Astro Café
May 3, 2017
How to Use A Telescope

Do you need help using your telescope? It’s a common complaint among first-time telescope owners: “I’ve got this new telescope and I can’t see a thing through it”. The aim of this Astro Café is to help you get the most out of your new telescope.

Bring your telescope to this Astro Café and experts from the RASC will help you learn how to use it. Let us show you how to make the most out of your telescope. Discover how to properly set up your telescope, how to find objects in the sky, what accessories would be useful to you and how to take care of your telescope.

This Astro Café starts later in the evening, so that if skies are clear, we can head outside and we will have the Moon and Jupiter as bright targets to view through your telescope.

Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members only event.

* Note: Outside shoes are not permitted inside the hall.

Astro Café
June 23, 2017
My Personal Five-Year Chase of NLC/Searching for NLC with Airport Cameras

My Personal Five-Year Chase of NLC/Searching for NLC with Airport Cameras

Presented by RASC members Mike Noble and Mark Zalcik.

Noctilucent clouds (NLC) are a sky-high phenomenon best-suited for observing right here in northern Alberta. The ideal dates to look for them are mid June to mid July, so come and celebrate the start of NLC peak season on June 23! The evening kicks off with a brief overview of NLC. Next, learn about Mike Noble’s earnest NLC-searching regimen, driving to many sites to catch NLC displays with his bevy of cameras. Then find out about searching for NLC on images generated at numerous airports across the country. If the weather looks good, stick around for evening twilight and we’ll collectively scan the sky for these mysterious clouds. The terrain just north of the community hall drops off into the Sturgeon River valley, yielding a nice flat horizon to view the NLC. See you there!

Friday, Jun 23, 2017
8:30 PM

Namao Rink Shack
Hwy 37 just east of Hwy 28 intersection

Members Only event.

Directions to Namao Rink Shack
Take 97th Street straight north out of the city. When you reach the lights at Highway 37, turn right (east) and continue 300m until you see the new Rink Shack beside the hockey rink; it will be the third turnoff to the left after the lights. If taking Anthony Henday Drive, get off at the 97th Street interchange and turn left (north).

Astro Café
July 19, 2017
Solar Observing

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Solar Observing

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall
11840 87 Ave

FREE Members only event.

Presented by RASC member Jay Lavender.

Technology continues to advance the capabilities of the amateur astronomer, and as a result so has it progressed the concomitant of solar observing. We will discuss some of the methods from simple to complex for safely observing the Sun as well as the amazing variety of passband filters currently available to the amateur solar astronomer. We will then wade into a little greater detail about the Sun itself and some of the solar phenomenon and features of interest to the solar observer. If we have clear skies following our discussion, please join me for some Hydrogen-alpha and Ca II K solar observing. Hope to see you there!

Astro Café
September 6, 2017
Photographing the Full Harvest Moonrise

The Full Moon rising on September 11, 2011 as seen from St. Georges Crescent.

Photographing the Full Harvest Moonrise

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Viewpoint across the road from
44 St Georges Crescent

Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/JjRkgVYBtgm

FREE Members only event.

Presented by RASC members Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella.

If you have always wanted to photograph the Full Moon rising above a scenic landscape but you aren’t sure how to do it – this Astro Café is for you! Veteran Full Moon shooters Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella will guide you through all of the steps necessary to get that perfect shot.

This Astro Café is designed for people that own a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera – we won’t be using any phone or point-and-shoot cameras. Some familiarity with your DSLR camera is beneficial but not absolutely required. Please read the What to Bring and How to Prepare sections below.

20:10 sunset, 20:46 civil end
20:39 moonrise 98, 21:06 moon 3.3, 103

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Astro Café
October 11, 2017
Distribution of bright Deep Sky Objects

Omega Centauri, by Rick Bramm.


Distribution of bright Deep Sky Objects
– scattered randomly or something much more interesting?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members only event.

Presented by RASC member Rick Bramm.

Have you ever wondered about how deep sky objects are distributed in the night sky? Rick Bramm will address this question by means of graphs, sky charts and astroimages; and reference to the Messier objects and brighter, well-known, NGC objects that weren’t detected by Charles Messier and colleagues. Targets for amateur astronomers such as globular clusters, open star clusters, various kinds of nebulae and galaxies are more abundant in certain parts of the sky and can be observed better at different times of the year. Rick will also discuss the underlying reason why certain objects like M31 and M33, aren’t in the same part of the sky as the more than thousand galaxies in Virgo and Coma Berenices. This Café will help both visual observers and imagers with their viewing plans.

* Note: Outside shoes are not permitted inside the hall.

 

Astro Café
April 19, 2017
Astrophotography Basics: Deep Sky and Solar System Edition

Milky Way by Murray Paulson

Astrophotography Basics
Deep Sky and Solar System Edition

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jupiter by Tom Owen

Windsor Park Community League Hall
11840 87 Ave

FREE Members only event.

Presented by RASC members Murray Paulson and Tom Owen.

This Astro Café features accomplished astroimagers Murray Paulson and Tom Owen, who will give an overview of two types of astrophotography: deep sky and solar system.

Members only event.

Astro Café
March 15 , 2017
Astrophotography with BackyardEOS and AstroTortilla

Astrophotography with
BackyardEOS
and AstroTortilla

Presented by RASC members Kent Martens and Ken Gehring.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Windsor Park Community League Hall
11840 87 Ave

FREE Members only event.

Get the Most out of BackyardEOS

Kent Martens will present BackyardEOS, an image capture program for use on your laptop. It started out purely for Canon DSLRs but has now expanded to include Nikon. Connect your camera, define your target, establish time and ISO, figure out how many frames to capture, do Live View to frame and focus.  Do you want to know the temp of the sensor chip in your camera, do you want to record outside temp, humidity and dew point?  Would you like to do a drift alignment before you start shooting?  Do you want to record video, even from a camera that doesn’t do live view? All for $50 USD, BackyardEOS and BackyardNikon, from O’Telescope Corporation, based in Ottawa (the developer is Guylain Rochon).

Getting Things Lined Up With AstroTortilla

Ken Gehring will present AstroTortilla, a helper application that brings plate solving to your astrophotography workflow. With plate solving, AstroTortilla can on its own figure out where your telescope is pointed. This enables you to automatically and quickly do things like calibrate your GoTo tracking mount, GoTo any target with arcsecond accuracy and measure your polar alignment error. Ken will present how to use AstroTortilla with BackyardEOS: What you need before you start, Plate solving, Configuring the libraries, Getting the image to solve, Talking to your mount.

Members only event.

Astro Café
Feb 15, 2017
Astronomy Swap & Shop

Astronomy Swap & Shop

Announcing the first Astronomy Swap and Shop Astro Café. Bring anything astronomical you’d like to sell or swap, or just come as you are and meet your fellow RASC Edmonton Centre members. Star gazers, observers, skyscape shooters, deep sky imagers, solar afficionados – all members are welcome. No matter what your skill level, there is always something you need (OK, maybe want) or something you don’t need anymore or perhaps you just want to see what’s what.

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members Only event.

* Note: Outside shoes are not permitted inside the hall.