Astro Café
June 20, 2018
10 Things to do in the Summer of Planets

 

10 Things to do in the Summer of Planets
by Bruce McCurdy

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members Only event.

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

Summer nights are the shortest, so why do I always do more observing in summer than any other season? Because there exists a surprising variety of fine celestial sights for the intrepid observer and/or photographer. In addition to these subtle annual delights, in the coming weeks and months our evening skies will be studded with bright apparitions of the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and especially Mars.

Astro Café
May 16, 2018
AstroImaging Community

AstroImaging Community

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members Only event.

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

Do you enjoy taking and/or viewing pictures of the sky? Are you looking for some pointers to up your skill set or turn that “nice” shot into “calendar image!”? Maybe in the last couple of months you have 5 images, or made 4 time-lapses that are too much for the AstroImaging Corner at our Regular Meetings. Whether you take 4 minutes or want to share a 20 minute backstory for a specially composed a shot, or demo a technique others can benefit from, bring it to our community!

Keep reading to learn how to use SignUp to add your contribution to the self-guided potluck that is AstroImaging Community!
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Astro Café
April 18, 2018
Astrophotography with WherezJeff

Astrophotography with WherezJeff

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members Only event.

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

Accomplished local photographer Jeff Wallace joins us this evening to talk about his exploits in astrophotography, including shooting nightscapes, deep sky images, auroras, NLC’s and nicely placed moonrises. Jeff will also share tips and tricks on shooting and assembling timelapses. Anyone interested in astrophotography will be sure to learn something from an experienced pro! Check out some of Jeff’s albums on Flickr:


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Astro Café
Mar 21, 2018
Movie Night – The Universe: How Big, How Far, How Fast

The Universe
How Big, How Far, How Fast

  • If the Earth were the size of a basketball and the moon the size of a tennis ball, how far would it be from the basketball?
  • How fast is the Earth orbiting the Sun?
  • How much more would you weigh on a neutron star than on Earth?
  • How fast is the Sun going around the galaxy?
  • If the Milky Way were in Los Angeles, one hundred miles across, where would the Andromeda Galaxy be?

If these questions intrigue you, then this Astro Café is for you. We’ll watch the program “The Universe: How Big, How Far, How Fast”, a 45 minute program from 2012, that gives viewers a tangible grasp of the enormity of the universe. Models and comparisons give a perspective on the relative sizes of the largest nearby stars, the scale of the solar system and just how fast the speed of light is.

Featuring: Alex Filippenko (UC Berkeley), Laura Danly (Griffith Observatory), Greg Laughlin (UC Santa Cruz) and Clifford Johnson (USC).

After the show, we will have a short quiz. The winner will get a special prize!

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM   <– Please note the start time is later than usual.

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members Only event.
All ages event – bring your budding astronomers wanting to know more!

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

Astro Café
Feb 21, 2018
Astronomy Swap & Shop

Astronomy Swap & Shop

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 21, 2018
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members Only event.

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

Astro Café
Jan 17, 2018
How to Use A Telescope

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.

Bring your telescope to the 3rd 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 17, 2018
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.

Astro Café
Nov 15, 2017
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 Geoff Robertson 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.

Astro Café – How to Buy a Telescope

Wednesday, Nov 15, 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.

Astro Café
October 11, 2017
Distribution of bright Deep Sky Objects

Omega Centauri, by Rick Bramm.


Distribution of bright Deep Sky Objects
– scattered randomly or something much more interesting?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members only event.

Presented by RASC member Rick Bramm.

Have you ever wondered about how deep sky objects are distributed in the night sky? Rick Bramm will address this question by means of graphs, sky charts and astroimages; and reference to the Messier objects and brighter, well-known, NGC objects that weren’t detected by Charles Messier and colleagues. Targets for amateur astronomers such as globular clusters, open star clusters, various kinds of nebulae and galaxies are more abundant in certain parts of the sky and can be observed better at different times of the year. Rick will also discuss the underlying reason why certain objects like M31 and M33, aren’t in the same part of the sky as the more than thousand galaxies in Virgo and Coma Berenices. This Café will help both visual observers and imagers with their viewing plans.

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