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The Journal of the British Astronomical Association, 2016 April

Volume 126, Number 2

The total eclipse of 2016 March 9, a detailed obituary of variable star observer Albert Jones, and details of how a Ridley Grant from the BAA could help you get started in spectroscopy.. Log in or join the BAA today to view this journal online. A full list of contents is also available. Selected highlights from this Journal:

Notes and News

Gerhana Matahari Total - 2016 March 9
Mike Frost & Philippe Lopez

Observers' Forum

Returning to the Lion’s den – the Leo Triplet
Callum Potter
Polar clouds over the UK
Jonathan Shanklin

Also in this issue

Absolute Beginners No. 5: Right ascension and declination
Paul G. Abel takes a look at celestial coordinate systems.
Paul G. Abel

Refereed Papers

Obtaining solar eclipse and planetary transit contact times using DSLR imaging
A simple method is presented to determine the times of contact of solar eclipses and planetary transits across the solar disk.
Giovanni Di Giovanni
Albert Francis Arthur Lofley Jones, DSc., OBE, FRAS, FRASNZ (1920-2013)
John Toone looks back at the life of Albert Jones, the most prolific variable star observer in the history of observational astronomy.
John Toone
Saturn in 1998-'99
Richard McKim reports observations and images from the 1998 opposition of Saturn.
Richard McKim
The brighter comets of 2007
This report describes and analyses the observations of the brighter or more interesting comets discovered or at perihelion during 2007, concentrating on those with visual observations.
Jonathan Shanklin
A new and improved ephemeris for the hot subdwarf eclipsing binary SDSS J082053.53+000843.4
David Pulley, Derek Smith, George Faillace & Americo Watkins