20-02-11

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Naar aanleiding van de uitbarsting van de zon heeft Franky Beckers een poging gedaan om de groep zonnevlekken die deze uitbarsting produceerden te fotograferen. Franky heeft zijn Canon op de Skywatcher gemonteerd en is met deze combinatie, uitgefilterd met een Mylarfilter, de zon te lijf gegegaan. Onderstaande beelden zijn het resultaat van deze sessie. Veelbelovende foto's als we rekening houden met het feit dat dit de allereerste astronomische opnames zijn die Franky maakte!  We hopen op meer inzendingen!

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14:30 Gepost door Lambert Beliën | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook | |

03-02-11

Astronomy in Belgium

Dear visitor!!

Thank you for visiting our weblog.

Although we live in Belgium, one of the most illuminated sites in the world, we are brave and love spending our free time under the stars.  We are a local astronomical society in the Flemish part of Belgium and we are lucky to have a relative dark sky in our region. This is one of the reasons  why we invested in a real observatory. We are the proud users of a observatory sitting on top of a 43 feet high steel tower. High enough to reach over the treetops! If you want to “Google” to our observatory, just enter “Domein de Bever Hamont-Achel” and Google will guide you to an arrow shaped pond in the middle of a vast forest. At the tip of the arrow you will see a white dot. This is our observatory!

Inside the observatory ends a massive pillar (49 feet long) on which we can mount several telescopes. Some of our telescopes are way too heavy to carry up the tower. When we are working with these telescopes we used to setup on the field before the observatory. Last week we enjoyed a splendid night, with no less than six telescopes in the field. In this weblog you can find evidence of this happening. Try our albums!

Besides working with the telescopes, we organize gatherings on an monthly bases. During these meetings we study astronomical subjects. This can vary from astronomical  to historical events, lectures on scientific research, geology, we keep a close watch on space exploration,  we give lectures to the local fourth grades in school, and so on….

In these times were there are one-thousand-and-one  things to do in our free time, we manage to keep a group of twenty-four “diehards” together. All twenty-four of them with an profound love of the stars and all the other things “out there”! Our motto:

Once possessed  by astronomy………. lost for life!!!!

If  you support our efforts, please leave a comment in our mailbox (use the button "contacteer me" on top of the right column). If you feel the need to communicate about astronomy, don’t hesitate! We will appreciate it highly.  Keep visiting us!

21:58 Gepost door Lambert Beliën | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook | |