Tolcarn will be live streaming the Perseids meteor shower from 22oohrs August 11th throught to the early hours of Aug 12th
The live stream will consist of an Orion allsky camera and 14 inch meade with a live Mallincam video camera. Canon DSLR connected to backyard EOS. There will be an additional Canon DSLR taking images of the Perseids, to publish live during the show. The Yagi meteor scatter detector will also be running during the show to observe the radio trails of the Perseids. This years show should be one to remember.
Tolcarn observatory will be open from 2200hrs on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August 2016 for the Perseids meteor shower.
If you wish to join us in meteor watching at the observatory please contact us on:-
Telephone/Text on :- 07415 617 197
We look forward to hearing from you and hope for clear skies!
Kim and Grant
A few images of the eclipse day a week past Friday at Tolcarn. Crystal clear in Cornwall. Ist image was the live broadcast, I had over 22 thousand people from around the world watching it. Image 2 was the set up I used. Image 3 A basic reflection on paper of the eclipse. Image 4 Image taken by Kim of Venus at dusk. What a great day we had.
Tolcarn Observatory will be open on Wednesday 18th March from 1900-2200hrs, Thursday 19th March 1900-2200hrs, Friday 2oth March 0600-12 Noon (setting up and viewing the partial eclipse) and then 1900-2200hrs, and Saturday 21st March from 1900-2200hrs.
All these days are free of charge, so why not come along and enjoy the eclipse.
Friday March 20th in the UK sees a wonderful event in the form of a Partial Solar eclipse of the sun. Timings throughout the UK will be slightly different, but here in Cornwall it will start at 0815hrs through to about 1015hrs. The Suns disk will be obscured by 86% here by the Moon. This in effect will cause light levels to significantly drop during the partial eclipse.
When viewing or imaging the sun it is VERY important to observe certain safety rules whilst doing this.
1 Wearing sunglasses will NOT have appropriate protection for your eyes!!! Do not look directly at the sun even when it is obscured by the Moon as this will cause irreversible eye damage.
2 People think that using “Welders Glass” to view the sun is safe. I do not recommend this as welders glass comes in different grades and I have taken advice from welders on this and they do NOT recommend this.
Do not look directly at the sun through Binoculars or telescopes or any other optical equipment that does not have the proper solar filters fitted as this will cause eye damage.
Camera sensors will be destroyed if you try and image the sun without fitting the proper filters to the camera lenses.
There are companies that do solar filter film called Baader film and these films are widely available to purchase. Help on the internet to make a solar filter is widely available.
On the links tab on my website, there are listings of suppliers that stock all the filters you may need. They are on my site as their customer service is second to none. http://www.tolcarnobservatory.com
Any people fitting cameras to telescopes must ensure that the telescope has the appropriate solar filter fitted to it.
There will be various astronomy groups/societies covering this event throughout the country, so it may be an idea to find one near you and visit it during the event to gain advice on how to image/view the sun safely.
There are companies that sell the proper solar viewing glasses that are relatively inexpensive.
I wish you all a safe Viewing of the eclipse. Take advantage of this opportunity as it does not happen very often.
Comet Lovejoy is now visible in our night skies. It passed closest to Earth on January 7th 2014 where it was 70.2 million kilometers away, and is now appearing brighter in our night sky. With the moon not being a hindrance, viewing this comet has been made a lot easier. It is a fourth magnitude object and was discovered by the Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.
last Monday Kim and I visited Brixham college to present a 2 hour astronomy lecture. Images of the evening to follow.
Tolcarn Astronomy Group meeting will take place on Saturday 29th November 2014 starting at 7pm.
Rosetta and Philae update.
New Horizons mission to Pluto.
It looks very promising for a clear night, in which case we will head to the research telescopes and binoculars to catch the sights within and around the “Summer triangle” before it slips from view.
Kim and Grant look forward to seeing you all there.