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News

[2006.10.31] Announcing the list Top 100 Deep Sky Objects - an exciting observing project of ASSA's Deep Sky Section. Suitable for the novice and experienced observer. (link..)

[2006.08.28] Make your own professional looking planisphere. Download a free program from Jan Tosovsky website. A planisphere is a great beginner's tool and forms an essential part of an observer's toolkit (link..)


[2005.09.06] The article "John Herschel's Southern Nonexistent RNGC Objects", listing corrections to the RNGC and proposing new cross-identifications, is now available online. (more..)

[2005.09.05] The Section's annual report to the 2005 AGM, as published in MNASSA, can be read online.(more..)

[2005.07.25] After almost two years of development, the Discover! workbook is now available free of charge for those who want to learn the southern constellations, and who want to explore the skies searching for and discovering their own deepsky objects.
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[2005.04.11] Magda Streicher reports on some recently-found far-south asterisms (more...)

[2005.04.11] Christopher Middleton's excellent crop of new CCD images (more...)

[2004.10.01] Magda Streicher recently completed observing and sketching the entire Bennett Catalogue. As far as I know, other thank Jack Bennett and myself, this makes her only the third person to have completed this task. (more...).

[2004.05.12] Open clusters - Updates on research and software development (more...)

[2004.05.10] Observing schedules - Gerrit Penning, who heads the deepsky team in Bloemfontein, has been preparing observing schedules for their sessions. Download a sample (in Microsoft Excel format) for inspiration (more...)

[2004.05.01] Deepsky challenge objects - Magda Streicher takes a look at some fainter objects in the far-south. (more...)

[2004.03.26] Deepsky update - A personal account of some currently visible deepsky delights (more...)

[2004.02.16] Observing report. Magda Streicher reports on her recent visit to Algarve, Portugal (more...).

[2004.02.07] Hogg's clusters. Magda Streicher has been hard at work at the eyepiece of her 12-inch 'scope and has just observed the 23 "Hogg" open clusters (more...).

Observer's gallery

Magda Streicher on the steps of her observatory (photo)
Gerrit Penning at the Boyden 13 inch Alvin Clark (photo)
 
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 podcast - southern sky talk

Listen to an SA astronomy podcast by going to the Psychohistorian website - more information on celestial events and what is visible in the night sky
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Top 100 Deep Sky Objects

An observing programme for the novice and seasoned observer alike, the list of Top 100 Deep Sky Objects is suitable for both binocular and telescope work.

Hand-picked and collected together in a single list for the first time are the 100 best galaxies, star clusters and nebulae visible in the southern skies.

For each 20 objects you observe, the Society will issue a Merit Award Certificate in recognition of your work, and your observations will be added to the DOC Deepsky Database.

The list can be found in Word, Excel or PDF format on the psychohistorian website.


Discover!

Learn the constellations, while discovering the deepsky for yourself, with this free workbook.

First-time sky-gazers can use the Discover! workbook year-round to learn the southern constellations. If you are familiar with the brighter stars and constellations, use the workbook to explore the southern sky and discover your own deepsky objects. Report your discoveries to the Section Director for feedback and discussion, and to earn official ASSA Observing Certificates.

Deepsky Delights

Magda Streicher's regular column in MNASSA:
2007 September-October (420 kb PDF)
2007 July - August
(400 kb PDF)
2007 May - June
(391 kb PDF)
2007 March - April
(416 kb PDF)
2007 January - February (408 kb PDF)
2006 November - December (407 kb PDF)
2006 September - October
2006 July-August
2006 May-June
2006 March-April
2006 January-February


Free Tutorial on Deep Sky

The complete "Deepsky Observer's Companion" observing guide can now also be downloaded as a 640K PDF file.

Gerrit Penning of the Bloemfontein Centre has devised a report sheet for recording observations; download it in MS-Word format and check it out.

Deepsky Database

Send your photos and sketches to the section director and for upload to the ASSA website.

Deep Sky Checklist

A handy guide for any deep sky observer to get the most out of your observing sessions (link..)

 
Planisphere

Make your own professional looking planisphere. Download a free program from Jan Tosovsky website. A planisphere is a great beginner's tool and forms an essential part of an observer's toolkit. (link..)

Contact details

ASSA Deep-Sky Section Director
A Slotegraaf
8 Forelle Crescent
Die Boord
Stellenbosch, 7600.
e-mail: [
auke@psychohistorian.org]
 

 

 

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