Astro Café
Apr 21, 2021
What Are You Looking At?

Astro Café: What Are You Looking At?
Apr 21, 2021 7:30 PM

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Wondering what your fellow observers are looking at these nights? Are you looking for ideas for your next observing project? This Café features a series of short presentations, PechaKucha style, by five observers, on the topics listed below, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Warren Finlay, Berta Beltran, Luca Vanzella, Jon Stolte, and Eric Klaszus will talk about:

1. What observing program(s) are you working on?
2. What do you like about the observing program?
3. What telescope do you use?
4. How do you plan and record your observations?
5. What type of star chart do you use?
6. Describe one memorable observation.

Astro Café
Jan 20, 2021
How to Use A Telescope (via Zoom)

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

FREE event open to the public.

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.

The popular How to Use a Telescope Astro Café is back! But this time via Zoom breakout rooms. Experts from the RASC will help 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.

Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

This event is SOLD OUT!

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Astro Café
Nov 18, 2020
How to Buy a Telescope

How to Buy a Telescope

Thinking of buying a telescope? This Café is for you!

FREE event open to the public.

Thinking about buying a telescope, for yourself or as a gift for someone else? Want to avoid buying a “hobby killer” or “trash scope”? Then this Café is for you! Come hear Luca Vanzella explain what to to look for and what to avoid. We will have several of telescopes of different kinds on hand to help the discussion. And we will look at some good deals on the internet.

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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FREE event open to the public.

Astro Café
September 1, 2020
Photographing the Rise of the Full Nimitahamowipisim

Photographing the Rise of the Full Nimitahamowipisim*

Cloud-wise, it was the classic iffy situation for Sep 1, but the Café went ahead as scheduled. The advancing clouds left only the lowest two degrees of sky reasonably clear to see the rising Moon. Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella hosted two members, Shane and Victor in capturing the rise. Above is Luca’s composite image of the event.

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 skyscape 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. Familiarity with your DSLR camera is beneficial but not absolutely required.

* In the Cree Culture, the full moon of September 2020 is known as Nimitahamowipisim, the Rutting Moon, marking the time of year the bull moose scrapes the velvet from his antlers in preparation for mating season. See: The Colonial American name of the September 2020 full moon is the Corn Moon. See:

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
19:45 – 22:00

COVID-19 Protocol
Maintain 2m physical distancing at all times.
Alister and Luca will not be touching or going near your cameras. We will help from 2m distance.

Cloud/Rain/Snow Backup:
The backup date is Sep 2. If Sep 2 is cloudy, then the event is cancelled.
An update will be posted no later than 18:00 each day, here:

It is your responsibility to check.

Viewpoint across the road from
44 St Georges Crescent
Google Map Link:


20:22 Sunset
20:48 Moon  ALT -0.2 AZ 111.9     Moonrise left of Quint; first view by 20:51 or so
20:58 Moon  ALT 1.0  AZ 113.9      Moon above Quint & Civil Twilight End
21:07 Moon  ALT 2.0  AZ 115.5       Moon above right Quint
21:15 Moon  ALT 3.0  AZ 117.1        Moon above apt right of Quint, reflection opp
21:31 Moon  ALT 5.0  AZ 120.3       Moon above south end of Groat Bridge. Consider ending sequence.
20:15-20:30 Practice bracketing shots for an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image.

What to Bring and How to Prepare
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Questions? Email [email protected].

RASC Edmonton Centre Response to COVID-19

In light of the current situation with COVID-19, all IN-PERSON RASC Edmonton Centre events and programs are suspended until further notice. These include: Regular Meetings, Astro Cafés, Telescope Loaner Program, RASC Observatory at TWOSE, dark site observing, and outreach events.

However, we ARE hosting VIRTUAL events via Zoom. Check for announcements on:

Astro Café
Feb 19, 2020
Astronomy Swap & Shop

Astronomy Swap & Shop

FREE event open to the public.

Bring anything astronomical you’d like to sell or swap, or just come as you are. Star gazers, observers, skyscape shooters, deep sky imagers, solar afficionados – all astronomy enthusiasts 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 19, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

FREE event open to the public.

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