AstroImaging Community Café
Oct 21, 2020

AstroImaging Community Café

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Members Only event.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this meeting will be held via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209746853?pwd=Z1o1TytwZW1iRW1zZzFWdE4rVjZqQT09

Presenters

Abdur Anwar
Planetary imaging tutorial. best practices and tips for imaging the planets with mono, OSC, and DSLR cameras.

Connor Mccraw
Astronomical image processing in PixInsight

Alister Ling
Tutorial on creating composites of the moonrise

Tom Owen
Processing planetary images in StarTools.

Click to to signup as a presenter: https://signup.com/go/OCAJyUO

Members Only event.

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AstroImaging Community Café is a potluck of shorter and longer presentations by astroimagers for astroimagers! 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! To participate: email the AstroImaging Community Café coordinator.

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

Photographing the Rise of the Full Nimitahamowipisim*

UPDATE:
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: https://creeliteracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2020CalendarSR-ACO6.pdf. The Colonial American name of the September 2020 full moon is the Corn Moon. See: https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names

When:
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:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/edmontonrasc/
https://edmontonrasc.com/2020/09/astro-cafe-sep-1-2020/

It is your responsibility to check.

Where:
Viewpoint across the road from
44 St Georges Crescent
Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/JjRkgVYBtgm

CIRCUMSTANCES OF MOONRISE (SEP 1)

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
Download the Quick Reference Card:

Questions? Email [email protected].

Astro Café
Apr 15, 2020
AstroImaging Community Café

AstroImaging Community Café

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this meeting was held via Zoom.

Members Only event.

AstroImaging Community Café is a potluck of shorter and longer presentations by astroimagers for astroimagers! 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!

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.

 

Astro Café
Jan 15, 2020
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 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 skies are clear and if people are willing, they can bring their telescope outside the hall and learn how to use it under the real sky with help from expert RASC members.

Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, Jan 15, 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.

Astro Café
Dec 18, 2019
AstroImaging Community Café

AstroImaging Community Café

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019
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.

AstroImaging Community Café is a potluck of shorter and longer presentations by astroimagers for astroimagers! 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!

Visit https://signup.com/go/sqXgiBz to add your contribution to the self-guided potluck that is AstroImaging Community!

Astro Café
Nov 20, 2019
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.

Astro Café – How to Buy a Telescope

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
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.

Astro Café
Postponed
Classic Telescope Night

Postponed: Classic Telescope Night

Apologies, but we have had to postpone this event. Don’t blow the dust off those classic scopes just yet – the event will be back.

Do you have a classic “trash” telescope”, such as:

  • a telescope that came in a box stating “525 x” (or higher) power?
  • a telescope that came in a box with deceptively wonderful images of what you might imagine you could see, like Saturn, Jupiter, Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy?
  • a telescope that was bought at a “department store” and came in a box like described above?
  • a telescope with a jerky, rickety, wobbly, flimsy or otherwise unstable tripod/mount?
  • a telescope with a primary lens or mirror 50 mm or smaller diameter?
  • a telescope of the type you were advised not to buy at the Astro Café “How to Buy a Telescope” presented by RASC?

Do you have a classic “good” telescope such as:

  • Celestron 5, 8, or 14 (1970’s orange tube)
  • Criterion Dynamax 8
  • Questar 3 1/2 or 7
  • Quantum maksutov
  • Criterion Dynascope RV-6
  • Star-Liner reflector
  • Cave Astrola reflector
  • Fecker
  • Astroscan reflector
  • old Meade refractor
  • Unitron refractor
  • Gotoh refractor
  • very old Tasco refractor

If the answer is “yes” to ANY of these questions, then bring your telescope to Classic Telescope Night, and show it off! We’ll line ’em up and compare views of the Moon at about 50x or 100x magnification.

Prize for worst view of the Moon thru a classic “trash” telescope!

Prize for best view of the Moon thru a classic “good” telescope!

Friday, July 12, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 PM

Location:
On the lawn at the RASC Observatory at TWOSE.
https://edmontonrasc.com/observatory/

*** Weather Permitting ***
This post will be updated with “Go” or “No Go” on the morning of July 12.

FREE event open to the public