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.

RASC Regular Meeting Mar 13, 2017 Stellar Clusters: The Benchmarks of Galaxies

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Erik Rosolowsky
Stellar Clusters: The Benchmarks of Galaxies

Star cluster  Westerlund 2 (Hubble)

Star clusters are a favourite deep sky object for observers, but clusters also play a vital role in astrophysics.  Because all the stars in clusters are formed at the same time, they serve as essential tools for galactic archaeology and surveying.  In this talk, I will describe the cosmic life and times of clusters and present some of the ways that astrophysicists use clusters.  Finally, I will describe why we think that our Sun formed in a cluster and the search for stars from our old neighbourhood.

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Educated Reel: Universe
Mar 2, 2017

The University of Alberta Alumni and Friends in collaboration with RASC Edmonton Centre present

Educated Reel: Universe

March 2, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Corbett Hall, Room 239
University of Alberta
https://goo.gl/maps/rZLYRMSDFBP2

View the cosmos from campus, then discover space as it was understood in 1960 through the beautifully animated documentary Universe (1960, 28 min 53 s). Most widely known for being among the sources used by Stanley Kubrick in his 2001: A Space Odyssey, Universe is an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning short made by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

Cost
$10 (includes telescope viewing, popcorn, drink)
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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.

RASC Regular Meeting Feb 13, 2017 Fantastic Black Holes and How to Find Them

Centaurus A  (NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al)

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Gregory Sivakoff
Fantastic Black Holes and How to Find Them

Few astronomical objects are as broadly exciting as black holes. But how exactly do astronomers find these fantastic objects? Gregory Sivakoff will discuss some of the techniques he and other astronomers use to hunt down black holes.

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RASC Edmonton Centre Casino
Jan 31-Feb 1, 2017

Our next casino is on Tuesday Jan 31 and Wednesday Feb 1, 2017 at the Grand Villa Edmonton Casino in the ICE District.

This is our Centre’s largest source of revenue which maintains a large part of our operational and outreach budgets, lets us purchase astronomical equipment and undertake innovative projects that bring astronomy to the general public, and helps bring fabulous speakers to Edmonton. Please help out by volunteering for a shift – it’s fairly easy work and you get fed quite nicely.

Click on the images below to download the Casino Volunteer Worker Application and the Volunteer Booking Form or get one at a Regular Meeting. Fill out the forms and give them to Peter Hall at a Regular Meeting. If you have questions contact Peter Hall.
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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.

RASC AGM + Regular Meeting
Jan 9, 2017

RASC Annual General Meeting + Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

NOTE: Even though TWOSE is closed to the public on January 9,
IT WILL BE OPEN in the evening for the RASC Meeting.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Annual General Meeting
8:15 PM Member’s Night
Astronomical Presentations by RASC Members

  • Lori Walton: SETI Update
  • Massimo Torri: Astroimaging Corner
  • Other regular features

If you want time on the agenda, email the President.