BASIL August 2022

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BASIL August 2022

The front cover of BASIL shows the Star Chair 3000, a motorised, joystick controlled binocular observing chair. The Star Chair 3000 was kindly donated to the BAS by Andy Stephens (a former Chair of the BAS) and the cover photo (top) shows Andy and Dave Bennett with the equipment.

Predicted solar activity, solar cycle progression, planetary observing notes, finder charts and rise / set times are reported for August.

Constellation of the month is Vulpecula, which is well placed for observing Messier 27 - the Dumbell Nebula.

Visible transits of the ISS for August and September are listed.

18 observing targets for the month are provided, with more details given for M11 (the Wild Duck Cluster), Globular Clusters M56 & M71, and M27 (the Dumbell Nebula).

There is an asteroid occultation in the constellation Delphinus on 1st September 2022 and data for the event are included in BASIL - provided by BAS member Nigel Wakefield.

Society News provides details of the 2022 programme of talks and events from August to October and gives further information about the Star Chair 3000.

BASIL August 2022

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