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

20160817 astro cafe shooting the moonrise Astro Café – Photographing the Full Moonrise

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

20160720_astro_cafe_solar_obs Astro Café – Solar Observing
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!

Astro Café
June 16, 2016
Identifying and Shooting Noctilucent Clouds

20160616_Astro_Cafe_MikeNoble Astro Café – Identifying and Shooting Noctilucent Clouds
Thursday, June 16, 2016
8:30 PM
Namao Community Hall
Hwy 37 just east of Hwy 28 intersection

FREE Members only event.

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 16th! 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!

Directions to Namao Community Hall
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 18, 2016
Astrophotography Software

Astro Café – Astrophotography Software
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
University of Alberta Observatory
CCIS Building, 5th Floor

FREE Members only event.

Three RASC members demonstrate astrophotography software.

  • Ken Gehring: Deep Sky Stacker
  • Alister Ling: GIMP (for lighten), enfuse GUI (for HDR), imagemagick, deflicker
  • Sir Franklin Loehde: Processing a Slooh image using FilterStorm

Astro Café
Jan 19, 2016
How to Use A Telescope

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Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Argyll Community Hall
6750 – 88 Street


FREE EVENT!
Open to the pubic.

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

This Astro Café is for you!

Bring your telescope 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
Nov 17, 2015
How to Select and Buy a Telescope

When: Tue, Nov 17, 2015    19:00 – 21:00
Where: Jasper Park Community League Hall, 8751 – 153 Street

astro_cafe_scopesThinking 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.

Event open to the public.