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.

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.

Astro Café
September 21, 2016
Eclipse Chase Like a Pro

Totality with Prominence, courtesy Krista Stefan (2016-03-09)

Astro Café – Eclipse Chase Like a Pro

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

FREE Members only event.

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

Krista Stefan, Eclipse Chaser

Krista Stefan, Eclipse Chaser

Presented by RASC member Krista Stefan.

You’ve seen the stunning pictures and heard the amazing, if sometimes harrowing, tales from those who have traveled to see a total solar eclipse. If you’ve thought you’d like to join the ranks of these shadow lovers, but have felt not quite up to the challenge of planning an eclipse trip, then this talk is for you! Rest assured, eclipse chasing can be as easy (or as complicated) as you’d like to make it. Veteran eclipse chaser Krista Stefan will use examples from her own experience to provide tips on finding out when and where to see a Total Solar Eclipse, how to go about planning for an eclipse trip, what you need to take with you, and perhaps most importantly why you would want to participate in this folly, er, fun.

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Astro Café
August 17, 2016
Photographing the Full Moonrise

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
7:00 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.
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Astro Café
July 20, 2016
Solar Observing

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall
11840 87 Ave

FREE Members only event.

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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 solar observing in the Hydrogen-alpha and Ca II K. Hope to see you there!