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Concept Proposal:
Coleshill Astronomical Public Observatory (CAPO)

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Equipment:

Project manager Dave Evans has provided items of equipment to the value of £20,434 for the initial installation at the Observatory.

Dave's interest in astronomy began as a fourth-year student at Central Grammar School. A book in the library titled O'Level Astronomy by Patrick Moore attracted his attention. He flipped through the pages from cover to cover he was well and truly hooked! With permission from the Head-Teacher Dave explored the possibility of forming a small study group of students to learn Astronomy. Several of his classmates joined up with the promise that they would be entered for the exam if they studied well. And that they did! Every member of the group passed with grades A to C.

Upon learning about the success of the study group, Patrick Moore invited Dave and his parents to spend the weekend at his home in Selsey Sussex. The weather was superb. Everyone had a great time observing the Sun, playing cricket, and drinking cider. Patrick asked if he could nominate Dave for membership of the British Astronomical Association and the offer was accepted enthusiastically. After a short while, Dave became Analysis Coordinator of the Terrestrial Planets Section (Mercury, Venus and Mars) and also joined a local observing group, the Chelmsley Astronomical Society.

Over the years Dave's attention turned to comets; a special group of comets known as 'Sungrazers'. These comets skim past the surface of the Sun and can only be found using the C2/C3 imaging systems of the SOHO Space Telescope. Dave was designated a Named Observer by the science teams of NASA / LASCO and during the years that followed he discovered a total of 20 comets. At the time he was ranked 2nd in the UK and 16th in the world for all-time comet discoveries.

Today, Dave's research is primarily H-Alpha Solar Photography that studies the Sun using a narrow-band filter centred on the hydrogen line of the spectrum. Dave's photographs have appeared on the cover of magazines, in television news reports, and are currently on display at observatories and learning centres around the world.

At age 61, Dave has decided to retire early to focus his attention on public outreach activities. In particular, the creation of a new astronomy society for Coleshill and to raise funds to develop a Public Astronomical Observatory for shared use by local schools and the community.

For the past 18 years, Dave's role has been CMMS Controller and member of staff at SERTEC.

 

Observatory Telescope

 

Celestron 11” Edge HD Optical Tube Assembly £3,658.

 

Hyperstar Lens System £1,299.

 

CGEM Mount £1,500


 

Portable Telescopes & Equipment


 

Meade LX90 ACF 8” UHTC £1,740.

 

 

White Light Off-Axis Solar Filter £75

 

Coronado Solar Telescope (PST)  £800.

 

Sky-Watcher Mount £169.

 


 

Solar Telescope

 


Vixen 80mm Refractor £349.

Coronado SPC900NC Webcam £25.

 

60mm H-Alpha Solar Filter £899
30mm Blocking Filter £2,110.

 


 

Cameras & Recording Equipment

 


Canon 60D £895.

 

Canon EFS 18-55mm £214.

 

Canon EF-S 55-250mm £299.

 

 

Imaging Source CCD Camera £520.

 

 

Meade Deep Sky Imager £300.

 

Compaq Laptop £1,200.

 

 

Sony FDR AX-53 4K Video Camera £749.


 

Photographic Accessories

 


Hand-held Camera Stabiliser £25.

 

 

Polaroid Filter Set and Close Up Filter Set £32
 

 

 

12kg Rangers Tripod £57

 


 

Exhibition Area


ELEPHAS 3500 HD Video Projector £160.

 

 

LENOVO 27” Touch Screen PC Tablet £1,350.

 

 

Samsung Gear 360 & 128GB Memory Card, £258

 


 

Observatory Weather Station

 

Davis Vantage Vue + Console, £349
Control Computer + Keyboard + Mouse, £250

 

 

 


 

Science Corner For Kids
 

Examine a Moon Meteorite
and a Mars Meteorite

 

Bresser Microscope TRM-301, £795

 


Dark Field Condenser, £158

 


MikroCam 3MP, £199

 

 

 

 

 

Astrophotography:
Vixen/Coronado Solarscope


B7.4 flares captured in active sunspot region 1271

 


C2.0 Solar Flare in Active Sunspot Region 1263

 


Sunspot Region 1236

 


Bright Prominences, with the size of our planet Earth shown to scale

 


Bright Prominences, with the size of our planet Earth shown to scale

 


Large Arch Prominence. Our planet Earth shown to scale

 


Time-stamped sequence of an eruptive prominence

 


Sunspots and Filaments

 

   

Astrophotography:
Celestron 11" Edge HD


Andromeda Galaxy


Craters Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel


Crater Plato and the Alpine Valley


Hadley Rille and Apollo 15 Landing Site (red dot)


Crater Clavius


Crater Copernicus


Planet Mars


Globular Star Cluster M13

 

 

 

 

  
 


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