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Dave Eagle's Guide To Comet ISON
Local amateur Dave Eagle has written a special observers guide for the forthcoming eagerly anticipated appearance of Comet ISON in our skies.  Costing a mere £2.77 it also covers the appearance of two further Comets Encke and Brewington.  Download it from the Amazon Kindle site at 
Catch A Planetary Triangle This Bank Holiday Weekend!
The forthcoming bank holiday weekend offers the opportunity to see an interesting celestial asterism in the evening sky.
The two inner planets, Venus and Mercury and the giant Jupiter, gather to form a triangle low above the north-western horizon.  Because this relatively rare gathering of three planets is taking place very low down, you may need to seek out a suitable site with a clear unobstructed view to the north-west.
The trio of planets rapidly change position over successive evenings which you will be able to follow with the unaided eye over this coming Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings.  Look around 9.30 to 9.45pm.
The below screenshot from Stellarium shows the potential view on Sunday 26th May at around 9.45pm.
BBQ & Social Evening
This years BBQ and Social Evening will be held on Saturday 18th August and is again being hosted
by Keith and Christine at their home in Stanwick.  The evening is open to all NVAS members and
friends, with a cost of £5 per person.  If you would like to come along, then just add your name to the list at our meetings or contact Iain Barrie or Steve Williams.
June Sudborough Meeting
This evenings meeting started with a short presentation on objects to view in this months night sky, this was then followed by an 'Open Forum' event, which saw members ask questions about telescopes, eyepieces and filters.  This meeting proved very popular and it is planned that we will repeat it at a future time.
Venus Transit Observing Report
A hardy group of NVAS members arrived outside Chelveston Village Hall at 4.30am today in an attempt to view the transit of Venus.  Despite some cloud breaks in the west, the Sun remained obscured by cloud in the north-east throughout and absolutely nothing of the transit was seen!  The Sun did put in an appearance around ten minutes after the transit ended.
Lunar Eclipse Observing Evening
The Nene Valley Astronomical Society will be hosting a special observing evening on Wednesday 15th June to view the evenings Total Lunar Eclipse.  The session will be held at Chelveston Village Hall from 8.30pm.

Eta Aquarid Meteors


The early hours of Thursday 5th May offer the chance to see the Eta Aquarid meteors in the pre-dawn sky as they reach their annual maximum.  The orbital debris left over the Comet Halley, the meteors appear to eminate from the constellation of Aquarius. Although the radiant is quite low down in the south-east,the Moon is well out of the way and will not interfere should you fancy some spotting some meteors.

Starting Out In Astrophotography


Our thanks to Dave Eagle for his excellent presentation on Starting out in Astrophotography at April’s Chelveston meeting.  A really inspiring evening.  We look forward to seeing some of your results at forthcoming meetings and don’t  forget that we can also include images on this web site and in our monthly  newsletter.  Now all we need are some clear skies……!



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Chelveston Observing Evenings


Following a number of recent requests from members for more observing evenings, the Nene Valley Astronomical Society
has arranged to use Chelveston Village Hall on the second Friday of each month from 8.00pm.  The evenings will be
informal gatherings with members invited to bring along their own telescopes / binoculars for a stargazing session from
a relatively dark location.  The society telescope will also be available to use.  Admission to the evenings is free (although
contributions to funds are always welcome!).  Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be available at a nominal charge.


Summer Social Evening - 14th August

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our Summer Social Evening at Chelveston Village Hall on Saturday 14th
August from 8.00pm.  The evening is open to all members and friends with tickets costing £5.00 per person.  To assist in
catering arrangements, we would be grateful if you could confirm that you are attending to Steve Williams by the 12th
August.  Payment is preferred in advance, but can be made on the evening.  The evening will follow a similar format to last
years, with a BBQ from 8.00pm followed by an observing session if the skies are clear, so feel free to bring along your
telescope!  In addition we also hope to hold a short quiz during the evening, with a suitable prize being awarded to the
winning entrant.


Wellingborough Meeting - 2nd August


Owing to many members being on holiday, it has been decided to cancel this the meeting at Wellingborough which was originally

scheduled to take place on 2nd August.  We will however be returning to the Friends Meeting House in Wellingborough for our

meeting on Monday 6th September


Institute of Astronomy Link Established

Nene Valley Astronomical Society has established a link with the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge.  Check out their website at for details of some excellent public lectures and observing sessions.  You can also download their astronomy podcast.


Perseid BBQ


This years society Perseid BBQ will be held on Saturday 14th August at Chelveston Village Hall.  The event begins at 8.00pm and all members and friends are welcome.  Tickets as last year cost £5.00 per person.  This year will also plan to include an informal quiz as part of the evening with a prize available to the winning entrant.   Further details shortly....
Local Society Astro-Quiz
On 19th May, Matt, Iain and Steve represented the society at a local astro-quiz at Papworth.  Featuring teams from the Bedford, Sawtry and Papworth Astronomical Societies, as well as our own, an enjoyable evening was had by all.  The Papworth group took an early lead which they did not relinquish, whilst the Nene Valley team finished third.  Thanks to all at Papworth for organising this event and we look forward to returning next year.