Sat Oct 21 7:30-10:30pm. Scope trouble? Bring it and we’ll get it working! Moon, double stars, Saturn, Jupiter, Pleiades.
Friday OR Saturday evenings. In-person! Learn how to observe, hands-on your gear, what things look like, how to find your way. It’s ok to not have a scope or binocs – please bring them if you do. We are looking forward to sharing scope time with any and all. Nothing formal, yet targeted to the beginner certificates. We can get wall-power from the observatory, and I will bring my booster battery that has a 3-prong outlet which should be enough for a few scopes. Beginner astro-imagers are welcome to join if you bring your own gear. We pick which Fri or Sat evening a couple of days ahead of time looking at the forecast, then cancel a few hours ahead if conditions do not look good.
RASC Observatory at Telus World of Science Edmonton is open (weather permitting) for solar observing as well as evenings. Call ahead (780-452-9100 ext 2249) to confirm! Schedule is posted here: https://edmontonrasc.com/observatory/
Links to tools, charts, guides:
- Moon Map: Free
– Dynamic NASA map with labels
– Randy Enkin’s 1h youtube Intro tothe Moon
RASC (national) 1.5h Youtube Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6X4_S33XDk
- Books: Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson (old editions are fine!)
– Complete Guide to Stargazing by Robin Scagell
- Magazine: Astronomy
- Explore the Universe: https://www.rasc.ca/explore-universe Revised 3rd edition
- Free star web/desk app: https://stellarium.org/
- Space Station and satellites: https://www.heavens-above.com/
- Choose Edmonton as location, find a satellite after dusk.