stars by their relative position. For sailors out of the sight of land, celestial navigation really comes into its own - providing a sure means of checking the boat's position even when GPS and other electronics malfunction. This book will provide a complete reference as to what stars and constellations they should be able to use when and where in the world. The Practical Skywatcher's Handbook is ideal for anyone, on land or sea, wanting a complete guide to the night sky. Source: Amazon