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.

International SUNday – June 26, 2016

The RASC Edmonton Centre and the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project present International SUNday.

Event Poster

Come and experience the wonders of our closest star, the Sun! Edmonton RASC and the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project invite you to share the opportunity to safely observe and appreciate our star through specialized telescopes and informative displays. Stop by to receive your own free pair of solar viewing glasses and witness the beauty of the Sun with your own eyes!

When: Sunday, June 26, 2016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM *

Where: Government House Park
9938 Groat Road, Edmonton

FREE event!   * Weather Permitting


Awards for 2015
Observer of the Year Award
Mike Noble

2015_observer_wardThis member challenged himself to observe and image as many nights as possible in 2015. Judging by his numerous posts to Astro, I would say he was out practically every clear night. He observes mostly with a camera, but Mike Noble is out just about every night putting on a lot of kilometers looking at something. During the 2015 noctilucent cloud season for example, he observed and imaged NLC’s on 44 of 49 nights during which NLC’s were present. His efforts to travel to clear skies and monitor the skies with digital cameras, yielded what is probably an all-time record for NLC sightings in one season. This avid observer also alerted many of us to auroral displays and routinely gave excellent descriptions of what he saw from many and varied places in Alberta. So, it is my pleasure to award the Observer of the Year for 2015 to Mike Noble.

Awards 2015
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for
Excellence in Astroimaging
Alister Ling

2015_astroimaging_wardI got back into astroimaging in 2007 because of a series of articles that this member published in our Stardust newsletter. At that time, he was already an old hand at imaging skyscapes, many featuring the Moon. Since then, this person has furthered many imaging techniques including timelapses, 3D stereo pairs, 3D timelapse movies, and High Dynamic Range techniques for lunar skyscape photography. He posts the results his of imaging work to various forums and always provides interesting commentary of the image and the trials and tribulations of the techniques involved. He has always been always generous with his time, and sharing his astroimaging knowledge, and offering advice to newby astroimagers. Of late, this person has started writing for our newsletter again on the topic of astroimaging. I know that my own astroimaging has benefited greatly by my collaborations with him over the years. You have all seen his work projected on the dome of this theatre in many editions of Astroimaging Corner. For his many fine contributions to the art and for keeping us well informed on his achievements, it’s my great pleasure to present the 2015 Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging to Alister Ling.

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.

Astro Café
Oct 21, 2015
Astrophotography Basics

When: Wed, Oct 21, 2015    19:00 – 21:00
Where: Jasper Park Community League Hall, 8751 – 153 Street

astrocafe_astrophotography_01This Astro Café features Alister Ling giving an overview of different methods for astrophotography. From phones, to point-and-shoot, to DSLR, to webcam, to CCD with simple tripods to specialized tracking mounts – Alister will touch on it all. A number of veteran astro imagers and their gear will be on hand for informal Q&A and discussion.

Members only event.

Total Lunar Eclipse
Sunday evening September 27

A significant astronomical event will take place during the evening hours this Sunday, September 27, when Edmonton skies will be graced by a total eclipse of the Moon. A lunar eclipse is one of the most accessible astronomical events, visible to the naked eye, or through the lens of binoculars, telescope, or camera.


Each phase of a lunar eclipse can last an hour or so, since it takes the Moon roughly that long to move its own diameter against the sky; totality can last somewhat longer due to the substantial size of Earth’s umbral shadow at the Moon’s distance. In this case the “total” phase of the eclipse will last 72 minutes, from 8:11 to 9:23 pm MDT.

One place to view this event is at the Public Observatory at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton and the adjoining meadow in Coronation Park where additional private telescopes will be set up by members of Edmonton RASC, which also provides the lion’s share of volunteer interpreters inside the Observatory. Weather conditions permitting, the facility will be open for its normal Sunday evening shift from 7-10 pm and through to the end of the partial phases. The Public Observatory at TELUS World of Science is open to everyone, free of charge.

The University of Alberta Observatory (5th Floor, CCIS Building) will also be open from 9:00 – 9:30 pm for students and public to observe the last part of totality. The Moon will be blocked from view by other campus buildings for the earlier portion of the event. Continue Reading →

Astro Café
Sep 23, 2015
Observing Primer

When: Wed, Sep 23, 2015    19:00 – 21:00
Where: U of A Observatory, CCIS Building, 5th Floor

Are new to the astronomy hobby? Do you want to know more about observing with the club? Are you looking for a new observing program? Then come on out to this Astro Café. We’ll have an overview presentation on all types of observing and then have informal Q&A and discussion. Some experienced observers will be on hand to answer questions. We’ll even have a few small scopes in case the sky is clear.

This is the inaugural Astro Café – a monthly informal get together of RASC Edmonton Centre members to talk and even do astronomy. All Centre members are welcome. Some telescopes are often on hand, and we observe when conditions warrant. Each Café features a short presentation by a Centre member on a topic to stimulate discussion and learning among fellow members.

We are going to try out different venues for the first few Cafés to see how we like them. We’ll then pick a location that we can use on a regular basis.

The first 3 Astro Cafés are geared towards new members or members new to the astronomy hobby, but all members are welcome.

There will be snacks and juice available and a kettle for boiling water for tea. Please bring a reusable cup.

Members only event.