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
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
June 23, 2017
Observing and Photographing Noctilucent Clouds

Observing and Photographing Noctilucent Clouds

Presented by RASC members Mark Zalcik and Mike Noble.

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! Learn what to look for, and, when you spot NLC, how to photograph them and make videos. Find out about such exotic NLC terms as Lacunosus Holes, The Nine Degree Jump, and Bif Night. 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 and go a few hundred meters until you see Namao Community Hall on the left side of the road. If taking Anthony Henday Drive, get off at the 97th Street interchange and turn left (north).

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

FREE event open to the public.

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

Astro Café
April 19, 2017
Astrophotography Basics

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
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.

Astro Café
Jan 18, 2017
How to Use A Telescope

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Did you get a telescope for Christmas but you aren’t quite sure how to use it?

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 the 2nd annual How to Use a Telescope workshop 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.

If people are interested and have the time, they can bring their telescope outside the hall after the Astro Café ends at 9:00 PM, to learn how to use their telescope under the real sky (weather permitting) with help from expert RASC members.

Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

FREE event open to the public.

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

Astro Café
Nov 16, 2016
How to Select and Buy a Telescope

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How to Select and Buy a Telescope

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

FREE event open to the public.

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

Presented by RASC member Geoff Robertson.

Thinking about buying a telescope, for yourself or as a gift for someone else? Want to avoid buying a “hobby killer” or “trash scope”? Come hear Geoff Robertson explain what to to look for and what to avoid. We will have a bunch of telescopes of different kinds on hand to help the discussion.